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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Candy Tease: All Candy Expo 2008 #5

imageName: Stainer Chocolate
Description: comprises one of The World’s Largest Selection of Gourmet Chocolate Bars. Our lines include unique flavors such as chili pepper, rose, world spices, green tea and jasmine, champagne, and many more. Our base chocolate includes organic, sugar-free, single origin, dark, milk, and white chocolate.
Release Date: 5/6/2008
Notes: This isn’t a new product, but their appearance at the All Candy Expo marks their move into the North American market. This Italian brand has lovely packaging and of course a huge array of flavors. I picked a couple up at Chocolate covered in San Francisco, so I’ll have some tasting notes in the coming months, hopefully as they start appearing more regularly in American stores.

Name: American Classics: Mississippi Mud Truffle, New York Cheesecake Ganache & Southern Pecan Chocolate Torte
Brand: Russell Stover
Description: Chocolate medleys inspired by some of America’s best-loved, homespun desserts.
Release Date: 5/1/2008
Notes: So far it only says that these come in little squares in single flavor packs (no mixed bags).

Name: Dan’s Chocolates
Brand: Dan’s Chocolates
Description: Dan’s Chocolates makes all natural individually wrapped chocolate bars and truffle bars by blending the finest chocolates and funky inclusions. With names like “Peppy-R-Mint,” “The Caffeinator,” and “Trail Hound,” we try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Release Date: 5/20/2008
Notes: The packaging is cute, with nice bright colors and pretty easy-to-understand but distinctive names, Dan’s is poised to at least raise some interest in the crowded premium market. No word on the retail price though.

imageName: Yummiees LOW GI Natural Fruit Flavored Jelly Candy
Brand: Allseps & Capricorn Liquorice
Description: made with Natural Colours, Natural Flavours and do not contain Cane Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners. yummiees are sweetened with a Natural LOW GI Fruit Syrup and are also low in sodium. 4 varieties - Aussie Animals, Party Mix, Snakes & Frogs
Release Date: 1/8/2008
Notes: When someone says lower GI, I think lower gastrointestinal tract, not low glycemic index. (But that’s my baggage ... too many doctor shows.)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:39 pm     All Candy ExpoCandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (3)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Candy Tease: All Candy Expo 2008 #4

imageName: Altoids Cr?me de Menthe
Brand: Wrigley’s (Mars)
Description: New Altoids Cr?me de Menthe delivers the quick hit of strong flavor you expect, but with a “sweet kick.” This new flavor is available in both the Curiously Strong Mint and Chocolate Dipped Mint varieties. Altoids - The only mint that freshens your mouth and your mind.
Release Date: 6/1/2008
Notes: I’m not sure what the difference between peppermint, spearmint and creme de menthe is, but I’m strongly curious.

Name: LifeSavers Gummies Tangy Fruits
Brand: Wrigley’s (Mars)
Description: Includes six great-tasting bold flavors and the perfect chewy texture that consumers love. The new Tangy Fruits roll pack include the following flavors: Tangerine, Watermelon, Lemon, Sour Apple, Tangy Cherry and Wild Berry Punch.
Release Date: 6/1/2008
Notes: I love tangerine. I will follow any LifeSavers tangerine product to the ends of the earth. Consider me a customer. (I’m wondering if these are like the sours, but without the tart sugar sand coating.)

imageName: Loud Truck Energy Gummi
Brand: Loud Truck Energy Gummi
Description: Loud Truck Energy Fueled Gummies.Taste great. Contains Guarana Extract. Natural energy.Vitamins B12 and C. No crash Energy.
Whether your playing sports, stayin up late for school,at work or just need that extra boost of energy. 1 oz bags. 12 bags per case.

