ECRM hosted its annual Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween program Feb. 16-23 virtually on its proprietary ECRM Connect platform.
ECRM brings together manufacturers and candy buyers for video meetings that last 5, 10 or 20 minutes. Candy Industry met with manufacturers to learn more about the products they debuted or showcased during the six-day session.
Below are the products we saw and loved during the program.
American Licorice Co.
LaPorte, Ind. / (219) 324-1400 / americanlicorice.com
Red Vines Gingerbread Twists
This festive take on classic Red Vines features a gingerbread flavor.
Oklahoma City, Okla. / (949) 424-9988 / bakerybling.com
Harvest House Designer Gingerbread Kit
This autumn-themed kit includes pre-baked pumpkin-flavored cookies, as well as Glittery Sugar, royal icing pieces and icing for decorating.
Casket Cove Cookie House Kit
This Halloween-themed kit includes pre-baked chocolate cookies, as well as Glittery Sugar, royal icing pieces and icing for decorating.
Christmas Village Mini Houses
This kit includes pre-baked gingerbread cookies, as well as Glittery Sugar, royal icing pieces and icing for decorating.
Boston America Corp.
Woburn, Mass. / (781) 933-3535 / bostonamerica.com
Sugar Skulls Tins
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in colorful style! Each decorative skull tin holds 1.4 oz. of vibrant candy skulls.
Ouija Mystifying Mints
Each embossed tin features retro artwork of the “Mystifying Oracle.” Fans can determine their future while enjoying 1.5 oz. of pointer-shaped peppermints.
Childsplay “Chucky” Tins
Notorious serial killer “Chucky” comes to life on the lid of this collectible tin. Each tin is filled with Sour Cherry candy knives.
“A Christmas Story” Fra-Gee-Lay Crate
This slider crate tin is packed with Sour Orange leg lamp candies.
“Buddy the Elf” Tins
Fans can stick to the four main elf food groups over the holidays. Maple-flavored syrup jars fill these hinged tins, available with three assorted designs.
Louisville, Ky. / (502) 893-3626 / candyrific.com
Melting Snowman Hot Cocoa Kit
This kit comes with two packets of Nestlé hot cocoa mix, two marshmallows decorated like snowmen and two candy cane stirring sticks.
Collapsible Reusable Mugs
Available in red and green, these reusable, BPA-free mugs collapse to 2.5 inches. They hold up to 12 oz. of liquid and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Each comes with a packet of Nestlé hot cocoa mix.
Chocmod USA, Inc.
Fort Lee, N.J. / (201) 585-8730 / chocmod.com
Truffettes de France Chocolate Marshmallows
These festive chocolate-covered marshmallows are available in two varieties: Dark Chocolate Stars and Peppermint Dark Chocolate Trees. They’re free of palm oil, gluten and other additives.
S.R.P. (5.3 oz.): N/A
Truffettes de France Holiday Trip Collector Tins
Available in Original and Peppermint varieties, these festive tins feature chocolate truffles dusted with cocoa powder. The truffles are free of palm oil, gluten, preservatives and artificial colors and flavors.
S.R.P. (16 oz.): N/A
Truffettes de France Snacking Chocolate
The limited-edition Pumpkin Spice Snacking variety features a soft truffle center filled with crispy quinoa and coated in dark chocolate. These truffles are free of palm oil, gluten and GMOs.
S.R.P. (5 oz.): N/A
Enstrom Candies, Inc.
Grand Junction, Colo. / (970) 683-2483 / whsl.enstrom.com
Enstrom’s butter toffee is available in milk and dark chocolate varieties. It’s also gluten-free and kosher dairy certified.
Packed in festive red and green gable boxes, Enstrom’s almond toffee is available in milk and dark chocolate varieties. Each box includes individually-wrapped pieces.
