Category Archives: Confections

Fruit Vines Bites from American Licorice Company

American Licorice Company has announced the launch launch of Fruit Vines® Bites – soft, chewy bite size candy packed with delicious fruit flavors designed to give everyone a new candy experience.

PrintFruit Vines Bites will give consumers a soft, chewy on-the-go snack when the product hits store shelves in early 2014. The bite size pieces will be available in popular Strawberry and Cherry fruit flavors.

“We wanted to develop a candy that appealed to the candy enthusiast and knew that soft, chewy fruity candies would be the answer,” said Red Vines Brand Manager Stephanie Louie. “By bolstering our product offerings and adding Fruit Vines Bites to the Red Vines portfolio, we’re providing another way for our consumers to live life on the sweet side.”

Support for the Fruit Vines launch will include an integrated media campaign, featuring a :30 national cable commercial, mobile sampling tour, a national FSI, digital and mobile integration, and multi-platform sponsorships to engage consumers with the brand.

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Low fat and containing no preservatives, Fruit Vines Bites will be available in three sizes: 2-ounce count, 5-ounce hanging bag and 10-ounce stand-up bag.

Manhattan Goes Nuts for Nocciolata Spread

Oh, this is fun! Rigoni di Asiago has launched an ad campaign for Nocciolata organic hazelnut spread on telephone kiosks around the heart of Manhattan in New York City. Just look!

You'll go nuts for it

How could you pass that without smiling?

Nocciolata, from Rigoni di Asiago, is 100 percent natural and made only of organic raw ingredients without the use of chemical processes and does not contain artificial flavors, which could alter its taste. Soft and scented with the flavor of Italian hazelnuts, Nocciolata is a step above any other brand of his category. Ingredients are carefully selected, measured and skillfully combined to create the perfect, creamy consistency. Nocciolata needs 36 hours of artisan processing for a creamier and softer texture. With no trans-fat and no palm oil, Nocciolata is gluten free and the perfect source for calcium and phosphorus. It can be enjoyed as a spread on bread, an accompaniment to cakes, crepes or ice cream and it is even used by creative chefs around the U.S. for cooking and baking.

Nocciolata was selected as a 2010 sofi ™ Awards Silver Finalist in the Outstanding Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter category by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT), now the Specialty Food Association.

Nocciolata is available at Whole Foods Market, Fairway, Gristedes, Food Emporium, D’Agostino and many others independent stores in Manhattan. Around the U.S. it is available in the best natural chain stores. For more information please visit the brand new web site www.nocciolatausa.com.

Also watch out for “LIVE SAMPLING” of Nocciolata pouches in selected locations around Manhattan during the weeks of October 27 and November 4. For more information on these events, check the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NocciolataUSA.

Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream Company Launches New Ice Cream Flavor for Fall

Chai Latte ImageMr. Green Tea Ice Cream Company has announced the launch of a new ice cream flavor, Chai Latte, which will be available in pints in grocery stores across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania as well as though its recently launched online store. The new Chai Latte Ice Cream features a swirl of traditional chai spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and black tea and is part of a continuously growing line of unique flavors.

“As part of our kick-off to fall, we wanted to add a new flavor to our line that our customers can enjoy not only in summer but in fall and winter as well,” said Michael Emanuele, Vice President of Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream Company. “With Chai Latte, we’re combining warm flavors like cardamom and cinnamon into one unique flavor to create a new way for our customers to enjoy a timeless favorite.”

Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream is a premium ice cream company specializing in the exotic flavors normally available only at high-end restaurants, including Green Tea, Red Bean, Ginger and, now, Chai Latte. Founded in 1972, the company has been manufacturing and distributing ice cream made from the highest quality natural ingredients for more than four decades.

For more information, visit www.mrgreenteaicecream.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mrgreenteaicecream.

Drizzlecorn Back for the Holidays

Popcorn, Indiana®, maker of all-natural popcorn snacks, is set to usher in the 2013 holiday season in its tastiest way yet with the return of its Drizzlecorn™ collection, one of the brand’s most popular flavor lines. The collection features five extraordinary varieties: Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip Kettlecorn, Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn, Drizzled Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn, Chocolate Peanut Butter Kettlecorn, and Dark Fudge Peppermint Kettlecorn. Hitting shelves nationwide for a limited time only, Popcorn, Indiana’s line of festive flavors will infuse the upcoming fall and winter months with a unique blend of sweet, and savory decadence starting this October.

