Candy Industry Magazineand ECRM hosted the Annual Kid’s Choice Awards again this year at the February Seasonal Candy ECRM in Jacksonville, Fla.
The event featured kids from the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club, who not only got to try lots of candy, but also got to see what it’s like to be a candy buyer.
The ever amazing Print Cates, v.p. of Product Management, J. Sosnick and Son, did an amazing job giving the children a glimpse into what a career in candy could actually be like. He lured them by showing up in a giant purple Willy Wonka hat, and then led them through an acapella version of The Candy Man.
Then, the children got to the real work — taste testing all the delicious candy and then picking their favorite chocolate, non-chocolate and novelty items. Each kid was given a bag of samples for each category and then asked to vote for their favorites.
One the next page, you’ll see which candies come out on top. Candy Industry Magazine would like to offer them all our sincerest congratulations!
2016 Kid’s Choice Award Winners
BEST NEW NON-CHOCOLATE
HARIBO Twin Snakes
Haribo of America, Rosemont, Ill.
S.R.P.: (5-oz. package) $1.49
New Haribo Twin Snakes make for the truly engaging candy experience of pulling one sweet snake away from its sour twin! Enjoy individually or together for a perfect balance of sweet and sour. Shaped with all the detail of two silly slithering snakes, these new gummy candies are just chewy enough and full of fruit flavor. They’re innovative, uniquely tasty and fun!
BEST NEW NOVELTY
Soft Toffee Caramel Cob
Kathy Kaye Foods, Logan, Utah
(435) 563-0204S.R.P.: (2.5 oz.) $1.49
Kathy Kaye Foods newest flavor of Caramel Cob, Soft Toffee, is a hit with all ages! Caramel Cob, a soft caramel popcorn shaped like an ear of corn, features a delicious homemade taste that sends you back to grandma’s kitchen and their new soft toffee is no exception. With its smooth buttery flavor your taste buds will think it came fresh out of grandma’s oven.
BEST NEW CHOCOLATE
Peanut Butter Snappers
Edward Marc Brands, Pittsburgh, Pa.
S.R.P.: (6-oz. bag) $3.99
Snappers feature a special blend of peanut butter with a hint of sweetness, drizzled in smooth milk chocolate on a bed of crunchy pretzels.