Candy makers pull out all the stops for Orlando ECRM show
Three candy companies earn Buyer's Choice Awards during August candy planning event.
ECRM hosted its annual Candy Planning: Everyday & Summer Seasonal event in August at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
For those unfamiliar, ECRM events bring together candy makers and retail buyers for meetings that resemble speed dating, since they have just 10 or 20 minutes at each appointment.
However, no Everyday & Summer Seasonal event would be complete without the Buyer’s Choice Awards, sponsored by Candy Industry Magazine and ECRM. Participating candy companies submitted new products for retail buyers to taste. The buyers then voted for their favorites in three categories: Chocolate, Non-Chocolate and Novelty.
Candy Industry extends its congratulations to the winners. Aside from bragging rights and a new plaque, the winners also received advertising space in our magazine. A look at the winning companies and products appears below, along with other new products that caught our attention at the show. More will be featured in our November issue.
Buyer’s Choice WINNERS!
Best New Non-chocolate
Torie & Howard
New Milford, Conn.
These USDA organic-certified fruit chews 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.
S.R.P. (10-piece stick pack): $1.99
Best New Novelty
Bazooka Candy Brands
New York, N.Y.
Baby Bottle Pop with Popping Powder
Like the original Baby Bottle Pop, consumers can dip a baby bottle-shaped lollipop into sweet powder, but in this product, the powder offers a mouth-tingling pop. They’re available in four flavors: Blue Raspberry, Strawberry and Watermelon.
Best New Chocolate
Creamy and decadent on the inside with a punch of crunch on the outside, these poppable truffles come in a variety of flavors including Caramel Turtle, Chocolate Silk, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream, S’mores, Key Lime and Strawberry Cream.
S.R.P. (4.8-oz. bag): $4.99
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Agros Trading Confectionery S.A.
Warsaw, Poland / agrostc.com.pl / 48-22-653-5777
Amki Sensibly Sweet Sesame Thins
These thin, slightly sweet sesame seed wafers are available in four varieties: Honey, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Coffee. They’re kosher, non-GMO and free of lactose, gluten and cholesterol.
S.R.P. (4-wafer pack): $0.49
Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.
Petaluma, Calif. / amys.com / (707) 588-4500
Andy’s Dandy Candy
Amy’s Kitchen, maker of vegan prepared foods, has branched into the candy category with a line of chocolate bars featuring classic combinations recreated with kosher, non-GMO and, in some cases, vegan ingredients. Named for Amy’s candy-loving father, the line includes seven varieties:
- Dreamy: Chocolate creamy nougat covered in dark chocolate.*
- Sunny: Coconut and roasted almonds covered in dark chocolate.*
- Crispy: Rice crisps, almonds and caramel in dark chocolate.
- Chewy: Soft caramel with pecans in milk chocolate.
- Crunchy: English toffee with almonds in dark chocolate.
- Lucky: Creamy nougat and caramel with pecans, walnuts and almonds in dark chocolate.
- Creamy: Whipped creamy center with caramel in dark chocolate.
S.R.P. (1.2-1.5 oz.): $1.79-$1.99
Atkinson Candy Co.
Lufkin, Texas / atkinsoncandy.com / (936) 639-2333
Caramels by Atkinson
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.
Ridgewood, N.J. / sweeties.us / (201) 699-6161
Bonart, a Turkish company, has brought to the U.S. its Sweeties range, which includes solid and center-filled hard and chewy candy. Among the varieties of hard candies are Caramel, Coffee, Chocolate-Filled Mint and Assorted Fruit with Milk Cream. Chewy candies include Tropical, Center-Filled Tropical, and Center-Filled Assorted Fruit.
S.R.P. (3.5 oz.): $0.79
Boston America Corp.
Woburn, Mass. / bostonamerica.com / (781) 933-3535
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.
Brown & Haley
Tacoma, Wash. / brown-haley.com / (253) 620-3000
Sea Salt Caramel Almond ROCA
Brown & Haley has put another twist on its classic Almond ROCA. Caramel-flavored buttercrunch toffee is combined with sea salt and almonds for an indulgent treat.
S.R.P.: (5 oz.) $4.49
Carmel, Ind. / toxicwastecandy.com/ (888) 400-7606
Toxic Waste Sour & Chewy Bears and Worms
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.
