It might be hard to even think about Christmas 2016 in February, but it’s already time to start planning for seasonal merchandise. And the upcoming Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween show is just the place to find out what trends and treats will be hot this holiday season. The event, which is slated for Feb. 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Fla., will pair manufacturers with retail buyers in a sort-of business speed dating setup.
And, Candy Industry Magazine will also be hosting a Kid’s Choice Awards during the show, partnering with the Jacksonville Boys and Girls to see which new products kids are really into this year. Be sure to check out the April issue for a full list of all the winners!
Below is a look at our favorite products debuting at the show, listed alphabetically by company name! We can’t wait to see you in Florida!
1. Fairtime Festive Mix Taffy and Mini Unicorn Christmas 24-ct Jar from Adams & Brooks
Adams & Brooks, Los Angeles, Calif.
This Soft Chewy Festive Mix Taffy features three incredible flavors, including: Candy Cane, Sugar Cookie, and Cocoa & Marshmallow.
Meanwhile, the Mini Unicorn Christmas 24-ct Jar features Pops-Christmas Graphics and Colors, and great peppermint flavor. And each jar comes with 24 pops. They’re easy to display at holiday parties and for candy decorations.
2. Coco Bites
Anastasia Confections, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
This individually wrapped, bite-sized, creamy coconut confection is fully enrobed in dark chocolate.
S.R.P.: (8-oz. Gable Box)$4.49
3. Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales, Peeps Gingerbread Cottage Kit
Bee International, Chula Vista, Calif.
This Gingerbread Cottage Kit contains: Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales andPeeps for decorating gingerbread house panels. It also comes with white icing, and a set-up tray.
S.R.P.: $9.99 - $12.99
4. Cadbury Cookies Jumper Tin
Burtons Biscuits, St Albans, England, UK
Cadbury’s Jumper Tin contains an assortment of different flavor cookies all coated with Cadbury’s delicious milk chocolate
5. Dessert Truffle
Cemoi, Perpignan, France
These Dessert Truffles come in three flavors, including Pear Feuillete, Raspberry Crumble and Lemon Meringue Truffles.
6. All-Natural Caramel-Dusted Cocoa Truffles
Chocmod USA, Fort Lee, N.J.?
These delicious truffles are the perfect gourmet gift for someone you love, or yourself!
S.R.P.: (7-oz. box)$3.99
7. Milk & Dark Chocolate Belgian Collection
Divine Chocolate, Washington, D.C.
A selection of eight decadent treats in seriously smooth milk chocolate and exquisitely rich dark chocolate. Featuring delectable flavors, including: Hazelnut Crisp: Heavenly Dark Caramel Heart, Raspberry Caramel Cream, Spicy Ginger Bite, Heavenly Milk Caramel Heart, Toffee and Sea Salt Swirl, Coconut Crunch, Passionfruit Caramel Cream
S.R.P.: (3.8-oz. box) $8.99
8. Dark Chocolate Caramel Fudge Snappers
Edward Marc Brands, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Enjoy the perfect blend of rich dark chocolate, creamy caramel fudge, and crunchy pretzels. Dark Caramel Fudge Snappers are the ultimate salty and sweet snack. A bed of crunchy pretzels, layered with creamy caramel fudge, drizzled with rich dark chocolate. Snappers are the perfect holiday treat to share, without too much indulgence.
9. Excellent Baron Chocolatier’s holiday collection
Excellent Baron Chocolatier, Vernon Hills, Ill.
The Excellent Baron Chocolatier holiday collection includes:
Mini Truffle Sampler:Featuring Premium Candy Cane Crunch Truffle is now available in a 1.06 oz. Mini SUB Package. Three individually wrapped Milk Chocolate Truffles with Candy Cane Crunch Filling made with natural ingredients, are GMO Free, Kosher Certified and have Zero Trans Fat. S.R.P.: $1
Holiday Truffle Gift Item:Holiday 3.5 oz. Premium Truffle Gift Items. 2 Designs: Snowman and Santa. The Snowman is filled with individually wrapped Milk Chocolate Truffles with Strawberry Cheesecake Filling. Meanwhile, Santa has Milk Chocolate Truffles with Milk Chocolate Creme Filling. S.R.P.: $2.99
Holiday Truffle Cottage Gift Item:This 9.17-oz. Christmas Cottage comes filled with both Milk Chocolate Truffles with Candy Cane Crunch Filling and Dark Chocolate Truffles with Candy Cane Crunch Filling. Each truffle is individually wrapped.
