Water is one of the most important components in confectionery. Though sugar is the signature ingredient of candy and confectionery, water runs a close second, and water will have a big impact on the taste, texture, and shelf stability of a confectionery product. By Julia Mumford, technical writer and Dr Brady Carter, senior research scientist, Decagon Devices

Several trends in the candy and snack industry have emerged from the Sweets & Snacks Expo organised by The National Confectioners Association and held last month in Chicago. From bites, barks and thins to unconventional ingredients, new products continue to evolve in the areas of taste and packaging.

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