It's the moment you all (well, the 17 of you who entered, anyway) have been waiting for. The announcement of the 2011 Caramelpalooza reader judges.
We asked our readers to leave a comment explaining why they'd make good judges for our caramel tasting next Friday, March 11, at Smeeks candy shop in central Phoenix.
The answers were inspired. You can read them all in the comments section on this post.
Find out who won after the jump.
The reader judges for Caramelpalooza 2011 are:
Omar Zamora and Shannon Dufresne
In his entry, Omar explained that he believes he's qualified because a. he watches Law & Order and therefore knows a lot about judges. And b. he has seen every episode of Top Chef.
Makes sense to us. Then Omar threw it over the top with a haiku:
Please pick me to Judge
It will be such a good time
Shannon, as it turns out, is the owner and maker of Crave ice cream in Phoenix. In her entry, she explained that she makes caramel almost every day.
"I adore caramel and am pretty particular about it," she wrote.
Shannon and Omar will participate in the official blind judging portion of the event. If you did not get chosen to judge, don't despair. Caramelpalooza is free and open to all -- just remember, it's first come, first served til the candy runs out.
Stay tuned to Chow Bella over the next week for more candymaker profiles, contests and other caramel news.