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The folks at Weight Watchers are all about “no forbidden” foods and even post on their Web site that “there’s plenty of room for treats and extras.”

With a point system that takes into account height, weight, age, gender, and exercise level, daily points average between 20 and 40, and can rack up pretty quickly depending on what’s consumed.

To see the point levels candy generates, I scoured the Web for candy point lists and created a compilation of everyday and Easter candy (see below) from blog1, blog2, and blog3.

Interestingly, 35 Jelly Belly jelly beans equal a mere 3 points, while 10 Hershey’s Kisses put 7 points on the board. Most fun-sized bars fall between  2 and 2.5 points. Not bad if you can stop at two!

Weight Watchers Candy Points

Easter Candy
Brach’s Robin Eggs (6 pieces) = 4.5 points
Cadbury Caramel Egg (1 egg)  = 5 points
Cadbury Chocolate Egg (1 egg) = 4.5 points
Cadbury Creme Egg (1 egg)  = 4 points
Cadbury Mini Eggs (12  eggs) = 4.5 points
Dove Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny (6 oz.) 1/4 of the bunny  = 6 points
Hershey’s Candy-Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs (4 eggs) = 2.5 points
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (35 pieces) = 3 points
Lindt Lindor Mini Eggs (3 eggs) = 2.5 points
Milky Way Egg (1 egg) = 5 points
Peeps (3 pieces) = 3 points
Snickers Egg (1 egg) = 4 points

Everyday Candy

Abba Zaba (1 fun-size bar) = 1.5 points
Almond Joy (2 snack-size bars) = 4 points
Almond Roca (3 pieces) = 5.5 points
Andes Thin Mints (8 pieces) = 5 points
Atomic Fireballs (3 pieces) = 1.5 points
Baby Ruth (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Big Hunk (1 fun-size bar) = 1.5 points
Bit-O-Honey (6 pieces) = 4 points
Blow Pop (1 pop) = 1.5 points
Butterfinger (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Cadbury Crème Egg, 1 egg (1.3 oz) = 4 points
Candy Corn (22 pieces) = 3 points
Caramello (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Dots Fun Size (2 fun-size boxes) = 2 points
Dove Dark Chocolate (5 pieces) = 5 points
Dove Milk Chocolate (5 pieces) = 5.5 points
Dubble Bubble Gum (2 pieces) = 1 point
Dum Dum Lollipops (3 pops) = 1.5 points
Good & Plenty (33 pieces) = 3 points
Heath Bar (5 fun-size bars) = 6 points
Gummy Bears (14 pieces) = 3 points
Hershey’s Almond Bar (2 fun-size bars) = 5 points
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (2 fun-size bars) = 5 points
Hershey’s Kisses (10 Kisses) = 7 points
Hot Tamales (1 fun-size box) = 1 point
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (35 pieces) = 3 points
Jolly Rancher Hard Candy (2 pieces) = 1 point
Kit Kat (2 fun-size bars) = 6 points
Life Savers 4 fruit-flavored candies = 1.5 points
LOOK Bar (1 fun-size bar) = 1.5 points
M&M’s Peanut (1 fun-size pack) = 2 points
M&M’s Plain (1 fun-size pack) = 2 points
Marshmallow Peeps (5 Peeps) = 3 points
Mary Janes (6 pieces) = 3.5 points
Mike and Ike (1 fun-size box) = 1 point
Milk Duds (4 fun-size boxes) = 4 points
Milky Way (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Mounds (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Necco Sweethearts (1 fun-size box 1 oz.) = 2.5 points
Nestle Crunch (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
O’Henry (2 fun-size bars) = 5 points
Pay Day (1 fun-size bar) = 3 points
Raisinettes (3 fun-size boxes) = 4 points
Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups (5 pieces) = 5 points
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (4 eggs) = 4 points
Reese’s Pieces (51 pieces) = 5 points
Skittles (27 pieces) = 2 points
Smarties (4 rolls) = 2 points
Snickers (2 fun-size bars) = 4 points
Snickers Eggs (1 egg 1.2 oz) = 4 points
Sour Patch Kids (16 pieces) = 3 points
Spree (15 pieces) = 2 points
Starburst (8 pieces) = 3.5 points
Sugar Babies (2 fun-size pouches) = 4.5 points
SweeTarts (15 pieces) = 2 points
3 Musketeers (2 fun-size bars) = 3 points
Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop (1 lollipop) = 1.5 points
Tootsie Pop (1 lollipop) = 1 point
Tootsie Roll (2 snack bars) = 2 points
Tootsie Roll Midgees (6 pieces) = 4 points
Trident Sugarless Gum (1 stick) = 0 points
Twix (1 fun-size bar) = 2 points
Twizzler (1 fun-size bar) = 4 points
Warhead Sours (5 pieces) = 1 point
Werthers Original (3 pieces) = 1 point
Whoppers Malted Milk Balls (2 fun-size boxes) = 5 points
York Peppermint Patties (3 fun-size patties) = 3 points

If you have candy items and corresponding points to add to this list, please comment!

