Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Labor Day is over, which means fall weddings, tailgate parties, homecoming dances, and Halloween parties are officially in season.

With insights from our discerning candy buyer, Rita Cummings, we’ve rounded up our top 10 fall candy picks to make all of your upcoming celebrations unique, fun, and majorly memorable.

#10. Football Pops

Football LollipopsTailgate parties aren’t all burgers, brats, and beer. Bring on the football sweets! Our Football Pops are perfect for poking into cakes and cupcakes … and for topping glass vases filled with candy (try Green Candy Sunbursts for a “turf” effect).

 

#9. Gummi Candy Corn

Gummi Candy CornClassic candy corn is always welcome for fall parties, but for chewy candy lovers, this year brings a special treat: Gummi Candy Corn. Each kernel is big, too, at approximately 1-inch tall, so this candy provides a huge splash of color on a dessert table.

 

#8. Apple Cider Candy Corn??

Apple Cider Candy CornAlso new in the candy corn category this fall is a crop of corn in fun colors and flavors like Apple Cider with a layer of red, brown, and cream. Other flavors include Raspberry, Raspberry Lemonade, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, and Gingerbread. Think of the possibilities for baking and candy crafting!

 

#7. Candy Apple Taffy

With its deep red and green color, Candy Apple Taffy is a great choice for fall parties. This vibrant salt water taffy can be dressed up in a glass apothecary jar or served casually in favor bags or in a big bowl for trick-or-treaters.

 

#6. Pumpkin Gumballs

Dubble Bubble Pumpkin GumballsIndividually wrapped Dubble Bubble Pumpkin Gumballs are adorable … and perfect for crafting and topping cupcakes. (Check out the recent blog post about these orange cuties on our sister site, MyCandyCrafts.com.)

 

#5. Twinkle Candy Corn Pops

Twinkle Candy Corn Lollipops

Vanilla-flavored Candy Corn Pops scream “Halloween!” Each individually wrapped lollipop sits on a long 12-inch stick, making it a great choice for adding height to a candy buffet or centerpiece.  Tie on an orange bow to create a quick party favor, or bunch a dozen together for a Halloween bouquet.

 

#4. Autumn Mix Mellocremes

Autumn Mellocreme Candies for Halloween

Based on a Candy.com Facebook Poll, we found that the majority of our followers eat Pumpkin Mellocremes first when tempted with a bowl of Autumn Mix. Indian Candy Corn and Classic Candy Corn tied for second. From our poll, we also found out that there are lots of great memories attached to this classic mix, which is why we think it’s a must-have for every fall party.

 

#3. Fall Candy Sticks

Old-Fashioned Candy Sticks in beautiful autumn colorsOne of the best pops of color you can get in Candy Land is from old-fashioned candy sticks. Stack them on top of vibrant Sixlets in a tall glass jar, bundle them with a bow to make a pretty party favor, or display them on a flat white tray to create instant eye candy on a dessert table.

 

#2. Zombie Pops

Zombie LollipopsJust in time for the return of the AMC series “The Walking Dead,”  Zombie Pops  have arrived at Candy.com! The individually wrapped, cherry-flavored lollipops have incredible detail. (Lots of warts!) They’re so gross, yet soooo cool.

 

#1. Missing Body Parts Gummies

Missing Gummy PartsAt #1, we have bloody bones, severed fingers, brains, skulls, feet, and fangs all in one bulk bag! Imagine what you can do with these gross gummy body parts. Our candy buyer, Rita, is planning on floating them in a punchbowl along with yellow gummy chicken feet this Halloween. FaBOOlicious!

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Summer officially kicks off on June 20, and we’re ready to party … with candy (of course)! Fresh from the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago, our candy buyer, Rita Cummings, shares 4 hot candy trends with serious staying sticking power.


1. Colored Marshmallows


The classic white marshmallows we’ve always sandwiched between two graham crackers and a Hershey’s Bar, now come in a rainbow of colors.

Single-color marshmallows (a.k.a. pure fluff ) are ideal for candy buffets because they look beautiful in a glass apothecary jar and work well with other candies. They’re also fun to roast around a campfire. What 10-year-old (or 40-something) wouldn’t want a blue, pink, green, or yellow S’more?