10. Hershey 2 Mug Set with Hershey’s Hot Cocoa Mix and Marshmallows
Galerie, Hebron, KY
Galerie’s latest holiday item features 4 ounces of Hershey hot cocoa, 2 latte Mugs, and marshmallows. The perfect treat for a cold winter night.
S.R.P.: (4-oz. set) $9.99
11. UNO Chocolate Game
Gamesformotion, Deventer, The Netherlands
UNO is America’s No. 1 brand of family fun card games. This great game has now been translated into a tasty and fun chocolate edition. Made from delicious Belgian milk chocolate.
S.R.P. :$ 9.99
12. Milk Chocolate Caramel Apple Moose Munch
Harry and David, Medford, Ore.
Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn is not your average caramel popcorn! Made with lots of butter, a blend of unique popcorns, and slow-cooked caramel to produce the very best flavor. It took over 160 attempts to get the original recipe absolutely perfect, and that dedication and effort can be tasted in each sweet and crunchy bite of our gourmet popcorn. For an even more decadent experience, Harry and David selectively adds a layer of the same chocolate it uses to create its signature truffles.
13. Belgian Caramel Clusties
Noble Chocolates, NV, Veurne, Belgium
+32 58 28 76 70
A beautiful quadro-seal bag with delicious crispy milk chocolate clusters completed with caramel pieces. Other available flavors include: cranberry, vanilla and orange! Noble Chocolates is IFS/BRC, RPSO, GFSI and UTZ certified.
Available in four flavors, including: Clusties Cranberry Chocolates, Clusties Orange Chocolates, Clusties Vanilla Chocolates, and Clusties Caramel Chocolates.
14. Truffle Spread
Overseas Trading, Fort Lee, N.J
This delicious truffle spread is perfect on croissants, crepes, pancakes, bread, cookies, etc. Enjoy the amazing taste of a chocolate truffle in a spread form.
S.R.P.: (13.22-oz. jar) $3.99
15. Holiday Peppermint Stick Box
Piedmont Candy Co., Lexington, N.C.
This box of six Soft Peppermint sticks makes the perfect holiday gift. Each delicious stick is made with 100 percent natural peppermint oil and 100 percent pure cane sugar. They are also allergen-free, fat-free and Kosher.
S.R.P.: (3-oz. box) $1
16. Radz Shopkins Series 2 Toy Candy Dispensers
Radz Brands, Portland, Ore.
Radzhas launched a new Shopkins Series for 2016! This new Radz Shopkins Series 2 collection is made up of four exclusive designs created from the Radz Shopkins Series 1 top selling characters: Strawberry Kiss, Lolli Poppins, Snow Crush, & Bubbles! Each colorful new Shopkins Series 2 character comes with an exciting new collectible mini character poster and a mouth-watering pack of Radz Shopkins candy! To operate, pull the character’s hair or hat back and the tongue pops out with candy! All Radz hair and hats are interchangeable so as fans collect more Radz, they can mix and match to create their own unique characters.
S.R.P.: $3.99 - $4.99
17. Individually wrapped Madeleines
St. Michel, Fort Lee, N.J..
The most famous Madeleine in France is not available everywhere. Featuring a fabulous ‘melt in the mouth’ sponge texture, this authentic French Madeleine recipe uses all-natural ingredients. Plus, the unique recipe is made with oil and no butter. They’re perfect alone or with a cup of coffee. And the individual pack retains the unforgettable taste of the Madeleine!
Made with only Free Range Eggs, Recyclable Packaging.
S.R.P. (0.88 oz.)$0.99
18. The Chompz
Sweet N Fun Ltd., Hong Kong
New for 2016 ‘The Chompz’ is a new one-handed, fun and collectable candy/gumball dispenser. Collect them all!
19. Yves Thuries Chocolate Macarons
Yves Thuries, Marssac-sur-Tarn, France
+ 1 305 494 1141
These delicious macarons come in four flavors, including: Dark Chocolate & Caramel Ganache, Dark Chocolate & Chocolate Ganache, Milk-Chocolate & Hazelnut Praline, and Milk Chocolate & Almond Praline.
LOL - Zollipops, Wolverine Lake, Michigan
Alina Morse, Kidpreneur, is proud to debut the new assorted Zollipops holiday items for Valentines, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Also, debuting new assorted Zolli Drops Assorted flavors, and Zolli Drops Peppermint!
All Zollipops are sugar-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, vegan and made with natural flavors and colors in the United States.