If the Sweets and Snacks Expo were a country, it would be called Awesomeland. About the size of three football fields, the Expo brings together candy manufacturers and distributors from all over the world for their biggest opportunity of the year to find new customers and reconnect with existing ones. The best part? Every single one of them brings samples.
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There are boatloads of candies manufactured all over the world that are unavailable in the United States, or just not widely circulated. Fortunately, the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago offered those candy manufacturers the opportunity to get their products out to American eaters. Here are my favorites from the show.
Having covered the best new products from the multinational candy companies, my latest installment of coverage of the Sweets and Snacks Expo focuses on new products from smaller American manufacturers, with foreign candy waiting in the wings.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending what might be the single greatest annual event in the United States: the Sweets & Snacks Expo. The trade show, put on by the National Confectioners Association and held in Chicago's McCormick Place, was in its 14th year this time around and is an awesome presentation of the array sweet and salty snacks in this country, with heavy emphasis on sweets. First in my series of posts about the show, here are my favorite new products from the big boys—the national and international candy companies that are most familiar to us all.