S.R.P. (4 oz.): N/A
Ethel M Chocolates
Henderson, Nev. / (702) 458-8864 / ethelm.com
Ethel M has launched a new line of chocolate bars featuring individual filled cavities. The available varieties include:
- Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Sea Salt: Creamy caramel with roasted pecans and sea salt
- Dark Chocolate Kona Espresso Ganache: Kona coffee ganache with chopped Kona beans and cacao nibs
- Dark Chocolate Lemon Satin Creme: Meyer lemon creme with diced lemon pieces and zest
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $4.99-$6.99
Ferrara Candy Co.
Chicago / (800) 323-1768 / ferrarausa.com
Brach’s Holiday Heat Candy Canes
These fruity candy canes offer a hint of chili heat to spice up the holiday season. Each 12-ct. box comes with three flavors: Watermelon Chili, Pineapple Chili and Mango Chili.
Brach’s Winter Wonder Punch Giant Canes
A rainbow of colors wind around these giant canes, which feature a Fruit Punch flavor. Each box features six candy canes.
Brach’s Holiday Lights Jellies
These jelly candies are shaped like bright holiday lights, making them perfect for decorating. The assortment comes with four flavors: Cherry, Lemon, Lime and Blue Raspberry.
Brach’s Confetti Mint Stars
Featuring red glitter inclusions, these white candy drops have a creamy mint flavor. They’re ideal for decorating any baked good.
Gerrit J. Verburg Co.
Fenton, Mich. / (810) 750-9779 / gerritjverburg.com
Fort Knox Bank Vault
This collection features milk chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil and miniature chocolate bars wrapped in foil resembling $5 bills. The chocolate is kosher certified and free of gluten and GMOs.
Fort Knox Million Dollar Bar
This milk chocolate bar resembles the mythical $1 million bill.
Louisville, Ky. / (502) 785-3087 / hilcousa.com
KOOL-AID GHOUL-AID Popping Candy
Each KOOL-AID GHOUL-AID peg bag contains three pouches of popping candy in Scary Berry flavor for Halloween, making them perfect for trick-or-treaters.
S.R.P. (0.74 oz.): $1.99
Warheads Popping Candy
Each Warheads Popping Candy peg bag comes with three pouches of popping candy in Wicked Watermelon, R.I.P. Raspberry and Cackle Apple flavors. For Halloween, the peg bag has Halloween graphics.
S.R.P. (0.74 oz.): $1.99
House of Dorchester LTD
Dorchester, England, UK / +44-1305-755-771 / hodchoc.com
Holiday Animal Slims
These individually-wrapped milk chocolate pieces feature animals in festive Santa hats and costumes. They’re available in a 7-pack with a variety of animal pictures, as well as 12-packs featuring either dogs or cats.
S.R.P.: 7-pack, $6.99; 12-pack, $9.99
Imaginings 3 - Flix Candy
Niles, Ill. / (847) 647-1370 / flixcandy.com
“Baby Shark” Pop Ups!
These Pop Ups! feature Pinkfong’s signature “Baby Shark” characters. Each two-pack comes with four lollipops.
“Baby Shark” Pop Ups! Talker
These talkers feature Pinkfong’s signature characters: Daddy Shark, Mommy Shark and Baby Shark. The characters open to reveal a lollipop, and music plays when consumers slide the button.
“Rudolph” Pop Ups! Talker
This 8-inch talker features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s famous face, which houses a 23-gram lollipop. When the button is pressed, consumers hear music and sounds.
Warheads Sour Candy Canes
Six 12-gram sour candy canes are packed in an eco-friendly box resembling a sled. Each box features a “to” and “from” space for gifting.
Plymouth, Minn. / (866) 678-6283 / maudborup.com
uffda Freeze Dried Gummy Bears
Inspired by the company’s Minnesota roots, the uffda brand is designed to offer unique and fun confectionery experiences. The brand’s first offering involves freeze-drying soft, fruity gummy bears to create an enlarged, crunchy puff with an intense flavor.