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30 Oct

Candy Hall of Fame 2012 0

NCSA Candy Hall of Fame Head Table

On Oct. 19-21, the National Confectionery Sales Association held its 113th annual Candy Hall of Fame induction weekend in Tampa, Fla. Induction into the Candy Hall of Fame is a huge honor for candy industry professionals, much like induction into a sports-related hall of fame. This year, Candy.com was lucky enough to attend!

Nominated by their peers, Candy Hall of Fame members come from all walks of the candy industry: brokers, sales personnel, manufacturers, retail buyers, wholesalers, industry suppliers, retail confectioners, and others allied to the industry.

It’s pretty spectacular to sit amongst leaders of major candy companies like Jelly Belly, Ghirardelli, Mars, Hershey’s, Atkinson Candy, Necco, Goetze’s, Just Born, Brown & Haley, Ferrara Pan, Ferrero, Haribo, Promotion in Motion, Spangler, Smarties, etc.

The generations of candy history that is shared over the weekend is mind-blowing, as is the genuine collaboration between companies and competitors for the good of the industry.

Candy Hall of Fame 2012

2012 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, 12 confectionery professional were inducted into the NCSA’s Candy Hall of Fame, including (Standing from left in photo above) Fernando F. Pujals, Fernando C. Pujals & Bros., Inc.; A. Robert Fortunato, Sledd Co.; David G. Onorato, The Hershey Co.; P. Timothy Quinn, Mars Chocolate North America; Paul D. Minger, Walgreen Co.; Philip J. Shankman, Shankman & Assoc., Inc.; Pierson Bob Clair III, Brown & Haley. Seated from left: Anthony M. Rufrano, Maxim Manufacturing & Marketing; James S. Bourne, Hilliard’s Chocolate System; Judith K. Cooley, The Hershey Co.; James M. Finelli, The Promotion In Motion Cos., Inc.; and John H. Pola, Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Also  during this weekend event, top confectionery and snack product introductions in six categories, were honored. Product nominations across six categories came from candy and snack buyers, brokers and suppliers, and were narrowed down to 30 items by a panel of industry experts. Each nominated product offers significant innovation and/or sales potential to the candy and snack categories.

The winners in each of the six categories were:

1. Chocolate: – Air Delight Kisses and Bars, The Hershey Company

2. Licensed/Limited Edition:  Crunch Girl Scouts Line, Nestle USA, Inc.

3. Non-Chocolate:  Jolly Rancher Crunch ‘N Chew, The Hershey Company

4. Snacks: Brownie Brittle, Sheila G Brands, LLC

5. Premium/Gourmet: Dark Roca, Brown & Haley

6. Seasonal:  M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn, Mars Chocolate North America

Congratulations to the Class of 2012 and to the new product winners. Special thanks to the NCSA and its executive directors, Steve Forester and Teresa Tarantino, for hosting this special event. We had a ball!

Here are a few shots of the celebration …

NCSA Candy Hall of Fame Reception

The “After Hours” party on Sat. Oct. 20 was sponsored by The Hershey Company. Chocolate was plentiful!


Lunch at Clearwater Beach

Lunch on Clearwater Beach with wonderful candy industry friends (from left) Hans Becher, Ferrara Candy Co., Inc.; Mark Lozano, TNA North America; Jen Harmon; Sheryl Godwin, Godwin Associates; Gloria Becher, Bobbie McMichael; Joe Melville, Candy.com; Wayne Godwin, Godwin Associates; and Eric Atkinson, Atkinson Candy Company.

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In two short weeks, America’s largest candy show will be in full swing. The National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks EXPO, running May 24-26 in Chicago, is a lot like a candy store, but on steroids.

The show always draws impressive media attention around new candies about to hit store shelves and the Web. Typically, it’s the grossest candies that get the most coverage, like scorpion-infused lollipops or barf-flavored jelly beans; or new product launches from mega brands like Hershey, Nestlé and Mars; or trending flavors like bacon or pomegranate; or novelty items like  plastic grizzly bears and sheep that poop candy.

This year, journalists won’t be disappointed. All of those headline-worthy categories are covered. (Take a look at the list of candies that will be included in this year’s new product showcase at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO.)

Here are five new products I don’t want to miss on May 24.

Farts Candies from Leaf Brands, LLC. (Booth 2102)
I called Ellia Kassoff, the CEO of Leaf Brands, LLC, yesterday, to find out what he was thinking with the launch of a confectionery product called “Farts.”

Turns out these little buggers are not brown or smelly, but “a better version of Nerds,” says Ellia. Like Nerds, Farts candies are tiny, fruit-flavored nuggets or “poofs,” as Ellia affectionately calls them. Unlike Nerds, Farts Candies don’t have a crunchy shell. Instead it’s a chewier candy shell, and I’ll stop there before things get weird.

Ellia says the name “Farts” was picked because, “you can’t help but giggle and smile when you hear it.”  He’s also quick to point out that this product is not being positioned as a short-lived gross novelty item. He says he’s going for mainstream by keeping things “cute” and out of the toilet.

