Bits & Pieces

Miscellaneous news articles from the candy world.


The Story of Chocolate — from ‘Food of the Gods’ to Benjamin Franklin and today

Cocoa’s history dates back thousands of years.
The Olmecs (1500 B.C. to 100 B.C.+) were the first people known to process and eat cacao beans, which they called kakaw.
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Halloween industry booms with $11.3 billion in expected sales

Most households spend well for Halloween, but still keep an eye on prices.
Consumers won’t shy away from Halloween shopping this year, with the average household expected to spend $125 on candy, costumes, decorations and other Halloween items.
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Hasbro and Bazooka join forces for cross-promotion

New partnership includes retail, digital and social media campaigns.
Hasbro, famous for board games, and Bazooka Candy Brands are joining forces on a cross-promotion launching in September.
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Candy subscription box

Newly launched Candy Club debuts subscription boxes

Nationwide, monthly service delivers favorites, hard-to-find classics.
Now, candy lovers all over the country will be able to get their fix on a monthly basis.
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Alain Roby: Record-Setting Chocolatier Continues To Innovate

Alain Roby’s talents have taken him around the globe, but he enjoys serving up chocolate creations of all kinds in a small-town environment.
A certified master chef of pastry and sugar artistry, Alain Roby is internationally known for his sugar and chocolate masterpieces.
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Insects as the Food of the Future

Could eating bugs ever go mainstream?
The next big thing could be bugs.
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M&M'S World

M&M'S World celebrates grand opening in Shanghai

New store offers 1,600-sq. meters of colorful, chocolate fun
The main focal point of the second floor features the Great Wall of Chocolate — the world's largest M&M'S candy wall — offering visitors an amazing photo moment and a chance to create their own customized blend of M&M'S Brand Chocolate Candies from 132 individual tubes.
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World Record

Big League Chew event ‘blows up’ previous Guinness World Record

Cal Ripken World Series debuts with hundreds of fans blowing a bubble gum bubble simultaneously.
It took all of thirty seconds, but an earnest crowd of 721 baseball fans from around the world managed to blow a bubble gum bubble together and hold it for half a minute to break the previous world record.
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1-800-FLOWERS.COM to accept bitcoin for online transactions

Flower and candy company to begin accepting the popular online currency.

“As a customer-centric company, we are always looking for new ways to engage with our customers and enhance their shopping experience for all of their celebratory occasions,” says Jim McCann, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM CEO and founder.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar to open in Chicago

Candy store slated to open in spring 2015
“We are beyond excited to launch Dylan’s Candy Bar Chicago this spring,” Dylan Lauren says.
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Image Galleries

A Venetian Carnival, a Jelly Belly sculpture and gourmet chocolates! Oh my!

Candy Industry takes you into the French Pastry’s School For the Love of Chocolate event in Chicago, held Feb. 25.

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October cover

October 2014

Lollipops, candy subscriptions, and more await you in the October issue!
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Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Although many foods are appealing, and even perceived as natural, in spite of containing synthetic additives, consumer increasingly prefer food products which are fully natural.

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Candy Industry's Kettle Awards

Kettle Awards

Since 1946, Candy Industry magazine has recognized leaders in the U.S. confectionery industry with the highest recognition possible, the Kettle Award. The distinguished recipients have captured this most coveted award by not only excelling within their companies, but by contributing to the greater good of the industry. It’s virtually a who’s who of past and present professionals who have left their mark as confectioners and business mavens. Learn more about the voting process as well as the annual Kettle Awards Ceremony by visiting our Kettle Awards Website


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