Lebanon, N.J. / candytreasure.com / (201) 830-3600
These shelf-stable cream cones are topped with candy pieces. Konz come wrapped with a container that holds a dog figurine one-eighth of an inch above the chocolate. They’ll be available in December.
Poo Crew Choco Treasure
Building off the popularity of its emoji-themed surprise eggs, Candy Treasure has introduced a Choco Treasure line featuring one of the most popular emojis: poop.
Louisville, Ky. / candyrific.com / (502) 893-3626
Expressions Everyday Fan
These fun and friendly fans are topped with silly faces showing a thumbs up, OK and peace sign to brighten your day. Each comes with 0.53 oz. of microbites candy.
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom / churchills-confectionery.co.uk / 44-20-82071234
Art Deco tins
With finely dressed ladies and jewel-tone embellishments, these embossed tins will take consumers back to the Jazz Age. The Marlene tin, featuring a woman in an aquamarine dress, is available with 7.05 oz. of Belgian chocolate biscuits (S.R.P.: $24.99-$25.99). The Scarlett tin, featuring a woman in a red dress looking out over a balcony, is available with 10.57 oz. of Belgian chocolate biscuits.
S.R.P. (Scarlett tin): $28.99-$29.99
Sights of London tin
This round, embossed tin features images of London’s most famous landmarks and attractions, including Big Ben, the London Bridge and the London Eye. It’s available with 10.57 oz. of toffee.
S.R.P.: $18.99 - $19.99
Cerritos, Calif. / cimalollipops.com / (562) 926-6800
Yummy Lix Apple Cinnamon
One of the newest addition to CIMA’s Yummy Lix line, Apple Cinnamon is available in time for fall. The deep red color and warm cinnamon flavor will make consumers cozy on a chilly day.
Hotpops are dipped in different types of chili on one side of the lollipop, and the other half is dipped in a sour fruit flavor. Available flavors include Orange, Pineapple, Green Apple, Lemon, Watermelon and Mango.
Grand Junction, Colo. / enstrom.com / (970) 242-1655
Almond Toffee Petites
These one-inch toffee squares are made with sweet butter, pure cane sugar and almonds, enrobed in milk or dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed almonds. They’re individually wrapped for the ideal bite-sized indulgence.
S.R.P. (4.5 oz.): $4.99
Ford Gum & Machine Co.
Buffalo Grove, Ill. / fordgum.com / (847) 955-0003
Big League Chew Stadium Cup
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 and Grape flavors.
S.R.P. (3.17 oz.): $1.99
Philadelphia, Pa. / frankfordcandy.com / (215) 735-5200
Wonder Ball Minis
Instead of one full-sized Wonder Ball, this 1.41-oz. Box comes with two 90-calorie Wonder Ball Minis. Each milk chocolate ball contains surprise candy characters. Available licenses include Disney and Avengers.
Wonder Ball Plus Toys
In addition to the standard milk chocolate ball, surprise candy characters and stickers, the Wonder Ball Plus Toys also comes with one from a range of collectible toys. Available ranges include Monsters, Shopkins and gold coins from the Super Mario Nintendo games.
Galerie Candy & Gifts
Hebron, Ky. / galerieusa.com / (859) 538-8000
Mower Minions, Star Wars dog tags
These collectible, licensed dog tag containers come with 0.13 oz. of candy. The Mower Minions candy is banana-flavored, while the Star Wars candy is assorted fruit-flavored. Packaged in an opaque pouch for a surprise, there are 12 different tags for each license.
G. Debbas Chocolatier
Fresno, Calif. / ownbrandchocolate.com / (559) 294-2071
Cocoa Crate Spirit Collection
Crunchy almonds are paired with chocolate coatings inspired by classic cocktails and beverages. Flavors include:
- Whiskey Old Fashioned Cherry
- Chocolate Lemon Drop
- Chocolate Piña Colada
- Chocolate Margarita
Cocoa Crate Vineyard Collection
Sweet raisins are soaked in wine and coated in rich chocolate. The collection includes:
- Dark Chocolate Cabernet Raisins
- White Chocolate Champagne Raisins
- Milk Chocolate Port Raisins
Cocoa Crate Chocolate Shoppe collection
These jumbo-sized versions of chocolate shop staples are sure to please. The collection include Rocky Road Clusters, Peanut Butter Cups, S’mores and White Chocolate Coconut Haystacks.
