Chicago - (NBC) - More than 480 manufactures are on hand at this year's Sweets and Snack Expo in Chicago. Candy and chip makers use the event to show off their latest products.
The new trend this year, not surprisingly, are healthier snacks -- from Crystal Light's new sugar free chewy and hard candy to low fat chocolate bars. Jelly Belly candy is putting a new spin on its beans. It's now offering jelly beans flavored like cocktails.
Candy sales have held strong even in the down economy and industry experts expect that to continue.