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25 Candy Makers Graduate from RCI’s Truffles+More Course

Tuesday, March 5, 2019  
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SPRINGFIELD, MO – March 5, 2019 – After three days of intensive education and hands-on lab sessions, twenty-five candy makers recently graduated from Retail Confectioners International’s (RCI) Truffles+More course at Savage Bros. Co. in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Students in the course varied in age and experience, yet each of them graduated with a better understanding of the science behind making truffles, meltaways and nut pastes.

“There are so many benefits besides in classroom training and hands on lab experience--the connections and relationships forged,” said D. Sarah Khan of Reach Organics, LLC. “There is a support system within the RCI community members that translates beyond the classroom.”

Truffles+More was led by confectionery and chocolate experts and designed to offer students optimal hands-on learning experience while benefiting from the knowledge and skills presented. “Students were able to get a better understanding of what is needed to make successful truffles, meltaways and nut pastes and how to apply what they learned to real life,” said instructor Randy Hofberger, with R&D Candy Consultants. “For some it was validating that what they are doing is correct, and for others it was solving some of their current confectionery challenges.” 

Retail Confectioners International provides educational opportunities across the country for confectionery retailers. For information about upcoming courses and events, visit


Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager




Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the confectionery industry.  Based in Springfield, MO, RCI has represented the interests of confectionery manufacturing retailers and promoted public interest in these products for 100 years. RCI provides a forum for confectioners to network, share ideas and develop their candy-making and entrepreneurial skills. For more information, please visit