Thursday, March 13, 2014

Candy Hunting - 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo New Products

The National Confectioners Association's All Candy Expo first debuted in Chicago 18 years ago as a way for candy manufactures to exhibit their products to potential buyers. In 2010, other snacks were included, and the name was changed to the Sweets & Snacks Expo. The 2014 expo has more than 620 exhibitors and takes place from May 20-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attendees include retailers and wholesalers looking to purchase candy, suppliers and brokers from the National Confectioners Association, and a small number of the media. I am one of the fortunate members of the media attending the expo. 

Candy and snack companies can submit their new products to the Sweets & Snacks Expo's New Product Showcase to be eligible for the Most Innovative New Product Award. These are just some of the new products submitted so far.

Chuao Chocolatier 

Release date: August 1, 2014

Oh My S'mores bar

"Fluffy marshmallows and crushed honey graham crackers reunite in milk chocolate" 

Ooh Ahh Almond bar

"Crunchy whole almonds, kettle cooked in sugar & sea salt, delight in dark chocolate"

Sweet & Salty bar

"A touch of sea salt, swirled in creamy chocolate" 
(These are currently available as mini bars.)

Pretzel Toffee Twirl bar

"Crunchy mini pretzels and buttery toffee dance in dark chocolate"

Hammond's Candies

Release date: April 1, 2014

Hammond's Whoopie Pie bar

"Dark chocolate shell with a sweet sugar frosting filling"

Hammond's Cookie Dough bar

"Milk chocolate shell with a creamy cookie dough filling"


Sour! Gold-Bears

Release date: October 1, 2014

Just Born

Peeps Minis

Release date: May 15, 2014

Available in Chocolate Crème, Strawberry Crème, and Sour Watermelon.

Peeps Marshmallow Minions

Release date: August 2, 2014

Goldenberg's Peanut Chews Bites

Release date: May 14, 2014

Loacker USA

Cremkakao, Dark-Noir, Milk, and White chocolate bars

Release date: October 1, 2014

Pearson's Candy Company

Peanut Butter Salted Nut Roll

Release date: June 1, 2014

All of the photos and information were provided by their respective manufacturer. 

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