ECRM hosted its annual Candy Planning: Everyday & Summer Seasonal event Aug. 28-31 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, La.
No Everyday & Summer Seasonal event would be complete without the Buyer’s Choice Awards, sponsored by Candy Industry Magazine and ECRM. Participating candy companies submitted new products for retail buyers to taste. The buyers also voted for their favorite in each of three categories: Chocolate, Non-Chocolate and Novelty. 
Candy Industry would like to extend its congratulations to all the winners. A look at the winning companies and products appears below.
Best New Chocolate
Montgomery, Texas / (888) 543-8343
Big Little Fudge is made in small batches, but it packs big cocoa flavor. The individually wrapped, gluten-free Littlers* were created to offer the option to choose ‘BIG’ or ‘little’ portions. As noted on the wrapper, Littlers* are “for fudgin’…just a little.”
S.R.P.: (4.5 oz. bag) $4.99
Best New Non-Chocolate
Orlando, Fla. / (800) 329-7100
Coconut Cashew Crunch
Coconut Cashew Crunch started with a recipe from Hoffman’s Chocolate retail chain in Florida, a sister division of Anastasia's parent company, BBX Sweet Holdings. It has been updated for a nationwide launch. This addictive, tropical-inspired treat is made in copper kettles with simple ingredients: shredded coconut, premium cashews, butter, brown sugar and a hint of sea salt. 
S.R.P.: (6-oz. bag) $4.49-4.99
Best New Novelty
New York, N.Y. / (212) 376-0300
Juicy Drop Gum
The newest addition to Bazooka’s Juicy Drop line, Juicy Drop Gum provides long-lasting flavor in a unique way. Its design includes sour gel that can be used to continually boost and extend flavor. Fans can also create their perfect mix of sweet bubblegum and sour gel for a 2-in-1 flavor experience. Juicy Drop Gum comes in four flavors: Knock-Out Punch, Blue Rebel, Apple Attack and Watermelon Blast. 
S.R.P.: N/A