I know my kids—and husband—lose their minds when they say or hear the word “fart” (my son got a whoopee cushion over the weekend and can’t contain his laughter when it sounds off), so I have to admit that Leaf Brands may be on to something big.

Farts candy is available in 126+ flavors, but Leaf Brands isn’t planning on launching all of them, at least not right away. Ellia says he’s going to let the public vote via social media.

The final flavors will be packaged in 2.17-ounce packs and in four different varieties: Fruiti, Sour, Single Flavors, and Small Farts. “Small Farts” are itty-bitty candy pieces that look like sprinkles for topping cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream. I see a co-brand with Dairy Queen coming on.

Astro Pop Asteroids from Leaf Brands, LLC (Booth 2102)

The folks at Leaf Brands have been busy tinkering in the test kitchen. Back in December, the company brought Astro Pops back to life in the form of a jumbo 2-pound version. Fast forward five months, and Leaf Brands is now introducing Astro Pop Asteroids with the tagline, “The classic rocket pop blasted into bite-sized candy pieces.”

Each individually wrapped Astro Pop hard candy piece features the same flavors as the original pop: pineapple (yellow), cherry (red), and passion fruit (green).

Leaf’s Ellia Kassoff says original-size Astro Pops are also in the works, but a release date has yet to be set.

Hershey’s Air Delight Kisses and Air Delight Milk Chocolate Bars (Booth 845)

When chocolate bars enter into the brand-extension zone, they typically get a hit of fruit, nuts, cookies, caramel, or some other standard add-on.

The Hershey Company is going a completely different route by adding air bubbles to its classic Kisses and Milk Chocolate bars.

Aerated chocolate isn’t anything new, but it’s never really taken off in the United States. In Canada and Europe, I’ve been told it’s a staple item.

Back in September 2009, all-natural Bubble Chocolate bars launched in the United States and now have distribution in a range of retail channels, including Whole Foods, Duane Reade, meijer, Roundy’s Supermarkets, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods. Both bars should be at the show, so it could be the perfect opportunity for a throw down.

Hershey’s 1.44-ounce Air Delight Milk Chocolate Bar and 9.4-ounce Air Delight Kisses are officially due out in June.

Air Heads 2-IN-1 Big Bar from Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc. (Booth 2145)
Good news for Air Heads fans (I am one of them). Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. has super-sized its standard 0.55-ounce Air Heads taffy to a 1.5-ounce bar and is combining two flavors in each bar.

Big Bar flavor combinations include Blue Raspberry/Cherry, Strawberry/Watermelon and Pink Lemonade/Orange. My money’s on Blue Raspberry/Cherry for best of the bunch.

Sour Lovers from Gimbal’s Fine Candies (Booth 1001)
New heart-shaped Sour Lovers chews from Gimbal’s are made with real fruit juice, gluten-free, kosher certified, and deliver a 25% daily Vitamin C dose per serving.

That’s all good stuff, but I think the most interesting thing about these sours are the grown-up, pucker-up flavors: Pomegranate, Strawberry Daiquiri, Sour Blueberry, Mango, Georgia Peach, Fuji Apple, Bing Cherry, Meyer Lemon, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Tangerine, and Baja Margarita.

“There is nothing like Sour Lovers in the market today,” says Karin Vollrath, sales and marketing director for Gimbal’s Fine Candies. “Existing sour candies out there are primarily of low quality, delivering a brief sour taste with limited flavor assortments that consumers consider unimaginative or artificial. Many adults grew up loving sour and still crave that taste, but now their palates have evolved.”

I like the fact that Sour Lovers doesn’t pack the sort of punch that makes you wince. For hardcore sour lovers, that may be a disappointment, but for sour fringe friends like myself, it’s a welcome relief.

Sour Lovers are available in 11-ounce laydown bags, 3- and 6-ounce peg bags, and 32-ounce jars.

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Wedding season is in full bloom—and magnified by the April 29 Royal Wedding.

Word on the bridal beat is that the “it” color for weddings is regal purple. According to TheKnot.com’s recently released 2010 wedding survey, purple was selected by 1 out of 5 brides (21%) for their wedding—up 50% since 2008. Losing popularity with brides is brown, which apparently plummeted 16% last year.

Colored Sixlets are one of Candy.com's most popular wedding candies.

Since purple (especially lavender) is such a hot wedding color and 14% of brides in the TheKnot.com’s survey said they had a candy buffet at their 2010 wedding, I put together a “Purplicious” board at Pinterest.com and filled it with a range of purple candies (see my attempt at a reproduction below).

Perhaps the young royal couple will see the Pinterest board and be inspired to treat their wedding guests to a candy buffet outfitted with All-Natural Lavender Honey Tea Spoons. Purple honey spoons could be the perfect accompaniment to the rumored royal fruitcake. :)

(Click on photos below for product details and to see Candy.com’s entire purple candy collection.)

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