I have returned from mecca, the All Candy Expo in Chicago. The largest candy trade show in North America. I am wiped out, since I had to do it all in one day, but needless to say it was like a kid in a FREE candy store.
My favorite candy was the Sour Spray from Too Tarts. And they didn’t give me anything free, sadly. I have about 10 lbs. of candy to go through, much of it international. I was surprised at how international the show was. Full expo coverage is available here.
My haul looks something like this:
I also ran into the Candy Podcast family completely randomly! The voice sounded familiar and they were all wearing their podcast shirts! Random.
There was a lot of grabbing things, more so than even library conferences where people will go batty over paperclips. There was one exhibit late in the day which looked like it had been attacked by candy zombies. It’s an odd situation to be in when you get picky and snobby about which free candy you’ll take, but when you only have a limited space (you could only take approved bags on the floor), you must have standards. On the way out we ran into some Apple Store employees who had scammed their way into the show. I salute candy scammers! In fact I was surprised there weren’t more. My favorite was a trio of women dressed similarly who all had bluetooth headsets on. Very futuristic/Destiny’s Child. Are you really doing power business at the candy show?
Basically the show ran us ragged, and I will now be ruined for all other conferences!
Alright I am crashing…..zzzzzzzzz.