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    November 3, 2014

    Country Velador of Super Chunk Sweets and Treats: Pie Social Celebrity Bakers 2014

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the fifth annual Pie Social from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at the "What Should Go Here" Pop Up Park at Second and Roosevelt streets. We've got an all-star lineup of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now till Pie Social, we' ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Draft Beer Jelly Belly Candy Beans Coming February 10

    The people in the Jelly Belly flavor development center must be bored--like really bored. Flavors like moldy cheese, rotten egg, and skunk spray, along with the popular Harry Potter inspired line of "Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans," push the envelope of what people really want in candy. There are ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    The 10 Weirdest Chocolates for Your Valentine

    Ever since Vosges Haut-Chocolat broke through with Mo's Bacon Bar, chocolate flavor combinations have wandered away from the safe territory of fruits and nuts toward shocking infusions including vinegar and even pig's blood. Strange as they may sound, each of these ten odd chocolates has its fans. ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    13 Halloween Treats That Valley Chefs Are Giving Out This Year

    They may make gourmet food for a living, but that doesn't mean chefs don't have a sweet spot for Halloween candy. So what treats are Valley chefs planning to pass out for this Hallow's Eve assemblage of ghosts and goblins? Whether they're the same ones they enjoyed as kids or hard-to-find favorite ... More >>

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    October 27, 2013

    Top 5 Chow Bella Halloween Tips from Years Past

    Still looking for the perfect drink to serve at your Halloween party? Looking for the best Pumpkin beer? Wonder how to properly pair your candy with wine? Chow Bella has you covered. Check out the Halloween food and drink tips from years past.

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    May 6, 2013

    MC Magic: Thunderstrike and Cotton Candy Are the Valley's Youngest DJ Tag Team

    This week, let's shine the spotlight on a brother-and-sister team from the Valley who are doing something pretty dope -- especially considering they're 8 and 12 years old. I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Cody and Chloe, who are quite possibly the Valley's youngest-ever DJ tag t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Caramelpalooza 2013: Judge's Recap

    The fourth annual Caramelpalooza is now but a memory. It was a grand time, with more sticky sweets on display than you can imagine. My time at the event was different from most, as I was invited to judge the competition. As the contestants were arriving and setting up their displays, the other judg ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Millie's Caramel's Jill McNamara: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. She might be new to the caramel scene, but Jill McNamara, a self-pr ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Muñeca Mexicana's Minerva Orduño Rincón: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Minerva Orduño Rincón is a chef who knows how to keep it real. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Twist Caramel's Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert: Caramelpalooza 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Just over a year ago, Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert, two moms who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    NutWhats' Lisa Rast: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth-annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Although Lisa Rast is simply nutty about nuts, she's excited to com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Caramelpalooza 2013: Call for Candy Makers!

    Sugar lovers, rejoice. We can't believe it's already time to announce the details for the sweetest event of the year, Chow Bella and Smeeks' fourth annual Caramelpalooza, coming Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. See also: - Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners! - 5 Sweet Spots for Valentine Treats in Metro P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Forget Candy! Five Way to Celebrate Halloween in Metro Phoenix with Food and Alcohol - Eight Best Neighborhood Bars: Best of Phoenix 2012 Cibo Hallowine Can't celebrate Hallo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    May I Now Present the Awards for the Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown

    The best thing about being the judge for the 2012 Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown is, well, being the judge for the 2012 Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown. Bring on the sugar rush, Baby. With the challenge being to whip up a dessert incorporating their favorite Halloween candy, my fellow scri ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Make Your Own Chocolate Chip Heath Bars: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; tomorrow our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. Today: Claire Lawton's Chocolate Chip Heath Bars S ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Make Your Own Twix Cheesecake Pie: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; on Friday our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. Today: Katie Johnson's Twix Cheesecake Pie I've n ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Make Your Own Candy Corn: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; on Friday our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. First up: Amy Silverman's DIY Candy Corn There a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2012

    The 10 Best Halloween Candies Ever.

    When it comes to shopping for Halloween candy, everyone knows the basics: no generics, no toothbrushes, no mystery baked goods, and if you're giving out king-sized candy bars, word will quickly spread through the trick-or-treat grapevine that your house is the jackpot. But what are the specific ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Nestle is Making Thin Mint Cookie Candy Bars. Yes Please!