“You asked for it and we delivered an unforgettable taste experience with our exclusive Drizzlecorn line of innovative pairings of traditional holiday flavors,” said Hitesh Hajarnavis, CEO of Popcorn, Indiana. “The familiar taste of the season – whether it’s cinnamon, peppermint, or dark fudge – comes through with each delicious, decadent kernel. So, let’s get the party started!”

Popcorn, Indiana’s Drizzlecorn collection provides one of the few guiltless pleasures this holiday season. Each bag is hand-crafted from all-natural gluten-free ingredients, contains whole grains and zero trans-fat, and is free of cholesterol and preservatives. This limited-edition collection will be available at retailers throughout the country through March 2014.

CandyRific to Release Cinderella Light & Sound Wand with Candy

CandyRific expands its princess line with Disney Consumer Products (DCP) by offering the soon-to-be-released Cinderella Light & Sound Wand with Candy. Cinderella, the first of the princess wands, will be ready to ship by 2014.

  • CandyRific Cinderella wandItem: Cinderella Light & Sound Wand with Candy
  • Description: Cinderella stands on top of the new Light & Sound Wand in her beautiful classic blue ball gown. The wand makes a sparkly magical sound and lights up, and also includes .53 oz. of microbytes candy.
  • SRP: $3.99
  • Shipping: Six, 12-count displays per case
  • Date Available: January 2014

CandyRific sells candy and novelty product combinations utilizing popular licensed brands. Brands in CandyRific’s portfolio include M&M’S® Brand, SKITTLES® Brand, STARBURST® Brand, Disney, Scooby-Doo, and Dreamworks. All products have a high perceived value, are merchandised in colorful displays and are especially popular with collectors. The company has distribution with most of the major retailers in the U.S. and distributors in almost every major market in the world. CandyRific has appeared on the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 lists of fastest growing companies in the U.S. consecutively for the last five years and was named one of Louisville’s Businesses of the Year for 2011. Retailers interested in CandyRific novelties can call 502-893-3626 (select option 1), or visit www.candyrific.com. For more information, please visit www.candyrific.com.

Holiday-Themed Candy Dispensers from Radz

Looking for a novel tree ornament or stocking stuffer that’s big on bravos without taking a bite out of the budget? Plan to pick up Jingles the Reindeer and Pep the Polar Bear, the cutest and newest Radz candy dispensers which each come with a code unlocking a virtual experience. Radz plans to celebrate the seasons with the launch of winter-inspired characters to be followed by Valentine’s Day and Easter-themed candy-filled toys.

RadzRadz goes a step further for the holidays and sets the price at $4.99 plus gives Jingles and Pep an extra hole in their hat so kids can slip in an ornament hook and hang them on the Christmas tree. At this price, grownups might consider clipping Pep on the outside of a wrapped present or tucking Jingles inside the kids’ lunchbox as they countdown to Santa’s arrival. Better yet, stuff one in every stocking.

Like all Radz dispensers, these playmates have a bonus digital element that keeps the fun going online or with Radz’s apps. Fans of Radz already know that each candy dispenser comes packaged with a Radz Plus Code inside the box. Kids and grownups enter the code and unlock exclusive games and videos. Without the code, kids can still enjoy zany Radz TV clips, shop for candy refills at www.RadzWorld.com, and download Radz apps from the Apple App Store (search: Radz).

As the calendar heads toward the end of the year, look for these two new “kids” on the block:

Jingles the Reindeer • $4.99 • All ages

Sorry Rudolph, but this little guy has the cutest red nose and a red winter cap. Jingles sports two brown antlers that make him a standout from all the other Radz characters. Start the season with him and be guaranteed a sweet holiday.

Pep the Polar Bear • $4.99 • All ages

Brighten up the coldest winter days with this white bear properly dressed with a neck scarf and red hat. His black nose and merry eyes make him an adorable addition to the season.

In 2014, the seasonal collection continues with the debut of Valentine’s Day personalities followed by Easter-inspired characters. To find specialty stores that stock the award-winning Radz collectibles, go to www.RadzWorld.com. Click on the “Shop” tab and then click on “Find A Radz Retailer Near You.” Consumers can also go online to purchase some of the featured characters, candy refills and accessories like Mystery Glasses.

Lindt Partners with Curtis Stone for Taste the Difference Promotion

Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprϋngli USA, with help from celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, is kicking off the “Taste the Difference” program, educating consumers about the importance of innovation, quality ingredients and expert craftsmanship to produce delicious dishes and products, like premium Lindt chocolate.  The chocolatier is unveiling a series of educational vignettes starring Stone to show consumers the impact these elements have on everyday indulgences.  Furthermore, to give chocolate lovers the opportunity to actually taste the difference for themselves, Lindt is sharing two million coupons for its products – including the company’s newest innovation, the LINDOR Sea Salt truffle – via the company’s Facebook page.