S.R.P. (1.6 oz.): $5.99
McJak Candy Company, LLC
Medina, Ohio / (330) 722-3531 / mcjakcandy.com
County Fair seasonal cotton candy
McJak Candy offers cotton candy in a variety of festive seasonal flavors. For Halloween, flavors include Scary Berry, Marshmallow Mummy and Witch’s Brew (Green Apple). For Christmas, varieties include Christmas Cookie, Snowflake (Birthday Cake) and Yellow Snow (Lemonade).
S.R.P. (1.75 oz.): N/A
MDM Consumer Packaged Goods
Paramus, N.J. / (201) 741-2892 / mdmcpg.com
Marie Elena Butter Cookies
Available in blue, white and red tins with gold details, these butter cookies feature an original Danish recipe. The cookies are artificially flavored.
S.R.P. (12 oz.): $5.99
Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
Portland, Ore. / (503) 247-3448 / moonstruckchocolate.com
Seasonal chocolate bars
Moonstruck’s line of holiday bars capture the signature flavors of the season. Available flavors include:
- Milk Chocolate Spiced Apple Pie Bar
- Milk Chocolate Gingerbread Bar
- Dark Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtle Bar
S.R.P. (2 oz.): $2.99
Classic chocolate bars
Made with 73% cacao, these chocolate bars represent the highest cacao percentage Moonstruck has used to date. Available varieties include Dark Chocolate Sesame Caramel and Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nib Mint.
S.R.P. (3 oz.): $4
Snowman Exploration Bar
With a top hat and carrot nose, this bar will delight with its rich dark chocolate and a sweet hint of cinnamon sugar.
S.R.P. (3.3 oz.): $12
Hot Cocoa Tins
Moonstruck’s hot cocoa tins offer an elegant way to warm up during the holiday season. Available varieties include:
- Dreamy Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- Milky Horchata Hot Cocoa
- Nutty Milk Chocolate Cinnamon Hot Cocoa
- Cozy Milk Chocolate Golden Milk Hot Cocoa
- Creamy Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- Minty Milk Chocolate Mint Hot Cocoa
S.R.P. (9.5 oz.): $12.75
Now in a convenient 6-oz. pouch, Moonstruck’s handmade dark and milk chocolate drops offer a quick indulgence anytime. Available varieties include:
- Candied Oregon Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Drops
- Sea Salt Caramel Milk Chocolate Drops
- Blueberry Dark Chocolate Drops
- Smoked Almond Dark Chocolate Drops
Stamford, Conn. / (844) 642-6671 / nibmor.com
Organic Peppermint Dark Chocolate
This limited-edition offering features peppermint pieces pressed into 72% cacao dark chocolate squares. This product is USDA organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and certified as gluten free and kosher. Each square contains 3 grams of sugar and 42 calories.
S.R.P. (3.28 oz.): $5.99-$6.49
Halloween Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups
Made with organic sunflower seed butter, these individually-wrapped cups each contain 4 grams of sugar. They are USDA organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and certified as vegan, gluten free and kosher.
S.R.P. (8 oz.): $14.99
Halloween Tart Cherry and Hal-O-Original Bars
These dark chocolate bars are individually wrapped for sharing and packed in pouches with spooky Halloween graphics. They are USDA organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and certified as vegan, gluten free and kosher.
S.R.P. (8 oz.): $14.99
San Diego, Calif. / (858) 490-0490 / pagasagroup.com
Cookie Activity Kits
These molded, pre-frosted cookies feature distinct details and a sweet vanilla flavor. Each kit comes with two cookies and two tubes of colored icing. Available kits include: Catrina Activity Kit, Christmas Buddy Activity Kit, Christmas Tree Activity Kit and the Hanukkah Activity Kit.
S.R.P. (8.7-10.2 oz.): N/A
PEZ Candy, Inc.
Orange, Conn. / (203) 795-0531 / pez.com
Jack-O-Lantern PEZ dispenser
This dispenser is topped with a glowing jack-o-lantern and comes with three candy refills. The Halloween items also come with candy corn-flavored PEZ.
