The annual Chocolate Extravaganza hosted by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council has proven so popular that this year it was scheduled for three days, March 8-10, in downtown Hannibal.

The annual Chocolate Extravaganza hosted by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council has proven so popular that this year it was scheduled for three days, March 8-10, in downtown Hannibal. Many merchants offered special treats, and the people attending could purchase a passport to receive a number of them.

Among people who drove to Hannibal for the Chocolate Extravaganza for the first time were Julie Oakley-Jagger and Tom Jagger of St. Louis. She was wearing a chocolate pearl necklace she received at AVA Goldworks.

“I loved the paraffin hand (treatment) at the Powder Room,” she said. “The paraffin sets, and they rub it off and it makes hands a lot more soft.” Her husband also had the hand treatment, and they were served chocolate martinis there.

The couple had also toured the Mark Twain Home and Museum, where, he said, “The Norman Rockwell pictures are great.”

A trio of friends from the Kansas City area attended for the first time but had already decided to return next year and bring more people with them. They were Tammie Betts of Lathrop, Marsha Earley of Lee's Summit and Kim Long of Raytown.

They found the event on the internet, Long said, adding “We just got up early and came.” They were staying overnight Saturday in Hannibal.

Long said they had a delicious lunch at the Brick Oven and also the people at Java Jive were very generous. Earley agreed that at the Brick Oven, “Everything we had there was wonderful.”

At Chocolaterie Stam, they enjoyed the chocolate wine tasting, and Earley bought a box of 16 chocolates.

The group was going to Ayers Pottery after stopping at the Main Street Wine Stoppe for chocolate pudding shots. And later they planned to go to the Powder Room for the paraffin hand treatment.

Mark Janus, owner of The Resident Chef in Bethel Heights, Arkansas, was serving his pineapple pecan chicken salad — his best seller — at the Mississippi Marketplace. The store stocks his foods year round.

Kate Roth, who has lived in Hannibal for a year and a half, was trying the chicken salad.

Janus also provided white chocolate peppermint balls for the Chocolate Extravaganza. One group trying them was Robin Brummell, Mindy Latham and Leah Wilke of Pike County, Illinois.

All three agreed they were delicious, and one said she also enjoyed the turtle cheesecake.

At 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Java Jive, Annie Drish was serving a triple chocolate cupcake to Lilly McLeod. Drish said the cannoli was all gone. “We've been having people come in all day and asking for them.”

See photo gallery for more pictures of the Chocolate Extravaganza.

bev.darr@courierpost.com