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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.

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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?
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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 …

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and Goetze’s yummy Chocolate Caramel Creams
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Or check out the popular cinnamon or mint herbs made by Tic Tac.

 

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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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When Spring comes around, how can you not start daydreaming of everything baby?  First, there’s all the flowers and new life popping up everywhere, then all the little bunnies and chicks that ambush us at Easter. So we decided to do something productive with all that baby fever and create a springtime baby shower candy buffet.  What do you think?

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Since the point of a baby shower is to please that special mom-to-be, of course we had to start with the chocolate.  We decided to bring in items that had rich nut flavors, smooth, like from the peanut butter in these chocolate buckeyes, and crunchy from these cocoa covered almonds. And of course little packs of Junior Mints, (We love it when things that are delicious also are puns!)

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For the colored candy, we decided to stick to bright colors and pastels.  First, we selected Party Mints.  We love that these peppermints melt in your mouth, and they came in the perfect colors too.  We also picked out two different kinds of rock candy sticks, white and light green. Rock Candy sticks are always one of the most popular parts of our buffets, but also a great visual, so we wanted to put extra out there so the focal point of the rock candy in the glass jar would last a little longer.  The green was the perfect color to match our tissue pom-poms.  For some “summer is almost here” tang, we filled a jar with Gilliam Pink Lemonade Stick Candy.  Seriously, so good! And of course, no candy buffet is complete without gumballs.  We decided to mix and match some of our lighter pastel shades.

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By the time the baby shower comes along, a mom can be pretty pink or blue-ed out, so we decided to go with the perfect color combo for a spring celebration, bright poppy yellow and lime green.  We kept the accents to a minimum so they would pop against the clean white setting. (Why not white? With a baby around, it’s a color the mom-to-be won’t be enjoying for a while!)  We did some simple and easy tissue paper pom-poms to hang over the buffet, and found some alphabet blocks in matching colors to decorate.

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For the jars, instead of labels, we created these cute craft paper tags to hang on the jars.   We then created a sweet little welcome sign to match.

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Finally, a vintage mom and baby elephant and a little stuffed giraffe make sure that everybody takes a little (or a lot!).

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Hope you like! Anything we missed, or questions about how we did it?  We’re happy to answer.  Bye!

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Colorful candy buffets are my favorite! Perfect for your son or daughter’s birthday party. Enter to win a $500 candy buffet! I promise they will love you for it

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Winner will be announced on facebook, twitter and right here on our blog, on Monday, May 5th!

 

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50% off All PEEPS! Just in time for Easter! 0

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