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Carmen Portillo

Carmen Portillo
A self-proclaimed foodie, Carmen became Arkansas's first certified Chocolatier in 2007. She is the Founder & Chocolatier of Cocoa Belle Chocolates and CB-Dulce. Carmen was featured on Food Network's baking competition Bake You Rich, hosted by Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro. Carmen is a Little Rock native but attributes her passion for chocolate and confection to living abroad and traveling the world.

Many people think of dessert as an afterthought. However, I have a different philosophy, “There’s always room for dessert when it’s first!” Of course, this principle can be attributed to my profession as Owner and Chocolatier of Cocoa Belle Chocolates, but also in part from a tradition my husband and …




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