In late September Chicago played host to the All Candy Expo. Sugar treats have evolved quite substantially since my childhood thrills of Nerds and Big League Chew. Expected on shelves soon:
- Mint-mojito Orbit gum
- A new gum called “5” which has “invigorating sensations that you can feel as you chew”
- Chocolate Pop Rocks
- Melted Ice Cream, a spray candy
The Internet has been a boon to those trying to chase down rare or regional candy [google: classic candy]. But as Steve Almond documents in Candy Freak, the small quirky confectionery has all but disappeared from the American landscape.