Hit The Sweet Spot At The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

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Christen Bejar
Eat your veggies for breakfast and head west -- ​ the Glendale Chocolate Affaire is offering more than a mouthful of sweet all weekend. 

Filled with dozens of vendors, the free event showcases candies, ice cream, and all manner of chocolate goodness spread across two blocks of downtown Glendale.

More sweet details after the jump.

One of the tastiest booths -- and aptly named -- is Mr. Fudge, which sells more than a dozen different kinds of signature fudge. The espresso fudge is especially delicious, offering the super sweet chocolate fudge with a bitter kick of coffee.

The Ceretta's Candy Company booth offers up chocolate dipped strawberries, candy apples, and truffles, as well as their other booth that sells custom made chocolate pizzas. The Lily Lang Treats booth also serves its own mixture of tasty chocolate-dipped desserts such as fudge balls, English toffee, and their specialty caramel smores sticks.

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The Ceretta chocolate pizzas could be topped with a mixture of walnuts, marshmallows, raisins, and other candies.

It's not all about the chocolate at the Chocolate Affaire, though. The Nutz About Nuts booth features almonds roasted in cinnamon sugar that makes a crunchy, sweet, and addictive snack. The DD's Desert Delights booth also serves up some non-chocolate items such as their soft peanut brittle that has all the creamy flavor of peanut butter, and none of the tooth-breaking harshness of regular brittle.

For those not in the mood for desserts, there are also several booths offering up a huge choice of foods from Italian sausage and egg rolls, to gryos and hamburgers.

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Christen Bejar
A chocoholic's heaven.

The Chocolate Affaire also provides live music entertainment as well as carnival rides and bouncers for kids. Several romance authors will also be appearing for signings and workshops throughout the event weekend.

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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David Bickford
David Bickford

I attended this event for the first time today. I've got to say there wasn't nearly as much chocolate to this event as I had hoped for. There were really two problems, as I see it:

1) The chocolate vendors were dispersed among numerous vendors selling nothing related to chocolate, making it a lot of work to get a sense of a coherent chocolate theme.

2) Many of the chocolate vendors were of the Mackinac Island fudge variety, which is fine, but conspicuously missing were highly-regarded locals such as Goody Twos with their amazing toffee and Wei of Chocolate with their imaginative combinations of herbs and cacao.

I don't want to sound like I did not enjoy or appreciate this free event. It was a bustling scene and the kids enjoyed the rides and attractions for them. Nevertheless, it would be more accurate to call the event "The Downtown Glendale Street Fair with a Little Chocolate." Serious chocolate aficionados might prefer the Chiles & Chocolates event held each fall at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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