Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Candy Spotting 2012

Halloween is the first Holiday in Candy Season. The variety of candy is not quite as remarkable as Easter or Christmas, because most candy is just smaller sizes of single serve products for easy distribution for Halloween trick or treaters. It’s interesting to see what the new and returning products are each year. 

The big trend seems to be seasonal flavor combinations. The notable ones are Candy Corn (now in jelly bean, gum drop, chocolate covered & novelty flavors) and Caramel Apple (lollipops, Milky Way bars, Werther’s hard candies, Sugar Babies).

I haven’t seen much that’s new this year, but I did visit most of the stores in my area to see what’s on the shelves, here’s my hitlist of the highlights:

Brach's Assorted Halloween Mellowcremes

HERSHEY’S
Hershey’s decided to use more neutral fall leaves theming on their packages this year instead of Halloween specific graphics. So don’t expect to find them on the sale shelves after Halloween, as they expect merchants to simply move them on to themed displays for Thanksgiving.

  • Pumpkin Spice Kisses (review)
  • KIT KAT Orange Wafer Bars
  • Reese’s Pumpkins - now in a new orange package instead of purple (review)
  • Cadbury Screme Egg Candy is a green yolk flowing fondant egg.
  • M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn

    MARS
    Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis (review)
    Snickers Pumpkin (review)
    Candy Corn White Chocolate M&Ms (review)

    Peanut Butter Kisses

    NECCO

  • Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses (review)
  • Clark Wicked Mix (review)
  • Mellocreme Zombies (I still haven’t found these)
  • Candy Corn

    FARLEY’S & SATHERS (BRACH’S)

  • 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
  • Bat Dots

    TOOTSIE

  • Blood 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
  • (review) Now available in snack packs for Trick or Treat

    JUST BORN

  • Peeps Chocolate Pumpkins (review)
  • Peeps Ghosts & Pumpkins (I like the ghosts because they’re the only Peeps that aren’t artificially colored.)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy Mix
  • Nestle Butterfinger Pumpkin

    NESTLE & WONKA

  • Butterfinger Pumpkins
  • Spooky Nerds
  • Whitman's Candy Corn Marshmallow
    (They don’t actually make the Whitman’s Marshmallow Candy Corn any longer, but I like the photo too much to not use it this year.)

    RUSSELL STOVER

  • Russell Stover Peanut Butter Candy Pumpkins
  • Russell Stover Coconut Dream Pumpkin
  • Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow Pumpkin
  • Russell Stover Dark Chocolate covered Marshmallow Pumpkin (review)
  • Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Pumpkin
  • Russell Stover Marshmallow Pumpkin (milk chocolate) (review)
  • Jelly Belly Candy Corn Jelly Bean

    JELLY BELLY

  • 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

  • NOT RETURNING:

  • Hershey’s Candy Corn Kisses (review)
  • Hershey’s Caramel Apple Kisses (review)
  • Mary Jane Wicked Mix (review)
  • Brach’s Gummy Candy Corn (review)
  • So what have you seen that’s new or what’s missing that you’ve been looking forward to?

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:04 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyHalloweenHighlightShopping

    Comments
    1. Ahh, I looked for the caramel apple kisses and wasn’t able to find them—I guess that’s that!  I’m a little bummed, I quite liked ‘em

      Comment by Ruffy on 10/24/12 at 1:12 pm #
    2. I love peanut butter kisses but it’s been literally years since I’ve seen any in the stores near me. I live in Chicago, and I’ve looked in various grocery stores as well as CVS and Walgreens. Nada. Disappointing.

      Comment by Brigid Keely on 10/24/12 at 1:46 pm #
    3. I want to try them all (well all the one’s without peanuts…allergic)!!! This is a really great list, I might just take it out to the stores with me so I can remember it all!

      p.s. totally obsessed with the blog! I am a sweet tooth, so it’s heaven.

      xx

      Comment by Randi Erin on 10/24/12 at 9:31 pm #
    4. you mentioned chocolate covered candy corn at the beginning of your review - does this exist?

      Comment by laura on 10/25/12 at 9:41 am #
    5. Cybele's avatar

      Laura - one of the Brach’s candy corn mixes has some pieces of chocolate covered candy corn. Target also sells some mixed in with their Toffee Candy Corn. There may be others as well.

      Brigid - I’ve seen the Necco version at KMart and CVS. The lesser quality Melster brand showed up at Rite Aid in my area.

      Comment by Cybele on 10/25/12 at 9:48 am #
    6. NECCO did the Zombie thing as Skybar branded this year: http://www.necco.com/Seasonal/Halloween/Sky-BarĀ®-Zombie-Food.aspx

      Given that the Skybar is about multiple fillings, and this is all red-colored caramel filling, I’m not sure why they did that brand extension.

      the Tootsie Apple Orchard Mix are out there, but in very limited locations. ONE local grocery store got some this year. Every other store just put out their regular caramel apple pops instead.

      Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 10/25/12 at 11:13 am #
    7. At CVS and Walgreens, I’ve seen Peeps pumpkin-shaped rice crisp and marshmallow treats—they’re actually pretty good!

      Comment by Jammies on 10/25/12 at 1:07 pm #
    8. The Halloween Kit Kats are more delicious than the regular ones!

      Comment by Rita on 11/08/12 at 9:28 am #

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