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Centerplate Pastry Chefs Commemorate Comic-Con Milestone Event with Chocolate Con-fections

July 19, 2019

50/30 Bar: Commemorating the 50th Comic-Con and the 30th Anniversary of the San Diego Convention CenterCollectible Comic-Con Chocolate Bars Mark 50th Anniversary at San Diego Convention Center

SAN DIEGO, Calif. & STAMFORD, Conn. (July 18, 2019) Centerplate, the leading hospitality partner to North America’s premier entertainment venues and convention centers, today announced its lineup of commemorative chocolate bars to mark the 50th Anniversary of Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. The chocolate “con-fections’” are now an annual tradition that garner excitement amongst attendees during the weeklong extravaganza.

The bars, which sell for $5 each and are described as Convention Con-Fections, have become a collector's item, as they are made by hand in the convention center's kitchen by the Centerplate pastry team, led by Executive Chef Daryl O’Donnell and Pastry Chef Mathew Haven.

"It takes about an hour and a half to make about 100 candy bars," said Pastry Chef Mathew Haven. "This year, we will spend more than 60 hours just making the bars. Centerplate is proud to offer such a unique guest offering each year for Comic-Con fans to enjoy.”

Chefs O'Donnell and Haven collaboratively choose flavors for each bar and Senior Graphic Designer & Brand Manager Hailey Adams brings the wrapper designs to life. In 2019, close to 4,000 chocolate bars are being made and wrapped onsite, totaling to 813 pounds of Belgian chocolate. Inside four of the bars are Golden Tickets, good for a $100 Starbucks gift card. Just bring your winning ticket to the Convention Con-Fections stand located outside of Ballroom 20, where the bars are on sale.

Below are the 2019 Convention Con-Fection Bars!

  • 50/30 Bar: Commemorating the 50th Comic-Con and the 30th Anniversary of the San Diego Convention Center, this bar is a birthday party of sweetness, made of white chocolate, birthday cake crumbles, vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The cover of the bar features the infamous and iconic Hall H, which is among many fans' bucket-lists as a location to visit.
  • Battle Bar: Declare "victory" when you taste this one-of-a-kind chocolate bar, made of dark chocolate and raspberry crisps.
  • Dragon Smoke: Spice things up with this unique chocolate bar, made with smoked dark chocolate and chipotle dust.
  • Stranger Smores: Turn your taste buds "upside down" with this fan favorite, consisting of milk chocolate, crispy waffles and maple syrup marshmallows.

About Centerplate

Centerplate is a leader in live event hospitality, "Making It Better To Be There®" for more than 116 million guests each year at more than 200 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues. From hosting VIPs at the Super Bowl to super heroes at Comic-Con, the company provides hospitality services to North America’s premier events.

A Sodexo company, Centerplate creates unique, locally-inspired menus, best-in-class guest service, and one-of-a-kind experiences backed by world-class design and insights teams. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.

Media Contact

Paul Pettas, Centerplate Communications Director Paul.Pettas@Centerplate.com


Battle Bar, Dragon Smoke, and Stranger Smores chocolate bars

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