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Candy makers unveil newest sweets

CHICAGO, May 20 (UPI) -- Cutting-edge confections at the All Candy Expo in Chicago include a line of slogan-bearing Sweethearts candies based on book and movie franchise "Twilight."

The "Forbidden Fruits" line of Sweethearts, manufactured by Necco, bear vampire-themed slogans, including one heart reading "Bite Me," the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday. The "Twilight" candies were developed in collaboration with Stephanie Meyer, author of the book series.

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Other newly developed candies on display at the expo, which began Tuesday at Chicago's McCormick Place, include coconut-flavored M&Ms, "Crazy Core" Skittles with different flavors for the shells and centers, Nestle's Cranberry Raisinets and chocolate mousse-flavored marshmallow Peeps shaped like reindeer.

The National Confectioners Association, which produces the expo, told the Chicago Tribune candy sales were up 3.7 percent last year, a trend JP Morgan equity researcher Jason English attributed to higher prices amidst the recession.

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