Manufacturers and retailers will descend on Atlanta Oct. 19-23 for ECRM’s Candy Annual Planning event. Here, we offer a preview of the everyday and novelty products confectioners will be showcasing at the fall meeting.
Koko’s Confectionery & Novelty
Each Easter Glo-Popcifier from Koko’s is topped with a 1-oz., hand-painted Easter bunny lollipop, available in two fruity flavors: strawberry and blue raspberry. Glo-Popcifier comes packed in two display boxes of 12 in a master case. This seasonal novelty is for children ages 3 and up.
X Factor Energy Gum
Little i, Inc.
New sugar-free X Factor Energy Gum is infused with caffeine, taurine, B vitamins and xylitol, and comes in two varieties: Peppermint and Citrus. Choose from plastic containers or cardboard/chipboard containers.
Loud Truck Energy
Guarana extract (natural energy) and Vitamins B12 and C offer consumers of Loud Truck Energy Gummies “no-crash energy.” One bag of the gummies equals one bottle of soda. They’re available in Red Blast and Citrus Blast varieties.
ROCA Buttercrunch Thins
Brown & Haley
ROCA Buttercrunch Thins are made with ultra-premium milk and dark chocolate and come in four varieties: Buttercrunch Toffee with Milk with Almonds & Milk Chocolate, Buttercrunch Toffee with Almonds & Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Caramel with Toffee and Almond Bits, and Dark Chocolate Truffle with Almond Toffee Bits. Each eight-piece, 2.8-oz. box has a suggested retail price of $2.49. Assorted 48-ct. shippers and 48-ct. power-wings are available.
Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc.
Mentos Pure Fresh Gum has Green Tea extract and is available in Fresh Mint and Wintergreen flavors. The sugar-free offering comes in convenient pocket bottles with easy flip-top lids containing 15 pieces of gum each.
Mueller Sports Medicine
Thirst-quenching Quench Gum offers great taste and dry mouth relief for kids and athletes alike. It’s now available in a sugar- and aspartame-free variety for $1.19, as well as an on-the-go, BPA-free, reusable pint water bottle for $3.99.
Cookie Dough Bites
Taste of Nature, Inc.
Taste of Nature’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites now are available in mint. The suggested retail prices are as follows: $.99 for a 3.1-oz box and $1.29-$1.49 for a 4-oz. box.
GoLightly Hard Candies
Hillside’s GoLightly line of sugar-free hard candies is sweetened with Splenda and comes in assorted fruit flavors as well as Cinnamon, Butterscotch and Root Beer. The brand also offers Just Chocolates, a collection of hard candies in Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Swiss Chocolate Almond and Chocolate Mint varieties.
Zoogle Pack Snakes
The Incredible Chocolate Co.
Braeside, Victoria, Australia
c/o International Food Associates
The Incredible Chocolate Co.’s colorful Zoogle Jellies are shaped like various animals, including snakes, bird and crocodiles. The all-natural jellies are 99% fat-free. Each package comes with a collectable card featuring a photo of an endangered species or animal found in the wild. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of Zoogle Jellies go to support the Australia Zoo’s wildlife conservation programs.
The Foreign Candy Co., Inc.
Long-lasting EIFFEL bonbons chewy candy features a fine sugar coating and comes in mouth-watering fruit flavors such as strawberry and apple. They are available in 1.25-oz. and 4-oz. bags.
Jelly Belly Candy Co.
New for spring 2009, Jelly Belly Blooming Bottles are packed with Jelly Belly’s Spring Mix. The colorful, high-impact, 1.5-oz. packages are ideal for baskets and party favors.
Gum it up!
Farley’s and Sathers
Gum it up! features an assortment of 10 items, including Brach’s Abra CaBubble, Super Bubble, Rain-Blo, Brach’s Flooders liquid-filled gum, Brach’s Sour Insanity gumballs and Rain-Blo EyePoppers mini tubes of sour gum, Fruit Strip Mini Yipes Bites, Rain-Blo Sours and Super Bubble Radberry Tongue Painters. The mix is available in 24.5-oz. packages at a suggested retail price of $4.99.
Crystal Light Hard Candy
Sorbee’s Crystal Light line of sugar-free hard candies now come in two new varieties: Lemonade and Pink Lemonade, and a Cherry, Orange, Strawberry and Raspberry assortment. Each contains 50% less calories than regular hard candy.
BestSweet’s Baskin-Robbins Hard Candy now is available in Cookies ‘n Cream, which also comes in a sugar-free variety. In addition, the company offers Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy in Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry ice cream flavors.
Maramor Chocolate Squares
Maramor Dark Chocolate Squares contain 315 mg. of Omega-3 EPA and DHA from fish oil in each single serving of three squares. Maramor also offers Milk Chocolate Squares.