Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Candy Tease: Sweets & Snacks Part 1

The Sweets & Snacks Expo started today in Chicago, with 650 exhibitors profiling thousands of candy products. Here are a few highlight of the new products announced.

tic tac mixersName: Tic Tac® Mixers
Brand: Ferrero U.S.A.
Description: Introducing new Tic Tac Mixers, the newest addition to the Tic Tac family of products. Two exciting flavors in every piece. The first delicious flavor layer of Tic Tac Mixers delights you as it touches your tongue. As you let it melt in your mouth, Tic Tac Mixers transitions to a great tasting flavor combination that will surprise your senses.
Introduction Date: 05/01/2015

Notes: It’s a fascinating idea, though not original. Layering flavors so that the product experience changes over time. The two flavors (Cherry + Cola and Peach + Lemonade) aren’t quite up my alley, but I’m curious how vivid the flavor definition is.

russell stover freeze itName: Russell Stover Freeze-it Big Bites
Brand: Russell Stover Candies
Description: A new twist on a classic favorite, ice cream! The Freeze-It candy bars are signature ice cream flavors in convenient and ready-to-go packaging. We offer two classic flavors; smooth vanilla bean or crisp mint chocolate chip both smothered in rich dark chocolate. You can enjoy them immediately after purchasing or place them in your freezer for just 30 minutes to enjoy a frozen ice cream flavored treat.
Introduction Date: Summer 2015

Notes: I like the idea of a mint chocolate chip ice cream candy treat, though I find it hard to believe that it will taste better frozen than actual ice cream.

Goetze PopName: Caramel Creams® Pop
Brand: Goetze’s Candy Company
Description: Caramel Creams® Pop features the unique flavor of a nostalgic Caramel Creams®, but now in a lollipop format.
Introduction Date: 06/01/2015

Notes: I’m a huge fan of Goetze’s Caramel Creams and really enjoy eating the parts separately. But the proportions on this, based on the image, look completely odd. But I’m willing to give it a try.

Flipz BDay CakeName: FLIPZ® Birthday Cake Covered Pretzels
Brand: DeMet’s Candy Company
Description: Introducing New Flipz® Birthday Cake Covered Pretzels! The perfect combination of sweet, creamy cake frosting, and the salty crunch of a pretzel. Flipz®, the most flippin’ awesome snack ever!
Introduction Date: 05/15/2015

Notes: This sounds dreadful. The only thing that sounds good is the salt. I don’t even understand the obsession with birthday cake, let alone making it into a candy that covers a snack.

lindt hello bitesName: Lindt HELLO Bites
Brand: Lindt & Sprungli
Description: HELLO Bites chocolate covered bite sized pieces available in three flavors, packaged in re-sealable stand-up pouches. Pretzel Bites, Toffee Bites and Minty Bites
Introduction Date: 08/01/2015

Notes: Lindt does great chocolate, but this foray into panned candies and the morselization trend is a little odd. For Christmas they do make some panned nuts, but I don’t recall anything along these lines before. The descriptions for the individual products are a little vague.

All images courtesy of their respective makers.

Related Candies

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  2. Candy Tease - Sweets & Snacks Part 2
  3. Candy Tease - Sweets & Snacks Part 1
  4. Birthday Cake M&Ms
  5. Lindt Holiday Almonds
  6. Zitrone Honig Tic Tac

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:52 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All Candy ExpoCandyNew Product AnnouncementHighlight

  1. These birthday cake flipz were released on my birthday.

    Comment by Anonymous on 5/20/15 at 12:35 pm #
  2. I would totally try the cherry and cola TicTacs. Hope they show up here in San Francisco. Checked the neighborhood Walgreens earlier—no luck.

    Comment by JefferyK on 5/20/15 at 2:40 pm #
  3. I also like Caramel Creams, but a big part of the appeal for me is the texture.  From that picture and description it seems like a brand extension that doesn’t really work for me.

    Comment by Ruffy on 5/20/15 at 2:53 pm #

    Comment by Kimberly Custer on 5/20/15 at 3:06 pm #
  5. Russell Stover Freeze-it seems to be a odd idea. I could take any of the Russell Stover and freeze it.

    Comment by Alek on 5/21/15 at 6:20 am #
  6. Hi Cybele! It’s funny, I don’t take many samples at the show but almost all the ones I picked up this year were of the “dual flavor” variety. I guess it’s a trend that grabbed my attention.

    Starting with the TicTac Mixers. The outside flavor is the smooth panned layer while the inside flavor is crumbly and acidic. The peach was strong but the lemon inside tasted bitter and did not create a nice combo. The cherry seemed weak with a strong cola finish. I liked the cola better by itself. Again, the flavors didn’t really meld and I can’t say I enjoyed either one.

    Did you see the Flaver Artisan Crafted Candies? Another compressed candy, going for modern flavor combos and made with natural colors/flavors. I have a sample here of Cherry/Caraway. Clean cherry flavor but no caraway detectable, which may be a good thing.

    I got some Trident Layers Swedish Fish Berry + Lemon gum for the plane ride home. Just awful! It’s possible I’m too sensitive to artificial flavors, but this one tasted like perfume and makes me feel dizzy.

    They were also giving out HotTamales TropicalHeat samples, which I assume is a new flavor. Pretty yucky tasting! The lime was maybe ok, but the mango, ugh. I don’t think any pineapple was included.

    My two cents. smile

    Comment by Dawn on 5/22/15 at 11:19 am #
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