After the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the cancelation of last year’s event, the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo is set for June 23-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
As of early June, 460 confectionery and snack exhibitors had registered for the event. More than 80 exhibitors had registered for the first Supplier Showcase, which is designed to help confectionery and snack suppliers connect with potential and existing customers.
Returning is Destination Retail, where visitors can learn how retailers are using technology and innovative merchandising to create a better in-store experience and how the power of occasions supports a year-round seasonal business.
The National Confectioners Association has also developed three tracks for its educational programming: Consumer & Shopper Trends, Retail & Category Trends and Business Disruptions. More than 20 educational sessions led by industry experts are planned.
Below is a look at some of the chocolate products we are most excited to see at the show, listed alphabetically by company name. Don’t forget to check out our companion list, “30 non-chocolate products we’re excited to see at the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo.”
Louisville, Ky. / (502) 893-3626 / candyrific.com
Melting Snowman Marshmallows Set
This hot cocoa set is as delicious as it is adorable. Each package includes two packets of hot cocoa, two peppermint sticks and two smiling snowman marshmallows.
Candy Treasure LLC
Lebanon, N.J. / (201) 678-9300 / candytreasure.com
Choco Treasure Puppy Egg
Featuring a larger, printed plastic egg, this treat includes coated chocolate candy and a collectible puppy dog toy inside.
Chocmod USA, Inc.
Fort Lee, N.J. / (551) 775-7612 / chocmod.com
Truffettes de France Mango Snacking Chocolate & Quinoa
Crack the white chocolate shell to reach the delicate truffle heart and conclude with crispy quinoa bits and real mango pieces. Each 5-oz. bag is resealable, perfect for on-the-go consumption. These gluten-free and snacks are made without palm oil, preservatives and artificial colors and flavors.
Chocolette Distribution, LLC
Lewes, Del. / (833) 446-3854 / red-chocolate.com
RED Caramelized White Chocolate with no sugar added
RED Chocolate's newest entry in the U.S. market is crafted using patented technology that creates delicate caramel from select German milk, without any sugar. The caramelized white chocolate, made in Europe, is Non-GMO and kosher. The bar also features hazelnuts and macadamias.
S.R.P.: (3.17 oz.): $2.99
Endangered Species Chocolate Co.
Indianapolis, Ind. / (317) 387-4372 / chocolatebar.com
Oat Milk + Dark Chocolate (75% Cocoa) Bars and Chips
ESC has combined dark chocolate with creamy oat milk — not sugar alcohols or sweetener substitutes — to deliver on the taste consumers want, with half the sugar of most 70% dark chocolates. The new oat milk 75% cocoa line includes three bars:
- Oat Milk Coconut & Almonds + Dark Chocolate: Featuring a satisfying crunch of salted almonds
- Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate: Featuring an antioxidant blend of mixed berries
- Oat Milk Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate: Featuring the sweet and salty balance of pure pink Himalayan salt
And for the bakers, Oat Milk + 75% Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips provide a smooth melt and a delicious dairy-free baking experience.
S.R.P. (3-oz. bar): $2.99
Ferrero USA, Inc.
Parsippany, N.J. / (732) 584-4700 / ferreronorthamerica.com
Nutella &GO! Multigrain Sticks with Oat & Blueberries
Nutella &GO! Multigrain Sticks is a new offering featuring sticks of oats and blueberries made to dip into creamy hazelnut and cocoa Nutella spread.
Fannie May Dark Chocolate Peppermint S’mores Snack Mix
Fannie May has taken its indulgent original S'mores Snack Mix and given it a holiday twist. It features crunchy grahams and fluffy pink peppermint marshmallows coated in rich dark chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint candy.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): $4.49
Ferrero Rocher Glamond Box
This seasonal gift box has a clear lid that gives off a glittering diamond effect, showcasing 24 Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolates inside. Ready for display, it will transform any Easter celebration into something golden.
Grand Ferrero Rocher Dark
Grand Ferrero Rocher Dark offers an indulgent taste experience with a dark chocolate shell made with 51% cocoa and hazelnut pieces. It’s available in seasonal packaging for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter, making it perfect for holiday decorating and sharing.
Ferrero Golden Gallery Signature
Ferrero Golden Gallery Signature is introducing two new flavors to its fine assortment of exceptionally crafted chocolates. They include:
- Caramel Intenso: An intense dark chocolate shell hides a smooth, rich caramel center delicately flavored with a hint of sea salt.
- Chocolate Sonetto: Luscious milk chocolate, studded with hazelnut and almond bits and finished with a delicate dusting of finely grated white chocolate.
S.R.P.: 12-piece, $6.29; 24-piece, $12.49
The Hershey Co.
