Caramelpalooza 2012: Call for Entries

Hold onto your dental work, Phoenix. It's that time again.

Caramelpalooza 2012 will take place Friday, March 2, at Smeeks candy shop in central Phoenix, from 7 p.m. til the caramel runs out.

And we're looking for chefs interested in participating in this year's third-annual caramel tasting, co-sponsored by Smeeks and Chow Bella.

This year we're mixing things up a bit, with categories both for traditional caramel candies and non-traditional uses of caramel -- think caramel sauce, pudding, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, even savory foods spiked with our favorite flavor. The more creative the better, as far as we're concerned.

Participants must provide 250 wrapped, labeled samples; and your creations must be made in a commercial kitchen.

Deadline for entering: Tuesday, January 31. Email Amy Silverman at [email protected] to enter or with any questions.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at