Christmas Tubes with Gingerbread Man
This holiday assortment of PEZ dispensers is completed with a Gingerbread Man with a bite out of his head. They’re packed in clear tubes with PEZ candy refills.
“Game of Thrones” Gift Set twin-pack boxes
These gift sets come with a Dragon dispenser and either a Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen dispenser, along with PEZ candy refills.
“Black Panther” Gift Tin
In anticipation of the Nov. 11 release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” these gift tins feature a Black Panther dispenser and three other character dispensers. Each gift set comes with PEZ candy refills.
“The Mandalorian” Gift Tin
In addition to Grogu and the Mandalorian dispensers, this gift set features Fennec Shand and Boba Fett dispensers. Each gift tin comes with PEZ candy refills.
SweetWorks Confections LLC
Cheektowaga, NY / (716) 634-0880 / sweetworks.net
Niagara Chocolates Seasonal Collection
Niagara Chocolates is putting fall and holiday twists on its hand-crafted, indulgent treats. The available seasonal variations include:
- Caramel Apple Cider Donut Clusters
- Dark Chocolate Maple Cream Cups
- Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters
- Toffee Sugar Cookie Milk Chocolate Clusters
- Gingerbread Milk Chocolate Cookies Clusters
- Double Chocolate Mint Cups
- Peppermint Cookie Crunch Clusters
Sprinkles ‘n Cookies Ovation
Ovation Break-a-Parts fuse chocolate and uniquely-flavored crème fillings for an entertaining treat. This limited-edition holiday offering features sprinkle-filled Swiss milk chocolate with vanilla flavoring.
Taste of Nature, Inc. / Shari’s Candies
Santa Monica, Calif. / (310) 396-4433 / candyasap.com
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Laydown Bag
This 12-oz. laydown bag contains 24 0.5-oz. packs of milk chocolate-coated cookie dough bites inside, making them perfect for trick-or-treaters.
Mrs. Fields Edible Cookie Dough Pieces
Ready to eat without refrigeration, these edible cookie dough pieces are packed in a resealable pouch for sharing. They’re available in two seasonal flavors: Cupcake and Gingerbread.
S.R.P. (8.5 oz.): $3.99
Tortuga Rum Cake Co.
Miami, Fla. / (786) 817-6880 / tortugarumcakes.com
Tortuga Spirit Cakes
Inspired by comforting southern spirits, these cakes are available in three varieties:
- Moonshine Apple Pie Cake: This cake combines the sweetness of a homemade apple pie with the smooth and savory taste of moonshine.
- Tennessee Whiskey Spice Cake: This cake is carefully crafted with Tennessee Whiskey’s rich aroma and complex flavors and the distinct notes that emerge from the spices.
- Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake: Created with aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon, this cake features smooth notes of faintly sweet oak that lingers on the palate.
S.R.P. (16 oz.): $24.95
Aurora, Ore. / (503) 648-4176 / hazelnut.com
Oregon Orchard Holiday Collection
Oregon Orchard's limited-edition holiday collection offers a hazelnut twist on four classic seasonal flavors: Eggnog, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint. Each flavor features a white candy creme coating surrounding a crunchy roasted hazelnut center. Packaging options include a 16-oz. tin and 16-oz. gift box featuring all four flavors, as well as 8-oz. boxes offering two different flavor pairings.
S.R.P. (8-16 oz.): $14.99-$24.99
Oregon Orchard Chocolate-Covered Hazelnuts
Packaged in 4-oz. resealable pouches, these chocolate-covered hazelnuts are available in 10 varieties: Milk Chocolate, Skinny Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Butterscotch, Pinot Noir, Maple Bacon, Dark Cherry, Mocha and Blackberry. All of these items are gluten-free, Kosher certified, and do not contain any artificial flavors or ingredients.
S.R.P. (4 oz.): $5.99