Chicago chocolatiers and pastry chefs gave demos, while other chefs exhibited ornate sugar and chocolate sculptures. Basically, the show was pretty much covered in delicious, delicious, chocolate.
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Life does not get much better than a trip to the Sweets and Snacks Expo. Every year, candy and snack manufacturers and distributors from all over the world flock to Chicago to show off their goodies to potential buyers. A full three acres of floor space is filled with sweet and savory snacks. Needless to say, I was thrilled to cover this event. The new items this year included dark chocolate Mallo Cups, a brand-new fudge-covered Oreo, the return of retired grape Pop Rocks, and much more.
[Photograph: Michael Nagrant] My first high school Spanish textbook was named Churros y Chocolate. Though I loved the language, due to an overbearing teacher whose pronunciation I'm pretty sure most Mexicans would have made fun of or mistook for Italian,...