ECRM’s upcoming Candy Planning: Everyday & Summer Seasonal EPPS is just the place to find out what treats and trends will be hot over the next year, and Candy Industry can’t wait to see the products debuting at the show!
The event, slated for Aug. 13-17 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., will pair manufacturers with retail buyers in brief, speed-dating-style business meetings. Candy Industry will also host the Buyers Choice Awards during the show, giving participating candy buyers the chance to sample and judge new chocolate, non-chocolate and novelty products. Be sure to check out the October issue for a full list of all the winners.
Below is a look at some of the products debuting or being featured at the show, listed alphabetically by company name. See you in Orlando!
Atkinson has introduced a new range of caramels made with simple ingredients. Each bite-size caramel is soft and chewy, available in flavors including Classic Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice and Apple Caramel.
S.R.P.: (4-oz. peg bag): $1.49
Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars
Lovers of the classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars can rejoice -- they now come in a larger size. The low-fat, gluten-free and kosher-certified candies that have brought peanut buttery goodness to generations are available in a 2-oz. bar.
Each package contains 1.3 oz. of fruity, chewy fly tape with squishy, strawberry-flavored bugs. They are packed 12 to a counter display.
Minions Big Mouth dispenser
This Minions candy dispenser holds 1 oz. of banana-shaped candies. When the character’s head is turned, the candy is dispensed through an opening in the character’s mouth. They’re packed 9 to a counter display.
Poop. candy tins
Each original or rainbow tin contains 1 oz. of poop-shaped, vanilla-flavored dextrose candy. They’re packed in a 12-piece counter display, with six of each tin.
Each tin looks just like a mobile phone and contains 1 oz. of fruity, sour candies. They’re packed 12 to a counter display.
Bullet Bill tins
Based on the popular character from Super Mario, each tin is filled with 0.6 oz. of bullet-shaped sour Blue Raspberry candies. These are packed nine to a display.
Each peg bag features 5 oz. of sour treats in flavors including Pineapple, Strawberry, Lime, Blue Raspberry and Tangerine. The bright, colorful artwork on each bag will grab the attention of any child in the candy aisle.
The 22-oz. Big League Chew plastic cup is filled with 18 original flavor gumballs. The 6-gram gumballs are individually wrapped for maximum freshness. The cup lid includes a slot for inserting a straw for easy use.
Big League Chew gusset bag
Packed in a 7.5-inch, resealable bag are 15 individually-wrapped gumballs, each weighing 6 grams. They are available in Original Grape flavors.
Harry & David has partnered with Nestlé to introduce its Moose Munch premium popcorn with pieces of Crunch and Butterfingers candy bars, creating a delicious snack. Both flavors will be available in 4.5-oz. (S.R.P. $3.99), 8-oz. (S.R.P. $4.99), and 12-oz. servings.
The HOTHEADS Extreme Heat Worms combine three sensations in one treat. First comes the puckering sour WARHEADS are known for, followed by sweet relief of fruity flavors. Then the fiery heat sneaks up at the end. This product is available in both original and tropical varieties. Original flavors include Sizzlin' Strawberry, Atomic Green Apple and Fiery Watermelon. Tropical flavors include Molten Mango, Lava Lime and Piping Hot Pineapple.
S.R.P. (8 oz.): $1.99
WARHEADS Twisted Taffy
Each taffy roll has a combination of two flavors: Blue Raspberry/Green Apple or Strawberry/Orange. It’s colorful, interactive candy that’s perfect for all ages.
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $1.49
WARHEADS Dippin’ Rings
The WARHEADS Dippin’ Rings take lick-and-dip products to another level. Children can dip a fruity, sweet ring pop into a sour powder. It also features a resealable lid to save it for later. Each display features two flavor varieties: Watermelon ring with sour Blue Raspberry powder and Blue Raspberry ring with sour Green Apple powder.
The newest flavor of Wiley Wallaby Australian-style licorice, Blueberry Pomegranate is the first item in the line to be made with no artificial colors or flavors. The product will be available in 4-oz. and 10-oz. bags.
Kenny’s Jumbo Twists
These jumbo-sized licorice twists offer a bigger bite and bigger flavors. They’re available in Strawberry and Black Licorice flavors.
Kenny’s Cherry Bites
These bite-sized pieces of soft, chewy licorice pack a punch of cherry flavor.
Kenny’s Yummy Berry Twists
These licorice twists blend Yumberry, Strawberry and Raspberry flavors. They’re also soft, chewy and solid in the middle.
Juicy Twists Sour Bites
KLN is reintroducing its Juicy Twists Sour Bites line with smaller pieces and improved flavor and texture. Flavors include Strawberry, Blue Razz, Green Apple and Lemon Line.
Little Secrets has two new varieties of its signature, candy-coated dark chocolate pieces. The Sea Salted Almond variety has an almond at the center, while the Sea Salted Pretzel variety has a pretzel at the center. All pieces are made without artificial ingredients.
Zaffi Taffy was created by “kidpreneur” Lola Morse, protégé of big sister Alina Morse, creator of Zollipops. Zaffi Taffy is supercharged with xylitol and erythritol to help protect teeth. Each re-sealable stand-up bag has jokes submitted by consumers on social media on the bottom of every bag. Zaffi Taffy is available in Strawberry, Orange, Grape and Pineapple flavors, plus there’s a mystery flavor in every bag.
These gummy bears feature honey as the primary ingredient. Available in Cherry, Lemon, Apple and Orange, these bears are non-GMO, gluten free, kosher and made without high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients.
These Red Bird puffs come in fun, new soda flavors — Cherry Cola, Orange Soda and Lemon Lime Soda — but they are the same melt-in-your mouth treats consumers love. They’re available in 4-oz. and 10-oz. bags (S.R.P. $2.50).
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $1
Red Bird Fruit Mix Candy Puffs
Piedmont has updated their assorted mix and refreshed their fruit flavors. This new mix includes customer favorites: Green Apple, Grape, Orange, Lemon, Lime and Strawberry. They’re available in 4-oz. bags and 20-oz. (S.R.P. $4.99) and 46-oz. tubs (S.R.P. $8.99).
Torie & Howard has introduced a grab-and-go stick pack of its USDA organic-certified Chewie Fruities fruit chews. They contain 10 individually-wrapped pieces and are available in three sophisticated flavor duos: Italian Tarocco Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey; California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine; and Meyer Lemon and Raspberry.
Alyse Thompson worked as an intern at Candy Industry Magazine in summer 2012. She joined the staff full time as associate editor in August 2016 after a few years at newspapers in West-Central Illinois. Alyse also became associate editor for Flexible Packaging magazine in September 2017. She has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from Western Illinois University.