Gerrit J. Verburg Co.
Fenton, Mich. / gerritjverburg.com / (810) 750-9779
Fort Knox Poop Emoji Coins
Playing off the popularity of the poop emoji, these gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins now come with poop emoji stickers, which feature 12 different characters and expressions.
Gunz America Corp.
New York City, N.Y. / gunz.cc / (516) 528-3233
Maître Truffout Mozart Balls
These pralines are filled with pistachio marzipan, marzipan and hazelnut nougat, covered with milk and dark chocolate. The regal, hexagonal packaging features the likeness of the famous Austrian composer.
S.R.P. (10.58 oz.): $6.49
Harry & David
Medford, Ore. / harryanddavid.com / (541) 864-2060
Harry & David has partnered with Nestlé to introduce its Moose Munch premium popcorn with pieces of Crunch and Butterfingers candy bars, creating a delicious sweet-and-salty 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.
S.R.P. (12 oz.): $9.99
Fairfield, Iowa / heavenlyorganics.com / (641) 636-2095
Espresso Chocolate Honey Patties
These USDA organic-certified chocolate patties are made with four ingredients: unsweetened, 100 percent dark chocolate; raw white honey harvested from naturally existing hives; espresso; and cocoa butter. Each 60-calorie patty is non-GMO, Fair Trade and free of gluten, dairy and soy.
S.R.P. (1.16 oz.): $1.29-$1.49
Imaginings 3 - Flix Candy
Niles, Ill. / flixcandy.com / (847) 647-1370
Oh Poop! Candy Dispenser
Wind up these poop emoji-shaped dispensers and watch them walk and “poop” candy treats. Some dispensers are wearing crowns, while others have unicorn horns.
Hatchimals Light Up Spinner
These light-up spinners feature characters from Spin Master Limited’s line of Hatchimals, figurines that children help out of breakable eggs. The spinners also come with 0.35 oz. of candy.
Hatchimals Pop Ups-SRP $2.99-$3.49
These pop-ups feature Chupa Chups lollipops and characters from Spin Master Limited’s line of Hatchimals, figurines that children help out of breakable eggs.
Janesville, Wis. / impactconfections.com / (608) 208-1100
HOTHEADS Extreme Heat Worms
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 a 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.
Just Born, Inc.
Bethlehem, Pa. / justborn.com / (610) 867-7568
Mike & Ike Mega Mix
This Mike & Ike mix has something for everyone. Flavors include Caribbean Punch, Strawberry Banana, Paradise Punch, Grape Soda, Kiwi Banana, Mango Delight, Watermelon, Pineapple Banana, Peach Berry, and Blue Raspberry.
Mike & Ike Sour-licious
Just Born has turned up the sour with its new Mike & Ike Sour-licious line. They’re available in Green Apple, Fruit Punch and Zours Intense Fruit, which includes sour Watermelon, Cherry, Lemon, Apple and Blue Raspberry flavors.
Mike & Ike Buttered Popcorn
Experience a delicious blast from the past with the savory and sweet taste of Buttered Popcorn from the limited-edition Mike & Ike retro line. This classic flavor is perfect for a movie night.
El Monte, Calif. / kidsmania.us / (562) 946-8822
Kids are going to LOL with these silly Emojipops. Available in Blue Raspberry, Strawberry and Cherry flavors, each pop has one of six different faces. The faces also light up with the push of a button.
Not all sharks are mean. These Shark Bite lollipops are sweet. By pushing a button, the sharks stick out their necks, thanks to a criss-cross extender. The lollipops are available in Blue Raspberry, Cherry and Grape flavors.
Pop & Catch
Pop & Catch are just as entertaining as they are sweet. To play, children can flick a tab on the side of the tube to send the ball into the air. Then, they can try to catch it. It comes with a lollipop, available in Blue Raspberry, Cherry and Grape flavors.
These fun little chimps swing around on their bars when children push buttons on the sides of the tube. They come with 0.46 oz. of candy.
KLN Family Brands
Perham, Minn. / klnfamilybrands.com / (218) 347-0525
Wiley Wallaby Blueberry Pomegranate licorice
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 Lime.
Cockeysville, Md. / kokos.com / (410) 252-1020
Dinosaur Candy Spray
Shaped like a T-Rex, this candy spray is sure to make children roar with delight. It’s available in three flavors: Strawberry, Watermelon and Blue Raspberry.
