Tuesday, June 06, 2006
What I Want to See
Now that I’m in the “press lounge” and have some internet access, I thought I’d backtrack for moment about what I’m planning on focusing on today.
Monday was so energizing and exciting but it was also a great way to ease me into things.
I got settled in and was able to go to three sessions and then the general welcome reception.
I ran into some candy buddies (Chris from CandyWarehouse.com, his wife and two partners, Dave and Karl Hoff) and I think I made some new friends.
As part of my press packet, I got an update on the new products being introduced at the Expo. Here are a few things I have my eye on:
Botticelli Belgian Chocolate with Omega3s - called Choco-Omeg, they’re formulas and flavors that have dietary supplements added in without sacrificing taste.
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Gourmet Bars - a 72% cacao bar and three new 60% cacao flavored bars called Citrus Sunset, Toffee Interlude and Espresso Escape.
Jim Beam Chocolate Bourbon Fudge - yep, bourbon and fudge, what more do I need to say?
Snickers and Snickers Almond are being given limited edition runs again in dark chocolate.
Bubble Chocolate - aerated chocolate. It’s about time we had some here in the States!
Au’Some Fruit Juice Sour String - super sour strings fortified with vitamin C and other supplements in an array of flavors and co-branded with “Florida Naturals (the orange juice people).
Tung Toos - yes, you can give your tongue a tasty temporary tattoo.
Candy Logs - compressed dextrose logs that you can build with. Flavors will include banana, strawberry, orange and blue raspberry.
Crunchy Gummies from Albanese Confectioners - you’ve probably seen a version of these if you go to the candy stores in the mall that have the bulk bins. These will be made right here in the US and come in bear and worm shapes.
Choco Rocks Gold Nuggets - candy coated chocolate that looks like rocks from Kimmie Candy.
Hershey’s Sweet & Salty Granola Bars - I’ve been wondering why no one has a more savory snack bar. Hershey’s is introducing a bar with pretzels, peanuts, oats and crisped rice that’s salty and then dipped in chocolate.
Honey Roasted Peanut Roca from the Almond Roca people, Brown & Haley.
Snickers Xtreme Bars - this is a regular Snickers without the nougat, which as already debuted in the miniature variety pack this summer. It’ll come in full size bars as a limited edition product this fall.
Stay tuned ... I’ll pick up samples and have more to report soon!
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