Though the global COVID-19 pandemic prompted the National Confectioners Association to cancel the 2020 Sweets & Snacks Expo, the staff of Candy Industry still wanted to give confectionery manufacturers a chance to show off the innovations they have planned for 2020 and beyond.
As in years past, we’ve compiled a list of new products that would’ve debuted or been highlighted at the show. These innovations cover all categories, from chocolate and sugar confectionery to novelty products.
Candy Industry hopes everyone stays safe and well, and we’ll see you May 24-27 at the 2021 Expo. Also, mark your calendars for the 75th Kettle Awards, set for May 25, 2021 at the Union League Club in Chicago.
Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.
Merrillville, Ind. / albaneseconfectionery.com / (800) 736-0581
Ultimate 8 Flavor Gummi Bears
Albanese World’s Best Ultimate 8 Flavor Gummi Bears have elevated the tasting experience by using its signature texture and innovative flavors. These gluten-free, fat-free gummies are made with natural flavors and colors from real fruits and vegetables. They’re also low in sodium. Included flavors are Alphonso Mango, Amity Raspberry, Asian Pear, Black Currant, Blood Orange, Crimson Cranberry, Fuji Apple and Queen Pineapple.
Boston America Corp.
Woburn, Mass. / bostonamerica.com / (781) 933-3535
Halloween Slasher Sours
The white mask worn by Michael Myers in the “Halloween” series is filled with 1 oz. of orange-flavored knife-shaped sours.
Notorious serial killer Chucky comes to life on this collectible tin. Each tin is filled with knife-shaped candies.
S.R.P. (1.2 oz.): $3.99
Dungeons and Dragons Die
The 20-sided die from the iconic role-playing game holds 1.2 oz. of sour cherry potion bottle-shaped candies.
S.R.P. (1.2 oz.): $3.99
Dragonball Z" Senzu Beans
Rejuvinate with a box of sweet Senzu Beans. Each box is filled with 0.7 oz. of fruity green candy.
Mario Kart Blind Box
Six possible race cup tins can be won! Each collectable tin holds 0.7 oz. of fruit-flavored candy.
From the shores of Amity Island come Quint Mints. This tin is filled with 1.5 oz. of peppermint-flavored shark jaw-shaped candies.
“Golden Girls” Mints
Featuring the sweetest, sassiest roommates in Miami, these tins feature cheesecake-shaped mints.
S.R.P. (1.5 oz.): $3.99
“The Office” Schrute Farms Hospitality Mints
Based on the hit show “The Office,” Boston America is releasing a line of Schrute Farms hospitality mints. Each tin is filled with 1.5 oz. of beet-shaped candies.
“The Office” Stapler Gummy
Based on Jim's classic prank on Dwight, each gummy contains a stapler-shaped gummy inside.
S.R.P. (300g): $7.99
Louisville, Ky. / candyrific.com / (502) 893-3626
We Go Together Like…Mug Buddies Sets
The Love You More are printed mugs, and the Marshmallows and Hot Cocoa gift sets are sculpted mugs. More designs are coming soon. Two pouches of hot cocoa and two candy spoons are included with each set of mugs.
S.R.P.: sculpted mug set, $14.99; printed set, $9.99
Chicago Vegan Foods
Addison, Ill. / dandies.com / (630) 629-9667
Dandies Pumpkin, Peppermint Marshmallows
Dandies’ Pumpkin marshmallows deliver a delicate touch of autumn sweetness, while the soft pink Peppermint marshmallows embody the spirit of the holidays. Like the brand’s original marshmallows, Dandies’ 100 percent vegan and vegetarian-friendly marshmallows are made with no artificial flavors or colors, no corn syrup, no gelatin and no gluten.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $3.39
Parsippany, N.J. / ferreronorthamerica.com / (732) 584-4700
Ferrero has improved the quality of this classic candy bar by replacing oil-roasted peanuts with dry-roasted peanuts, revamping packaging to lock in freshness and removing TBHQ, a food preservative. In addition to its signature rich caramel and smooth nougat, the chocolate bar now has a higher ratio of U.S.-sourced peanuts.