ICEE Giant Candy Spray
Available in Cherry and Blue Raspberry flavors, this 3.72-oz. bottle of candy spray will cool off ICEE lovers everywhere.
Monroe, Wash. / kookaburraliquorice.com / (360) 805-6858
Babe Ruth’s Long Ball licorice
These 3.75-oz. plug-style slabs of licorice were designed by Andre Chiavelli to give baseball players a sweet alternative to chewing tobacco. The packages feature a licensed image of Babe Ruth and are set to appear in ballparks across the country. They’re available in Black and Round Tripper Red Raspberry flavors.
Lamontagne Chocolate, Inc.
Shebrooke, Quebec, Canada / lamontagnechocolate.com / (800) 567-3435
Lamontagne panned items
Lamontagne Chocolate has introduced several panned, gluten- and peanut-free items in standup pouches under the Lamontagne brand. They include:
- Dark Chocolate Coconut Almonds
- Milk Chocolate Caffe Latte Almonds
- Milk Chocolate Salted Pistachios
- Dark Chocolate Dried Cranberries
- Milk Chocolate Roasted Almonds
S.R.P. (5.3-7 oz.): $4.99
Las Olas Confections and Snacks
Orlando, Fla. / anastasiawholesale.com / (407) 816-9944
Coconut Island Key Lime Coconut Cashew Crunch
Like the original Coconut Cashew Crunch, this addictive, tropical-inspired treat is made in copper kettles with simple ingredients: shredded coconut, premium cashews, butter, brown sugar and a hint of sea salt. It also has a Key Lime drizzle, making the brittle taste just like Key Lime pie.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $4.99-$5.99
Coconut Island Coco Bites
Building off Anastasia Confections’ tradition of coconut-based sweets, Coco Bites feature a coconut center enrobed with dark chocolate and toasted coconut sprinkled on top. They’re available in Original, Key Lime and Pina Colada flavors.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $4.99-$5.99
Boulder, Colo. / sharelittlesecrets.com / (303) 396-0541
Sea Salted Little Secrets
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.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $4.99
Spring Little Secrets
For spring, Little Secrets will introduce pastel versions of its candy-coated chocolate pieces. Flavors include Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Peanut.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $4.99
Walled Lake, Mich. / zollipops.com / (248) 214-7771
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 on the bottom jokes submitted by consumers on social media. Zaffi Taffy is available in Strawberry, Orange, Grape and Pineapple flavors, plus there’s a mystery flavor in every bag.
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $3.99
Lovely Candy Co.
Woodstock, Ill. / lovelycandyco.com / (815) 337-0673
Honey Gummy Bears
These gummy bears feature honey as the primary ingredient. The original assortment includes Cherry, Lemon, Apple and Orange, while the sour assortment includes Cherry, Strawberry and Blue Raspberry. These bears are also non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher and made without high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients.
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $2.79
Irvine, Calif. / morinaga-america.com / (949) 732-1155
HI-CHEW Tropical Mix
Morinaga America has reworked its HI-CHEW Tropical Mix to include Kiwi, Mango and Pineapple flavors. The packaging now includes a window so consumers can see the individually-wrapped pieces.
S.R.P. (3.53 oz.): $2.39
Azusa, Calif. / morrisnational.com / (626) 969-8670
Tangy Zangy Squares
These bite-sized pieces of fruit strips perfectly pair sour and sweet. Made with real fruit juice, they’re available in Wildfruit and Wildberry flavors.
S.R.P. (8 oz.): $3.99
Revere, Mass. / necco.com / (781) 485-4500
Sour candy wafers
These wafers have a similar texture to their original counterparts, but they have a delightfully sour twist. Flavors include Watermelon, Wildberry Grape, Sour Apple, Lemon, Extreme Tangerine and Blue Raspberry.
S.R.P. (2.02 oz.): $1
Grand Rapids, Mich. / gourmetint.com / (616) 698-0666
Available in Party and Hazelnut varieties, these Belgian wafer cones have a dark chocolate coating on the inside. They’re filled with either caramel or hazelnut cream and topped with mini multicolored lentils or puffed rice. They’re also made with non-GMO ingredients.
