Articles by Alyse Thompson

Sisters who run Flesor’s Candy Kitchen have come full circle.

The Flesor sisters return home, resurrect their grandfather’s candy store and bring new life to a small town.
September 24, 2012

For the residents of Tuscola, Ill., stepping into Flesor’s Candy Kitchen feels like going back in time.

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Double whammy

Adding fruits and nuts to confections accents healthful benefits of both while delivering taste, texture characteristics.
September 24, 2012

In a way, sliding fruits and nuts between two slabs of chocolate is just like spreading peanut butter and jelly between two slices of bread.

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The latest trends for premium candy

By emphasizing quality — from ingredients through processing — candy makers maximize affordable indulgences.
September 18, 2012

For Phyllis LeBlanc, hand dipping chocolates at Harbor Sweets meant more than a steady paycheck during her time at Salem State College — it was an exercise in what would become her future.

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Multi-functional uses continue to expand

Aside from using starches for operational benefits, candy technologists see opportunities by addressing market niches.
August 21, 2012

If creating candy is like juggling, then for many confectioners, starches are like a third hand.

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Choice chocolate from the Aloha State

Dylan Butterbaugh’s Manoa Chocolate offers premium, sustainable sweets
August 21, 2012
Known for its golden pineapples, white sand beaches and righteous surfing, Hawaii can now — thanks to Dylan Butterbaugh — add fine chocolate to its “reasons to visit” list.  

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It’s good to be queen

‘Candy Queen’ Jackie Sorkin balances motherhood with her booming candy business.
August 20, 2012

 Hollywood Candy Girls creator Jackie Sorkin doesn’t get star struck — unless Oprah is involved, that is. 

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Ancient chocolate spice discovered

College, Mexican anthropological institute find 2,500-year-old cocoa samples on Mayan pottery.
August 8, 2012
Cocoa has long been used to flavor sweets, sauces and drinks, but as it turns out, it’s been a cherished ingredient much longer than originally thought — 2,500 years longer, to be exact.
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Down for the 'calorie' count

Calorie counting methodology study by USDA raises more questions
August 8, 2012
In an age when counting calories has become just as important as counting nickels and dimes, a new study how those calories are counted could give dieters the trick they’re looking for. Or so it seems.
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Corn syrup name debate continues

District Court Judge Marshall adds Cargill, ADM as defendants in “corn sugar” case.
August 1, 2012
Depending on which side you’re on, the battle over what to call high fructose corn syrup has either sweetened — or soured.
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China to buy $50 million of Blue Diamond almonds

Nut processor, Chinese commerce official sign one-year agreement.
July 31, 2012
China has gone “nuts” over Blue Diamond almonds, it seems.
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