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All Candy Expo 2008 – Day 1- Brian

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This is my second All Candy Expo and even though the initial shock and awe has worn off I still can’t help but be amazed by the whole thing. It’s like Halloween for adults… they even give you a bag to go trick-or-treating with collect review samples of candy.

There is so much new candy coming, it’s amazing… here is a quick recap of some of the candy we saw/tasted/heard about today:

  • Wrigley is introducing two new flavors of 5 Gum: Elixir (mouthwatering berry) and Lush (a crisp tropical flavor sensation)
  • Jelly Belly has new Coldstone Creamery flavors of jellybeans
  • New peanutty chocolate candy bar from Barton’s called NutJob
  • Also from Barton’s come Fruit-A-Majigs made with real fruit
  • Tootsie Pop Drops are back
  • Mentos now makes gum in Red Fruit/Lime, Spearmint, and Peppermint flavors. Tried Red Fruit/Lime and it’s good (haven’t tasted the others yet)!
  • Dale and Thomas is doing some great stuff with chocolate and popcorn. Tried some samples – man, they’re good!
  • PEZ is now shipping chocolate PEZ. Same candy shape and texture, but chocolate flavored. Tastes just like a chocolate Tootsie Pop minus the Tootsie center.
  • New Tootsie Pop flavor – pomegranate.
  • Charms Maxxed Energy Pop – a lollipop with Ginseng, Guarana, Taurine & B-vitamins.
  • From Annabelle: Rocky Road Supreme Mocha and Rocky Road Supreme Peanut Butter
  • Loud Truck introduces orange Energy Gummies. They are tasty!
  • Fererro introduces Tic Tac Chill in Exotic Cherry and Paradise Mint flavors. They’re a little larger than regular Tic Tacs and they are sugar-free (sweetened with Xylitol).
  • Pnot Butter flavored (peanut-free) Sixlets: same Sixlets shape and size but with peanut butter flavored center (made from soy)
  • Chuao has a new Chocopod called Firecracker: dark chocolate with chipotle chile, salt, and popping candy. AMAZING taste. Might be the best thing I’ve tried so far at the show.
  • VE2 Energy Gum. VE2 Press Release
  • Mars is bringing Premium M&M’s to the market in Raspberry Almond, Chocolate Almond, Triple Chocolate, Mocha, and Mint Chocolate flavors. Besides being beautiful with their metallic/pearlescent coating, the outer coating is NOT crunchy like normal M&Ms. I only tried one flavor so far but it was good.

Ok, that’s it for now. I have personal meetings with Wonka/Nestle, Hershey, Wrigley, and Mars in the next two days so lots of juicy details coming on their new products.

And… we’ll have loads of extra candy after the show – stay tuned for a giveaway of the extra candy here on the site soon.

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4 Responses to “All Candy Expo 2008 – Day 1- Brian”

  1. 1
    Monica says:

    Those Fruit-A-Majigs sound WAY up my alley. Also very intrigued by the Premium M&Ms.

  2. 2
    kay says:

    I am so excited!

  3. 3
    Lolia says:

    I love tootsie drop pops. It’s been too long. Glad they are coming back. Fascinating post and preview of candy to come.

  4. 4
    oakling says:

    I don’t know what to do with that. I really love the (crunchily-coated) mint m&ms they sell at holidays….

    That firecracker thing sounds AWESOME.

    Coldstone Creamery is a genius crossbranding thing… they mix flavors just like jelly belly does! Are they going to make individual beans in the mix-in flavors as well as the ice cream flavors? because that would be super-smart and awesome.

    I don’t understand the “red fruit” thing. So many companies make a “red fruit” flavor of their product, as if all red fruits tasted the same. It sounds pretty, but it doesn’t make any sense. It’s like admitting that they couldn’t make a realistic-tasting fruit flavor.

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