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2020 RCI Annual Convention




A highlight for many attendees, RCI takes education to the next level through exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours. Gain a new perspective of your craft from fellow candy makers, chocolatiers and artisans sure to inspire ideas to take home to your business. 


Participants on Thursday will all tour Anderson's Candies, Duerr Packaging, Rosalind Candy Castle and Sarris Candies. Tour tickets include breakfast, motor coach transportation and boxed lunch.

 Anderson's Candies
Baden, PA - RCI Member

 Duerr Packaging
Burgettstown, PA - RCI Member

 Candy has been in the Anderson family since the first store opened in 1916. Still using founder Harry Anderson’s original recipes, the family business is owned and operated by its second, third and fourth generations. Come tour their facility and see how they make some of their favorite confections.  The Duerr family has had a hand in making packaging for the confectionery industry since 1953. Gain a new perspective on packaging on a guided tour of their plastics division. Experience each step of the process needed to manufacture plastic thermoformed candy trays and other plastic packaging from start to finish.  
 Rosalind Candy Castle
New Brighton, PA - RCI Member
 Sarris Candies
Canonsburg, PA - RCI Member
 For over 100 years, Rosalind Candy Castle has emphasized quality confections above all else. The key values of this second- and third-generation family business are apparent as you watch their skilled confectioners hand temper and dip chocolate confections.Experience age-old starch moulding techniques, alongside modern technology. View video The beginning of Sarris Candies plays out as a love story. In 1960, Frank Sarris began to make his own chocolate confections to win the affections of his sweetheart. Today their love story lives on. Tour their chocolate factory and watch the Sarris team craft some of their signature confections and ice cream treats. 




Tour participants will have the option between a NEW, full-day EduTour at Romolo Chocolates or visit long-time RCI members, Daffin’s Candies and Philadelphia Candies, in addition to America’s oldest working forge. Both tour options include breakfast, motor coach transportation and lunch.

NEW! EduTour
Romolo Chocolates
Erie, PA - RCI Member 
Spend the day at Romolo Chocolates in Erie, Pennsylvania, where you’ll experience a new, education tour opportunity led by the Stefanelli family—third and fourth generation confectioners. Named for his confectioner grandfather, Romolo Chocolates was launched by Tony Stefanelli in 1994, and expanded to include an award-winning gift shop and Cocoa Café in 2003. Explore the beautiful 27,000-square-foot facility on a guided tour, learn how to create a better on-boarding process and enjoy extensive confectionery demonstrations. View video.


Education: Create a Better Employee On-Boarding Process
Dip into company culture built from expert training. Learn best practices for creating an employee on-boarding process that sets new hires up for success and fosters a strong company culture.

Learn more about working with fresh fruit and perfecting moulding techniques. Discover unique taste profiles of handcrafted nougat and caramel and experience the craftsmanship that goes into making Grandpa Romolo’s Famous Sponge Candy.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie a couple hours north of Pittsburgh, experience Romolo’s three, sensory-specific retail spaces: the chocolate shop; Mercato, the gift shop; and the Cocoa Café.

Mercer County Tours
Travel north of Pittsburgh to visit multi-generational family business and long-time RCI member, as well as an interactive experience at America’s oldest working forge.

 Daffin's Candies
Sharon, PA - RCI Member 
Wendell August Forge
Mercer, PA
 With a knack for merchandising, third-generation candy maker, Pete Daffin brought his dream of creating a chocolate-covered kingdom come to life. Tour Daffin’s Candies’ flagship store, featuring a collection of chocolate creatures and a massive chocolate “Castle Tree,” and observe the production of their candy bar and caramel pecanette lines at their production facility.  Experience America's oldest and largest working coal fire forge, crafting hand-wrought ornamental metalware and elegant giftware since 1923. Watch as skilled metalworkers and artisans craft gifts of enduring beauty using an eight-step process with roots in ancient metalworking. As tour guests, you will be invited to make your own keepsake gift during an interactive, hands-on experience.