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, "There is nothing more gratifying in this world than to cook and feed someone else."

Ahhh, shucks. Here's how he feels about a few other things:

I ended up in the kitchen because I was tired of eating boxed macaroni and
cheese with tuna and peas.

My favorite dish to make is my famous Jerk Chicken Sandwich.

Find out what dish Blonkenfeld is afraid to make, after the jump.

One dish I'm afraid to make is Gooey Duck.

My favorite kind of candy is chocolate.

Caramel should be given its own holiday.

I always brush my teeth after my famous garlic fries ~~~WHEW!

Find Charlie and 11 other chefs at Caramelpalooza, Friday, March 11, from 7 til the caramel runs out,  Smeeks candy store, northwest corner of Central and Camelback. 

Catch up with the other candymakers we've profiled so far:

Tammie Coe, Eugenia Theodosopoulos

Want to be a judge at Caramelpalooza? Enter here

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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