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Hot and sweet candy and snack trends revealed at the exclusive retailer’s 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago included some old confectionery favorites like peanut butter and caramel sweets and some ancient grain and herbs added to the candy and snack world.  Click the picture below to see ABC’s great coverage of the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo top candy and snack trends.

 

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And, check out  just some of these yummy sweets and snacks mixed with old and new spices, seeds, grains sure to delight your senses.

First up, the olde time favorite, peanut butter. This nut is showing up in all types of sweets and snacks from peanut brittle to peanut butter popcorn. One item sure to be popular is a crunchy peanut brittle with coconut made by Sophie Mae. Other nuts you can expect to see in your candy and snack aisles include almonds, cashews and chocolate with hazelnuts.

Candy PB trend--sophie may

Next, expect to see lots of candy and snacks combined in fun and creative ways using an Asian inspired hot spice that is fairly new to the US candy taste buds called Sriracha–our tongues will feel the burn. Instead of hot buttered popcorn, how about  hot sriracha popcorn  made by Indiana Popcorn?
candy sriracha trend

 

Other spices mixing with confectionery items this year will be Tabasco, ginger, rosemary, wasabi, sage, sea salt and pepper. This sounds like the candy and snack makers raided my spice rack.

A second olde type favorite candy, caramel, is making a big comeback including the classic Milky Way’s Simply Caramel bars …

Caramel Milky way

 

and Goetze’s yummy Chocolate Caramel Creams
Candy caramel trend

Or check out the popular cinnamon or mint herbs made by Tic Tac.

 

candy tic tacks

 

Mixing new and old flavors, sweets and snacks will be combined with ancient herbs, vegetables and seeds like quinoa, kale, chia, pumpkin seeds, seaweed, sesame, parsnips and peabutter–incredible flavor combinations sure to make our mouths happy and our bodies healthy.  The sweetest of all possible worlds!

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One very simple way to incorporate a color theme into a candy buffet is to layer candy in glass vessels.

 

Candy Layering

 

In the example above, layers of 1-inch green and white gumballs are coupled with white Sixlets and kiwi green foiled chocolate balls. White candy is always a great choice as it pairs with other colors perfectly.

This combination would work just as well at a neutral baby shower as it would at a Christmas tree-trimming party or St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Set up takes minutes vs. hours. Plus, beautiful candy is a great conversation piece, and it can be used as a dessert item as well as a take-home treat.

 

Unexpected purple and yellow candies are a beautiful combination for a candy buffet.

 

With candy layering, you can color-match any party theme.

For a wedding with an unexpected color combination like lavender, yellow, and white, you can layer yellow and white gumballs, and accent with purple foiled chocolates, and grape unicorn lollipops. Just a few of these candy-filled glass containers will complement a cake, cupcakes, and other wedding pastries.

Candy combinations are endless, which can make buying overwhelming. A great place to start is SweetWorks’ Celebration candy collection. Each candy in this line is developed specifically for mixing and matching. Another great starting point is the candy by color page on Candy.com.

Use SweetWorks Celebration product line as a base, and incorporate chocolate bars, truffles, jelly beans, gummi candies, hard candy balls, and lollipops.

 

Valentine Candy Buffet

 

In the Valentine-themed candy buffet photo above, foiled chocolate hearts are layered with white gumballs. The focal point is a single red and white swirled lollipop centered in a glass jar filled with white Sixlets.

The jar brimming with hot pink, white, and red Sixlets ties the color scheme together. Only four types of candy are used in this candy buffet, but the color combinations make it look as if there is more.

Get inspired and send us photos of any candy layering that you have done! We’d love to see and share your work on the blog. (Send your photos and contact information to media@candy.com.)

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The candy buyers at Candy.com offer up their top picks this season!  Our 2013 favorites really will satisfy everyone on your holiday list. Who can resist something sweet and fun?

 

1. Santa’s Beard – A great Christmas party prop or mask! Our cotton-candy-flavored Santa’s beard lollipop is super-sized (about 5.5 inches wide x 8.5 inches tall with stick) and ideal for Santa costumes, photo booths, Christmas photos, and party favors.

Santa Beard Lollipop

 

2. Nestle Sno CapsWhat a great stocking stuffer! Nestle Sno Caps are a classic chocolate drop candy that have been around for almost 50 years. These crunchy nonpareils bring back good memories, which makes them a top pick.

Nestle Sno Caps

3. Grab Pops – For the kid in everyone, Grab Pops have a lollipop handle and button to make the arms open and close to grab small objects … like your sister’s gifts.

Grab Pops

 

4. All Natural Apple Spiced Candy Canes – These big and beautiful 8-inch-tall Apple Spiced Candy Canes are hand-twisted and look stunning in a vase. The unique burgundy, celadon green, pink, and cream stripes are created with natural ingredients, so you can feel good about gifting them. Each candy cane is also individually wrapped to ensure freshness.

Apple Spiced Candy Canes

5. Candy.com Gift E-Cards – Skip the wrapping paper and postage! Our Gift Cards are electronic, so you can instantly download and e-mail them. Candy.com e-cards come in $5, $10, $15, $25, $50, and $100 denominations, and are way more fun than a pair of mittens.

 Candy.com Gift Cards

 

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CandyCrushContest

We have four new Candy Crush Candies inspired by the hit game Candy Crush Saga! If you vote for the one that you think is best, you’ll automatically be entered to win a $50 Candy.com Gift Certificate!

Click Here to enter, and vote for 1 of the 4 candies below as your favorite.

One voter will randomly be selected to win a $50 Candy.com Gift Certificate. Good luck!

Candy Crush Soft Fruit Jelly Fish Candies

Candy Crush Jelly Fish-shaped Candies have fruit-chewy goodness in every bite.

Candy Crush Mixed Fruit Gummies

Candy Crush Mixed Fruit Gummies are shaped like the Candy Crush Game Pieces.

CandyCrush_SourFruitGummies

Pucker up! These SOUR Candy Crush  Fruit Gummies are shaped like Candy Crush game pieces.

Candy Crush Color Bombs Candy

Colorful Candy Crush Color Bombs are chocolate drops with fun rainbow sprinkles.

 

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