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WGN Feature ReporterIt was a rough day on the teeth. I spent the morning at the 2012 National Confectioners Association Sweets and Snacks Expo. More than 170 companies set up shop on the show floor to show off their latest candy and snack creations. Store owners and other...
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Welcome to the real-life version of Candy Land. Over here sits a giant chocolate replica of the Bean, decorated with colorful jelly beans in the shape of the Chicago skyline. Over there, sour gummy worms. There's licorice in one corner, and rich...
Chew on this: Adults — not children — account for 65 percent of gummi candy consumption in the United States. And that appetite is growing, if Haribo of America Inc.'s sales are any indication. U.S. sales for the Woodlawn-based division of...
Americans spend more than $700 million on chocolate for Valentine’s Day, according to the National Confectioners Association. But what’s the best tasting chocolate for the money? Consumer Reports taste testers have sampled more than 30 boxes...
Tags: Chocolates, Consumers
You'll have no trouble finding food at the Maryland State Fair. Some of it is still walking around on hooves, granted. But once you're on the Midway, you'd have trouble swinging a test-your-strength mallet without hitting a stand selling corn dogs,...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A series of disasters in Australia’s sugarcane region and foul weather in Brazil, India and China have driven up world sugar prices, and many U.S. farmers are making enough to pay off loans and buy new equipment. But...
Daily American Staff WriterChocolate Easter bunny lovers rejoice. Concerns about a possible shortage in the supply of chocolate have not materialized. A drought in West Africa and unrest in the Ivory Coast — the world’s biggest cocoa producers — raised concerns...
Tags: Religious Festivals, Friedens, Easter
A three-day sugar rush gets underway Tuesday when the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo opens at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the expo is “the largest confectionery, cookie and snack show in the...
Los Angeles TimesHawking the latest treats at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this week, confectioners made promises that seemed too sweet to believe. Saleswomen for Hershey Co. handed out Reese's Minis, chocolate-peanut butter cups the size of marbles, which they...
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Tribune cultural criticWhen the time came to nail down details about the candy business for her fifth novel, "True Confections" (Shaye Areheart), Katharine Weber knew exactly where she had to go: Chicago. Each spring at McCormick Place, the National Confectioners Association...
Chicago Tribune reporterIt seems incongruous that the ingredient so integral to, say, a Hershey's Kiss, is the same one that for centuries played a major role in religious and cultural rituals. Of course, anyone addicted to Hershey Kisses may not think it strange at all....
Sun-SentinelLike many holidays, Easter has its roots in both religious and pagan celebrations. In religious terms, Easter is the most holy Christian holiday, because it is the celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection. But the holiday also signifies the coming of...
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