Friday, October 19, 2012

Candy Tease: October 2012

The big announcements for new candies came out earlier this year, but there are still some new products hitting shelves and on the horizon.

Hershey Kandy KakesName: Kandy Bar Kake:S’mores, Peanut Butter & Peppermint
Brand: Tastykake
Description: Tastykake Baking Co. is joining forces with The Hershey Co. to introduce Kandy Bar Kakes, a blend of cake and candy featuring Hershey’s most popular flavors. Kandy Bar Kake varieties include S’mores Kandy Bar Kake made with Hershey’s Cocoa, Peanut Butter Kandy Bar Kake made with Reese’s Peanut Butter and Peppermint Kandy Bar Kake made with York Peppermint Flavor.
Introduction Date: October 2012
Notes: I was just in Philadelphia and did pick up some Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes ... and I actually did meet with a rep from Hershey’s but I had no idea these were coming out. Unfortunately they are a regional, limited edition item and not available on the webstore.   

Jelly Belly TabascoName: TABASCO Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Brand: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Description: Hot sauce enthusiasts will immediately recognize the pungent taste of red peppers, Avery Island salt and distilled vinegar, coupled with a subtle sweetness – but not too sweet – undertone from the jelly bean itself.
Introduction Date: October 2012 in bulk - December 2012 in packages
Notes: According to John Pola, the VP of specialty sales for Jelly Belly,  “Hot is the new licorice.” I really don’t know what that means ... that hot is the new polarizing flavor that only some people will like? Hot candy actually is a pretty hot trend the past 5 years, and Tabasco already has a chocolate, so a jelly bean makes sense.

Milky Way BitesName: Milky Way Bites
Brand: Mars
Description: These unwrapped, pop ‘em-in-your-mouth, bite-sized cubes are a convenient and easier-to-eat format of consumers’ favorite candy bar brands.  MILKY WAY Bites are available in two convenient sizes: 2.83-ounce sharing size and 7.0-ounce and 8.0-ounce resealable stand-up pouches.
Introduction Date: May 2013
Notes: The promo info didn’t mention the actual size of these pieces and it’s unclear if they’re a molded item (like the Reese’s Minis are) or if they’re teensy little enrobed nuggets.

Snickers BitesName: Snickers Bites
Brand: Mars
Description: These unwrapped, pop ‘em-in-your-mouth, bite-sized cubes are a convenient and easier-to-eat format of consumers’ favorite candy bar brands. Bites are available in two convenient sizes: 2.83-ounce sharing size and 7.0-ounce and 8.0-ounce resealable stand-up pouches.
Introduction Date: May 2013
Notes: I’m actually eager to try these, as I often find a full Snickers bar a little too much, and as they description mentions, they’re easier to eat, especially in situations like snacking at movies or perhaps making a trail mix with nuts and pretzels.

Dove Mint SwirlName: Dove Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl
Brand: Dove Chocolate (Mars)
Description: Dark chocolate lovers will adore the flavor sensations in the new Dove Brand Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl. Combining Dove Brand rich, silky smooth dark chocolate with the sensation of cool, fresh mint, this new item delivers an irresistible flavor duo.
Introduction Date: May 2013
Notes: I really like the Dove Peppermint Bar, this sounds similar but without any crunchy bits and hopefully available year round.

Valrhona DulceyName: Dulcey
Brand: Valrhona
Description: Dulcey has a blond color and a smooth, enveloping texture. Its lightly sweetened biscuity flavor gives way to lush notes of shortbread with a hint of salt.
Introduction Date: September 2012 in UK, Early 2013 for North America
Notes: The bar contains 32% cacao content (cocoa butter) and is packaged for eating as well as ingredient use (sold in bulk as callets). It’s like a toasted white chocolate, less sweet - a caramel chocolate. An early review from Chocablog gives it high marks for quality, but not necessarily something for all chocolate lovers.

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  1. I think i will avoid the tabasco beans because i

    tried tobasco sauce and I didn’t like it at all

    too spicy for my taste, just like the Jalapeno

    so yeah, not going to happen.

    Comment by Ben Exworth on 10/19/12 at 2:38 pm #
  2. Huh, if the Kandy Bar Kakes are going to be a regional speciality, would it most likely be found in Pennsylvania (not just Philadelphia)?

    Comment by Michelle on 10/20/12 at 6:09 am #
  3. I know our local Target in Southern Indiana has the TastyKakes.  We purchased the Reese’s and the Smores and both are delicious.  The Smores has a really nice marshmallow filling with an almost graham-cracker cake on either side.

    Comment by Amy on 10/22/12 at 5:30 am #
  4. I miss living in the north (originally from NJ) these bumpkins down here aren’t familiar with tasty kakes. Bummer that the kandy kakes won’t be sold online,  the only way for me to try them is for my husband (drives for a living) to buy a few and bring them here.  Thanks cybele,  I wouldn’t have found out about them if you hadn’t posted this information.

    Comment by Sherrie on 10/22/12 at 1:31 pm #
  5. Please review Lifesavers Gummy Coolers. They are fruit drink flavored. There are 5 colors: red, orange, green, pink, blue.

    Comment by benamore on 10/23/12 at 7:43 pm #
  6. Hi!!  I recently emailed you asking if you could review a box of cake inspired truffles created by chef duff goldman and produced by Godiva. I saw them in Barnes and Noble here in atlanta.  I’m not much of a chocolate person,  but I do like cake. Im interested in what your response would be. 
    Love your reviews

    Comment by Sherrie on 10/25/12 at 3:09 pm #
  7. Does anyone in the States like the candy chewy sweets called milliones? They are so tasty. We have the cola in Europe also but I havnt seen them in the U.S.A.?

    Comment by sue on 10/30/12 at 2:38 am #
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