The Crave for Confections

For a category that’s always straightforward, the intricacies of non-chocolate candy are becoming more refined. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When it comes to non-chocolate candy, consumers from coast to coast look to convenience retailers to satisfy their sweet tooth. For smart c-store operators, that phenomenon means large and growing sales and profits. Health concerns


Hot & Sour

The Hershey Co. has introduced Jolly Rancher Hotties Hard Candy, available now. New Jolly Rancher Hotties Hard Candy combine the core four bold fruit flavors in a hard candy with on-trend bold spicy flavors. Flavor combinations include Cherry & Habanero, Green Apple & Ginger, Watermelon & Cayenne and Blue Raspberry & Sriracha. The product comes


More Twix Options

Tapping into consumer demand for new and exciting food products, Mars Chocolate North America’s TWIX Brand is unveiling more ways to enjoy the classic combination of cookie bar and chocolate. TWIX Dark, TWIX White and TWIX Peanut Butter varieties will all be joining original caramel TWIX on store shelves by the end of 2017, providing


Americana Candy Tins

CandyRific has teamed up with the M&M’S brand to create two themed candy tins featuring retro-style designs. These collectible tins are sure to be a hit, and will be available this fall. Each display contains 12 tins featuring one of two M&M’S brand Americana designs: one features a picture of three American soldiers circa World


Candy With Toy Surprise

The Kinder brand is set to launch in the U.S. with Kinder Joy in January 2018. Kinder Joy is a treat that combines the delicious taste of Kinder chocolate on one side, with a surprise toy on the other. Kinder Joy provides twice the joy in every experience. Kinder Joy comes in a plastic egg-shaped


Krispy Kreme-Flavored Jelly Beans

The delicious flavors of irresistible Krispy Kreme doughnuts have come to Jelly Belly jelly beans this summer. The new line began shipping bulk in June, with packaged products coming later this summer in time for the holiday shopping season. This collection includes novel flavors inspired by Krispy Kreme’s most popular doughnuts. Jelly Belly jelly bean […]


Nostalgic Candy Returns

After six long years of waiting, Wacky Wafers are back in their original packaging, flavors and size. Consumers’ years of begging, pleading and offering bribes have finally paid off. As with all LEAF’s products, the company wanted to make sure Wacky Wafers were just like consumers remembered them; the big silver-dollar sized wafers, that invigorating […]


Strawberry Nut

M&M’S Strawberry Nut is part of M&M’S Get Nutty program, where consumers are encouraged to take a selfie with their favorite M&M’S Brand flavor and submit on social channels with the #GetNuttyWithM hashtag for a chance to win prizes. This delicious treat features a crunchy peanut covered in strawberry-flavored milk chocolate enclosed in a colorful […]


Crunchers Candy

Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Crunchers Candy pairs mini chocolate cookies and crunchy graham flavored wafers, covered in delicious white crème. A deliciously crunchy snack, anytime and anyplace. The sweet, small bites full of texture and crunch are a great marriage of classic tastes and easy on-the-go eating, for fans of Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Bars. […]


Jelly Beans With Emotion

Jelly Belly’s new Mixed Emotions Collection pairs favorite flavors of Jelly Belly beans with an emotion and the imprint of a corresponding face to show off those feelings. Five flavors in all are now available, giving candy lovers everywhere a new way to express themselves. Traditionally, Jelly Belly jelly beans are stamped with the Jelly […]

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Tic Tac Gum

Coming this January, the Tic Tac brand, known for its iconic mints, is launching Tic Tac Gum. With its delicious flavors, convenient and well-known package, and its iconic shape and size, it’s everything customers love about Tic Tac mints now in a Gum. Tic Tac Gum will be available in Freshmint, Spearmint and Cool Watermelon […]

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White Chocolate Candies

M&M’S White Chocolate is a delicious new, year-round offering that features creamy white chocolate enclosed in a colorful candy shell. M&M’S White Chocolate hit shelves at select food, mass, convenience and drug stores nationwide starting in May 2017 in Singles packs that feature the brand’s iconic colorful candy shells. Fans of the brand will now […]

