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Sweets & Snack Expo Gives a Look at What’s Next in Meeting Munchies

Talk about a sugar rush. After attending the annual Sweets & Snack Expo, held at McCormick Place May 24-26, Illinois Meetings + Events shares all the goodies from the expo floor. Here’s a look at what’s trending in healthy snacks for meetings (or the office) as well as decadent gifts and branded treats that make great client takeaways. 

Healthy Snacks

Squirrel and The Bee Caters to a Health-Minded Crowd

If you’re thinking dairy-, grain- or refined sugar-free means tasteless, you haven’t sampled Squirrel and the Bee’s delicious treats. “We make good food that just so happens to be good for you,” says Michelle Retik, owner. As its name suggests, this café uses nuts and honey, as well as local produce, but it’s what it doesn’t use that draws customers seeking healthy alternatives. Surprise your meeting attendees with a tray of baked goods that fit their Paleo, vegan, gluten-free or low-carb lifestyles.

Indulge in Sweet Delight's Bespoke Treats

Maria Zeballos crafts her art not with paint or pencil, but with sugar. Zeballos, a native of Ecuador, started her company Sweet Delight in Pennington after friends and family encouraged her to share her creations with others. “I started two years ago with a few flyers and by giving samples,” she says. Word has quickly spread about this confectionery artist who creates full-size cakes, cake pops, mini cakes, cupcakes and cookies with any theme imaginable. From flowers painstakingly made by hand to specific themes and logos, Zeballos can create whatever a client needs.

Delightful Pastries Offers a Delectable Spread

With the upcoming St. Joseph’s and Easter holidays, sweet tables are in season (as if you really needed an excuse). Someone that really knows how to set the table is Chicago’s own Delightful Pastries, a European-style bakery run by pastry chef Dobra Bielinski, who was trained in her native Poland. Along with her mother and brother, Bielinski whips up old-world favorites with the freshest ingredients, including real sugar and butter and no preservatives.

Decadent gifts that will make employees and clients swoon

Shari’s Berries offers decadently dipped treats, from fresh strawberries and cherries to cake pops and cheesecake bites, which are perfectly portioned, wrapped and delivered. Whether you want to reward one client or an entire office of employees, these fool-proof gifts are always tasteful. Fresh, organic fruit packages and edible gourmet gift collections also are available. The company has a distribution location in Garland, and you can order online at berries.com

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