Release Date: 3/1/2008
Notes: I think this is the best name ever for a candy. I don’t know why, but it’s so crazily evocative (and I don’t care much for loud trucks) that I’ll probably end up buying a package just because.

imageName: WOWzers
Brand: Maxim Manufacturing and Marketing
Description: Sour Powder filled tube bubble gum
Release Date: 5/1/2008
Notes: It’s like a gum cigar, only with a hollow center with a strawberry Pixy Stix inside.

Name: Gummi Butterflies
Brand: Albanese Confectionery
Description: Bold colors and delicious flavors. Flutter away with the newest version of the World’s Best Gummi!
Release Date: 5/20/2008
Notes: I’ve already seen these and I have to say, they’re so cute I wish they made them when I was a kid. They’re also coming out with Theater sized boxes of their 12 Flavored Bears and Super Sour Neon Gummi Worms. (It would be cool to find their stuff more easily, it’s usually reall well priced.)

(images courtesy of the manufacturers’ press kits)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:58 am     All Candy ExpoCandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (2)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Candy Tease: All Candy Expo 2008 #3

imageName: Ice Cream Parlor Mix
Brand: Jelly Belly
Description: Ice Cream Parlor Mix 3.1 oz and 6.5 oz bags - Featuring Cold Stone Creamery’s top signature creations: Chocolate Devotion, Our Strawberry Blonde, Birthday Cake Remix, Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Apple Pie a la Cold Stone.
Release: 3/1/2008
Notes: Jelly Belly was promoting these at the Fancy Food Show, but I didn’t get a sample of them (but I did get a $5 Cold Stone gift card!). Finally I have a bag and will have some notes on those soon. I haven’t tried them all, but I have very little faith in this mix, mostly because I wouldn’t want to combine my apple pie with my mint chocolate chip & strawberry.

Name: Holiday Sugar Babies
Brand: Charms
Description: Same great tasting Sugar Babies presented in red, white & green.
Release: 1/1/2008
Notes: While I wasn’t blown away by the Caramel Apple Sugar Babies, if these are just a candy shell over the Sugar Babies caramel, I might like them. Look for them later this year.

imageName: Brach’s Theater Boxes
Brand: Brach’s (Farley’s & Sathers)
Description: The rich, decadent taste of Brach’s(r) chocolate make their debut in theater boxes. Double Dipped and California Raisins, are joined by new Toffee Crunch, Mint Pearls, and Chocolate Covered Milk-Maid(r) Caramels for today’s grab and go lifestyles.
Release: 5/20/2008
Notes: I might go to the movies more often if I could get some sort of chocolate covered almond toffee crunch at the concession stand.

Name: Sunkist Fruit and Sour Fruit Gummies
Brand: Healthy Food Brands
Description: They are a great-tasting, “better-for-you” fruit gummy candy that has 35% less sugar than the average leading gummy brands and contain 100% RDA of Vitamin C with only 70 calories per serving.
Release: 04/15/08
Notes: These are not to be confused with the current Sunkist Fruit Gems made by Jelly Belly (which are essentially vegan). They have less sugar not just because they’re made with fruit juice, but they’re also made with sorbitol (not as the sole sweetener though).

(images courtesy of the respective manufacturers)

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  1. Brach’s Gummi+Plus & Tropical Gummis
  2. Jelly Belly - All Natural
  3. Sunkist Fruit Gems
  4. Jelly Belly Soda Pop Shoppe
  5. Chocolate Covered Sugar Babies

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:33 pm     All Candy ExpoCandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (1)

Candy Tease: All Candy Expo 2008 #2

Name: Firecracker ChocoPod & Firecracker Chocolate Bar
Brand: Chuao
Description: Firecracker is the newest unusual, unexpected and delicious flavor from Chuao Chocolatier. Firecracker is a perfect balance of Chipotle Chile, Salt and Popping Candy in Venezuelan dark chocolate for an arousing experience.
Release: 5/15/2008
Notes: The idea of pop rocks in chocolate isn’t exactly new, but I would certainly like to try a good version of it. (I also have a Christopher Elbow one on hand.) Chuao is also expanding their ChocoPods to include their most popular bar flavors such as Chinita Nibs.

