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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Sweethearts, a brand of the New England Confectionery Co. Inc., rolls out Sweethearts Dazzled Tarts for your little princess. The bling's the thing with these dazzling colored sour candies in Pink Lemonade, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Sour Apple, Extreme Tangerine and Wild Berry.

Something to chew on
The Hershey Co.'s Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew has a hard candy shell and chewy center. Beginning December 2011, Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew will debut in watermelon, apple, cherry and blue raspberry flavors.

Created for 2011 as the next evolution of Stride, Kraft Foods introduced Stride 2.0. It has a softer chew with improved, flavor release and added encapsulated, sweeteners for long-lasting taste, while the packaging has been upgraded to feature a simple, cool design with new foil wrappers for each individual piece of gum.

Burst into real, fruit juice goodness with new Juicefuls Juice Filled Fruit Snacks! From Promotion In Motion Companies Inc. Made with real fruit and filled with 100 percent real fruit juices, Juicefuls are another "better for you" choice, providing 100 percent DV of vitamin C and 25 percent of vitamins A and E.

Made with real, organic, fruit juice, fortified with antioxidant vitamin C, and free of corn syrup, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors and GMOs, TruSweets LLC launches Surf Sweets snack-size Gummy Bears and Sour Berry Bears contain only 80 calories to offer both portion and calorie control.

Farley's & Sathers Candy Co. rolls out Hawaiian Punch Splashers Fruit Snacks, liquid-filled snacks featuring the flavors of Hawaiian Punch. Each fruit snack has 100% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and are 90 calories per serving. Splashers are available in three flavors: Fruit Juicy Red, Berry Blue Typhoon and Lemon Berry Squeeze.

Innovation Alley walkabout
For the first time, a special area of the show floor, Innovation Alley, was dedicated to businesses new to the Expo and the industry, featuring the latest up-and-coming products.

Galaxies from Galaxy Confections Inc. are chocolate-covered malted milk balls, available in plain and peanut butter flavors. Fun facts about the universe appear on the reverse side of every package, lending an educational component to every treat.

Granny Carol's Yummie Crunch, a hand-made, secret Canadian-family recipe passed down through generations, features a combination of yogurt coating, secret crunch squares, peanuts and cranberries.
Angell Bars from Jungell Inc., Fair Trade-certified, organic candy bars, are available in Snow (white chocolate and coconut), Dark (vegan, dark chocolate and almonds), and Crisp (gluten-free, milk chocolate and rice). All bars have less than 200 calories and use only five to seven simple ingredients. They contain no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, GMOs or corn syrup.

Kidscan makes 100 percent all-natural fruit candies and snacks, including Mexican regional candies, dehydrated fruit candies, spicy candies, preserves, and crystallized fruit.

Alpaca Jerky and Alpaca Old World Sticks from LaPacos are made with real alpaca meat and make the perfect anytime snack. Seasoned with spices like pepper, jalapeno or a hint of smoky flavor, these alpaca meats are tasty and nutritious treats and make the perfect unique anytime snack

My Idolpops, artistic, hand-crafted lollipops in the image of beloved icons, include a line of Smurfs characters. Available in more than 70 flavors ranging from classics like cherry and cotton candy to mocha cappuccino and champagne, My Idolpops appeal to children and adults alike. The entire product - right down to the packaging - is Made in the USA.

Oat-alicious, a novel and delicious gluten-free, dairy-free gourmet cookie from Scott's Gourmet Cookie Co. is available in Butterscotch or Cinnamon. What a tasty way to get your oats.
Smorbox from Smorstix contains two individually wrapped s'mores ready for the microwave or traditional roasting over a fire. Each s'more includes two graham crackers, one piece of premium chocolate and one marshmallow.

Sweet Asylum, a sanctuary of treats specializing in sweet treats and snack mixes, comes in Stix & Stones (smoky paprika peanuts with sesame and pretzel sticks), Cin-fully Tasty Almonds and Pecans (all-natural blend of cinnamon, sugar and vanilla roasted with fresh nuts) and Turtle Nests (chocolate, caramel and salted pecans on a nest of pretzels).

Sweet Express makes gourmet, hand-crafted, chocolate-covered, crispy rice treats on a stick. Perfect for any occasion, these chocolate covered treats are available in any imaginable shape and can be custom made to create the perfect gift.

Looking out for Mother Earth
Revolymer's Rev 7 gum, the first environmentally friendly gum, does not get stiff or hard after chewing. The gum will degrade in six months, reducing the impact of gum on the environment. It's low adhesion technology makes the gum removable from most every surface with a little soap and water. Varieties include Natural Peppermint and Natural Spearmint.

You can chew gum for a better world with Project 7 Sugar Free in three varieties Fresh Mint Save the Earth (each tray plants 10 fruit trees), Peppermint Vanilla Feed the Hungry (each try provides seven meals in American communities) and Cinnamon Vanilla Heal the Sick (each try provides medicine for a person suffering from malaria).

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