Honey Moon Sweet's Joan and Tim O'Connor: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Joan and Tim O'Connor of Honey Moon Sweets

This culinary duo has been rolling out pastries from from their well-loved Tempe bakery for over 15 years. While they're famous for their elaborate wedding cakes, we look forward to seeing what they do with some scorched sugar.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
J: At the beach, where the weather is temperate, warm, and not too humid.

If you were stranded on an island with only one cooking appliance, what would it be?
T: A cook stove?
J: Well if you could start a fire... you'd need to have something to put stuff in... So a saute pan with a handle.

What do you think is overrated?
T: Red velvet. Do you have any idea what you have to do to make it red?

If you had an infinite amount of money to build a garden, what would it have?
J: A koi fish pond.
T: A mango tree.

If you had to brew your own beer, what would it taste like?
J:Something chewy, like Guinness

Find the O'Connors and 17 other chefs at Caramelpalooza, Friday, March 2, from 7 til the caramel runs out, Smeeks candy store, northwest corner of Central and Camelback.

The candy makers so far:
Monica Castillo, Churn

Nutwhat's Lisa Rast

Urban Bean's Virginia Senior

Paleta's Betty Beatriz Alatorre de Hong

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