Name: Sea Salt Almonds, Sea Salt Cashews & Fruit and Nut Mix
Brand: Mama Mellace’s Naturals Line (Mellace Family Brands)
Description: Mama Mellace is all about simple, homemade goodness and natural ingredients. That is why we oven-roast our almonds & cashews for a natural crunch without added oils, no butter and nothing to detract from Mama’s classic treat. Sprinkled with a hint of sea salt and mixed with real fruits, our Naturals line includes wholesome snacks created out of Mama’s desire to make an uncomplicated snack, simply better.
Release Date: 5/1/2008
Notes: I have a sample of the cashews to try, they look really good. I don’t know about the retail price for them but I expect it to be prohibitive for everyday uncomplicated snacking.

Name: Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter Filling
Brand: Ghirardelli
Description: Satisfy your inner child and your inner gourmet with our new Peanut Butter Squares(TM) chocolate and bar. Our tempting new recipe is the perfect combination of intense creamy milk chocolate and gourmet peanut butter with crunchy peanuts roasted to perfection. Ghirardelli - Moments of Timless Pleasure.
Release Date: 3/1/2008
Notes: The market for milk chocolate and peanut butter is pretty crowded, so I’m having trouble figuring out what will be so great about this that I’d chose it over other items. I have one to try ... so we’ll find out.

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:03 am     All Candy ExpoCandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (1)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Candy Tease: All Candy Expo 2008 #1

imageName: Emergency Chocolate
Brand: Bloomsberry & Co.
Description: 1 oz all natural premium chocolate bars. Milk 34% cocoa. Dark 55% cocoa. Perfect impulse personal consumption items!
Release Date: 4/1/2008
Notes: Bloomsberry is all about the cute packaging, and this item is no exception. Instead of their usual 3 ounce bar, this one is, as the copy says, only one ounce, so a nice little indulgence and probably a bit easier on the pocketbook.

Name: M&Ms Premiums
Brand: Mars
Description: Will come in five flavors, Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Almond (how is this different from the current Almond M&Ms?), Mint, Mocha, Raspberry Almond.
Release Date: June 2008
Notes: I’m not sure how different these are from some of the current limited edition offerings. According to Adweek they’ll be priced at more than $3 for a 6 ounce bag but my guess is that they’ll come in at about $6 like the recent Cherry Cordial ones.

imageName: Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy
Brand: Best Sweets, Inc.
Description: The newest addition to the Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy line allows you take the fun and great taste of Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry Baskin-Robbins ice cream with you - no matter where the day takes you! Made with real cream and the texture of these time-honored ice cream flavors, this new format is sure to be a hit.
Release Date: 5/5/2008
Notes: I have a sample of these to try in the Mint Chocolate Chip, which I must admit was one of my favorite flavors to get when I’d go to Baskin-Robbins as a kid.

(images courtesy of the manufacturers’ press kits)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:06 am     All Candy ExpoCandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (5)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Candy Tease: Edition Five

Here are some new candies that will be hitting store shelves soon:

imageName: Jones Carbonated Sours
Brand: Big Sky Brands/Jones Soda
Release Date: out now
Description: Spiked Punch, Limes with Orange, and Electric Lemonade flavors are offered.
Notes: Like the Jones Soda program where customers can submit photos to appear on the labels, sour fans are encouraged to send in pictures of themselves making a sour face ... and maybe end up on a future tin.

