The Most Innovative New Product Awards at the Sweets and Snacks Expo are an opportunity for the collaborative and competitive energy of the candy industry to hone in on particular products that have the most potential.

This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015 Most Innovative New Product Awards were presented at the Champagne Toast reception in the Sweet Insights Theater during the show.

And while the awards offer a time to exhibit and boast about the accomplishments of individual companies, they are also a time to step back and celebrate the achievements of those who stand out from the crowd in terms of innovation and predicted success.

The following winners are the result of attendee voting and industry representatives’ choice on which products stood out the most this year.
Candy Industry Magazine would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to them all.

The Best in Show

Tic Tac Minions, Ferrero USA, Inc.

The award represents the product with the most overall votes and the highest score among the selection panel.

Category winners are:


Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanuts, Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.


Pancakes & Maple Syrup Jelly Beans; Jelly Belly Candy Co.


Roca Thins Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark; Brown & Haley


BeanBoozled Mystery Bean Dispenser; Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Salty Snacks

Kettle Brand Thick + Bold Dill Pickle Potato Chips; Diamond Foods, Inc.

Sweet Snacks

Hershey’s Snack Mix; The Hershey Co.


SuperSeedz Maple Sugar & Sea Salt; Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC

Gum & Mints

Project 7 Grapefruit Melon Gourmet Gum; Project 7 Inc.

Savory Snacks

Peanut Butter Snappers; Edward Marc Brands, Inc.