Though we’re celebrating love this week with chocolate and other sweets, it’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween and Christmas.
ECRM’s Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween program, set for next week at Bally’s Las Vegas, will bring together manufacturers and retail buyers in short, speed-dating-style meetings designed to maximize efficiency.
Furthermore, Candy Industry and ECRM will again host the Kids Choice Awards. About 50 young people will judge submissions in the Chocolate, Non-Chocolate and Novelty categories. In addition to bragging rights, winners will receive free advertising space in an upcoming issue.
Be sure to pick up our April issue for post-program coverage. In the meantime, check out a few products manufacturers will debut or highlight in Las Vegas. See you there!
Boston America Corp.
Woburn, Mass. / bostonamerica.com / (781) 933-3535
Rudolph Snow Globe tin
Each tin has a snow globe lid and is filled with 1.5 oz. of stocking-shaped panned dextrose candies. These are packed 12 to a display.
Louisville, Ky. / candyrific.com / (502) 893-3626
Surprise Candy Pals Christmas Gift Set
This set includes two surprise, scented plush animal toys, along with a collector’s card, a sticker sheet and two 10-gram bags of dextrose candy. There are six different scented plush animal toys to collect: Coco Puppersen (Hot Cocoa), Blitzen Beauregard (Vanilla), Pepper Mintze (Mint), Penny Perkins (Grape), Clarice Deerfield (Mint) and Santa Paws (Candy).
Dave’s Sweet Tooth
Harrison Township, Mich. / davessweettooth.com / (586) 948-9243
Dave’s Sweet Tooth will debut all-new pouches for its toffee line. The packaging, reminiscent of the jars the company also uses, is designed to give consumers a better idea of the product and its ingredients.
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $5.99
Gerrit J. Verburg Co.
Fenton, Mich. / gerritjverburg.com / (810) 750-9779
Black Jack, Beemans, Clove gum tins
Following the successful reintroduction of Black Jack, Clove and Beemans gum, the products will be available in tins featuring original artwork.
Gerrit’s Bakery stroopwafels
Available the first week of March, these Dutch delights are sure to please any sweet tooth. A layer of caramel is spread between two thin waffles. They’re best served warm.
Fort Knox Trio Medallions
These milk chocolate coins are wrapped in silver, gold and bronze foil, giving them the appearance of a U.S. quarter, a John F. Kennedy half dollar and a U.S. penny.
S.R.P. (6.1 oz.): N/A
Fort Knox Cool Llama Coins
These milk chocolate coins are wrapped in colorful foil and feature collectible llama stickers.
S.R.P. (26.4 oz.): N/A
Imaginings 3 - Flix Candy
Niles, Ill. / flixcandy.com / (847) 647-1370
Day of The Dead Pop Ups Singles
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with these colorful sugar skull Pop Ups. When the button is pressed a Chupa Chup lollipop appears.
Day of The Dead Pop Ups Blister Cards
These Pop Ups feature sugar skulls in four different colors and come with three Chupa Chup lollipops.
Spooky Lip Pops
These Lip Pops are sure to scare up some fun. Packaged in a gusseted window bag, they’re available in Zombie and Sugar Skull varieties.
Mickey/Minnie Christmas Pop Ups Blister Cards
These Pop Ups illustrate that Mickey and Minnie are in the holiday spirit. The blister packs come with three Chupa Chup lollipops.
Xmas Oh Poop!
This seasonal Oh Poop! dispenser has a red Rudolph nose and antlers. Fill him up, wind him up and watch him walk and dispense candy.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Canes
With Yuletide’s most famous reindeer on the box and wrappers, these individually-wrapped miniature candy canes will be a hit at any holiday party. They’re available in Blue Raspberry and Cherry flavors.
S.R.P. (24-ct.): $1.79-$1.99
Original Gourmet Food Co.
Salem, N.H. / ofgc.net / (603) 894-5400
Gourmet Lollipop Christmas Tree Floor Display
Filled with 1,920 assorted gourmet lollipops, this festive fixture is 2-ft. wide, creating a small footprint but maximizing product sales. The 31-gram pops are available in six flavors: Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, Wild Cherry, and holiday limited-edition flavors Sugar Cookie, Peppermint Bark and Candy Cane.
S.R.P. (31-gram pop): 2 for $1
Thomas Kinkade LED Musical Tins
Create a memorable experience with Thomas Kinkade-licensed LED musical tins, with lights that dance to classic Christmas music. Inside each tin, featuring Christmas and winter scenes, are 12 oz. of assorted holiday-shaped sugar cookies.
Quality Candy Co.
Henderson, Nev. / qcandy.com / (702) 565-4711
Sonic Peppermint Pop
This red-and-white ball pop will be available in a blue Christmas-themed counter top box containing 30 pops.
S.R.P. (1-oz. pop): 2 for $1
Des Moines, Iowa / radzworld.com / (503) 227-2226
Radz Winter Dispensers
Spread holiday cheer with Radz Winter Dispenser collection. These festive, collectible toy candy dispensers are fun and easy to use! To operate, pull the character’s top back and the tongue pops out with candy. The holiday collection has four holiday-related characters: Freeze the Snowman, Toddy the Elf, Jingles the Reindeer, and (new for 2019) Berry the Polar Bear.
Foamz Winter Dispensers
Foamz toy dispensers are easy to squish and come with a tasty treat! This collection has four holiday characters: Santa Clause, Snowy the Snowman, Rudy the Reindeer. and Doug the Christmas Tree. Each Radz Foamz character comes with a pack of Radz candy and a coloring poster with a collector's guide on the back.
Radz Hatchimals Dispensers
Radz will launch a dispenser collection for Christmas 2019 based off of the popular toy line Hatchimals CollEGGtibles. The Radz Hatchimals toy candy dispensers are made up of the most popular characters in the toy line: Cheetree, Puppit, Penguala and Draggle. Each character comes with a pack of Hatchimals exclusive candy and a mini character poster featuring colorful graphics. To operate, pull the character’s hair back and the tongue pops out with candy.
Taste of Nature, Inc.
Santa Monica, Calif. / candyasap.com / (310) 396-4433
DoughLish cookie dough
Building on the popularity of unbaked cookie dough as a treat, Doughlish is raw, shelf-stable and made without eggs. Packaged in a 4.5-oz. container with a spoon in the lid, Doughlish cookie dough has a nine-month shelf life and doesn’t require refrigeration.