July 14 - July 25, 2014


What is the Resident Course?

First sponsored by the National Confectioners Association in 1963, the Resident Course in Confectionery Technology is designed to instruct technical, production, research and managerial personnel in the field of confectionery technology. More than 1,200 students from around the world have attended the course affectionately called “Candy School” over the last 50 years. The two-week course begins with the chemical and functional interactions of ingredients and advances to more complex subject material including processing, troubleshooting, reworking, and sensory analysis. Learning from industry experts, participants will gain hands-on laboratory experience with all types of candies.


Method of Instruction?

Lectures and experimental pilot plant exercises are presented and supervised by an outstanding group of technical experts from the confectionery industry and the University of Wisconsin Food Science Department. Classes and laboratory exercises are held in Babcock Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Who should Attend?

Although Candy School is intended primarily for technical personnel, it is also of value to individuals in production, management and sales who wish to increase their knowledge of confectionery technology.
*International Students*
International students are also welcome to attend Candy School. Since the course is taught entirely in English, it is recommended that all attendees have a strong command of the language in order to get the most out of your time at Candy School.


Enrollment Fees & Costs

Enrollment fees cover tuition, laboratory materials, reference workbooks, daily lunches, welcome picnic and banquet dinner. Class size is limited to 27 students.

$2,990 for students from NCA, PMCA, RCI, and AACT member companies.
$3,590 for students from non-member companies.

Course Donations

The Resident Course in Confectionery Technology has had a major impact on the candy industry with over 1,200 graduates in the course's 50 years of instruction. The Confectionery Science Program Fund was established to maintain and purchase updated equipment for Candy School and to ensure that the knowledge shared with the tomorrow's confectioners is as relevant and useful as ever. Your gift to the Confectionery Science Program Fund will help enrich the future of the candy industry.