Hershey, Pa. / (800) 468-1714 / thehersheycompany.com
The Whozeewhatzit bar, the Whatchamacallit brand's first new bar in a decade, takes wacky, crazy, crunchy and chewy to a new level. The brand new bar, which has an added peanut butter crème layer and delicious rice crisps, all covered in a chocolatey candy, is available at retailers nationwide.
S.R.P.: 1.5 oz., $1.11; 3-oz., $1.66
Reese's Big Cups with Pretzels
Reese's Big Cups with Pretzels offers a twist on the classic cup that's bigger, saltier and packed with pretzels.
S.R.P.: 1.3 oz., $1.49; 2.6 oz., $2.09
Kit Kat DUOS Mocha + Chocolate
This Kit Kat innovation features a combo of mocha coffee flavor and chocolate layered with the Kit Kat wafer fans know and love.
S.R.P.: 1.5 oz., $1.11; 3-oz., $1.66
Honey Acres, Inc.
Neosho, Wis. / (920) 474-4411 / honeyacres.com
Coffee Dark Chocolate Honey Patties
These treats are made with just three ingredients: pure honey, dark chocolate and dark-roasted Arabica beans from Berres Brothers in Watertown, Wis. They’re kosher and free of gluten, nuts, dairy and other allergens.
S.R.P. (6.25 oz.): $6
Jelly Belly Candy Co.
Fairfield, Calif. / (800) 522-3267 / jellybelly.com
Gourmet Milk Chocolate Truffles
Jelly Belly has created a line of Gourmet Milk Chocolate Truffles and Bars. They have smooth milk chocolate coating and creamy, meltaway centers with true to life flavors. The gift box comes with nine flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Very Cherry, Coconut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Mint, French Vanilla, Lemon Meringue Pie and Blueberry. They’re also available in gable boxes and bars.
S.R.P.: Gift box, $12.99; Gable boxes, $7.25
Cranford, N.J. / (212) 243-0220 / kopperschocolate.com
Just Sweet Almonds
These 59% dark cocoa almonds have just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy taste buds. They are high in fiber, made with stevia and have no sugar added or artificial colors or flavors.
S.R.P. (3.5 oz.): $4.29
Chocolate Birthday Cake Bites
These bite-sized pieces feature a dark chocolate center and a white frosting shell with sprinkles.
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $3.99
Loacker USA, Inc.
Jersey City, N.J. / (212) 742-8510 / loackerusa.com
This gourmet treat is made with a milk chocolate shell that's 100 percent Alpine milk and Ecuadorian cocoa sourced from Loacker’s sustainable farming program. Its caramel cream filling is nestled between two crispy wafers. There are no added colors or flavors.
S.R.P. (4.44 oz.): $4.99-$5.99
San Francisco / (800) 347-7337 / sees.com
Nostalgic flavors join new favorites in this commemorative selection marking See’s 100th year. It features “S” Milk Centennial Medallions wrapped in gold, along with timeless Milk and Dark Molasses Chips and modern discoveries like Raspberry Truffle. This assortment also includes:
- Dark Scotchmallows
- Dark Almond Nougat
- Raspberry Truffle
- Milk California Brittle
- Dark & Milk Molasses Chips
- Milk Centennial Medallions
- Milk Butterscotch Square
- Butterscotch & Chocolate Lollypops
- Milk Vanilla Buttercream
- Milk Almond Square
- Dark Maple Walnut
S.R.P. (8.5 oz.): $15.50
Seattle, Wash. / (866) 957-9907 / skinnydipped.com
SkinnyDipped Peanut Butter Cups
SkinnyDipped’s new peanut butter cups have up to 79 percent less sugar than leading brands. These cups offer an indulgent taste without stevia, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. They’re sweetened with a blend of maple sugar, cane sugar and allulose and are available in Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate varieties.
S.R.P. (4-pack): $21.99
Salt Lake City, Utah / (801) 550-0557 / trufru.com
Nature's Bananas in Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate
These bite-sized pieces feature real bananas that have been picked ripe and hyper-chilled to enhance flavor. Only 90 calories per serving, they’re made only with fruit, dark chocolate and peanut butter. There are no artificial flavors or colors.
S.R.P. (8 oz.): $6.99
Nature's Mangos in Dark Chocolate
These pieces feature real mangos that have been picked ripe and hyper-dried to enhance flavor. Only 90 calories per serving, they’re made only with fruit and dark chocolate. There are no artificial flavors or colors.
S.R.P. (4.2 oz.): $4.99
Nature’s Strawberries in Milk and White Chocolate
These bite-sized pieces feature real strawberries that have been picked ripe and hyper-chilled to enhance flavor. Only 90 calories per serving, they’re made only with fruit, dark chocolate and white chocolate. There are no artificial flavors or colors.
S.R.P. (8 oz.): $6.99