S.R.P. (0.9 oz.): $0.99
Zaini Choco & Fruit
Bites of concentrated fruit puree are coated in extra dark chocolate. These non-GMO treats are available in two flavors: Orange, Lemon and Lime, and Cranberry and Raspberry.
S.R.P. (1.24 oz.): $1.99
Niche Gourmet has a variety of Butlers gourmet chocolate bars available, including 40 percent Milk Chocolate with Salted Caramel; 70 percent Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel; White Chocolate with Coconut & Almond; and White Chocolate with Wild Raspberry.
S.R.P. (100 grams): $3.49
J. Luehders vegan gummies
Free from gelatin and artificial colors and flavors, J. Luehders gummies offer a punch of fruit flavor snackers can feel good about. There are five varieties available: Red Berries, Fruity Flowers, Exotic Fruits, Melba Ruby Smoothie (Apple, Peach and Raspberry) and Kiba Smoothie (Banana, Cherry and Apple).
S.R.P. (2.82 oz.): $1.99
Original Gourmet Food Co.
Salem, N.H. / ogfc.net / (603) 894-1200
OGO Pop 100-ct. tub
With bubble gum-center pops coming from the top of this tub, it makes a great centerpiece for a birthday party or office table. Lollipop flavors include Strawberry, Fruit Punch, Grape, Cherry and Blue Raspberry.
S.R.P. (50 oz.): $9.99
Sour Twisted Taffy Wheel
At 3 ft. long, there’s plenty of this sour taffy to go around. Flavors include Lemonade, Watermelon and Apple.
S.R.P. (3.1 oz.): $1
Sour Swirl Pops
These brightly-colored pops are sure to put a smile on any sour candy-lover’s face. Available flavors include Sour Apple, Sour Lemonade and Sour Watermelon.
Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc.
Erlanger, Ky. / perfettivanmelle.com / (859) 263-1234
Mentos Pure Fresh gum Velcro pack
These 12-piece packs with Velcro closures keep gum secure and are the perfect size to slip into a pocket or a purse. Three flavors are available in this packaging: Freshmint, Spearmint and Watermelon.
Mentos Pure Fresh Honeycrisp Apple
A crunchy outer shell gives way to a soft-chewing gum and a burst of Honeycrisp apple flavor that’s the right amount of tart and sweet.
S.R.P. (50-piece bottle): $3.99-$4.79
Orange, Conn. / pez.com / (203) 795-0531
Two new PEZemoji dispensers will join the PEZemojis assortment in 2018. The Sparkling Heart and Thumbs Up PEZ dispensers will be available, along with Happy, LOLing, Silly, Chillin’, Cheesing and Devilish in the standard PEZ assortment. They’re available in blister, poly pack and floor display.
Piedmont Candy Co.
Lexington, N.C. / piedmontcandy.com / (336) 248-5878
Red Bird Summer Soda Pop Candy Puffs
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 its assorted mix and refreshed its 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).
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $1
Bensenville, Ill. / ragolds.com / (630) 509-2836
Velamint White Gum
Two outer layers of mint sandwich a middle layer of gum containing flavor capsules, giving them an extra pop. The gum also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is supposed to help whiten teeth. Packaged in 20-piece cube tins, the gum is available in Lemon, Peppermint, Spearmint and Watermelon flavors.
S.R.P. (1.41 oz.): $2.99
Red October USA
Brooklyn, N.Y. / eng.uniconf.ru
Artpassion’s appearance was inspired by the outstanding art of Russian ballet more than three decades ago. Now the brand is a symbol of elegance. The 3.5-oz. packages come with 10 individually-wrapped chocolate sticks. They’re available in four varieties: Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Walnuts, Dark Chocolate with Almonds, and Dark Chocolate with Truffle Cream and Almonds.
S.R.P. (3.5 oz.): $2.99
Each DARX bar reflects the rich history Uniconf, Red October’s parent company, has of chocolate manufacturing. DARX bars are available in three varieties: Original (75 percent cocoa), Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts and Raisins, and Dark Chocolate Orange and Almonds.
S.R.P. (3.5 oz.): $2.99
Russell Stover Candies
Kansas City, Mo. / russellstover.com / (816) 855-6348
Sugar-free Sea Salt Pecan Delight
Pecan Delights are the best performing item for Russell Stover Chocolates, but the addition of sea salt is a touch consumers are seeking.
