Although not quite as popular as chocolate, chewy candy still commanded close to $3.3 billion in dollar sales in the 52 weeks ending March 20, 2016, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm.
Today, Ethereal Confections offers such bean-to-bar offerings as Sweet Basil and Cherry Blossom, Black Cherry Lemonade and Blood Orange and Vanilla Bean in addition to 30 truffle varieties and a half-dozen desserts, all made on the premises.
Many, many years ago, in a neighborhood now known as Bucktown in Chicago, there was this scrawny kid trolling the streets for pop bottles. You see, back then, retailers would give two cents for every bottle. Collect six bottles and you’ve got yourself 12 cents, a virtual fortune.
PMCA’s 70th Annual Production Conference In Lancaster, Pa., April 11-13 marks its 70th anniversary with a Back to Basics program on sugar and sweeteners as well as an inaugural hands-on chocolate workshop.