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Dipped Pretzels

Hershey’s and Reese’s Dipped Pretzels take bite-size pretzels and dip them in sweetness for the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Hershey’s Dipped Pretzels are dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Dipped Pretzels are dipped in white crème and coated with cookie bits. Reese’s Dipped Pretzels are dipped […]

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Honey Gummies

The Lovely Candy Co. has launched new honey gummies. Continuing with founders Mike and Jackie Nakamura’s ongoing premium product quest, the company has developed a line of honey gummies, which is believed to be the first gummy candy made with honey as its first ingredient. Honey has fewer calories than sugar and contains trace vitamins, […]

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Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars

Mars Chocolate North America introduced TWIX Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars in May. Whether they prefer the Right Side or the Left Side, all TWIX fans will agree that new TWIX Dark is a winner. The distinctive new version of this favorite cookie bar brand features the classic crunchy shortbread TWIX cookie covered in golden caramel […]

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Chocolate Snack Mixes

Debuting this June, Hershey’s and Reese’s Popped Snack Mixes provide a delicious blend of creamy and crunchy textures, with sweet and salty flavors. The Popped Snack Mixes are launching in three flavors: Hershey’s, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme and Reese’s. Hershey’s Popped Snack Mix includes mini Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars together with chocolate drizzled popcorn, almonds […]

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Celebrate America

Now customers can show their patriotism with Wrigley’s Skittles America Mix and Juicy Fruit America Pop. Every bag of Skittles America Mix contains fruit-flavored red, white and blue Skittles with flavors including Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Wild Berry and Yumberry fruit. Available at retailers nationwide this summer in a two-ounce, single pack for an MSRP of […]

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NCA Announces Product Award Winners

Hershey recognized for Best in Show. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced its 2017 Most Innovative New Product Award winners. The delectable award winners – including those for Best in Show and the newly added Small Business Innovator – represent the most creative, innovative and fun products that the industry has to offer. The winners


Sweets & Snacks Features Health Focus

Global confectionery companies work in cooperation with the Partnership for a Healthier America. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) at its annual Sweets & Snacks Expo May 23 – 25 in Chicago, introduced a ground-breaking new initiative to provide consumers with information, options and support as they enjoy their favorite treats. The initiative, a commitment to


Mars Chocolate & Wrigley Join Partnership for a Healthier America

Mars Chocolate and Wrigley have committed over $200 million to new product innovation under 200 calories, front-of-pack calorie labeling and consumer education. Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley announced the creation of the confectionery industry’s first and most significant consumer health and wellbeing standards and commitments. In collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America


Crunchy Snacks

The Hershey Co. has introduced Reese’s Crunchers and Cookies ‘n’ Crème Crunchers. New Reese’s Crunchers are mini-peanut butter chips, peanuts and crunchy rice crisps covered in milk chocolate. These small, delicious bites are full of sweet and crunchy tastes and textures, for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter that consumers know and love. […]

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Chocolate’s Sweet Possibilities

Could new product releases from big-brand confectioners boost the chocolate category for c-stores? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day make up the trifecta for chocolate sales. Not only do these holidays traditionally highlight the sweet treat as a special indulgence, but they’ve become a prime marketing opportunity for confectioners to


Sweetening Gum and Mint Sales

Unique flavors, packaging and promotions help boost the category with younger consumers. By John Lofstock, Editor Gum and mints can be easy to miss in a crowded store—which is why retailers must work hard to make sure they never get overlooked. Operators must also keep up on product and consumer trends, which continually serve to


Hershey Commits To Nutrition Transparency

By 2022, Hershey will make 50% of its total portfolio of individually-wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products with 200 calories or less. The Hershey Co. has introduced a new set of commitments to assist in growing the visibility of nutrition information and portion options. The move is as part of Hershey’s ongoing efforts to offer


Spider-Man Character Fan

CandyRific has created a new Spider-Man character fan that is sure to please all Marvel Comics enthusiasts. The Spider-Man character fan comes in an assortment with other Marvel Super Hero character fans, including Iron Man and Captain America. Now customers can keep cool with one of the most popular super heroes. The center of the […]

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