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Send the release to: Business Editor for company news;
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Tip: Keep it short and to the point!

AACT presents 2019 John Kitt Memorial Scholarship to Liyan Cai
The American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) presents its 2019 John Kitt Memorial Scholarship to Liyan Cai, a senior majoring in food science with a minor in marketing at the University of Guelph, ONT, Canada.
Her achievements derive from both areas of study. As co-founder of Tuf Candy, Inc., Liyan wanted “to create a sustainable confectionery company that produces and sells flavorful and functional novelty food products.”
Tuf Candy’s introductory product line is “Candy Cutlery” which currently is comprised of hard candy shot glasses and spoons.
Liyan also founded Spoon University Guelph, which she says is “a club that brings together students from different academic units who are passionate about various aspects of food.” The club’s activities include publishing weekly articles on food, and organizing food events on campus. Her personal goal, she says, is to “create memorable food experiences for others, catering to different cultures and traditions.”

AACT has awarded a scholarship for the past 18 years. In 2010, it was named in honor of John Kitt who, during his 46-year career in the confectionery and snack industry, was a frequent instructor at confectionery training courses, the 1998 recipient of the AACT Stroud Jordan Award, the 1997 Candy Industry magazine Kettle Award winner, and inductee into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2008. He died in 2009. 

(Continued from previous column, AACT Candy Day) 
A resident of St. Mary's displays her handmade chocolate heart at Chocolate Inspirations table.
Behind table are Ross Sprovieri and Susan Sprovieri, Flavor Chem, in front of table, standing, Laura Christian, Bell Flavors; sitting, a happy resident of St Mary's.
From left, Maddy Lockhart, Long Grove, Craig Leva, Arway/Long Grove, and Radka Kacena, Long Grove gear up with colorful confections.
Silvia Schnicker of Silesia, and Philippe Levresse, of Roquette.
Sally Ladwig and Tim McNicholas, Arro Corp.
Pam Vieau, Chocolate Inspirations, with resident.
Dave Oeth, Flavor Chem, at ice cream machine which was a huge success.
Amanda Studenka helps a resident decorate ice cream confection.
Amanda Studenka and fellow student, Marco Bartolomeo volunteer with their own table.


Some poetry . . . 

 - poem below inspired by photo above, circa 1993.
Territorial Rites: 
from Bell to Berlin 1993

If you were born under the full moon,
Dark night, crystal cold,
You’d understand that I was here.
That year, reunification after The Wall fell,
We could reach through cracks
To find new people, language, hope.

My picture shows a younger traveler.
Standing at a checkpoint no longer there.
Details fall like snow upon new growth.

What I recall is heading through a velvet door, the
Smell of kerosene heat,
And taste of Glühwein.

Healthy of mind and body
On this leading edge of
I always knew where I
stood, didn’t you?
Right here, now.
There were no cell phones,
that could find me.
It was perfect.

Clack, clack the old trains head
back . . . 

To Leipzig, cranes poised to build;
Steel and concrete towers rise.
Having fought my way over, only to hear Russian,
A man in a bar listens to my taxicab German
Kisses my hand, laughs, that dialect of its own.

“Not your territory,” my new friend chides.
I stay anyway, foreign correspondent in me satisfied.
My writing called me to this cold place
To review flavors, fragrances, ancient formulations.
My notes were way too occupied to include
anything personal.

A poster of Katarina Witt skating shows me life,
Here, and so does one more treasure:
Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Rites of Spring ballets
Viewed at an opera house built by women, men.
Carpenters were equal there, then.
Those years are like a dream.

My story about a candy flavor company breaking
Into new territory was placed in a magazine.
Maybe someone read it.
At home, things changed.
More walls fell.
I kept going.

If I were to write a book,
So many good parts would have to go unrecorded.

Written for Bell Europe’s 20th Anniversary
aka Bell Flavors & Fragrances Worldwide,
Schimmelstrasse, Leipzig


The Write Stuff

Five Ws and One H
In news writing, the concept of Five Ws (also known as Five Ws and one H) is considered basic to gathering information. A formula for finding the complete story about something, Five Ws (and one H) serves as a checklist of six questions.

The list includes:
Who? Who is involved?
What? What happened?
When? When did it take place?
Where? Where did it take place?
Why? Why did it happen?
How? How did it happen?
A Good Example

"I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

--Rudyard Kipling, from JUST SO STORIES (1902)


Blommer Chocolate’s Carly Meck will be
honored with PMCA’s Marie Kelso Award
Carly Meck, R&D scientist at Blommer Chocolate Company, is the 22nd recipient of PMCA’s Marie Kelso Award.

She will receive the award on April 9, 2019, during the PMCA’s Production Conference, at the Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square, in Lancaster, PA. 

Meck will be honored for her paper “Mysteries of Conching Revealed,” which she presented as part of the Developing Flavor in Chocolate seminar during this year’s PMCA production conference. 

In her current position Meck develops new chocolate and cocoa formulas, creates process improvements, provides internal and external education training, and executes various technical studies at Blommer’s East Greenville, PA, facility.

Meck joined the company in 2010 as a summer intern in the R&D department, and joined the department as a technologist a year later.

