Guess what, fellow candy lovers?! We have some exciting news to share with you.
We’ll be attending the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago this May!
If you don’t know why this expo is so important for our team here at Candy Funhouse, allow us clue you in. You’re gonna want to join us after hearing all the fun details!
The Sweets and Snacks Expo is Lit
This event is the best get-together of all the industry’s leading retailers, suppliers, and distributors. Yes, you read that right—we’re going to be surrounded by candy and candy fanatics all day, and we get to call it “work.” We can’t say it enough: We love our jobs!
This year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo will feature over 800 exhibitors, including 100+ new companies to connect with. We’re talking about big box, multinational companies, plus lots of gourmet and boutique manufacturers too! There are already 18,000 candy and snack professionals (aka future friends) registered from over 90 countries.
Plus, the Sweets and Snacks pros really know how to host a conference. Not only will there be tons of sweet networking going on, but there will be lots of learning happening too, with over 20+ data-driven learning sessions available. These will focus on technology, shopping engagement, and state-of-the-market trends. What does all of this mean? Well, after this conference, we’re going to be able to bring you an even better candy experience!
Let’s not forget to mention the snacks! We’ve heard nearly 50% of exhibitors showcase a snack product. Free treats? Not going to lie, it might have been one of the top reasons why Candy Funhouse is attending the Sweets and Snacks Expo this year!
...But free snacks aren’t the only reason we’re attending the Sweets and Snacks Expo!
The Candy Funhouse team of candy connoisseurs and fun-gineers work hard behind-the-scenes to bring you, our valued customers, the best sweets and treats experience out there. And that means we need to stay up-to-date on all the latest candy crazes and snazzy new snack products. The Sweet and Snacks Expo is a great opportunity for us to stay on the cutting edge of innovation, get an inside look at new flavours and textures, and keep up our reputation of being the best candy wholesalers this world has ever seen!
We’ll get access to 45 of the newest, hottest, award-winning candies that are destined to be best-sellers. We’ll discover what the next great candy is going to be and how to stock it before anyone else does, so you, in turn, can enjoy it before anyone else does!
And let’s not forget to mention Innovation Avenue. It’s the part of the expo that shows off brand new products from companies that are just launching. No one has ever seen these candies before! Walking through Innovation Avenue will be just as amazing and eye-opening as exploring Willy Wonka’s R&D department of new treats. Remember the Everlasting Gobstoppers scene from the film?
It’s Award Season!
No, we’re not talking about the Oscars. We’re talking about the Sweets and Snacks Expo’s “Most Innovative New Products of 2017” awards!
Candy connoisseurs are a fun bunch, but when they come together, they mean business. After taste-testing and assessing each candy being considered for these awards, candy connoisseurs decided that the candies listed below were some of the best. Here at Candy Funhouse, we pay particular attention to these award-winning candies because we know you’re going to love them!
Take a look at some of the best products from 2017. Have you tried any of these yet? (If not, you should!)
The classic peanut butter-chocolate combo from Reese’s that we all know and love has been given a new crunchy twist! These mini chocolate-covered cups containing mini peanut butter chips and crunchy rice puffs won “Best in Show” in 2017. It’s not hard to see (or taste) why. Plus, the easy-to-open packaging makes it perfect for snacking on the go!
Nerds Lucha Grande – Mango Chile and Guava
Inspired by Mexican Wrestlers, Nerds’ latest candy won “Best in Sweet Snacks” in 2017. The bold tropical flavours found in these candies are sure to slam your taste buds with a sweet punch of fantastic and intense flavour.
Trolli Sour Brite Dip’n Crawlers
Dip’n Crawlers won “Best in Show” in 2017 for Novelty/Licensed candies. These innovative candies are customizable. They allow candy fans to add the amount of sour sugar they want on their gummy worms. The packaging keeps the worms on one side and the sour sugar on the other, so you get to decide what level of sour you can handle!
Tic Tac brings us a whole new chewing experience with this minty gum that won “Best in Show” in 2017 in the Gum & Mints category. Their iconic resealable box is perfect for anyone on-the-go.
Check out all the VIP brands we’re going to be rubbing shoulders with!
We weren’t kidding when we said the Sweets and Snacks Expo is the biggest and best candy and snacks gathering ever.
Many of the major candy companies and manufacturers will be showcasing all of their best and brightest sweet treats on the market. These include big name brand companies such as Hershey’s, Jelly Belly, Nestle, and Mars Wrigley Confectionery (makers of M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, Skittles, and more). There will be so many other candy confectioners there as well, including many of the brands we stock for you here at Candy Funhouse—Albanese Candy, Pop Rocks, Pez, Tootsie Rolls, and Smarties, to name a few.
Needless to say, the whole team here at Candy Funhouse is very excited about the upcoming Sweets and Snack Expo. We can’t wait! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to check out the inside scoop at the expo. Plus, sign up for our newsletter for bite-sized tidbits on all the latest candy trends, events, and news.