MACLEAN, Va. -- According to the latest review from The National Confectioners Association here, 1998 was the best year on record for candy consumption in the United States. The review, called "Issues, Trends and Performance of the Chocolate and Confectionery Industry," features a historical review of candy's performance over the past 100 years, as well as predictions for 2000. In 1998, candy became a larger part of holiday celebrations, as candy and gourmet chocolates increased in ...

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