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. The former FnB line cook turned Upward Projects and Chow Bella contributor has gotten much praise from her line of Mexican crafted products, Muñeca Mexicana.

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The handmade brand of specialty goods such as Mole Poblano, Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix, and Coyotas captures the authentic flavors of Mexican food that Minerva grew up eating but found wanting in Phoenix.

Although the first-time Caramelpalooza chef claims she's not a candymaker, her Goat's Milk Caramel begs to differ. Derived from the traditional methods used in Celaya, Mexico, this all-natural sauce provides a rich and creamy supplement to pastries, ice cream -- you name it. So you can say what you will about your candy-making skills, Mrs. Orduño Rincón, but we think the handcrafted caramel will speak for itself.

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