The results are in.

Retail buyers attending ECRM’s Everyday and Summer Seasonal Candy Planning session Aug. 28-Sept. 1 in San Diego have selected winners of the 2022 Buyer's Choice Awards.

Presented in partnership with ECRM, retail buyers were asked to vote for the most innovative products in the chocolate, non-chocolate and novelty categories.

Winners will receive a special callout in the post-program coverage, set to appear on in October. Candy Industry would like to extend congratulations to all the winners!

Best Chocolate

TruFru, LLC

Valley City, Utah / (888) 437-2497 /

Nature’s Strawberries Hyper-Dried Fresh in Creme

Also available in Peach and Blueberry varieties, this product features strawberries picked fresh on the vine that have been frozen and dried to enhance flavor. The fruit is then enrobed in white chocolate and cream.

S.R.P. (4.2 oz.): $5.49-$5.99

Best Non-Chocolate

Yumy Candy

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / (604) 449-2026 /

Yumy Bears

Yumy Bears are vegan, plant-based gummies made with 3 grams of sugar per bag. Sweetened with stevia extract, they’re free from artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. They’re available in Peach, Strawberry Kiwi, and Sour Watermelon flavors.

S.R.P. (50 g): $3.99

Best Novelty

Amos Sweets

Shenzhen, China / 86-755-33916888-8008 /

Amos TastySounds Audio Lollipops

This lollipop allows fans to enjoy candy and music at the same time. By pressing the button at the end of the stick and putting the lollipop in their mouth, consumers can have their own private concert inside their ears. Featuring a battery with up to 60 minutes of playing time, the TastySounds Audio Lollipops rely on the structure of the head and ears. It’s currently available in a Peach flavor, with the “Happy Birthday” song, as well as an Orange flavor, with the song “Watch Me Rise.”

S.R.P.: N/A