    We need about 100 of these sent to the New Times office like right now (attn: Shannon Armour, please). We don't even care if it's an "Unholy Union" between the Girl Scouts and Nestle or if the Girl Scouts are "selling out," we just want to get our hands on a Thin Mint candy bar (and any other futur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    No Matter How Polite You Are at a Vending Machine Expo in Glendale, Someone's Gonna Get Cranky If They Don't Get Their Free Twix

    Because it is what we in the business call a slow news day, I dropped by the "Gratitude Tour," a one-day expo of new food and drink vending machines in Glendale, and, boy, folks were crabby with a capital C-R-A-B. "How much does this machine cost?" I asked the representative of a digital vending ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Now That's How You Fry a Cadbury Creme Egg

    Barb Harris This is what a fried Cadbury Creme Egg should look like. ​A little over a week ago I committed an act of culinary terrorism in my own kitchen and put it on video. I learned (all right, I kind of guessed the outcome) that treating a Cadbury creme egg like an actual egg is a great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2011

    Virginia Senior: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Virginia Senior of Urban Beans is today's featured candymaker, in honor of Caramelpalooza -- which is just days away!Senior is an artist who quite often uses food as her medium. I ended up in the kitchen because creating is what I do best, and it doesn't matter if the medium is food, art, ... More >>

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    March 5, 2011

    Brianne Day: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​Our candy-coated conversation continues today with Brianne Day from The Herb Box. Day has been overseeing baked goods at The Herb Box for more than four years. I ended up in the kitchen because I've always had a passion for baking. When I was young I would spend every Sunday attempting to ba ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Veronica Arroyo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Arroyo's 2010 Caramelpalooza entry.​Today's candymaker: Veronica Arroyo of Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak Scottsdale. Arroyo's passion for a pastry career began in her grandmother's kitchen and took her to New York's famed Le Cirque and Atlantic city's Borgata before dropping her off at Bou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Meghan Olesen: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Maggie Jean Raymond   The caramel keeps on coming.... Today we serve up candymaker Meghan Olesen. We asked each chef for three one-line bios. Meghan sent three. We liked them all: 1. Meghan is a life-long Phoenician who dreams of pie and believes food is her soul. 2. Megh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Charlie Blonkenfeld: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​The Caramelpalooza candymaker fest continues today with Charlie Blonkenfeld of Chaka Chaka, a cool hot dog stand of a restaurant south of the ballpark. Charlie Blonkenfeld opened Chaka Chaka last year to rave reviews. His menu may be small, but apparently his heart is big. He tells us, "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Tammie Coe: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​Caramelpalooza Countdown!  The big, sweet event is less than two weeks away, and we are counting the days -- and the candymakers. First up is Tammie Coe. Coe's dream took her from her mother's kitchen to Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she met her husba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Gimme Some Sugar: Candy Addict vs. Rocket Fizz

    "Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh, soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie?" Up until two years ago when Georganne Bryant opened her colorful retro candy boutique, Smeeks, no one in Phoenix could. Seems Bryant started a trend. Up popped Sweets and Beats (now defunct),  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011: Who Wants to Make Some Candy?

    Jonathan McNamara Tammie Coe's 2010 caramels. ​Has it really been almost a year since we stood in the parking lot of Smeeks -- sticky and sweaty from a night of caramel tasting/swooning -- and swore we'd never eat sugar again? Indeed it has. And we have one thing to say, Phoenix: Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    3 Recipes for Leftover Halloween Candy

    Bit-O-Honey bites.​After the Butterfingers and Snickers are long gone, there sit the dregs of the Halloween pillowcase. Those undesirable confections that linger after all of the coveted candies have been eaten: Bit-O-Honey's, candy corn and other generic sweets that lie at the bottom of the bag w ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    5 Ways to Drink Your Halloween Candy

    mixthatdrink.comA rainbow of vodka flavors.​Candy is dandy, liquor is quicker, so combining candy AND liquor must be a jovial jaunt to inebriation.If you've  got a bowl full of Halloween candy and some alcohol in your cabinet, why not get creative and really trick-or-treat.Here are 5 ideas to ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Coming Soon: Candy Addict on Mill Avenue

    Photo: Cyndi Coon​ What are we so excited about over here at Chow Bella? Candy! No, not just Halloween treats. There's going to be a new candy store in town. Candy Addict is coming soon to downtown Tempe -- a family-owned candy store near ASU at 414 Mill Avenue. They will ca ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    The Best Candy for Halloween Ever, That's Right, Ever.