Shake up things up s’more by swapping out the classic Hershey Bar with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Rolos, Cookies ‘n Cream Bar, or Ghirardelli Squares. Or make Rice Krispie Treats with pink marshmallows and sprinkle on hot pink and green M&M’s. It’s summer. Have fun. Go color crazy!


2. Unique Candy Toppings for Ice Cream


Sure, hot fudge sundaes will always be cool, but a DIY ice cream sundae bar with unique toppings like Mini Gummy Bears, Petite Pastel Nonpareils, Penguin Gummies,  Mini Sugared Cupcake Gummies, Single-Color Sixlets and Pearls  … that’s hot!


3. Cherry-Flavored Candy


If you’re a cherry lover, this could be your best summer ever. Candy & Snack TODAY magazine’s May/June 2012 story, Capitalizing on Cherry Candy, details continued consumer interest in cherry-flavored candy. In the story, Jelly Belly’s John Pola, vice president of specialty sales, sums it best, “People are attracted to red. It doesn’t matter what mix you have; the reds always go first, and in many instances that red is cherry.” Amen.


4. Still Sizzling: Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water TaffyBased on soaring Salt Water Taffy sales at Candy.com and its use in candy buffets, this is one candy category that’s going to have another great summer. And, it’s not just Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry taffy getting all the attention. Exotic flavors like Huckleberry, Pomegranate, and Oranges & Creme are winning at checkout with event planners, brides, and traditional consumers planning warm-weather parties. Salt Water Taffy is one of those candies that transcends age, comes in a bazillion colors and flavors, holds up in warm weather, and isn’t expensive. For party planners, this is what dreams are made of.

p.s. - Today, May 23, is National Taffy Day! Let the chew fest begin …


 


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Sweets and Snacks Expo

 

Ready, set, go!

It’s off to opening day of the National Confectioners Association‘s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. This 3-day sugarlicious industry event is candy heaven. Rows and rows of candy manufacturers display their latest confections to hungry retail buyers from all over the world.

We’ve already got a “hot list” of new products we know we want to to see (and sample!) top o’ the morning, including …

Baby Blue and Pink Gummy Bears
Not sure what’s cooler. The colors or the flavors of these gummy bears. Albanese Confectionery Company‘s translucent Baby Blue Blueberry and Baby Pink Grapefruit Gummy Bears have huge potential for baby showers and weddings. I’m quite sure they’ll live up to expectations.

Sweethearts Marshmallows
Heart-shaped Marshmallow Sweethearts® are headed to love birds everywhere this Valentine’s Day. Just like classic Sweethearts® (Sweethearts is a registered trademark of New England Confectionery Company), the new fluffy, puffy marshmallow hearts will feature sweet nothings like “Hug me,” “Smile,” and “Be Mine.” Manufactured by the Spangler Candy Company, the hearts will come in sweet little 1.6-ounce pink boxes and an assortment of flavors (Strawberry, Grape, Green Apple, and Blue Raspberry). Think of the possibilities for dressing up cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, Rice Krispie Treats, S’mores, ice cream, hot cocoa … oh my!

Astro Pops
Two years after acquiring the retired Astro Pop brand from the Spangler Candy Company, Leaf Brands, LLC is bringing the classic Cherry, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple-flavored rocket pops back to life in two sizes: original 1 oz. for mass merchants, and 1.5 oz. for smaller retailers. To ensure that the 2012 Astro Pop was made exactly the way everyone remembered it—down to the wax and clear wrapper—Leaf Brands enlisted the help of its Facebook friends. Based on product photos, it looks spot on.

In other Leaf Brands news, the company now owns the rights to Bonkers and Wacky Wafers, so be on the lookout for those two classic comebacks in 2013.

 

Justin’s All-Natural Candy Bars
According to Justin’s press info, the company’s new All-natural Candy Bar line (including Milk Chocolate Peanut, Dark Chocolate Peanut, and Milk Chocolate Almond) contains “25% less sugar, 50% more protein, and 100% more fiber than the leading conventional candy bar, Snickers®.” Beyond that, Justin’s “uses only all-natural and organic ingredients, has no hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives or trans fats, and is also gluten free.”

Um, that’s a mouthful. How can you not be curious enough to give these a road test?

