New Food Products Revealed at NCA 2011 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Food Processing reports on the new candy and snack products found at the NCA 2011 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

By Diane Toops, News & Trends Editor

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It's movie time
Jelly Belly Candy Co. brings back the wild, original flavors of the Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean, inspired by the wildly popular Harry Potter series of films from Warner Bros. There are 20 flavors, including the original Grass, Black Pepper, Dirt, and the gross Rotten Egg. Boys will be boys. In honor of the return of the original flavors, Jelly Belly commissioned artist Kristen Cumings to create a portrait of Harry Potter made from 11,000 Jelly Belly beans, and the incredible artwork was on display at the Expo. It took her 150 hours to complete.

In anticipation of September's Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga and Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3-D in February 2012,CandyRific LLC introduces a new line of M&M's Brand Star Wars novelty items including the M&M's Brand Star Wars Fan, M&M's Brand Star Wars Coin Bank, M&M's Brand Star Wars 9" & 12" Dispenser and M&M's Brand Star Wars Light-Up Light Saber.

In anticipation of Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs, My Idolpops rolls out lollipops hand-crafted in their image, and they are made in the USA.

Utz of Hanover partners with Disney/Pixar with the launch of Cars Shaped Pretzel Snacks. Yes, they look like the car in the movie. Not only are they cute, they are addictive.

Just for fun
In a licensing deal with The World of Beatrix Potter, Jelly Belly Candy Co. introduces the Peter Rabbit line of Jelly Belly Gifts adorned with the charming Peter Rabbit. Featuring seven Jelly Belly flavors – Bubble Gum, Buttered Popcorn, Juicy Pear, Lemon Drop, 7UP, Sour Grape and Top Banana, they carry the pastel colored theme to a tasty new level.
Radz toy candy dispensers from SweetWorks Inc. come in a variety of loveable characters with a mechanism to dispense candy, via the tongue of each Radz figure. Radz also has a captivating and continuously updated social media component and features web-based interactive fun for kids.

It's time for a Scooby snack via CandyRiffic LLC's Scooby-Doo Giggle Head with Sound, which includes micro-bites candy.

Nuts for nuts
K&M Food Concepts rolls out all-natural, flavor-infused almonds and walnuts, covered in a 100 percent real, milk chocolate and all natural candy shell. Dewitt Nut Co.'s Chocolate Dreams are available in apple almond, butter toffee walnut, and red velvet cupcake almond flavors.
Sahale Snacks rolls out Seasoned Nuts, with savory flavor combinations. They include Barbeque (almonds with Chipotle and Ranch), Tuscan (almonds with Parmeson and Herbs), and Southwest (cashews with Chili and Cheddar).

Our favorite praline maker Aunt Sally's debuts Bananas Foster Creamy Pralines along with Sugar & Spice Light Pralines, which contain 85 percent less sugar.

Top this
Sanders debuts certified Sanders 7 Gourmet Dessert Toppings in cool flavors including Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge, Classic Caramel, Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge, Extra Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge, Caramel Apple, Cinnamon Pear Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pattie.

Perfect for cake decorations, candy buffets, favors and themed events, SweetWorks Inc.'s Celebration Gumballs and Celebration Sixlets are chocolate-flavored, candy-coated chocolate, packaged in individual colors per bag.

New Premium Decoration Packs are now available from K&M Food Concepts for Dobla's wildly successful line of Belgian Dark Chocolate Curls, Choco Straws and Domino Squares.

A taste of holiday flavors
Jelly Belly Candy Co., formerly Goelitz Confectionery Co., has been making Candy Corn since 1898, and now it is uniting its masterful creation with jelly beans. And yes, Jelly Belly Candy Corn tastes exactly like candy corn.

New for Easter 2012, R. M. Palmer Co.'s Giant 1/4 Pound Peanut Butter Cup will make a huge, delicious addition to the Easter Basket.

Spangler Candy Co. hopes to hop into Easter baskets with Easter Zanies Marshmallow Candy. Each carton features four wacky Easter-shaped characters in Fruit Punch, Banana Split, Blue Raspberry and Kiwi Strawberry. There is also an Easter maze for kids to help the Zanies find their way to the basket.

A sweet surprise this holiday season, organic TruSweets Candy Canes from TruSweets LLC, are made with just four, simple ingredients: organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, organic fruit juice and natural peppermint flavor. They contain no corn syrup, synthetic dyes or artificial flavors, and they are vegan and kosher.

In fashion with fruit flavors
A bold and delicious, fruit-flavor gum variety, Orbit Strawberry Remix from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co, a Mars company, is available in Orbit gum's new packaging, which allows consumers to unwrap and reveal 40 unique patterns that are featured across the many Orbit gum flavors. Juicy Fruit Juicy Riddle, a sugar free indescribably new mystery fruit flavor will debut. Swerve is the latest flavor in Wrigley's 5 line (from tangy to sweet tropical) and React 2 now comes in Fruit and Mint. Wrigley also unveiled Extra Dessert Delights Orange Crème Pop, combining tangy orange with smooth, creamy taste for a delicious dessert flavor, followed by Apple Pie in September. Wrigley adds 5 Vortex, a sweet and juicy green apple flavor, to the 5 line. It comes in the signature Slim Pack envelope -- thin enough to fit in a pocket or purse.

Tic Tac Strawberry Fields, a blend of sweet and tart strawberry-flavored Tic Tac mints, from Ferrero USA Inc. is the perfect way to escape into pure sweet indulgence.

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