Earlier this year, Meck was elected as one of the newest members of PMCA’s board of directors. She has also served on several of the association’s committees including the Student Outreach Program, Social Media Sub-Committee, and Production Conference - Connect the Future.

The Marie Kelso Award was established in 1997 by PMCA’s board of directors to honor conference secretary Marie Kelso for her dedication to the association and the confectionery industry. She was secretary of the conference for 38 years, and died in 1995. 

‘How Sweet It Is’
at 10th annual AACT 
Candy Day at St. Mary's 
Covering the industry with a little help from our friends

Photos courtesy of Lori Bolas Paslaski, DMH Ingredients; captions by Sandy Murphy

Sanfilippo made up a trail mix table awaiting St. Mary of Providence, Residential Facility in Chicago.

For the 10th year in a row, Chicago AACT volunteered skills and supplies to the annual Making Candy with Special People event. Held at St. Mary of Providence, Residential Facility Home for the Developmentally Disabled, approximately 113 residents and 20 staff participated in the February 13 event.

“Candy Day at St. Mary's turned out great!”, said Sandy Murphy, retired, Blommer Chocolate, and an organizer of the event. “I think I may change the name to Candy Day of Fame.” Joni Stern, Stern Ingredients, helps bring in the supplies for the event as well.

For 10 short years, donations of confectionery and other supplies and AACT members have arrived for the annual Valentine’s Day Candy Day in Chicago. According to Murphy, “two presidents/owners, of Arway and Flavor Chem, and one vice president from Arro manned the tables.” She adds, “And they really enjoyed themselves. Tim McNicholas and Sally Ladwig from Arro have been with us since the beginning. What sweethearts.”

Lori Bolas Paslaski, account manager of DMH Ingredients, took many pictures, forwarded to Candymail along with many smiling faces. Hope it makes our readers smile, too.

Attendees included: Arro Corp, Bell Flavors, Blommer, Capol LLC, Chocolate Inspirations, DMH ingredients, Ferrara, Flavor Chem, Loders Croklaan, Long Grove Confectionery, Roquette, Sanfilippo, Silesia Flavors, Stern Ingredients, and Synergy Flavors.

Second-generation attendee Amanda Studenka, student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and John Marshall Law, as well as daughter of Donna Studenka, Sr. Confectionery Technologist, IOI Loders Croklaan Americas, has been coming with her mother since it started. This year she asked for volunteers at her school.  She came with one of her fellow students, Marco Bartolomeo.
“They had their own table,” says Murphy, adding, “Nice to see.”

More donations include supplies from Blommer Chocolate, Doumak, Ellison Bakery, Ferrara, Indiana Sugar, Jelly Belly, Kerry, Primrose Candy, Spangler, Stern Ingredients, and Sanfilippo.
Laura Christian, Bell Flavors, helps a resident choose ingredients.

Donna Studenka, Loders Croklaan (with spoon in hand behind chocolate fountain) works with St. Mary's residents and staff.
The Blommer Chocolate group works together, all smiles.

Sandy Murphy and Laura Christian flank happy resident candymaker.
At right is Gloria Brandes-Kuptz with the Sanfilippo team.
Dennis, Jessica and AJ from Capol-llc enjoy the day at St. Mary’s.
Melissa Tisoncik of Blommer Chocolate helps St. Mary's residents.
 Above, Silvia Schnicker and Benia Zyskowski of Silesia, and Kate Jacobsen of Ferrara.
Join AACT next year for the Valentine's Day event at St. Mary's!


Writing an e-book

Confectionery Classics from Reg Groves

by Pat Magee

Reg Groves and I first met in 1982 when I joined Candy Industry* magazine. A well-known teacher, consultant and presenter at numerous industry conferences, and the author of technical articles for many international publications, Reg had been ghostwriting the “Candy Doctor” column for Knechtel Laboratories. The long-running series answered technical questions posed by readers. After Reg opened his own consultancy, Groves & Company, in 1983, he continued writing for Candy Industry, authoring the “Confectionery Workshop” column under his own byline for 12 years. Those articles were published as a book that is now out of print.

Not too long ago, Reg offered me the archives of his question and answer columns along with correspondence with editors of Candy Industry. How could I not find a way to reprint some 100 pages of formulations that remain useful to candymakers today?

Such generosity deserves presentation to the industry, and we hope you enjoy reading and using the recipes published here as “Confectionery Classics” with updates from the author. We look forward to receiving your questions that will be forwarded to Reg, a man whose life work exemplifies a spirit of humility and generosity. Start reading here Link.

Reg has garnered several honors throughout his career including induction into the Candy Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.

*Permission to reprint has been granted by Candy Industry ( and Knechtel (


by Pat Magee

Dwarfed by nurture

The Grumpy Cat is quite a celebrity,
Known for her Internet personality.
But you’ll find she’s a dwarf,
And I’m loath to report,
That her underbite is just a deformity.


Author's Note: Photo was taken at the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014,
with permission by Grumpy Cat.

Grumpy Cat attributed to


Pat Magee 6.12.14



The Chocolate Club

Dear Fibber,

Received another box of chocolates from the chocolate club.
These are by far the best box we’ve tasted . . . peanut butter.

Your visits are always the best.


- inspired by M Thompson Chocolates Link 

  Old friends -  Ike Miller / P Magee