 

DOVE Cookies and Crème Bars and Promises
Coming September 2012: DOVE® Silky Smooth Cookies & Crème Bars and Promises from Mars Chocolate North America. It’s sweet and creamy white chocolate and crunch chocolate cookie bits under the DOVE umbrella. Enough said.

 

Wild Ophelia Candy Bars
Katrina Markoff, the brainchild behind Vosges Haut-Chocolat, has a new venture, Wild Ophelia: Taking an American Road Trip Through Chocolate. Her latest line of exotic dark and milk chocolate bars are smaller than traditional Vosges bars (2 oz. vs. 3 oz.), and less expensive ($4.50-ish vs. $7.50-ish).

Wild Ophelia exhibited at last year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, but with only five bars. This year, the brand has blossomed into nine bars, including Peanut Butter & Banana, Salted Chowchilla Almond, Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chips, Sweet & Crispy Caramel Corn, Beef Jerky, Southern Hibiscus Peach, New Orleans Chili, Mount Sequoia Granola, and  Sweet Cherry Pecan. BBQ potato chips blended with dark chocolate sounds both disgusting and inviting. Must try!

 

Blue Raspberry and Wild Cherry Bonomo Turkish Taffy
The Warrell Corporation brought Bonomo Turkish Taffy out of retirement two years ago. This year, Warrell is expanding its nostalgic and incredibly chewy (the last time I sampled Bonomo Turkish Taffy, I lost a filling) taffy line with two new flavors: Blue Raspberry and Wild Cherry. Given the popularity of Cherry and Blue Raspberry Airheads, these flavors are a pretty safe bet.

 

Tic Tac Cinnamon Spice
Because I am one of the few humans on the planet who likes “Close-Up Cinnamon Red Gel Toothpaste,” I have a hunch, I’ll like Ferrero U.S.A.‘s new Cinnamon Spice Tic Tacs with “sweet, warm flavor.” They’ve got great color for the holidays and each tiny piece is less than 2 calories. Hello stocking stuffer.

If you’re on the Sweets & Snacks show floor today, let us know. We’d love to meet you!

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Looking at Spring 2012 color palettes from color experts Pantone, Benjamin Moore, and Pratt and Lambert, as well as spring wedding colors from The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings, it’s safe to say that the warmer wedding months of 2012 will bring plenty of orange (Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year), hot pink, navy, lilac, and unique pastels that feature hints of gray, like Benjamin Moore’s 2012 Color of the Year, Wythe Blue.

So, how can you translate these color forecasts into timely candy buffets and dessert tables for Spring 2012? Simple! At Candy.com, we’ve got the site set up so you can shop by color.

Here are three candy palettes based on Pantone’s Spring 2012 Fashion Report:

Citrus Candy Colors (from left clockwise): Orange-Pineapple Candy Sticks, Juicy Pear and Orange Sherbet Jelly Belly Beans, Yellow Shimmer and Orange Shimmer Sixlets, Leaf Green Chocolate Foil Hearts, Pastel Green Almonds, Peach Gummy Rings, and Lime Green Shimmer Gumballs.

Berry Candy Colors (from left clockwise): Purple Wrapped Grape Hard Candy, Grape Taffy, Milk Chocolate Pink Gems, Purple Swirl Lollipops, Pink and Purple Favor Boxes, Purple M&M’s, Hot Pink Candy Pearls, and Hot Pink Rock Candy Sticks.

Caribbean Candy Colors (from left clockwise): Yellow Shimmer Gumballs, Light Blue Milk Chocolate Gems, Lemon Slices, Poppin’ Pineapple Gummy Bears, Blue and Pastel Yellow Jordan AlmondsPina Colada Licorice Twists, Blueberry & Honey Teaspoons (great for tea and coffee bars!), and Dark Blue M&M’s.

Creating a color-coordinated candy buffet or dessert table is easy if you start with a color palette from inspirational sites like Pantone, Pinterest, or ColourLovers. Or pick up a handful of paint chips from your local paint store.

If you need help creating a candy color palette for your event, or are unsure of how much candy to buy, call us at (888) 422-6393 or Chat Live. We specialize in candy for weddings and events of all types and sizes, so we’d love to hear from you … and help!

p.s. – Check out our new digital Valentine’s 2012 Candy Catalog with Pink, Red, and White candy color palettes!

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