Jelly Belly Debuts Gourmet,
Sugar-free, Low-carb Treats
Low-Carb, Sugar-Free
Jelly Belly Candies
Jelly Belly Candy Co.
(800) 323-9380
Jelly Belly debuts a host of new sugar-free, low-carb candies in its Confections by Jelly Belly line of gourmet candy. Sugar-Free Fruit Slices are tender jells in citrus flavors of tangerine, pink grapefruit, lime and lemon. Each slice is frosted with a sugar-free, crystallized sweetener. Each serving has 60 calories and one net carb. Sugar-Free Spice Drops feature an aromatic and tangy assortment of licorice, root beer, cinnamon, spearmint and peppermint flavors. Sugar-Free Fruit Drops are chewy jells in lemon, tangerine, cherry, sour apple and grape sweetened with sucralose, polydextrose and maltitol syrup. Each 31-piece serving has six net carbs.
Micro Spinners
Captain Muddy’s Tasty Treats
(727) 578-0377
This new interactive candy company introduces Micro Spinners, a two-piece spinning top and launcher toy that comes with two tropical fruit-flavored lollipops. Kids screw the launcher into the spinner, push to spin the toy and press a button to make it fly into the air. Available in a variety of distinctive colors and designs, and in a 12-count display box with header, Micro Spinners have a suggested retail price of 99 cents.
Head Bopper Dispensers
Last Lix, a division of
World Packaging Corp.
(212) 260-6882
Last Lix Head Bopper Major League Baseball licensed collectible candy dispensers are shaped in the form of six Major League Baseball players – Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees; Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox; Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners. Pushing down on the head dispenses candy baseballs.  Suggested retail price is $4.
Presidential Favorites
Bubble Gum Cigars
Concord Confections Inc.
(905) 660-8989
Presidential election year traditions since 1960, El Bubble Presidential Favorites Bubble Gum Cigars have wrappers featuring campaign slogans for the major candidates. Available in John Kerry “Democrat Blue” and George Bush “Republican Red,” the fruit-flavored novelty gum has a suggested retail price of 55 cents. According to the company, sales of these bubble gum cigars have mirrored election results in the past.
Assorted Fruit Sours
Sunrise Confections
(800) 685-1475
Sunrise has expanded its bulk line with the introduction of Assorted Fruit Sours, soft-panned jelly candies in cherry, orange, apple, lemon and grape. They are sold in 30-pound bulk cases available for bulk display bins or re-bagging. Sunrise also offers Cherry Sours in 30-pound bulk.
Sour Yowser!! Bubble Gum Balls
Ford Gum & Machine Co.
(847) 955-0003
Jumbo-sized Sour Yowser!! Bubble Gum Balls, covered with “craters” of super sour flavor, is the latest addition to the Yowser!! line. Packages of six hold an assortment of cherry, green apple, lemon, orange and blue raspberry flavors. Count-goods-priced, they are packed in 6/24-count displays per case.
New Fruit Snack Flavors
The Promotion in Motion
Companies Inc.
(201) 784-5800
Welch’s Berries ‘N Cherries Fruit Snacks feature a variety of flavors: red cherry, black cherry, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry and white grape-raspberry. Welch’s Fruit Punch Fruit Snacks are a single blend snack of red and green apple, red cherry, passion fruit, orange and pineapple flavors. All Welch’s Fruit Snack flavors are made with real fruit, fat-free and fortified with vitamins A, C and E. Both new flavors are available in 2.25-ounce single-serve bags, 9-ounce boxes, new 24-count Club Pack trays, 40- 44- and 54-count Multi Packs. Pre-pack shipper displays and power wings, Free Standing Inserts with coupons, television and print advertising in women’s and parenting magazines support the launch.
Bobs Sugar Free Candy
Bobs Candies Inc.
(800) 841-3602
Bobs adds to its line of sugar-free candy for calorie- and carb-conscious consumers with Bobs Caramel Chew, Bobs Chocolate Mint Chew and Bobs IBC Root Beer Float packed in 6-, 4.5- and 5.5-ounce peg bags of individually wrapped candies respectively. The Chew candies are sweetened with Splenda brand sweetener and all have a suggested retail price of $1.59.
Over The Top Energy Bar
Carriage Hill Brands,
a division of Tom’s Foods Inc.
(706) 323-2721
Over The Top High Performance Energy Bar fortified with vitamins and minerals is available in a crunchy peanut butter/chocolate flavor. Available in a 24-count gravity feed countertop/shelf unit and eight-count clip strip, Over The Top has a suggested retail price of $1.
Macadamia Crunch
Hawaiian Host Inc.
(310) 532-0543
Macadamia Crunch combines crunchy chunks of dry roasted macadamia nuts and crisped rice enrobed in My Hawaii Chocolates’ signature milk chocolate.  Suggested retail prices range from $2.99 to $3.99 for a 5-ounce box; $5.99 to $6.99 for a 10-ounce box, and $3.49 for a 5-ounce stand-up bag of individually wrapped candies.
Butterfields Classics
Sweet Concepts Inc./
Butterfields Candies
(800) 945-5957
Specialty food manufacturer Sweet Concepts puts a new spin on traditional favorites with the launch of a retro candy line, Butterfields Classics. The line includes Peach Buds hard candy in a nostalgic 8-ounce tin and 12-ounce square box, plus a 6-ounce bag of the company’s newest product, Peach Bark white chocolate combined with bits of Peach Buds.  
Novelty Lollipops
Cap Candy,
a division of Hasbro Inc.
(707) 251-9321
Realistic-looking creepy, crawly candy “bugs” are embedded inside green Bug Factor Lollipops. Illuminated Lazer Lix Candy Light Licker is a trendy ring with colored LEDs lighting up the candy from inside. When the candy is gone, kids can play with the lighted ring. All Thumbs Pop Candy is a thumb-shaped lollipop that slips over the finger like a pacifier. All three lollipops are recommended for children aged three years and older and have an approximate retail value of 99 cents to $1.49 each.
Zero Carb Z Carb Line
HVC Brands
(203) 899-3095
HVC launches Zeros, heart-healthy, zero-carb, chocolate-covered almonds. Almonds have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and aid in weight loss. The almond’s Z Carb gourmet chocolate coating is made without sugar or carbohydrates and does not have any laxative side effects, according to the company. Zeros are sweetened with Erythritol, which does not materially impact the glycemic index. Zeros come in a 1.2-ounce bag and retail for $1.29, and are available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Major print, radio, outdoor advertising, promotions, public relations and retail sampling support the launch.
Hershey Debuts Carbohydrate-Reduced Chocolate Favorites
Carb Alternatives
Hershey Foods
(717) 534-5465
Hershey’s newest addition to the "better-for-you" category, Carb Alternatives, are miniature chocolate candies aimed at consumers who wish to reduce but not eliminate carbohydrates from their diets. Available in Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Reese’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Kisses and Kit Kat Miniatures, Carb Alternatives have 50 percent fewer sugar carbs than the regular varieties of these candies. They come in 3.3-ounce peg bags, except for Kit Kat, which is three ounces, and will retail for approximately $1.99. Consumer and in-store promotion campaigns will support the launch.