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UAPB student sharing the love with one-of-a-kind homemade desserts

Kolby McNeal created Sweets in a Jar for those looking for a home-cooked treat.

PINE BLUFF, Ark — They say the way to someone's heart is through their stomach. 

Well, Kolby McNeal is hoping his sweet tooth and culinary knowledge will do just that.

He started Sweets in a Jar last year when he realized his on-the-go campus life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff didn't have any home cooking.

"It's hard to get homemade food, and it's so underrated. It's like a breath of fresh air. I got my homemade desserts," said McNeal.

There are several flavors to choose from, including red velvet, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and 7-Up cakes.

However, one flavor is closest to his heart, Honeybun Kane, for his brother.

"He has epilepsy, and his favorite snack to eat his honey buns," said McNeal.

McNeal said he wants to build a foundation for those with epilepsy to ride free with Uber.

One of his biggest goals for cooking is to show the hobby in a different light. 

He wants young people to know the culinary arts can be for everyone. 

"I want to make cookbooks. I want to have cooking classes and everything. I want to teach kids it's cool to cook, and the ladies actually love it," said McNeal.

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