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $2.49
Sharing-Size Pecan Delight Bar
Four pieces of Russell Stover’s best-selling Pecan Delight, unwrapped for easy sharing (or not).
S.R.P. (2.4 oz.): $1.49
Sugar-free Dark Chocolate Orange Medallions
These sugar-free treats combine decadent dark chocolate and orange, playing off the growing popularity of the flavor. These medallions are sweetened with stevia.
S.R.P. (3-oz. peg bag): $2.49
Hales Corner, Wis. / schusterproducts.com / (414) 858-9282
Sour Face Twisters Candy Dough
Children can create their own edible shapes with this candy dough, play with them and eat them. Each unit has sticks of Strawberry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry and Lemon-flavored candy dough.
S.R.P. (3.5 oz.): $1.59-$1.79
Sour Face Twisters Paint Roller
Rainbow hard candy is twisted onto a paint roller that can be dipped into sour gel candy.
Sour Face Twisters Sour Slime
Sour liquid gel candy comes in a squeezable double dispenser. They’re available in Sour Strawberry and Green Apple or Cherry and Blue Raspberry.
Buffalo, N.Y. / sweetworks.net / (716) 634-0880
Frey Chocobloc Coconut Bar
This 3.5-oz., milk chocolate bar features pieces of coconut and honey almond nougat.
Unlike their chocolate-flavored counterparts, these Sixlets have a chewy, fruity center and a candy coating on the exterior. They’re gluten-free, nut-free, kosher, halal and free of artificial colors and flavors. They’re available in five flavors: Lemon, Blue Raspberry, Green Apple, Orange and Cherry.
Taste of Nature, Inc.
Santa Monica, Calif. / candyasap.com / (310) 396-4433
Organic Swirlz Cotton Candy
This hand-spun cotton candy is not like the typical carnival and circus fare. The USDA organic, fat-, cholesterol-, gluten- and GMO-free treat uses radish extract for its pink color.
S.R.P. (3-oz. bag): $2.49
Elgin, Ill. / terrilynn.com / (847) 741-1900
Caramel vs. Chocolate Peanut Medley
A mix of chocolate- and caramel-covered peanuts add a unique twist on a favorite nut.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $2.39
Chocolate Liquor Almonds
Large whole almonds are enrobed in milk chocolate with a hint of amaretto that lingers to delight the palate. Rum and bourbon varieties will also be available.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $2.99
PB&J – Hooray!
Hooray is what consumers will say when they take a handful of this treat, which combines all-natural peanut butter and jelly.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $3.99
Mixed Yogurt Raisins
These yogurt-covered raisins, available in Vanilla, Blueberry and Strawberry flavors, are sure to delight taste buds.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $2.49
Medford, Mass. / tru-chocolate.com / (855) 878-2462
Tr Chocolate range
Trū Chocolate offers a range of organic, 72 percent cacao chocolate products free of dairy, sugar, gluten and GMO ingredients. All sweetened with xylitol and certified Fair Trade, kosher and vegan, they include:
- Solid Dark Chocolate Wafers
- Dark Chocolate Covered Flame Raisins
- Dark Chocolate Covered Raw Pasteurized Almonds
- Dark Chocolate Covered Gluten Free Pretzels
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $5.99
South Jordan, Utah / trufru.com / (801) 554-4081
Tru Fru Indulge on the Go
Tru Fru freeze-dries real fruit to lock in vitamins, nutrients and flavor and then immerses them in dark chocolate. The Indulge on the Go range includes Raspberries, Whole Cherries, Strawberries, Bananas, Whole Cranberries and Coconut Melts. Tru Fru also donates a portion of its profits to Hope Arising, a nonprofit organization focused on providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ethiopia.
S.R.P. (4.5 oz.): $4.89
World Wide Gourmet Food Inc.
Woodinville, Wa. / alaskasmokehouse.com / (360) 668-9404
The Famous Pacific Dessert Co. Giant Peanut Butter Cups
These 3-oz. cups start with premium peanut butter mixed with milk and white chocolate to make a creamy center. Chopped peanuts are added for that perfect crunch. Once the center is set, its enrobed in a milk chocolate compound.
The Famous Pacific Dessert Co. Grahams
These honey graham crackers are covered with chocolate and other ingredients for a delicious dessert experience. They’re available in three flavors: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Milk Chocolate S’mores and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter.