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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: White Malteasers

Malteasers White

I picked up this curious alternate version of Mars’ malted milk balls called Malteasers in white chocolate a month or so ago. I was ready to review them, then it got very hot in Los Angeles. So hot that even the candy I store in insulated coolers (no ice or anything) actually melted. It was in the high nineties in my candy room.

So you’ll just have to enjoy the photo.

Package photo here and review of the regular Malteasers here.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Candy Tease- October 2010

imageName: Hi-CHEW Grape
Brand: Morinaga
Description: Japan’s #1 selling fruit chews for more than 30 years. Now in Grape.
Introduction Date: in stores now
Notes: I’ve blogged quite a bit about HiCHEW over the years and take full credit for the fact that they’re now being sold more widely in American stores. The new packaging is in English and with a flavor list slightly different from Japan. We can get strawberry, melon, green apple and mango in stores already. The candy isn’t made in Japan, it’s produced in Taiwan. Some hardcore HiCHEW fans (including me) prefer the Japanese version, as the flavors are more intense and authentic tasting.

imageName: Jelly Belly Seed Packs
Brand: Jelly Belly
Description: Jelly Belly play on the nostalgia of heirloom seeds and reflect the ingredients used to make Jelly Belly beans.
Available in Watermelon and Very Cherry, the products are gluten-, dairy- and gelatin-free, as well as kosher certified

Introduction Date: unknown
Notes: The choice of cherry as a flavor for a seed package is more than odd as cherries come from trees. I don’t know anyone who has grown a cherry tree from seeds (most people I know buy saplings). Better choices might have been cantaloupe, strawberry, blueberry, mixed berry, or raspberry. I like the idea of the packaging though, it would definitely be fun to add to a themed gift basket for a gardener or food enthusiast.

imageName: Ben Tre - 72% Cacao Single Origin Dark Chocolate
Brand: Scharffen Berger
Description: Ben Tre is one of the first Vietnamese single-origin beans to be imported into America. Ben Tre is spicy, lightly fruity with notes of banana, cinnamon and fig.
Introduction Date: in stores now
Notes: Banana and fig along with chocolate is a great combination. I’ve never had a bar made with Vietnamese cacao. This is definitely one single-origin folks will be interested in.

imageName: Dark Chocolate Mallo Cup
Brand: Boyer Candies
Description: From milk chocolate to a rich & popular dark chocolate with a creamy Mallo center. Boyer Candy Company will introduce their ever famous cup candy in a dark chocolate Mallo Cup. “This is in response to an overwhelming demand from loyal Mallo Cup customers”
Introduction Date: 11/1/2010
Notes: Mallo Cups are the first “cup candy bar”, so it only makes sense that they get a flavor extension eventually. I’m assuming they come with the little Boyer play money points.

All photos/images courtesy of the respective manufacturer

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Candy Tease: August 2010

imageName: Organic Licorice Twists
Brand: Newman’s Own Organics
Description: The first licorice twist made with organic ingredients comes from Newman’s Own Organics. It’s available in today’s favorite flavors, black and strawberry, as well as two new fruit flavors, pomegranate and tangerine. The candy is low in fat and sodium, and is free from trans fat and cholesterol. $2.99 per 5-oz. package
Introduction Date: 6/1/2010
Notes: I’ve had organic licorice before ... never in a twist form, but I have my doubts that it’s that different. It sounds good but very pricey.

imageName: Bubble Paste
Brand: Ludo LLC
Description: Unlike regular bubblegum, the Bubble Paste user gets to squeeze it out! So if you want a lot squeeze, squeeze, squeeze! The gum will retail between $0.59 to $.79/unit Comes in Strawberry and soon Sour Apple and Grape.
Introduction Date: 9/2010
Notes: You may want to read the entire press release here. There are too many inaccuracies (and insulting things) in there for me to cover comprehensively. The short: Dylan Lauren deserves to just be referred to as her own entity, not as the daughter of Ralph Lauren at this point. Two: bubble gum in a tube has been done before, several times. I remember Bazooka back in the 80s. The gum is for kids but contains artificial sweeteners. Finally, the press release closes with this I would have loved being an automobile manufacturer. However, I knew that was so unrealistic due to the capital requirements. Seriously, I’m supposed to want to buy from a guy who doesn’t really want to be doing this for a living? It’s a press release!

imageName: Cinnamon Bun Bites
Brand: Taste of Nature
Description: Delicious bite size cinnamon bun pieces in a creamy white chocolatey coating. Both egg free and Kosher.
Introduction Date: June 2010
Notes: Made by the same folks that brought you Cookie Dough Bites. They sound absolutely dreadful. They sound so bad I’m really looking forward to them. (But that egg-free thing is probably a big selling point right now.)

imageName: Gummi Bear-Rings
Brand: E-Frutti
Description: Gummi Bear Rings made with real fruit juice with great play appeal in an array of fruit flavors that every kid loves. 
Introduction Date: unknown
Notes: Dang these are cute. The pun possibilities abound! You could be traveling with someone and get turned around and then say, “Lost? Can I help you get your Bear-Rings?” Oh, I’m a stitch!

My biggest concern is that they won’t fit on my big fingers. I have no idea where to get them, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled.

imageName: Starburst GummiBurst Flavor Duos
Brand: Wrigley (Mars)
Description: New Starburst GummiBursts Flavor Duos brings together two juicy fruit flavors in each piece! Flavor Duos delivers a gummy outside with a different fruit-flavored liquid center for a double burst of delicious fruit flavor! Strawberry Watermelon, Cherry Fruit Punch, Green Apple Strawberry & Lemon Cherry.
Introduction Date: 08/30/10
Notes: I’m not big on these new oozy gummis, but I think that Starburst is going in the right direction making them flavor combinations instead of single flavors (like the Skittles Crazy Cores). Now they just need to start making them in citrus flavors.

imageName: sweetriot yumBar
Brand: Sweetriot, Inc.
Description: The yumBar is sourced and produced directly in Latin America. The bar is available in two flavors. yumBar 65-65% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’, and yumBar 70- 70% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’ and plump golden raisins. This delectable bar is all natural, doesn’t contain gluten or dairy ingredients and is only 45-50 calories per ‘mega peace’. 
Introduction Date: March 10, 2010
Notes: I haven’t tried these. I’ve seen them, but they just don’t speak to me for some reason. It might be the funky capitalization/lower case thing going on, it could be that pieces are always spelled ‘peaces’ or it could be that I’m just too grouchy for something with yum in the name.

All photos/images courtesy of the respective manufacturer

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Candy Tease: Mars 2010

New products from Mars seem to go on the theme of sweet and salty. At Sweets and Snacks ExpoChicago at the end of May, Mars was highlighting their newest products. Here are a few that are just out or scheduled to hit shelves in the next year:

imageName: Snickers Peanut Butter Squared
Brand: Mars
Description: With everything there is to love about SNICKERS -peanuts, caramel, nougat and milk chocolate-consumers will be nuts with the addition of peanut butter in the new SNICKERS Brand Peanut Butter Squared.  Available in December 2010, each singles pack will include two delicious square-shaped bars.
Introduction Date: December 2010
Notes: This was the one new product that go a lot of people talking at the Expo. It has more peanut butter taste than the regular Snickers, the little squares make it feel more decadent and for some may help with portion control.

imageName: Snickers Xtreme
Brand: Mars
Description: Made with ALL peanuts and caramel smothered in real milk chocolate, the limited-edition SNICKERS Xtreme Bar, available in September 2010, satisfies hunger with five grams of protein per bar.
Introduction Date: September 2010
Notes: Not all the product announcements were about new items. Some were just reappearances of items we’ve seen before. (I like that the limited editions can come back periodically.) This is like the Milky Way Caramel is to the Milky Way. Nougat deleted. It’s like the opposite of the Snickers Peanut Butter Squared.

imageName: 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp Bar
Brand: Mars
Description: The new 3 MUSKETEERS Truffle Crisp Bar delivers a unique experience through twin bars of rich, whipped truffle and elegant airy crisp, wrapped in real milk chocolate. This addition to the 3 MUSKETEERS family is “rich enough to share, but you really won’t want to” and complements the 3 MUSKETEERS Brand portfolio as it offers unapologetic great taste for a “lighter way to enjoy chocolate.” Each tasteful bar contains a tantalizing truffle sitting on a subtle airy crisp layer of meringue enrobed in velvety chocolate.
Introduction Date: January 2010
Notes: Some on the West Coast may remember when these came in three flavor versions and were called Fling. They sported an launch campaign which was widely derided by women’s blogs (and a few candy blogs). They’ve done away with the sparkly dust, feminine hygiene packaging inspired wrappers and whittled the product down to just one flavor. I still think it should have been included in the Dove line (and the dark chocolate maintained as a version) but I like the new package and think it’s a unique product.

imageName: DOVE Sugar Free Chocolates with Peanut Butter Crème
Brand: Dove (Mars)
Description: New DOVE Sugar Free Chocolates with Peanut Butter Crème allows consumers to “spare the sugar, not the decadence.” This newest permanent item indulges with the captivating flavor of DOVE Brand Milk Chocolate in a savory, sugar-free experience.

DOVE Sugar Free Chocolates with Peanut Butter Crème is rich, creamy and silky smooth throughout, thereby preserving the unparalleled texture and taste consumers love and expect from DOVE Brand the #1 premium chocolate brand. Retail $2.99 for 3.4 ounce Bag.
Introduction Date: April 2010
Notes: The new candies use a combination of sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. I haven’t had Dove’s sugar free versions but I’m told they have an excellent mouthfeel and do a decent job of imitating the real thing. So diabetics may be very interested in these (they’re not exactly diet or low calorie, just low sugar).

imageName: M&Ms Brand Milk Chocolate Cherry Cordial Chocolate Candies
Brand: Mars
Description: M&Ms Brand Milk Chocolate Cherry Cordial Chocolate Candies for the Holidays have a rich cherry flavor and the great taste of smooth milk chocolate covered in a crisp candy shell. Cherry-flavored chocolate is the most popular fruit chocolate segment, making this delicious cherry and chocolate combination a hit with chocolate and cherry lovers alike!
Introduction Date: November 2010
Notes: Can anyone explain the difference between these and the Wildly Cherry M&Ms? I don’t care much for cherry but I’m rather relieved to see that some other flavor besides mint is being used for a holiday candy.

imageName: Dove Promises Snowflakes
Brand: Mars
Description: DOVE Brand PROMISES Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Snowflakes, DOVE Brand PROMISES Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Snowflakes, DOVE Brand PROMISES Silky Smooth Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes have one of four unique snowflake designs embedded on each chocolate and a new snowflake wrap design. The snowflake, holiday-neutral shape resonates with the season while appealing to a variety of consumers. So this holiday season, don’t just deck the halls . . . go decadent with DOVE. 9.9 ounce package with retail price of $2.50.
Introduction Date: November 2010
Notes: Wow, they really sold me with that promise of a holiday-neutral shape. I’m often looking for more neutral candy ... don’t want to offend anyone during the “winter holidays” with something so in-your-face as balls, bells or wreaths.

imageName: Dove Brand Promises Silky Smooth Peppermint Bark
Brand: Dove (Mars)
Description: Introduced in 2009 and now available in a stackable display case, DOVE Brand PROMISES Silky Smooth Peppermint Bark is a new holiday taste tradition. These individually wrapped PROMISES pair creamy white chocolate infused with peppermint candy pieces with a layer of DOVE Brand Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate. This signature flavor of the season is sure to be a shining star in any yuletide line up. Size 7.94 ounces for a retail price of $3.49.
Introduction Date: November 2010
Notes: I’m glad to hear these are back for 2010. One of the few peppermint bark candies that uses real white chocolate instead of partially hydrogenated palm oils.

imageName: DOVE Brand PROMISES Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate & Cherry Swirl Hearts
Brand: Dove (Mars)
Description: Cheers for cherry a classic Valentine’s Day flavor for candy lovers! These new DOVE Brand PROMISES combine creamy, rich dark chocolate with the sweet taste of cherry for a delicious taste combination. To get in the mood, display these new PROMISES with wine and create a onestop romance center with the perfect accents for a special evening. Retail $3.99 for 7.94 ounces.
Introduction Date: January 2011
Notes: I’m curious to see if any retailers actually create this “onestop romance center”. Frankly cherry flavored chocolate and wine sounds like a dreadful combination.

Other items on the horizon as well: Easter 3 Musketeer Marshmallow Minis (mini marshmallows covered in milk chocolate packaged in pastels) and Dove Coconut Creme Eggs. There were other products featured at the Expo that I’ve covered before including: Twix Java, Milky Way Simply Caramel and M&Ms Pretzel Candies.

And for those who want a little video, here’s the tour of the Mars booth at the Expo with the new candy:

What are you looking forward to trying?

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Candy Tease: Just Born 2010

Just Born is more than just PEEPS, they also make Mike and Ike and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. At Sweets & Snacks Expo they announced their new products for 2010-11.

Just Born for Halloween

image• NEW PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins available in single-serve packages.
• PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Cats in a Take-Home packages.
• PEEPS Sugar-Free Pumpkins in Count-Good packages.
• PEEPS Pumpkins and Ghosts in both Count-Good and Take-Home packages.
• MIKE AND IKE HOT TAMALES and PEANUT CHEWS Brand Candies available in a variety of treat-giving snack size bags.

My take: I’d love to see these “treat-giving snack size bags” of Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. I only see the in the single serve package in my area but I would actually give them out as a Halloween treat if I had the option (the dark one is vegan). The rest of the product line is pretty much the same as this year’s Easter. The addition of the chocolate covered pumpkins is new - though I have to say that I’m disappointed that they’re making the marshmallow center orange instead of leaving them natural like the Peeps are (on the inside at least).

Just Born for Christmas

image• NEW PEEPS Chocolate Covered Mint Flavored Marshmallow Trees in single serve packages. The PEEPS Brand is offering fans its most extravagant PEEPS yet, PEEPS Chocolate Covered Mint Flavored Marshmallow Trees, heralding the Brand’s first chocolate-covered item with a flavored marshmallow center.
• NEW PEEPS Sugar-free Peppermint Stars in Count-Good packages.
• PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer available in Take-Home packages.
• PEEPS Marshmallow Trees and Snowmen in both Count-Good and Take-Home packages.
• PEEPS Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Cutouts in Take-Home packages.
• PEEPS Peppermint Flavored Marshmallow Stars in Take-Home packages.

My take: I’m really excited about the Chocolate Covered Peppermint Peeps. I hope they don’t have artificial sweeteners in them like the uncoated marshmallows do right now. They seem like they’d be a refreshing chocolate treat but still spare on the calories.

Just Born for Valentines

image• New PEEPS Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Hearts in single-serve packages. This year, PEEPS Brand Marshmallow Candies are melting hearts with their new PEEPS Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Hearts. Delicious milk or dark chocolate cover raspberry flavored PEEPS to create a scrumptious chocolate and marshmallow experience.
• New MIKE AND IKE Passion Mix in 6 oz Theater Boxes.
• New HOT TAMALES Untamed Love Mix in 6 oz Theater Boxes.
• PEEPS “I (heart) U” and Pink Hearts in both Count-Good and Take-Home packages.
• Red PEEPS Sugar-Free Hearts in a Count-Good packages.
• PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears in a Take-Home Packages.
• PEEPS Vanilla Creme and Strawberry Creme Flavored Hearts in Take-Home Packages.

My take: Raspberry chocolate covered Peeps for Valentines ... what more do I need to say?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Candy Tease: Hershey’s 2010

imageName: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops
Brand:  Hershey’s
Description: Introducing Hershey’s Drops and Reese’s Minis! These new items will further expand the hand-to-mouth segment by offering iconic brands in a small, unwrapped, easy-to-eat format. Hershey’s Drops offer a lot of Hershey’s Happiness in a little drop of milk chocolate or cookies ‘n’ creme candy. Drops are bite-sized candies without a candy shell, featuring a light, shiny, mess-free finish. 
Introduction Date: 12/03/2010
Notes: I don’t know quite what the “hand-to-mouth” segment is, I thought it was something discussed in the financial sector. These are certainly a curious product. They’re similar in construction to the M&M’s Premiums introduced two years ago in that they have only a thin glazed coating instead of a full candy shell. But they’re much larger, a full bite of chocolate. The fact that they’re releasing them in the Cookies ‘n’ Creme version I think will really help these stand apart from the M&Ms sector.

imageName: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
Brand: Reese’s (Hershey’s)
Description: Reese’s Minis offer the perfect combination of milk chocolate and peanut butter in a convenience, unwrapped peanut butter cup. Reese’s Peanut Butter Lovers everywhere can now enjoy Reese’s in a mess-free, bite-sized product experience. Available in take home pouches and instant consumable King Size packages.
Introduction Date: 12/03/2010
Notes: It’s tough to even think about these after having the Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups for all these years. It seems so silly that Reese’s wasn’t making them all along. Anyway, probably great for baking and eating at the movies.

imageName: Ice Breakers Frost
Brand: Ice Breakers (Hershey’s)
Description: Ice Breakers Frost, in Wintercool and Peppermint. Strong mint users want a mint that provides powerful breath freshening without the harsh, bitter taste associated with existing strong mints. Ice Breakers Frost Mints deliver the intensity and long-lasting freshness strong mint user expect PLUS the great taste of Ice Breakers. Frost Adds POWER to the Hershey Mint Portfolio! 
Introduction Date: 09/03/10
Notes: The package is kind of interesting, but the world of mints is getting mighty confusing.

imageName: Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome
Brand: Jolly Rancher (Hershey’s)
Description: Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome Chews offer two flavors in one candy - including chewy watermelon wrapped around a green apple center and cherry wrapped around an soft orange center.
Introduction Date: 12/3/2010
Notes: I don’t quite understand how these are a Jolly Rancher product instead of a Twizzler item. Except for the fact that there was a Twizzler product like this called Twerpz which was just single flavors, but still similar enough in concept.

imageName: Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews
Brand: Jolly Rancher (Hershey’s)
Description: Pineapple, Lemon-Lime, Tropical Punch and Strawberry-Kiwi
Introduction Date: 6/4/2010
Notes: Jolly Rancher introduced their fruit chews back in 2001. They’re kind of like Starburst, except they seem to come in a box instead of a pack. Of course Pineapple sounds like the most promising flavor to me. Come to think of it, a Pineapple Jolly Rancher hard candy sounds good, too.

imageName: BREATHSAVERS Cinnamon
Brand: Breathsavers (Hershey’s)
Description: Hershey’s is the mint leader in convenience stores. 
Introduction Date: 3/26/2010
Notes: Honestly, I thought there already was a cinnamon Breathsaver.

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Candy Tease: Sweets & Snacks Expo 2010 - Part 2

imageName: Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics
Brand: Jelly Belly
Description: Mojito is a mix of mint, rum and lime; Pomegranate Cosmo is made with real juice from the fruit; and Peach Bellini comprises peaches and champagne. The beans are non-alcoholic, gluten-, dairy- and gelatin-free, as well as vegetarian and kosher-certified, according to the company. Beans pack in 3.5-ounce bags with a SRP of $2.49, 7.5-ounce clear classic packages and 4.25-ounce gift boxes both with SRPs of $5.99. All items ship 12 per case.
Introduction Date: 5/1/2010
Notes: It used to be that Jelly Belly created menus where you mix your own beans to create cocktails, smoothies and other flavor combinations. Now they’re doing it all inside the bean for you.

imageName: Turkey Feather Lollipop Counter Merchandising Deal
Brand: Squire Boone Village
Description: Turkey Feather Pops are so unique that Squire Boone Village has been granted a United States design patent. The colorful Feather Pops are packed assorted colors and flavors: apple, cherry, grape and blue raspberry. The Turkey Display itself is destined to one day be a valuable collectors’ item. SRP $1.59
Introduction Date:  01/01/2010
Notes: I just liked this photo ... that’s all. I doubt I’ll ever run into these at a store, but if I did, I don’t know if I’d be able to resist one of the pops.

imageName: Ed Hardy Branded Candies
Brand: NBSP
Description: The Ed Hardy brand is the hottest brand in the market today! We have candy with added consumer value. This includes collectible lunchboxes, temporary tattoos, and other add-ons. Candies include hard candy, sugar free gum, and gummies. 
Introduction Date: 5/1/2010
Notes: Um, I don’t know who Ed Hardy actually is, but I see bus ads for them here in Los Angeles and the name bedazzled on people. I don’t know if that means they make good candy or not.

imageName: Glutino Chocolate Coated Pretzels
Brand: Glutino Food Group
Description: Glutino’s best selling gluten free pretzels twists are not available coated in premium milk chocolate. 
Introduction Date: 04/14/10
Notes: I tried the Glutino Dark Chocolate Wafer bars earlier this year and found them to be good, but not great. I’ve been eating non-wheat pretzels for a few years and rather like them (but they’re not gluten free, they’re just made with Spelt) so the idea of a gluten free dark chocolate pretzel doesn’t seem too foreign. I’m wondering if they make a dark chocolate version. I’ll keep an eye out for them at Whole Foods.

imageName: Peppermint Nonpareils in Canisters and Gable Boxes
Brand: Asher’s Chocolates
Description: Perfect for the holidays! Asher’s Chocolates offers a line of Peppermint Nonpareils. Our rich dark chocolate is now sprinkled with real candy cane bits. The candies are packed in 7 oz. foil pouches for freshness and come in attractive, eye-catching cylinders and gable boxes that liven up any holiday displays. A Gable Box Shipper is also available. Bulk Peppermint Nonpareils are also available in both White and Dark Chocolate and come in 6 lb. boxes.
Introduction Date: 11/01/09
Notes: I missed these in the last holiday season, so I’m hoping I’ll run into them again this year.

imageName: Airheads Bars:Orange and Pink Lemonade
Brand: Perfetti van Melle
Description: Introducing the Tangy Taste of Summer - two new delicious flavors of Airheads bars - Orange and Pink Lemonade.
Introduction Date: 02/01/2010
Notes: Pink Lemonade sounds right up my alley, so I’m hoping I’ll see these at the 7-11.

imageName: sweetriot yumBar
Brand: Sweetriot, Inc.
Description: sweetriot is a New York based chocolate company creating a sweet movement to fix the world. The yumBar is sourced and produced directly in Latin America. The bar is available in two flavors. yumBar 65-65% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’, and yumBar 70- 70% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’ and plump golden raisins. This delectable bar is all natural, doesn’t contain gluten or dairy ingredients and is only 45-50 calories per ‘mega peace’. 
Introduction Date: 3/10,/2010
Notes: The non-traditional capitalization of these bug me, but the bar actually sounds pretty good. I’ve seen my share of cacao nib bars, but I don’t know if I’ve had one with golden raisins yet, so they’ve got that going for them.

imageName: Milk Chocolate Smothered Pita Pretzel Squares
Brand: The Bachman Company
Unlike any other snack! Our crispy, puffed Pita Pretzels are slow baked to perfection in our classic brick ovens, sprinkled with sea salt, and then smothered with rich, creamy milk chocolate for an irresistibly indulgent flavor. All Natural Chocolate Pita Pretzels are the perfect combination of salty and sweet with a unique light and airy bite.

Introduction Date: 05/24/10
Notes: I haven’t a clue what a Pita Pretzel is (I’m guessing pita is just a word for pocket?) but a sweet & savory chocolate thingy sounds good right now. I like the idea that they’re all natural, that should set them apart in the crowded chocolate covered pretzel category.

all images courtesy of the respective manufacturers

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Candy Tease: Sweets & Snacks Expo 2010

The 2010 Sweets & Snacks Expo is in full swing in Chicago as of today. The three day trade show is the largest expo of candy in North America. Since it’s for those in the candy industry only (and some selected members of the press) the public has to wait for the new products to hit store shelves. Here are a few new items:

imageName: Nintendo Coin Candies
Brand: Boston America Corp.
Description: New from Boston America Corp. is a line of officially licensed Nintendo Coin Candies. This product has a tremendous appeal to both kids 8-12 and teens/young adults aged 13-25. Each tin contains 1 ounce of sour coin shaped candies.
Introduction Date: 1/1/10
Notes: I can’t quite figure out what this “sour coin shaped candy” actually is. But the fun thing is that it’s not the hum-drum chocolate coin. For another take on the Mario Bros Power Up Box, check out the Au’some Snerdles I reviewed a few weeks ago.

Name: Burstin Berry Blow Pops
Brand: Charms Company (Tootsie)
Description: Five new exciting flavors of America’s favor Gum Filled Pop. Flavors include Razzberry, Blackberry, Blueverry, Tropicalberry and Crazzberry. 
Introduction Date: 1/10/10
Notes: I’m kind a purist when it comes to my Blow Pops. Grape seems to work best for me but a Crazzberry might be a fun combination of tangy, sweet and chewy.

imageName: Candy Cane Pop Drops
Brand: Tootsie
Description: New peppermint flavored drops. Chewy Tootsie Roll inside a striped shell.
Introduction Date: Christmas 2010
Notes: I liked the Candy Cane Tootsie Pops, but they were a little large, which required a commitment. The format of the Pop Drops is actually a better version in my opinion. It’s also fun to see that you can get a single flavor package like the old days of Tootsie Pop Drops in the rolls.

imageName: Frooties - Rootbeer, CranBlueberry, Strawberry Lemonade
Brand: Tootsie
Description: New Flavors of Frooties: full-bodied Root Beer, crisp CranBlueberry and refreshing Strawberry Lemonade.
Introduction Date: 01/01/10
Notes: I know these came out earlier this year but I haven’t found them in stores. A creamy root beer taffy chew sounds right up my alley though and I like that they’re expanding the line into these fun flavors.

imageName: ICEE Fizzing Lollipops
Brand: KoKo’s Confectionery & Novelty
Description: Sweet ICEE flavored hard candy lollipops with a fun fizzing center. They are available in a 12 count peg bag or a 48 count display box. Flavors include cherry, blue raspberry, green apple, and lemonade. 
Introduction Date: 01/01/10
Notes: The new Icee line of candies from KoKos is rather interesting since it’s based on a slush drink, which in itself is based on sodas or fruits. The gummis I tried last year weren’t terribly notable, but this lollipop promises a fizz, which sets it apart from the most popular lollipops like Tootsie Pops and Blow Pops.

Name: Sconza Lemoncello Almonds
Brand: Sconza Candy Co.
Roasted California almonds drenched in white chocolate and lemon cream.

Introduction Date: 05/25/10
Notes: Sconza does fabulous things with almonds. They’re located right in the heart of the most productive almond growing regions in the world, so it’s no surprise the they make some of the freshest panned almonds in the world. This version sounds like a fun twist on the ordinary chocolate covered almond and will probably be of great interest to brides and party planners for candy buffets or favors.

imageName: Sour Punch Bits
Brand: American Licorice Company
Description: Cheek pinching sour greatness comes in Strawberry-Watermelon, Tangerine-Lemonade, and Lemon-Lime in a 3.5oz theater box with vertical or horizontal display options. Sour Punch also has new hanging bags in blended flavors including: Strawberry-Lemonade (5oz), Lightnin’-Lemonade (8oz), Strawberry-Watermelon (8oz), and Lemon-Lime (5oz). Available today for any candy set!
Introduction Date: 1/4/2010
Notes: Sour Punch Straws are fun but kind of messy to eat. This format of the same style of candy - a chewy flour-based fruity chew with a sour sanding - makes it easier to pop the little nibs. The theater box is a great idea, a sour twist on the red licorice category.

imageName: Bazooka Bubblegum Nuggets
Brand: Bazooka (Topps)
Description: Bazooka Bubblegum Nuggets comes in a re-sealable pouch, great for every on-the-go kid! 
Introduction Date: 02/01/10
Notes: Great for every on-the-go kid? And bubble gum was packaged in what format that was incompatible with being active? I’m not quite sure if the nuggets are candy coated, like Gold Mine Gum or if they’re just uncoated pieces (kind of like the Big League Chew strips).

Name: Trident Layers: Cool Mint + Melon Fresco
Brand: Cadbury North America
Description: Sugar free Trident Layers™ - the gum that delivers intriguing dual-flavor combinations introduces a new flavor Trident Layers Cool Mint + Melon Fresco™. Trident Layers™ gum is uniquely formulated with a special middle flavor layer you can actually see. So Each bite provides a double taste sensation and now in NEW Cool Mint + Melon Fresco™.
Introduction Date: 05/03/2010
Notes: I’m kind of a gum purist, so I’ll leave the review on this one to my gum-loving counterparts.

imageName: Campfire Marshmallow Zebras
Brand: Doumak, Inc/Campfire Marshmallows
Two great tastes in one! Delicious dark chocolate generously drizzled over original Campfire Marshmallows with a delicate vanilla accent. The bite-size shape is perfect for snacking. Also great for S’mores! Comes in a 4.5oz gusseted stand-up bag with peg hole for merchandising flexibility. Resealable bag for maximum freshness.

Introduction Date: 05/01/10
Notes: The simplicity of a marshmallow is hard to top. I like the Campfire style that doesn’t have the sugar sanding like Peeps and of course chocolate is an awesome combo. It’s fun to see Campfire angling towards the candy aspect of marshmallows instead of sitting around on the bottom shelf of the baking aisle as an ingredient.

imageName: Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Crème
Brand: Ritter Sport
Ritter Sport’s limited-edition Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Crème features rich European milk chocolate filled with light dairy cream and pieces of real strawberries. Sales proceeds will go to breast cancer research, as Ritter Sport has pledged to donate $100,000 to help promote awareness, ensure early detection and, hopefully, find a cure. The product will hit retail shelves by October, just in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Introduction Date: October 2010
Notes: Ritter Sport already makes a Strawberry Yogurt bar ... I was kind of hoping this one would be a dark chocolate version, but I’ll keep an open mind about it. Strawberry isn’t too common in candy bars, especially at the price point that Ritters go for, so that may give these a big boost.

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