Name: Revved-Up Cinnamon Mentos
Brand: Mentos (Perfetti Van Melle USA)
Description: The bold flavor of Mentos Cinnamon is getting even bolder. And Perfetti Van Melle, maker of Mentos, has redesigned the product’s packaging to let consumers know just that. Package graphics for Mentos Cinnamon roll candy now depicts red-hot flames so consumers will be clear on the fact that they’re in for a hotter treat than ever before. 
Notes: I have nothing against the idea of a flaming hot cinnamon chew, but Mentos has chosen to introduce this instead of devoting more resources to support the European version of Pink Grapefruit Mentos, which are now discontinued.

imageName: Wiley Wallaby Australian-style Licorice
Brand: Kenny’s Licorice
Description:  Soft-chewing gourmet licorice, available in four flavors—red, black, watermelon and green apple—the product packs in 10-ounce stand-up reclosable metallized bags.
Notes: There’s a lot of Australian licorice out there, I have my doubts they can distinguish themselves from all those other companies.

Name:Ritter Sport Peppermint
Brand: Ritter Sport
Description: Known as Pfefferminz in Germany, this bar is not usually available in the USA. Will make a limited appearance for the holidays in 2008.
Notes: The German Ritter Sport site is just fun to play with, even if you don’t speak German.

(images courtesy of the respective manufacturers)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:28 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (2)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Candy Tease: Edition Four

imageName: Roca Buttercrunch Thins
Brand: Brown & Haley
Description: ROCA(r) Milk Toffee Thins take a slender baton of our delicious toffee and enrobe it with velvety milk chocolate. ROCA(r) Dark Toffee Thins coat our distinctive toffee with 60% cacao chocolate from West Africa. The ROCA(r) Dark Truffle Thins take the same West African chocolate and pair it with a bold dark truffle filling made with California almonds and ROCA(r) Buttercrunch Toffee bits. The final entry is our ROCA(r) Caramel Truffle Thins made with French caramel, California almonds, and ROCA(r) Buttercrunch Toffee bits.
Release Date: 4/7/2008
Notes: One of my big complaints with Almond Roca has always been with the fact that they use mockolate. This sounds like a great combo of toffee and real chocolate.

Name: Dots Elements
Brand: Tootsie
Description: Smooth mellow coating over tasty flavored centers. Fire=Cinnamon, Water=Green Tea, Earth=Pomegranate, Air=Wintergreen
Release Date: unknown
Notes: Of all the Tootsie products, Dots are not exactly the ones that I thought would go with the whole Gaia thing.

imageName: Peeps Joy
Brand: Just Born
Description: Peeps form the words JOY in white marshmallow letters with gold sparkling candy flecks.
Release Date: 10/31/008
Notes: While I think this is a cool idea, part of me is disappointed that there aren’t more letters so that we can go around making foul words with Peeps. But the most interesting product in development is a vague mention of “Chocolate Mousse Bears & Chocolate Mousse Bunnies” for 2009.

(Images courtesy of the respective manufacturers.)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:12 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (3)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Candy Teases: Edition Three

Name: Tootsie Pop Drops
Brand: Tootsie
Description: Fruit flavored hard candies with a Tootsie Roll center
Release Date: Early 2008
Notes: Tootsie Pop Drops will return next year after a long absence from store shelves. This is good news, because it was especially sad that the Blow Pop Minis were on the market (blech) and the obviously superior Tootsie Pop Drops were nowhere to be found.

UPDATE 3/22/2008: They are pretty much like the original, a little smaller but a very good return. Here’s the review with photos.

imageName: Reese’s Select Clusters Candy
Brand: Hershey’s
Description: Peanut clusters made with premium ingredients
Release Date: August 2008
Notes: I have no idea how these will be different from regular Reese’s products ... except maybe they’ll improve the quality.

imageName: Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolate (Milk & Dark)
Brand: Storck
Description: Rich milk chocolate marbled with smooth, creamy caramel in fine European tradition
Release Date: November 2007
Notes: I actually tried these ... I was hoping for something as rich and satisfying as Storck Chocolate Riesen. Until I can get a hold of the real packaging so I can read the label, I’m not able to do a full review. 

(Images courtesy of the respective manufacturers.)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:15 am     CandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsFun StuffNewsComments (4)

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