The Sweetest Place on Earth

sweetsandsnacks1Once again McCormick Place came to life as vendors and customers embraced their inner child for the NCA’s Sweets and Snacks Expo. We counted the days and prepared for the extravaganza! No diets here!

The great folks at Mars we’re great in making sure we were well taken care of. They took care of our caffeine needs and furnished us with samples of their newest products. Celebrities were on hand for the fun as well. Singer/Actor Nelly made an appearance courtesy of Mike and Ike. He took a little time for photos as well.

The main attraction was just walking around and seeing all the treats, from healthy to the sweet. What was really exciting were the innovations. There was powdered peanut butter and  salmon jerky. There were every flavor of popcorn imaginable. Along with the innovations were the old favorites. Wrigley is still a mainstay in Chicago and Gourmet treats from the Hershey’s kitchen. Fashion is now a part of the candy universe. Major brands have merchandise like M&M’s ear buds and Just Born’s Peeps socks. We even saw a lady who made candy into lovely pieces of jewelry. My favorite was Chara and her Louis Vuitton pump made of chocolate.

Whatever your pleasure, it was sure to be at the Sweets and Snacks Expo take a look at our favorite.s Oh great I have a taste for something sweet! Darn I don’t think I have anything LOL!

Snacks 077 Nelly spoke fondly of his childhood favorite Mike and Ike which he still loves today!

Snacks 085Jen and I were lucky enough to snag a photo with the singer/actor

Snacks 2 038Just Born’s Peeps has not only candy but clothing , stuffed animals and mugs.

Snacks 2 031Growing up in a religious Christian home the Scripture Candy was among my favorites

Snacks 2 024Another example of fashion meets candy at the Wonka booth with Nerds candies.

Snacks 093Here is Jen with two of her favorites Oreo cookies and Sour Patch Kids!

shoeOne of Chocolate Creations by Chara’s divalicious creations!

Snacks 047Gummy Bears and Dinosaurs are my favs and their low fat too!

Snacks 2 033Chocolate Canoli at the Hershey’s Kitchen..YUM!

Snacks 103The expo also featured snacks and Candy from around the world here we have a Latin treat!

Snacks 130 Do we have anything sweet?…Nah!! LOL

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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