When a candy season comes around, I take special interest in what’s new, what’s returning and trends on the store shelves with holiday candy. Here’s the 2013 Halloween shopping roundup.
Last week I was invited to participate in the Nosh Show podcast, we’re talking about candy and a bit about Halloween candy. You can listen to the Nosh Show:
TRICK OR TREAT
I haven’t decided what I’m giving out for Halloween yet this year. I’m planning to make use of the leftover Jolly Rancher Caramel Apple and Charms Candy Corn Lollipops from my reviews and probably some Airheads, since the kids in the neighborhood seem to like those. As for the chocolate items, I don’t know yet. Last year I gave out Unreal Candy, which is ethically sourced and uses natural ingredients. I’d like to find another chocolate candy that is certified (not using child slaves), but it’s hard to find candy items for kids that are well priced (we have about 40 kids visit) and also of actual interest to kids.
HERSHEY’SPumpkin Spice Kisses (review)
KIT KAT Orange Wafer Bars
Reese’s Pumpkins (review)
Cadbury Screme Egg Candy is a green yolk version of the fondant egg for Easter
I didn’t see any new items from Hershey’s this year for Halloween, but most of the old favorites have returned.
MARSNEW: Pumpkin Spice M&Ms - a Target exclusive this year (review)
Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis (review)
Snickers Pumpkin (review) also comes in Snickers Squared Peanut Butter version
Candy Corn White Chocolate M&Ms (review)
Mars also seems to be playing it safe, with only a few new items and returning items, but mostly Halloween themed regular items.
NECCONECCO Batwing Wafers - like conversation hearts except shaped like bats and cinnamon flavored
NECCO Mummy Hearts - like conversation hearts except they’re marshmallow, hot chocolate, grape and candy corn flavored with ghoulish phrases
Skybar Zombie Food - milk chocolate brains, hearts and feet filled with red caramel
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses (review)
Clark Wicked Mix (review)
Necco always seems to list some interesting things, but I never see them in stores.
FERRARA CANDY (Includes FARLEY’S & SATHERS and BRACH’S)
There have been some big changes in these companies over the years. In the past 10 years alone Brach’s has been sold, sold again and now acquired through the Ferrara Pan acquisition of Farley’s and Sathers last year. Brach’s candy corn, one of their iconic candy products, moved production to Mexico about 2 or 3 years ago and I don’t think it tastes the same any longer. But I have high hopes for the new company making the most of each of the candy brands in its division and perhaps even improving the quality.
That aside, Brach’s seems to be their only brand with seasonal candies, though Lemonheads and Trolli Gummis are available in treating packaging.NEW: Brach’s S’mores Candy Corn (review)
Brach’s Milk Maid Caramel Candy Corn (review)
Brach’s Autumn Mix (review)
Brach’s Halloween Mix (flavored mellocreams in holiday shapes) (review)
Brach’s Indian Corn
Brach’s Mellocreme Pumpkins
TOOTSIEBlood Orange Dots (Bats) (review)
Ghost Dots (Clear) (review)
Candy Corn Dots (Vanilla) (review)
Orchard Mix Caramel Apple Pops (review)
Vanilla Tootsie Rolls
Caramel Apple Sugar Babies
Tootsie has been making some great Halloween candies for years. I’ve always enjoyed Tootsie Pops but their newer introductions feel fresh but still like modern classics.
(review) Available in snack packs for Trick or Treat
JUST BORNPeeps Chocolate Pumpkins (review)
Peeps Ghosts & Pumpkins (I like the ghosts because they’re the only Peeps that aren’t artificially colored.)
Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Cats
Chocolate Dipped Peeps Orange Chicks in Milk & Dark Chocolate
Peeps Snack Size - individually wrapped small Peeps for Halloween trick-or-treating
Mike and Ike Mummy Mix and Vampire Variety
Just Born makes a few varieties of Peeps for Halloween and some Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike for treating.
NESTLE & WONKA Butterfinger PumpkinsSpooky Nerds
Spooky Nerds Rope
Wonka had a hug flurry of innovative products for a few years, but has settled back into treat packaging without much in the way of seasonal specific flavors/iterations.
RUSSELL STOVERNEW: Russell Stover Big Bite Caramel Apple (review)
NEW: Russell Stover Big Bite Caramel Apple with Peanuts (review)
NEW: Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie (review)
NEW: Russell Stover Red Velvet Pumpkin (review of Santa version)
Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Pumpkin
Russell Stover Coconut Dream Pumpkin
Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow Pumpkin
Russell Stover Dark Chocolate covered Marshmallow Pumpkin (review)
Russell Stover Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter Pumpkin
Russell Stover Marshmallow Pumpkin (milk chocolate) (review)
I’m always fond of Russell Stover’s pumpkins, since their holiday candies are really the only time I buy the brand. There are a few new ones this year that are in line with Russel Stover’s strengths.
WRIGLEY’SStarburst Candy Corn (review)
I didn’t see much new from Wrigley’s. I think they’re hiding from trick-or-treaters because they’re afraid they’ll get egged over the Lime to Green Apple Skittle switch. Their brands include Life Savers, Starburst and Skittles plus some gum brands that I rarely see in trick-or-treat packaging.
JELLY BELLYNEW: Vile Villains Jelly Belly Mixes - single serve packages featuring Disney villains with their own flavors. Seen in the store: Captain Hook (treasure chest mix) and Snow White’s Evil Queen (a mix of apple flavors)
Jelly Belly Deluxe Halloween Mix (review)
Jelly Belly Candy Corn Jelly Beans (review)
Jelly Belly Giant Candy Corn
Jelly Belly Sour Gummi Pumpkins
Jelly Belly Fall Festival Mix
Jelly Belly is a bit too upscale for trick-or-treat candy. But it’s fun for gifting or setting out for parties.
OTHER COMPANIES:Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Orange
TicTac Bewitching Blend - I couldn’t figure out what flavors they are, but they’re orange and green, so let’s say Orange and Green Apple.
Halloween Candy Mega Buttons - you know those strips of paper with dried candy on them, there’s a giant version and now a Halloween version on black paper with grape, candy corn, green apple and mystery flavors.
Trader Joe’s Ghoulie Gummy Tummies Pumpkins & Spiders
Sixlets come in trick or treat packaging with orange and black colors. One of the few that’s gluten free.
NOT RETURNING:Russell Stover “Day of the Dead” Skeletons (review)
Russell Stover Peanut Butter Candy Pumpkins
Hershey’s Candy Corn Kisses (review) and Caramel Apple Kisses (review)
Mary Jane Wicked Mix (review)
Brach’s Gummy Candy Corn (review)
Halloween Lifesavers Gummies Spooky Shapes
Have you seen anything new & exciting in stores this year? What are you planning to give out to kids, if they come to your house?
- M&Ms Pumpkin Spice
- Starburst Original Fruit Flavored Candy Corn
- Halloween Candy Spotting 2012
- Limited Edition Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis
- M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn
- Halloween 2010 Product Run Down
- Halloween Dots: Bat, Candy Corn & Ghost