We make this whenever someone hands us a starter (although, you can start your own as follows). We all love the main recipe but the chocolate is wonderful and so is the lemon. We have also made the rhubarb which adults in my family love but the kids are not as crazy about.
We do not handout many bags as we make about 3 batches at a time. You take the cup that you are suppose to give to friends and make another batch. It works great and you get bread to freeze for a later date. (We also give lots of bread away!) It only takes a little more time and the mess is already out.
To start your own starter.....
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 package of yeast
Mix together in a bag.
Here is a site for the rest of the steps. I think it is worth it.