S.R.P. (1.9 oz.): $1.39
Kinder Bueno Mini
Inspired by the popular full-sized bars, these bite-sized pieces feature a blanket of smooth milk chocolate, a thin, crispy wafer filled with a creamy hazelnut filling and dark chocolate drizzle.
S.R.P.: Share pack, $4.99; family pack, $7.99
Ford Gum & Machine Co.
Akron, N.Y. / fordgum.com / (847) 955-0003
Big League Chew Slammin’ Strawberry
Exclusive to the popular softball character pouch, this new and improved flavor is available now. The Slammin’ Strawberry flavor also features an aspartame-free formula.
S.R.P. (2.12 oz.): $1.49
Big League Chew Mini Gumball Jar
This to-go jar contains 55 Big League Chew mini gumballs. The bubble gum will be available in Big League Chew’s most popular flavor: Outta Here Original. The jar has two openings, one for individual pieces and one to share multiple pieces.
Jelly Belly sugar-free gum
Ford Gum’s line of sugar-free gum based on popular Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors will be available in To-Go bottles this fall. Each 55-piece bottle has two openings – one for individual pieces and one to share multiple pieces. Flavors include Island Punch, Watermelon, Very Cherry and Berry Blue.
Warheads Sour Watermelon Squeeze Candy
Ford Gum has entered into an agreement with Impact Confections and its iconic Warheads brand to produce a line of bubble gum and candy products. In June Ford Gum will launch Warheads Sour Watermelon Squeeze Candy. This squeeze candy will be tart and tangy and will be made with dextrose for enhanced flavor.
S.R.P. (1 oz.): $0.49
Warheads Super Sour Gumballs
Ford Gum will launch Warheads Super Sour Gumballs in August. These extra-sour, kosher gumballs will be available in the following flavors: Orange, Lemon, Green Apple, Watermelon and Blue Raspberry.
S.R.P.: $0.49 or 2 for $1
New York, N.Y. / godiva.com / (800) 946-3482
Signature Mini Bars
These premium chocolate bars are made with GODIVA’s signature chocolate. Each pack comes with eight perfectly portioned, individually-wrapped mini chocolate bars, conveniently packaged for on-the-go indulgence and easy sharing. Flavor variations include: 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate; Dark Chocolate with Roasted Almond Pieces; Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt Crystals; Milk Chocolate; Milk Chocolate with Salted Toffee Pieces; and Milk Chocolate with Roasted Almond Pieces and Honey.
S.R.P. (3.1 oz.): $2.99
Signature Chocolate Domes
These luxurious chocolate treats feature multi-textural layers of chocolate indulgence. Made with signature GODIVA chocolate and cacao for an intense flavor, these individually wrapped pieces are great for sharing as well as enjoying on the go. Once they bite through the delicious chocolate outer layer and into the light crispy wafer layer, chocolate lovers will experience the smooth and creamy filling and discover the crunchy center for a wonderful treat. Flavor variations include Double Chocolate, Coconut Crunch and Crispy Hazelnut.
S.R.P. (4.3 oz.): $4.79
HARIBO of America
Rosemont, Ill. / haribo.com / (847) 260-0580
HARIBO Passport Mix
To celebrate its 100th birthday this year, HARIBO is launching the limited-edition Passport Mix. It features a combination of popular flavors and shapes from various countries. The gummy shapes are first drawn on paper by hand before moulded in 3D using only the highest quality of ingredients. The mix features Crocs (France), Balla Balla (Spain/Portugal), Brixx (Spain/Portugal), Rings (UK/Ireland), Cherries (Germany/US), Goldbears (Germany/US), Happy Cola (Germany/US) and Airplanes (limited-edition shape).
Jelly Belly Candy Co.
Fairfield, Calif. / jellybelly.com / (707) 399-2904
Milk Chocolate Gourmet Truffles
Each decadent truffle features a creamy meltaway center encased in silky smooth milk chocolate. Nine true-to-life flavors include Chocolate, Orange, Very Cherry, Coconut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Mint, French Vanilla, Lemon Meringue Pie and Blueberry. This assortment is crafted with only the finest ingredients including cocoa butter and coconut oil, no palm oils.
