So you have premium ingredients, state-of-the-art equipment and great formulas – but how can you make the most of your investments? We’ve assembled a Who’s Who of confectionary professionals to teach you how to maximize your potential.

Sunday September 7, 2014
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Candy 101: For Beginning to All Level Candy Companies
Panel Discussion
Bring your questions for candy industry leaders and learn from their years of experience. The value of this seminar is when you bring challenging questions to this board so all can in attendance can learn & grow together.

Sunday September 7, 2014
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The Magic of the Holiday
Presented by: Dona Peters - Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
Dona will demonstrate how to craft holiday toys and gifts out of chocolate. Chocolate clay, cocoa butter and a variety of trims and coloring agents will be used to demonstrate the finishing touches on the chocolate pieces. Learn and apply her techniques to your products to excite your customers for this season!

Sunday September 7, 2014
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Maximize your profit by upgrading your confections
Presented by: Bruce Smith - Barry Callebaut and Doug Haines - Newtown Chocolatier
By using a variety of products developed by the chocolatiers at Barry Callebaut you can introduce new items to your existing line or create a whole new line with a European flare. Callebaut and Cacao Barry ready to use nut and biscuit based centers, inclusions and toppings. Introducing our latest brand called Mona Lisa. A line of cups and decorations bring a world of color with the finest dark and white chocolate from Barry Callebaut. Transform the ordinary into the extraordinary!

NEW Sunday September 7, 2014
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Under 16 Years Old Workshop
This will be a fun workshop! Sugar Art, Chocolate Dipping, Fondant Creations and more.

This workshop will be held in a room off the Show Floor. The children must be registered and a parent must show ID and a cell phone must be given. Allergies must be disclosed. Contact Show Office (888) 226-3989 to register.

Sunday September 7, 2014
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presented by: Donna Albano - The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
This workshop provided by The Richard Stockton College Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies Program will provide information about the way businesses like yours can work with schools and colleges to heighten awareness to your dynamic industry and attract a potentially new demographic to the field.

Sunday September 7, 2014
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Let's Make Caramel Corn (Demonstration Area)
Presented by: Javier Sanchez - Savage Bros. Co.
Did you know popcorn was first domesticated from wild grass in Mexico about 9,000 years ago? Although popcorn has been around for some time, caramel coated popcorn is only about 150 years old. When it happened we don’t know for sure but in the mid to late 1800s, the early combination of molasses and corn were made. Through the years since, creative cooks and candy makers have perfected the art of making caramel corn. Join Javier for his demonstration of making caramel corn.

Monday September 8, 2014
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
First Part Ultimate Cupcake Challenge

4 Teams - 3 people per team
First Prize $400.00
2nd Prize $250.00
3rd Prize $150.00

Monday September 8, 2014
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Second Part Ultimate Cupcake Challenge

4 Teams of Culinary Students - 3 students per team
First Prize $400.00
2nd Prize $250.00
3rd Prize $150.00
Best Overall Prize Both Parts included $400.00
Each team must bring in their supplies
Every cupcake must include some type of chocolate.
Contact Show Office (888) 226-3989 to register.
Registrations will be on first come basis.

Monday September 8, 2014
4:00 pm

Then Prizes, Trophies and Certificates to be given to conclude Contest.

Monday September 8, 2014
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Marketing Seminar
Presented by: Lawrence Rosenberg - Bacon Bites, Inc
Larry began his career as a restaurateur and realized early on that marketing was an essential component of any culinary business. Even with a degree in marketing and advertising he could not have imagined selling chocolate covered bacon let alone taking it national in just four years. He will talk about Product Development, Packaging, Branding, Advertising, Social Media, The Internet, Online Stores, Nuances and Pit Falls of Distribution, and The All Important Customer.

Monday September 8, 2014
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Business Plans A Deeper Understanding  
Presented by: Bridget Mora - Sweet Pop'n Café a Gourmet Popcorn Store

  • How to turn your focus inward and develop a "soft" business plan of yourself and thrust your success forward!
  • That YOU are really the only product you are selling and if people aren't drawn to you, they won't want to do business with you.
  • The 10 top ways of how to develop a YOU/personally focused business plan.

Tuesday September 9, 2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Future Confectioners
Presented by: A Group of Industry Experts
All are welcome! We are inviting culinary students to join us for the day.
This will be a meet and greet to start off the day.
Join us for Where Cocoa Beans are grown.
How chocolate is made.
How different taste are achieved.
How to mold chocolate and to temper chocolate.

Come back and check for updates!!!

Last Updated: 8/8/2014