    ​ Don't lie. We know you've already bought your Halloween candy -- and we know it's not going to make it to October 31. So what'dya get? As far as we're concerned, you can keep your gummy skulls covered in marshmallow, then dipped in chocolate and rolled in sour sugar. We just want our favorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Now Open: Sweeties Candy

    Maybe we need a golden ticket to get into Sweeties.​ ​Locals have been drooling over the idea of a mega candy store ever since Ohio-based b.a. Sweetie Candy Company announced the impending opening of a new location in a Phoenix suburb. Drool no longer, folks. Sweeties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Nicky's Week, Bonnaroo Buzz and National Candy Month in Today's Eater's Digest

    http://lauriebot.com​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?  Nicky's Week This week is Nicky's Week at all RA Sushi locations. One-hundren percent of the proceeds from select food and beverage items on the RA menu will be don ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Scotch Tasting in Carefree, BLT Steak Derby and New Jelly Belly Recipes in Today's Eater's Digest

    An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. ​ Tomorrow, join Carefree Station and Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a scotch tasting and seminar. Learn about the scotch making process while sipping on generous samples of single ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Chocolate Wine and Other Adults-Only Easter Basket Ideas

    The last time I received an Easter basket, I was listening to Flock of Seagulls and teasing my hair with Aqua Net. EEEk. Egg decorating and pre-made baskets may be geared towards kids, but that doesn't mean adults have to miss out. Here are a few suggestions to make a sweet holiday ba ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Urban Beans, Honey Moon Sweets and Wicked Kitchen Join the Caramelpalooza Line Up

      (Note: Judging selections have been made.) Hold onto your fillings, people -- the competition for Chow Bella/Smeek's ​Caramelpalooza just got stickier. Urban Beans, Honey Moon Sweets Bakery & Dessert Bar and Wicked Kitchen Gourmet have joined Urban Cookies, Tammie Coe, Tracy Dem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Exotic Ice Cream Flavor Quest, in "Just Desserts"

    In the end, we get what's coming to us. Let's hope it's sweet. ​The latest issue of Sunset magazine says a $4,000 dresser is "worth the splurge" and the rooms at a former sanitarium turned bed-and-breakfast are calming. One article that doesn't incite a high-pitched "ha!" is the one predicting th ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Stocking Stuffers: Salt Water Taffy at Sunflower Market

    A couple of weeks ago, we happened upon an unusual find at our local Sunflower Market on Southern and McClintock Rd. in Tempe. Plopped in their bulk section, right where we discovered the most amazing chocolate-covered dried cherries on a previous excursion, is a Sweet's salt water taffy i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Sweet Read: Field Guide to Candy

    ​What to say about pastry chef/blogger/cookbood author Anita Chu's new book except that you have to have it? Her Field Guide to Candy: How to Identify and Make Virtually Every Candy Imaginable is just as mouthwatering as it sounds, with more than 100 essential recipes packed into one thick, ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Homemade Candy Corn Easier Than It Sounds -- If You Follow the Recipe

    Amy SilvermanHomemade Candy Corn.​You didn't expect to read the terms "cognitive dissonance" and "homemade candy corn" in the same sentence, but there they are.And so apt -- as soon as we got the idea to make our own candy corn (not knowing if it was even possible or had ever been attempted) we be ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    How Sweet It Is! Smeeks

    Sloane BurwellBoo! It's Halloween candy!​There's nothing like candy to release your inner 5 year old. From all day suckers to wickedly sour candies strong enough to make a grown-up wince, there's a sticky sweet treat to satisfy every taste bud. Nowadays, it seems like nostalgia reigns supreme ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    How Sweet It Is! Sweets and Beats

    Sloane BurwellThis is the sort of darts I'd love to play. ​There's nothing like candy to release your inner 5 year old. From all day suckers to wickedly sour candies strong enough to make a grown-up wince, there's a sticky sweet treat to satisfy every taste bud. Nowadays, it seems like nostalg ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Sweets & Beats Coming to Grand Avenue

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbhill/When it rains, it pours . . . candy. Last week I got the lowdown on Smeeks, a new candy shop coming to Central and Camelback. And now there's already word of another place in the works for Grand Avenue -- right between vintage tiki bar Bikini ... More >>

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