Jelly Belly Gummies
Equal parts tasty and fun, fan-favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors are coming to gummies. They feature Jelly Belly’s true-to-life flavors in two varieties: sweet and sour. Jelly Belly gummies feature a soft texture, are vegan and non-GMO, and contain no animal gelatin and colors from natural sources. Each assortment features Berry Blue, Green Apple, Lemon, Orange and Very Cherry flavors. Available in 7-oz. bags and 3.5-oz. and 4-oz. Grab and Go bags.
S.R.P. (3.5 oz.): $2.29-$2.49
Black & Red Licorice Scottie Dogs
Jelly Belly is expanding its line of candy offerings to include another candy staple: licorice. Featuring adorable Scottie Dog shapes, they’re available in two flavors, classic red licorice and black licorice. Jelly Belly Scottie Dogs are gluten-free and peanut-free.
S.R.P. (2.75 oz.): $2.29-$2.49
Koko’s Confectionery & Novelty
Cockeysville, Md. / kokos.com / (800) 638-6000
ICEE Candy & Earphones
This product includes ICEE Squeeze Candy, ICEE Spray Candy and one pair of ICEE headphones. The squeeze candy gel and spray liquid candy are available in two top ICEE flavors: Cherry & Blue Raspberry.
SLUSH PUPPiE Candy & Earphones
This product features SLUSH PUPPiE Squeeze Candy, SLUSH PUPPiE Spray Candy and one pair of SLUSH PUPPiE earphones per unit. SLUSH PUPPiE Squeeze Candy and SLUSH PUPPiE Spray Candy are available in two flavors: Cherry & Blue Raspberry.
Kathy Kaye Foods
Logan, Utah / kathykayefoods.com / (435) 563-0204
Caramel Cayenne Popcorn Square
Popcorn Squares are the perfect combination of soft caramel and fresh crisp popcorn. Cayenne pepper adds a spicy kick.
Candy Cane Mini Popcorn Balls
These two-bite popcorn balls are easy to eat and have a candy cane flavor. They’re packed in a resealable pouch to maintain freshness and for easy sharing.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $3.49-$3.99
Jersey City, N.J. / kopperschocolate.com / (800) 325-0026
Milk Chocolate Gummy Bears
Imagine your favorite childhood snack drenched in a layer of milk chocolate and packed in a pocket-sized pouch. After creating the Original Milk Chocolate Gummy Bears 30 years ago, Kopper’s Chocolate has packaged the product in a pocket-sized pouch.
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $4.29
Boulder, Colo. / lilys.com / (877) 587-0557
White Chocolate Bars
These white chocolate bars feature 2 grams of sugar per serving. Made with non-GMO ingredients, they’re available in three varieties: White Chocolate Style Original Bar; White Chocolate Style Cookies & Crème Bar; and White Chocolate Style Birthday Cake Bar.
Mars Wrigley U.S.
Newark, N.J. / mars.com / (312) 995-7416
M&M’S Fudge Brownie
M&M’S Fudge Brownie allows consumers to experience brownies anytime — from the delicious chocolate to the fudgy center — no baking necessary. The bite-size brownie experience paired with the colorful fun of M&M’S creates an easy-to-portion take on a nostalgic favorite.
S.R.P.: 1.41-oz. singles, $1.25; 2.83-oz. share size, $1.92; 9.5-oz. sharing size, $3.34
Starburst Swirlers combine flavors consumers know and love into one chewy, juicy stick. They come in three mouth-watering flavors: Strawberry-Cherry, Strawberry-Orange and Cherry-Lemon.
S.R.P. (2.96 oz.): $1.99
Skittles Dips are an indulgent, multi-textured fruity experience combining the chewy Skittles consumers love with a soft, creamy yogurt-flavored coating. Each pack combines the original five flavors of Strawberry, Orange, Grape, Green Apple and Lemon.
S.R.P.: singles $0.89; share size $1.49; grab & go $1.98; sharing size $2.98
Twix Cookies & Creme
The latest Twix innovation, Twix Cookies & Creme features chocolate cookie bars and an all-new soft-creme center packed with crunchy cookie bits, all covered in creamy milk chocolate.
S.R.P. (8.7-oz. sharing size pouch): $2.98
McJak Candy Co.
