Chocolate Meets Art - New Candy at the 2008 All Candy Expo

Like a kid in a Candy Expo, Diane Toops reports on the new candy products at the 2008 All Candy Expo. Additional online-only content includes new products featured at this year's show.

By Diane Toops, News and Trends Editor

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Pop Rocks Inc., Atlanta, offers Pop Rocks 2 Piece Mega Bar, two pieces of real milk chocolate mixed with crackling Pop Rocks for a tasty treat that melts on your tongue and pops in your mouth.

Some people are offended by the name Nuclear Sludge, from Indianapolis-based Candy Dynamics, which expanded its franchise with Nuclear Sludge Sour Bars in green apple, blue raspberry and cherry. What they don’t know is the company is an environmentally conscious organization that promotes awareness of the environment and a cleaner planet throughout all its marketing efforts.

If you are a fan of Nerds, pebble-like hard candies that come in two separated flavors in a rectangular box, Glendale, Calif.-based Nestle Confections and Snack Division’s Wonka has expanded the idea with Giant Chewy Nerds, using Nerds candy as a coating for mini jelly beans, thus creating a giant, chewy Nerd.

Gum innovation and fun
Cadbury Adams USA LLC, Parsippany, N.J., combines fresh and fruity in its Trident gum portfolio with Passionberry Twist (sweet flavors of passionfruit, blackberry and raspberry combined with spearmint). A hot trend in fashion, orange is stepping off the runway and into full flavored gum. Cadbury’s Stride introduces Always Mandarin orange-flavored gum.

With the growing popularity of fruit-flavored gum, Chicago’s Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. introduces Extra Fruit Sensations in four, long-lasting fruit flavors, including Banana Berry, Berry Pearadise, Island Cooler and Sweet Watermelon. Packaged in a contemporary-looking Slim Pack envelope with 15 sticks, the line carries the American Dental Assn. Seal of Acceptance, which shows chewing these sugar-free gums can help maintain good oral health.

Erlanger. Ky.-based Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc.’s Mentos Gum brings excitement to the chewing gum category with mouth-watering flavors, a unique round shape, crispy outer shell and brightly colored “pocket bottles” in three flavors: Spearmint, Red Fruit + Lime, and Peppermint.
Experience the Just Brushed Clean Feeling all day long while you enjoy new sugar-free Orbit White Fruit Sorbet gum, a mixed fruit sorbet sensation that whitens teeth while you chew from Wrigley.

Kiddin’ around
Au’some Inc., Monmouth Junction, N.J., debuted Nintendo Wii Klik-on Candy Dispenser and candies. Just load-up this mock Wii controller candy dispenser and push the button to eat.

Complete with the official Nintendo seal, it lets you enjoy the fun of Wii and the sweet tastes of Smarties Bubble Gum and Au’some tart candies, which are both included in the pack.
Get in tune with Hannah Montana Glamour Guitar Lollipops, a two-pack punch with one sweet and one sour guitar pop in two flavors, blue raspberry and watermelon from Imaginings 3, Niles, Ill.

Fun Time, Matoon, Ill., has come up with a Fun Time Candy Kit combining Pop Rock-like candy with a sour spray candy in an easily portable container for kids that have a short attention span.
Twists on candy favorites
Pez has gone chocolate! Grab your favorite dispenser and enjoy the same great iconic candy you loved as a kid, but with an all new chocolaty flavor experience with Pez Chocolate, courtesy of Pez Candies Inc., Orange, Conn.

Forest Park, Ill. -based Ferrara Pan Candy Co.’s Lemonhead Chewy is packed with the same great lemon flavor you know and love, but are now in an easy to chomp, chewy candy.

World of chocolate
For the first time, Mars is tinkering (in a good way) with the formula for its M&M’s with the new M&M's Premiums line. The chocolate is enrobed in thin, jewel-toned shimmering shells (a patented process). Premiums are sophisticated looking, mouthwatering and sure to appeal to adults. Flavors include Raspberry Almond, Chocolate Almond, Triple Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Mocha.

A decadent offering, Hershey’s Bliss chocolate offers three savory selections for any palate: Smooth & Creamy Milk Chocolate, Rich & Creamy Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with a Meltaway Center.

For an explosive taste sensation, try ChocoPods Firecracker from Chuao Chocolatier, Carlsbad, Calif. The 60 percent dark chocolate shell is filled with chipotle chili, salt and a “tongue-bursting” center sure to excite, surprise and arouse the senses. Lindt & Sprungli, Stratham, N.H., rolled out the Lindt Excellence Chili bar, which infuses fine, dark chocolate with the essence of red chili pepper. The mild, delicate cocoa flavor gradually gives way to a full-bodied, spicy touch of premium red chili.

Adding to its chocolate portfolio, San Leandro, Calif.-based Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. offers Milk & Peanut Butter Bar, gourmet milk chocolate squares filled with peanut butter. The new creation is finished with fine peanuts roasted to perfection. And new to the Ghirardelli Intense Dark line, Midnight Reverie is made of 86 percent cacao for a passionate, dark chocolate taste.

An American classic of its own right, Russell Stover, Kansas City, Mo., honors the red, white and blue with three classic taste twists. Take a deep dive into the south with the new Mississippi Mud Truffle, a rich, dark chocolate truffle center drenched with an even denser, dark chocolate shell. Or try the Southern Pecan Chocolate Torte or New York Cheesecake Ganache.

Supporting both social causes and personal needs, Salem, Mass.-based Bloomsberry & Co. chocolates were developed to spark a call-to-action and calm the senses. The Climate Change Chocolate bar is an all-natural, premium milk chocolate (34 percent cocoa) bar that comes with a verified TerraPass offset of 133 pounds of carbon dioxide reductions, the average American’s daily carbon impact. It also provides 15 helpful hints for saving energy and the carbon emissions associated with the production and distribution of the bar. The company also debuted Beauty-Bar/Think Chocolate, all-natural premium dark chocolate (55 percent cocoa) bars, with an exotic, playful taste created in New Zealand and formulated to make you feel gorgeous on the inside.

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