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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.



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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If you’ve been missing chewy Black Cow caramel candy, I’ve got good news. It’s back—and it’s chewier than ever.

Black Cow Caramel Candy

After a 25-year hiatus, Black Cow—the sister candy to Slo Poke—has officially relaunched in two new formats: 1.5-ounce bars and bite-sized chews. The chocolaty-caramel treat has also undergone a reformulation.

“Originally, Black Cow was a Slo Poke caramel dipped into a compound chocolate,” says Rich Warrell, director of sales and marketing for Classic Caramel, a division of The Warrell Corporation and current manufacturer of Black Cow and Slo Poke brands. “Our version is a firmer, full-flavored caramel with real chocolate in the piece itself—like a much richer Tootsie Roll, which is also a type of a chocolate caramel.”

Slo Poke Bar

Just like Black Cow, Slo Poke will now only be available in bar and bite-sized formats, which is a bit of a bummer if you’re a sucker fan. Rich Warrell did confirm, however, that the recipe for Slo Poke is the same. No sucker stick, same taste, no problem on my end.


Contest Winner!

Michele Levinski is the winner of the “Guess which classic candy is coming out of retirement?” contest. Michele was the first person to guess Black Cow. (She actually guessed “Chocolate Cow,” but close enough.) As the official winner, Michele will receive a case of Black Cow caramel candy. Congrats Michele and thanks to all who participated. We had more than 275 guesses!

The history of Slo Poke and Black Cow reads like the resume of a serial job hopper. Both brands have changed manufacturers multiple times before finally landing in Classic Caramel’s facility in Camp Hill, PA.

M.J. Holloway & Co., Beatrice Foods, Leaf Brands, Pittsburgh Food and Beverage Company, and Gilliam Candy all played a part in keeping these two brands alive and well in America. (At one point M.J. Holloway had extended its line to Banana, Orange, Pink, and Purple Cows.)

Black Cow TubThroughout all of the company hopping, a few things have remained the same. Both candies are still wrapped in brown and mustard-yellow packaging and both kept their same nostalgic logos with the rounded sans-serif fonts.

Come to think of it, a Slo Poke and a Black Cow should still last though an entire “Rocky” movie, too.

Black Cow bars and bites are available exclusively at Pre-book now for March 15 ship date!

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