ECRM hosted its annual Candy Planning: Everyday & Summer Seasonal event Aug. 13-17 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., where new and previously attending manufacturers showcased more than 100 new, innovative products.
No Everyday & Summer Seasonal event would be complete without the Buyer’s Choice Awards, sponsored by Candy Industry Magazine and ECRM. Participating candy companies submitted new products for retail buyers to taste. The buyers also voted for their favorite in each of three categories: Chocolate, Non-Chocolate and Novelty. 
Candy Industry would like to extend its congratulations to all the winners. A look at the winning companies and products appears below:
Best Chocolate
Chatsworth, Calif. / / (818) 349-1880
JC’s Pie Bites
Creamy and decadent on the inside with a punch of crunch on the outside, these poppable truffles come in a variety of flavors including Caramel Turtle, Chocolate Silk, Mint Chocolate Cookie, S’mores, Key Lime and Strawberry Cream. 
S.R.P. (4.8 oz. bag): $4.99
Best Non-Chocolate
Torie & Howard
New Milford, Conn. / / (888) 826-9554
Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities
These USDA organic-certified fruit chews are available in three sophisticated flavor duos: Italian Tarocco Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey; California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine; and Meyer Lemon and Raspberry.
S.R.P. (10-piece stick pack): $1.99
Best Novelty
Bazooka Candy Brands
New York, N.Y. / / (212) 376-0300
Baby Bottle Pop with Popping Powder
Like the original Baby Bottle Pop, consumers can dip a baby bottle-shaped lollipop into sweet powder, but in this product, the powder offers a mouth-tingling pop. They’re available in four flavors: Blue Raspberry, Strawberry and Watermelon.
S.R.P.: N/A