Indulge in honeyed delights during Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Most people have during slightest one form of chocolate pleasure they indulge in on arise (or utterly regularly).

Thanks to a chocolate eventuality in Glendale,  chocolate lovers can enhance their horizons with opposite forms of chocolate concoctions.

During a 22nd annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire from Feb. 3 to 5 at Murphy Park, guest can try opposite forms of chocolate treats, go on a chocolate scavenger hunt or make chocolate pizzas with their families.

Founded by a Cerreta Candy Company, a eventuality has turn one of ancestral downtown Glendale’s signature events. Vice President Joe Cerreta, a third-generation candy maker, pronounced that a eventuality brings out people of all ages given nobody can conflict chocolate.

“The Chocolate Affaire itself is a unequivocally family-oriented festival. You’ll see 3 and 4 generations of families…It’s parents, grandkids, grandparents,” Cerrito said.

Along with chocolate-themed delights, a eventuality will incorporate book signings from Southwest intrigue authors on all 3 days, a Plein Air outside portrayal foe on Saturday and live song from internal bands via a weekend.

Family-friendly fun

For families with children, a festival offers a rock-climbing wall, face portrayal and fair rides.

During a chocolate celebration, vendors will offer renouned treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries, nuts, cheesecake and bananas. Attendees can also try singular treats  such as chocolate lemonade; spiced chocolate; chocolate-steamed buns and a Polar Plunge, a prohibited chocolate splash with an combined dip of ice cream.

The pizza-making counter turns guest into pseudo-chocolatiers as they make their possess chocolate pizzas regulating toppings such as walnuts, tiny marshmallows, raisins, MMs, peppermint patties and white chocolate.

On Friday evening, the Sweet Tooth competition, hosted by internal TV celebrity Jaime Cerreta, hurdles vendors to try to surpass any other with their many dainty chocolate creations.

Throughout a weekend, a Cerreta Candy Company’s Glendale bureau will be open to visitors, who will have a possibility to learn some-more about a candy-making operations and try samples of chocolate treats done onsite.

A ‘pretty up-close and personal’ tour

This time of a year, a bureau is bustling removing prepared for Valentine’s Day, one of a busiest holidays.

Free buses will run behind and onward to a candy bureau from a park on all 3 days of a event.

Every year, around 300,000 to 400,000 people, including visitors from out-of-state and propagandize groups, revisit a candy factory.

During a Chocolate Affaire tours, guest will have a possibility to see opposite machines in action, during a closer vicinity than unchanging tours.

“It’s flattering up-close and personal,” Cerreta said. “You indeed get to transport around on a inside, within calm areas of course, to see a apparatus and what’s going on most closer.”

The bureau uses apparatus such as copper caramel and steam cream kettles to rise a signature chocolates. It is also home to a selected circuit belt identical to a one featured on a iconic partial of “I Love Lucy.”

‘Every singular day is different’

Patriarch Jim Cerreta got into a candy-making business after marrying into a family in Ohio with a candy factory. He changed his family to Arizona and non-stop adult his initial internal bureau in Phoenix in 1968 and afterwards relocated his association to downtown Glendale in 1988.

Jim and mixed generations of his family, including his son Joe, continue to be partial of a bland operations of a factory.

Joe, who has been concerned in a candy-making business given age 8, pronounced he never tires of a honeyed smells inside a factory.

“Every day is different. We might be roasting uninformed roasted nuts, or we might be regulating a lot of chocolate, or we might be creation brittles, caramel corns, caramels or molded chocolates,” Joe said. “Every singular day is different. It’s like, ‘Gee, they unequivocally compensate me to do this.’”

During a chocolate-infused weekend, internal restaurants in downtown Glendale’s Catlin Court and Old Towne neighborhoods will supplement to a jubilee with chocolate-themed menu items.

At Papa Ed’s Ice Cream, visitors can try a new season of ice cream called Chocolate Salted Caramel or indulge in cherry/chocolate marshmallow pops.

The Desert Rose Steakhouse, will inspire adults to knowledge chocolate in a new approach with chocolate-favored alcoholic beverages, including white chocolate beer, chocolate martinis and chocolate wine.

At A Touch of European Café  and Bakery by Chef Tom, chocolate lovers can squeeze chocolate-flavored desserts such as chocolate-covered Macaroon cookies, truffles, cupcakes, wafers or chocolate-flavored soup.

Visitors can also try to A Shot of Java for a chocolate strawberry mocha or a Hop Stop Diner for chocolate-dipped strawberries and bananas or Rice Krispies treats with chocolate-covered strawberries.

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Glendale Chocolate Affaire

When: Feb. 3-5. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Feb 3. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb 4. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 5.

Where: Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale Avenues.

Admission: Free admission; $10 for parking during internal garages; additional costs for activities, chocolates and specialty menu items.  

Details: 623-930-2299, glendaleaz.com/events.  

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