About Us

Chaos Conceptions is a small, woman owned/cancer survivor business specializing in freeze dried candies owned and operated by Calliope and Arn Thorsen. In addition to freeze-dried candy, Calliope also sews and does custom embroidery! 

(Accidently) married in 2020, Calliope and Arn own and operate Chaos Conceptions on their little chaotic plot of land called “Wolves Calling” in Benson AZ with their six dogs and ten cats. Life is beautiful and chaotic, but Calliope and Arn find the time to come up with more and more ideas to create and find both beauty and calm in this chaotic world. They like to say “Chaos can be sweet!”

About Our Process

We don’t rush our candy!  We take pride in each batch, knowing that our customers are getting the absolute best product for their money.  Each batch of candy can take up to 30 hours (or more!!).  While there are shortcuts, we feel that results in a potentially inferior product.

Certain types of candies are either processed in small batches or on request due to the extreme fragile nature of these products. If you need one of these products within a certain timeframe, contact us here.

What is Freeze Drying?

Freeze drying is a method of preserving food through a process that removes all of the moisture. Freeze dryers work by freezing the material, then reducing the pressure and adding heat to allow the frozen water in the material to change directly to a vapor (sublimate).

The amount of time that it takes to properly freeze dry a food will vary depending on the type and the amount of moisture. Typically this process can take more than few days. Freeze drying also drastically changes the weight and volume of the food. For example: Fresh strawberries. 1 pound = 16 ounces. After 48 hours in the freeze dryer it is 1 ounce.

Chaos Conceptions operates out of a home kitchen that may process certain allergens and is not subject to public health inspection. Our AZ registration number is #17294. Sales tax is included in the price of the products.