With spring around the corner, it may be difficult to think about Halloween and Christmas 2017, but it’s already time to start planning seasonal merchandise. ECRM's upcoming Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween EPPS is just the place to find out what treats and trends will be hot this holiday season. 
The event, slated for Feb. 19-22 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., will pair manufacturers with retail buyers in brief, speed-dating-style business meetings.
Candy Industry Magazine will also host the Kid’s Choice Awards during the show, partnering with a local youth group to see which new products the kids enjoy. Be sure to check out the April issue for a full list of all the winners.
Below is a look at some of the products debuting at the show, listed alphabetically by company name. See you in Vegas!
Atkinson Candy Co.
Lufkin, Texas / atkinsoncandy.com / (936) 639-2333
Chick O Stick ghost
Chick-O-Stick Ghosts 
Classic Chick-O-Stick nuggets are dressed up as ghosts for the Halloween season. They’re made with simple ingredients and the unique flavor combination of toasted coconut and fresh peanut butter. 
S.R.P: (4-oz. peg bag) $1.29
Peanut Butter Bones
Peanut Butter Bar Bones
Crunchy Peanut Butter Bar skeleton bones come in a fun Halloween motif. They’re also made with simple ingredients, as well as Atkinson Candy Co.'s signature peanut butter. 
S.R.P.: (4-oz. peg bag) $1.29
Peanut Butter Eyeball
Peanut Butter Eyeballs
Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls are available in a flow-wrap eyeball motif perfect for trick-or-treating. 
S.R.P.: (4-oz. peg bag) $1.29
Atkinson Caramels
Atkinson will introduce new range of caramels made with simple ingredients. Each bite-size caramel is soft and chewy, available in flavors including Classic Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice and Apple Caramel. 
S.R.P.: (4-oz. peg bag) $1.29
Baron Chocolatier
Vernon Hills, Ill. / baronchocolatier.com / (847) 520-2215
Baron Chocolatier truffles
Holiday truffles
Baron Chocolatier will introduce its signature chocolate truffles in three Christmas-inspired flavors. The Candy Cane Crunch truffles, available in milk and dark chocolate, contain a peppermint creme filling with candy cane pieces. The Milk Chocolate Gingerbread truffles have a chocolate creme filling with gingerbread pieces.
S.R.P.: N/A 
Baron Chocolatier sticks
Holiday chocolate sticks 
Baron Chocolatier will also introduce its signature sticks in Christmas flavors. They will be available in Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Milk Chocolate Gingerbread. Each 3.5-oz./100-gram package comes with eight individually-wrapped sticks.
S.R.P.: N/A   
Louisville, Ky. / candyrific.com / (502) 893-3626
Halloween wand
Halloween Light Up Wand
Perfect for trick or treating, this Halloween Light Up Wand has a breakaway lanyard and an on/off switch for added safety. They come with 0.53 ounces of microbites candy.
S.R.P.: $3.99
Zombie Talker
Zombie Talkers
Consumers may choose one or more of these frightfully fun zombie talkers that moan and scream. Their eyes light up at the push of a button. Each includes 0.53 ounces of microbites candy.
S.R.P.: $4.99
G. Debbas Chocolatier
Fresno, Calif. / ownbrandchocolate.com / (559) 294-2071
Holiday Tartini
A crispy and creamy delight, these teeny tarts are filled with premium ganache and chocolate.  These hand-crafted tarts are offered in both Cheesecake and Pie collections. Flavors include: Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake.
S.R.P.: N/A
Halloween Sodapops
SodaPops! capture the flavors and complete experience of classic sodas in chocolate. Now available in Halloween-themed packaging, SodaPops! come in several flavors: Lemon-Lime, Root Beer, Vanilla Cream, Cola, Grape, and Orange. 
S.R.P.: N/A
Halloween Cluster Bombs
Chocolate Cluster Bombs
G. Debbas’ delicious concept blends chocolate with indulgent ingredients. Available in Halloween-themed packaging, Cluster Bombs burst with popping crystals and explode in fun flavors such as Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake with Marshmallows.
S.R.P.: N/A
Little Secrets
Boulder, Colo. / sharelittlesecrets.com / (303) 396-0541
Little Secrets gingerbread
Limited-Edition Gingerbread Cookie flavor
Little Secrets has introduced its signature, candy-coated dark chocolate pieces in a gingerbread cookie flavor. The red and green candies are Fair Trade-certified and made without artificial colors and flavorings.
S.R.P.: (5 oz.) $4.99
Original Gourmet Food Company
Salem, N.H. / ogfc.net / (603) 894-1200
Original Gourmet lolly
Christmas lollipop tins
Original Gourmet has created the perfect stocking stuffer with its Christmas lollipop tins. Each contains two 10.5-gram lollipops, available in several flavors: Candy Cane and Wild Cherry; Cotton Candy and Candy Cane; and Candy Cane and Bubble Gum.
S.R.P.: $1
Scripture Candy
Birmingham, Ala. / scripturecandy.com / (205) 798-0701
Scripture Candy pop book
Jesus Star Pop & Bookmark Set
Each set includes a cherry-flavored swirl star lollipop and a “Jesus” bookmark with scripture. The pop and card display the “Jesus, Our Shining Hope” theme. “The Wise Men Seek Jesus” story and a star maze are featured on the inside of the card.
S.R.P: $1.50
Scripture Candy  star tin
Jesus Star Tin with Milk Chocolate
This embossed star-shaped tin features "Jesus Our Shining Hope." The tin is filled with 10 milk chocolate squares
S.R.P: $6.99
Scripture Candy fruit snacks
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Snacks
These fruit-flavored snacks are made with real fruit juice. Each individual packet features Galatians 5:22-23 and three “Fruit of the Spirit” scriptures. There are 17 individual packets in a bag.
S.R.P: $3.99
Scripture Candy Harvest seeds
Jesus Harvest Seeds
This award-winning candy corn is made with real honey. Each individual packet features a scripture. There are approximately 17 individual packets inside a bag.
S.R.P: $3.99
Splendid Chocolates 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada / splendidchocolates.com / (514) 737-1105
Splendid Chocolates skulls
Chocolate Hollow Skull
Spook your friends, family and guests with these realistic, hand-decorated chocolate skulls, made with premium milk chocolate. They’re perfect as a hosting gift, table décor and a conversation piece.
S.R.P.: $4.99
Splendid Chocolates elf
Christmas Elf with Ugly Sweater
This elf loves his ugly sweater, and so will consumers. He’s made with premium milk chocolate and is hand decorated. The packaging also includes ‘To:’ and ‘From:’ spaces and room to write holiday greetings. 
S.R.P.: $2.99