The Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago

The Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago

Each year the National Confectioners Association kicks off the Sweets & Snacks Expo, putting on display more than 4 acres of new candy and snack products.

Sweets & Snacks Expo

The Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off May 24 – May 26 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

You read that right. 4 acres of candies and snacks.

This just might be heaven on Earth. More than 16,000 candy and snack professionals have descended on Chicago to attend and exhibit at the show. We’ll soon be hearing what new products will be coming to market this year, and those that receive the top Innovation Awards.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we took a straw poll around 520 Elliot to learn the team’s most beloved candies and snacks. We didn’t discriminate from old school to new school, sweet to savory — all sweets and snacks are welcome.

Here are the results.

“Hands down, these delicious bites of heaven,” Cory Hymel, software engineer

dunkaroos“I’m a sucker for Cinnamon Buns or Totino’s Pizza Rolls,” Carlos Perez, industrial designer.



Carlos is in a pizza face off with Laura Lynch, director of product development for ASOTV, who chose Ellio’s Pizza as her favorite snack.


Michelle Sartori is bringing us back to sweet with her pick of soft-batch chocolate chip cookies. Those sneaky little elves.

soft batch chocolate chip cookies

Jeremy Losaw brings us back to cheesy, salty, orange-finger-licking-good Cheetos.



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