Sue Gillerlain knows a thing or two about the sweet stuff. She is the former executive editor of Professional Candy Buyer magazine and a current contributing editor at Candy & Snack TODAY magazine. Prior to the candy gigs, she was the editor in chief of Specialty Coffee Retailer magazine and a marketing editor for The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Truth be told, there were a few other jobs in between, but those are buried deep in a resume somewhere on her hard drive.
Resume ramble aside, Sue is a mom who lives on a cul-de-sac that’s sufficiently stocked with kids who love candy. Shocker. From time to time, the Cul-De-Sac Kids, ranging in age from six to 16, will weigh in with their insights on a particular candy or trend for the blog. Suffice it to say, paybacks will be steep as Sue loads up the neighbor kids with sugar and sends them packing.
Favorite Chocolate Candy? Anything with “M&M” stamped on it.
Favorite Non-Chocolate Candy? Red licorice laces
Favorite Discontinued Candy? The Marathon Bar. All of the chocolate fell off the caramel when you ate it, but it was worth the mess.
Cool Candy Store? Tremblay’s Sweet Shop in Hayward, Wis. It screams “vacay.”
Favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings, down to the foiled chocolate turkeys.
Cooking or Baking? Hands down, baking. My kids still don’t know what a roast is.
Preferred Cake Flavor? Devil’s Food
Sox or Cubs? Cubs
Mounds or Almond Joy? Almond Joy
Pet Peeves? Arrogance and people who cause drama and stress wherever they go.
Favorite Quote? “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Manifesto? “We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.” — Jonathan Adler
Favorite Childhood Memory? Walking to the G&G Pharmacy in my hometown to pick a mix of Bub’s Daddy bubble gum, Now and Laters, and Charlie’s Angels trading cards.
Favorite Angel? Jaclyn Smith a.k.a. Kelly Garrett
Hero? My husband. He’s a pretty cool dude … and I met him in a bar.
Guilty Pleasure? Watching “The Kardashians”
Wheels? A Toyota Sienna and, sadly, it’s tan like all of the other minivans in Target’s parking lot.
Roller Coasters? Yes! The bigger, the better.
Latest Fascination? The meteoric rise of gourmet cupcakes and “cupcakeries.”
Family Factoid? I just learned my kids have never heard of a Twinkie—and one child has been on the planet for a decade.