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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Organic chocolate from Green & Black’s, Parsippany, N.J., includes flavors that delight -- almond, caramel, white and milk chocolate, ginger, cherry, mint, espresso and two types of dark chocolate. And they let us taste two flavors – Gingerbread and Spiced Fruit not yet available in the U.S.

Caramels with a twist
Toffee candy that is whimsical, eye-catching and developed with a unique, old-fashioned recipe for a classic toffee taste, Clifton, N.J.-based LaLaBoodle’s offers distinctive flavors of LaLaBoodle’s old fashioned Toffee in flavors of the South -- Bananas Foster, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Almond Brickle, Bourbon Pecan and Macadamia Nut.

Crown Candies, Macon, Ga., debuted Tequila Nuggets, which are very sweet caramels, but with less than 4 percent alcohol in each one, there’s no danger of getting loopy.

Healthy helpings
With the fruit flavor bursts of strawberry, orange, lemon and cherry, Sunkist Better for You! Fruit Gummies by Commack, N.Y.-based Healthy Food Brands are made with natural fruit juices and packed with 100 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C and 35 percent less sugar than some other gummi candies.

Individually wrapped and with only one Weight Watchers point a piece, Weight Watchers Double Chocolate Mousse patties by Russell Stover/Whitman’s, are a delicious low-calorie indulgence.

Austrian-grown soy beans are roasted in fresh batches and then covered with Exclusive Belgian milk chocolate, creating Organic Soy-Snack by Landgarten USA LLC, South Elgin, Ill. This certified organic snack is naturally rich in soy protein and a good source of calcium and fiber.

GoNaturally Organic Hard Candies, from Hillside Candy, Hillside, N.J., are sweetened with brown rice syrup, cane sugar and juice. Kosher and organic, they are also gluten-free, contain no corn syrup, FD&C colors or hydrogenated oils. kosher and organic.

With a soft fig filling, draped with dark chocolate, and packed with antioxidants, the organic, low-fat, high-fiber, all natural Figamajigs from Melzy Enterprises Inc., Petaluma, Calif., come in delectable chocolate covered bite-size figs, or a chewy fig bar in original and natural raspberry flavors.

Authentic and fresh, Craves by Best Regards, Olathe, Kan., is the perfect balance of signature blend chocolate, dried cranberries and just enough all natural orange for a sweet and tangy gourmet experience.

If you think fish doesn’t belong in chocolate, think again. Maramor Chocolates, Columbus, Ohio, introduced Maramor’s omega-3 chocolate. And thanks to a special process, you cannot tell the candy includes 315mg of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

Enjoy Life, Schiller Park, Ill., introduced allergy-friendly boom Choco boom bars, the first dairy-, nut- and soy-free chocolate bars made with rice milk.

We all scream for ice cream
Fairfield, Cal.-based Jelly Belly Candy Co. scoops up Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor Mix, which features signature decadent ice cream creation flavors of the Cold Stone Creamery including Chocolate Devotion, Our Strawberry Blonde, Birthday Cake Remix, Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Apple Pie a la Cold Stone.

For a creamy ice cream indulgence you can enjoy every day, dip into Baskin-Robbins new Soft Candy, available in two Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors -- Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry. Each creamy delight comes individually wrapped in foil and packaged in a theater-size box from BestSweet Inc., Moorsville, N.C.

Energy boost
Crackheads may not be the most politically correct name for a candy. But the candy's inventor, John Osmanski, Osmanium Inc., Milwaukee, insists that the name for his chocolate-covered espresso beans was inspired by his caffeine-addicted college professors.

VE2 Energy Gum was debuted by John Katsoulis. Miami-based VE2 Energy already has it in some Miami-area outlets, but is looking to take it national with the help of the show. He said that two pieces of the gum, two years in the making, contain as much natural caffeine as a single energy drink or a cup of coffee. “It is a great delivery system,” Katsoulis said. “You don’t lose functionally as much as if you ingest it.”

GumRunners LLC, Jersey City, N.J., displayed GumRunners' new product, Nutra-Trim Gum. It's a weight management chewing gum, meaning it contains ingredients to help control your appetite and increase your metabolism.

American mom-owned How Do You Take Your Coffee Inc., Reno, Nev., rolls out Roboostas, a delicious chocolate bar that is naturally fortified with coffee beans -- about 2mg of naturally occurring caffeine, a wonderful way to get beaned!

Snack attack
Called a “beer-o-vation” breakthrough, Beer Chips from Beer Chips LLC, Portland, Ore., are thick-cut kettle style chips are made with a serious coating of salt and sugar, and then covered with a dose of beer.

Boulder, Colo.-based Thanasi Foods LLC rolled out Frank’s RedHot Sausage Sticks, Franks’s RedHot Chile ‘n Lime Sausage Sticks and Franks RedHot Chile ‘n Lime Steak Strips.
The Inventure Group, Atlanta, debuted Boulder Canyon Natural Foods Rice & Adzuki Bean snack chips in natural salt and chipotle cheese

Seasons eatings
Enjoyable year-round, Just Born Inc., Bethlehem, Pa., offered seasonal Peeps marshmallow candies. Spread cheer during the Christmas holidays with Joy Peeps by literally eating the marshmallow letters J, O and Y. Get spooky for Halloween with white marshmallow Ghost Peeps and orange Sugar-Free Pumpkins, or put a spring in your step with new spring Orange Chick Peeps or Chocolate Mousse flavored Bunnies. And spread the love on Valentine’s Day with Peeps Chocolate Mouse flavored Bears.

 

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