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This wiki page is the organizing home of our uniquely Fedora tradition: the International Candy Swap. If you know it, you know it. If you do not, we invite you to participate in a historic tradition that has taken place at Flock since 2015.

If you intend to participate in this tradition, please edit this wiki page and add your information to the table below.

What is the International Candy Swap?

It is just like it sounds. At in-person Flock events, Fedora contributors gather to share small pieces of where we come from in our various journeys around the world to get to Flock. At one evening of the conference, we gather people together, spread out several tables, and everyone "contributes" their confectionery item to the table. Typically, we have representation across several countries and multiple continents!

OPTIONAL: Participants are encouraged to dress in ethnic outfit or dress as part of the candy swap to represent their homes and what they bring with them to Flock.


If you will attend the International Candy Swap, please hold your spot by adding yourself to the list below.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 2 August 2023 from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Tivoli suite at Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.
Name FAS username Home country Allergies that you have Type of Candy
Nick Bebout nb USA (IN) none Smarties and Fun Dip
Justin W. Flory jflory7 USA (GA) none Three treats from three continents
Robert Wright rwright USA (OR) Chocolate Random US oddities
David Kirwan dkirwan Ireland none Selection of Irish/Japanese candy
Nikita Tripathi nekonya3 India none Coconut barfi
Akashdeep Dhar t0xic0der India none Mango-flavored candy, Tamarind-flavored candy and $(SURPRISE)-flavored candy
Anushka Jain likeanushkaa India none Surprise surprise!
Amy Marrich spotz USA (TX) none Buc-ees Beaver Nuggets and something else
Carl George carlwgeorge USA (TX) none Puro San Antonio sweets (Mexican candy from South Texas)
Emma Kidney ekidney Ireland none Tayto and purple snack bars
Shaun McCance shaunm USA (OH) peanuts, chocolate Buckeyes
Jonathan Wright jonathanspw USA (AL) none Gushers and Jolly Ranchers. Hopefully peanut brittle (a southern US treat)
Sandro (Penguinpee) gui1ty The Netherlands none Something local (I'm consulting a teenage expert 😉 🍬 🍭) 🐍
Mike Nolan nolski UK none
Göran Uddeborg goeran Sweden none Three sweets popular in Sweden
Sumantro Mukherjee sumantrom India none Indian Candy
Michal Konecny zlopez Czech none Czech candy
Paul Power ppower Ireland none Irish candy bars
Kevin Fenzi kevin USA none nekos, wintogreens and mentos
Isabella Whelan Glassofwater369 Ireland none Favorite cheap sweets as a kid
Alex Callejas darkaxl017 México none Spicy and sour sweet, non-traditional but common Mexican treats. Tamarind, peanut, etc.

How does a candy swap work?

Once all the sweets, candies, and snacks are laid out and arranged, we ask every participant to share a sentence or a story about what item they brought and why that item makes them think of home or why it is important to them. Once everyone has shared the story of what they brought, it is time to taste and enjoy!

Typically, we offer people who brought an item the chance to have first tastes. Because we always have more than enough, anyone who did not bring a treat is welcome to try whatever is left after the first round of tasting.

Candy Swap FAQ

You have questions, we have answers.

Q: Does every item have to be a sweet or candy?

No. You can bring a candy, sweet, or snack. Ideally, your item should be something easily shared. Individually-wrapped items are good, although bite-sized items also work if they are small and easy to eat.

Things that are less messy usually make our venue staff less anxious, although do not let this limit your imagination for what you may bring to share with the Fedora community.

Q: Does it have to be individually-wrapped? Store-bought or homemade?

What you bring and how it is packaged is up to you. There are often both store-bought and homemade items. Individually-wrapped items are good because they are easy to share and typically have clearly-labeled ingredients.

However, if a close family member offers to make something homemade for you to bring along, don't shy away from that! :D (I still remember Naanee's homemade laddoos from 2019.)

Q: Do I need to know the ingredients of what I bring?


Allergies are real. And in a diverse community like ours, there are participants who have allergies. Please make sure you can clearly describe major ingredients in your treat, especially common allergens like any kind of nut, dairy/milk products, etc. Even chocolate!

If you do not know major ingredients of your treat, we may ask you to place your treat separately from others so that those with allergies can be confident in what they are consuming.