Medina, Ohio / mcjakcandy.com / (330) 722-3531
County Fair Cotton Candy
County Fair Cotton Candy is made fresh with the same tradition from summer fairs in small towns across America. T his old-fashioned cotton candy with a twist is available in several varieties, including Watermelon, Strawberry Banana, Unicorn and Grape. Available holiday flavors include Candy Cane, Snowflake (Birthday Cake) and Yellow Snow (Lemonade).
S.R.P. (1.75 oz.): $2.49
County Fair Toffee Popcorn
County Fair Toffee and Kettle Popcorn has a sweet and salty taste that everybody will loves. Available flavors include Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Almond, Toffee and Kettle popcorn.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $2.49.
Irvine, Calif. / morinaga-america.com / (949) 732-1155
HI-CHEW Fruit Combos Mix
Featuring two layers of flavor in one fruity, chewy bite, HI-CHEW Fruit Combos deliver a fruit-forward experience that’s double the fun. Providing taste buds a tropical escape, the mix is inspired by exotic beverages: Tropical Smoothie and Piña Colada. Passion Fruit on the outside and Mango on the inside are layered together to create Tropical Smoothie, while creamy Coconut on the outside and tangy Pineapple on the inside are layered together to create Piña Colada.
S.R.P. (2.82 oz.): $2.59
HI-CHEW Soda Pop Mix
The HI-CHEW Soda Pop Mix features Ramune and Cola flavors. Ramune is a classic carbonated soft drink originating from Japan that continues to be enjoyed and explored by consumers across the world. The chew matches the beverage’s tangy lemon-lime flavor, while Cola presents the same refreshing flavor of a classic cola pop fizz.
S.R.P. (2.82 oz.): $2.59
HI-CHEW Sweet & Sour Watermelon
After being introduced to market in 2019 within the HI-CHEW Sweet & Sour Mix, Watermelon quickly became a fan-favorite flavor. Following the overwhelming consumer desire for it to be standalone, HI-CHEW is releasing Sweet & Sour Watermelon in a 10-piece stick pack. HI-CHEW Sweet & Sour Watermelon offers a mouthwatering, juicy flavor reminiscent of slices of the fruit with a subtle sour twist.
S.R.P. (1.76 oz.): $1.59
Orange, Conn. / us.pez.com / (203) 795-0531
PEZ Mickey & Minnie Holiday Twin Pack
PEZ will launch an all-new Mickey & Minnie Holiday Twin Pack Gift Set for the 2020 season. Each set will feature Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse with Santa hats and six rolls of assorted fruit-flavored PEZ refills.
S.R.P. (1.74 oz.): $4.99-$5.99
PEZ Star Wars "Mandalorian" Gift Set
PEZ will launch an all-new Mandalorian Twin Pack Gift Set beginning September 2020. Each set will feature the Mandalorian PEZ dispenser and the Child mini PEZ dispenser, as well as six rolls of assorted fruit-flavored PEZ candy.
S.R.P. (1.74 oz.): $4.99-$5.99
PEZ Harry Potter line
Available in summer 2020, PEZ Harry Potter line will include:
- Gift Tin featuring a Dumbledore dispenser, exclusive to the gift tin, alongside Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley
- Twin Pack Gift Boxes featuring mini dispensers for Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley
- Assortment to include blister and poly packs with floor displays including Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
For the first time ever, PEZ will offer Mystery Candy in the Harry Potter Line. Special wrappers will advertise the mystery component to the candies.
Commerce Township, Mich. / zollipops.com / (888) 450-3639
Packed with new Watermelon, Peach and Green Apple flavors, along with Zollipops’ best-selling Strawberry, Orange and Grape flavors, these BallPopZ are natural candy everyone can enjoy. They’re sugar-free, allergen-free, keto friendly, kosher and made with natural flavors and colors.
S.R.P. (5 oz): $5.99
Zollipops Tropical Mix
Packed with new Watermelon, Peach and Green Apple flavors, along with Zollipops best-selling flavors, these Zollipops are sugar-free, allergen-free, keto friendly, kosher and made with natural flavors and colors.
These good-for-your-teeth caramels are coated in dark chocolate. They’re sugar-free, allergen-free, keto friendly and kosher.
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $4.99