I am at the Sweet & Snack Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago. Yesterday, I made my Spooky Eyeballs and Gingerwreaths at the Wrigley Booth #1745 to crowds of interested candy crafters. Then I talked to Joni Stern from Stern Ingredients about what is happening in the world of wacky confectionery ingredients. I stopped into American Licorice Company to talk to Michael Kelly about the history of American Licorice and was pleased to get some provenance on this great box from my collection. It's 100 years old!
In the evening the Candy Industry Kettle Awards were held at the Union League Club of Chicago. What great fun it is to learn about who is nominated along with their confectionery achievements.The award went to John Brooks Sr. from Adams and Brooks. His California company was founded by his father and a business partner Paul Adams in 1932.