Throughout its 165-year history, Lindt has been a leader and pioneer in the premium chocolate industry and is dedicated to creating the ultimate chocolate experience.  Through the “Taste the Difference” program, Lindt is pairing its expertise in chocolate making with Stone’s in the culinary arts to introduce consumers to the key elements that result in great taste.  Lindt and Stone have teamed up to create a series of videos to educate consumers on ways to enhance everything they eat, drink, or make, whether brewing the perfect cup of coffee, whipping up a delicious dessert, or indulging in premium chocolate.  The videos, which live on the Lindt Facebook page and YouTube page, showcase the impact that quality ingredients, skill and passion can have on chocolate and culinary creations alike.

“As a chef and chocolate lover, I know that extra touches, like high quality ingredients, can have a huge impact on the tasting experience,” says chef and “Top Chef Masters” host, Curtis Stone.  “I’m thrilled to partner with a company like Lindt that truly understands the importance of these subtleties and to educate people on how to experience expertly crafted products.”

Through the “Taste the Difference” program, Lindt is also giving away two million coupons on its Facebook page to offer consumers the opportunity to experience chocolate beyond compare.  The downloadable coupons, available starting today while supplies last, can be used for $2.00 off any Lindt product (3.5 ounces or greater), including the new LINDOR Sea Salt truffles or Stone’s personal favorite, EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt.  Visit the Lindt Facebook page to download the coupon, which is redeemable at retailers nationwide and Lindt Chocolate Shops.

“Chocolate making is an art that, when done with the right techniques, dedication and passion, results in truly exceptional chocolate,” says Thomas Linemayr, CEO and President of Lindt USA.  “Our master chocolatiers are experts in this art and are constantly creating premium chocolate innovations, such as our new LINDOR Sea Salt truffles.  We are thrilled to partner with Curtis Stone to educate consumers about creating extraordinary culinary experiences and to offer millions of opportunities for them to fall in love with premium chocolate.”

Crafted with care by the Lindt master chocolatiers, the new LINDOR Sea Salt truffles have a milk chocolate shell with sea salt crystals that enrobes a luscious smooth melting milk chocolate center infused with sea salt.  The new flavor upholds the standards of the iconic LINDOR collection and is now available at Target, Lindt Chocolate Shops, and www.Lindt.com.

Torie & Howard Hires Inside Sales Person

Torie & Howard has hired Carly Brunjes to handle inside sales for its line of organic, kosher and non GMO hard candy.

CarlyBrunjesBrunjes brings to Torie & Howard eight years of experience in areas such as customer service, advertising, data tracking, social media strategy, and other client/customer outreach efforts, said Torie Burke, company co-founder. Brunjes most recently worked for Fashion Bug, Mediassociates, Inc., and Western Connecticut State University. In addition to Brunjes full time responsibilities with Torie & Howard, she also is a volunteer member of the Financial Board of Ann’s Place, a nonprofit offering support to cancer patients and their families, and works as a residential counselor for a domestic violence shelter.

“As the customer base for our candy continues to grow, we want to ensure we remain focused on, and responsive to, all our customers’ needs, and adding Carly to our staff will help us do that,” Burke said.

Torie & Howard produces organic hard candy in four sophisticated flavors: California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, Italian Tarocco Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey, D’Anjou Pear and Ceylon Cinnamon, and Pink Grapefruit and Tupelo Honey. All of the candy is free of preservatives, additives, and artificial flavorings. The 2-ounce recyclable steel tins have a suggested retail price of $4.99 and the 6-ounce handbag gift package is $8.99. The candy also is sold in bulk. More information is available by calling 1-888-826-9554 or online at www.TorieAndHoward.com.

About Torie & Howard: Torie & Howard is a producer of all-natural, organic hard candy designed to satisfy consumers with discriminating palates who crave healthy, yet indulgent, snacks. The candy is USDA Organic and Kosher certified. The company was founded by color consultant Torie Burke and interior designer Howard Slatkin in 2010 with headquarters in New Milford, Conn. In keeping with its pledge to produce snacks in ways that are as health-friendly, eco-friendly and socially-conscious as possible, a portion of the proceeds are donated to Autism Speaks and the Wildlife Conservation Society.  The candy is available nationally through specialty food retailers like The Fresh Market, Kings, Balducci’s, Dean & Deluca, Earth Fare, and Central Market and many independent retailers as well as online at www.TorieAndHoward.com. More information is available by calling 1-888-826-9554 or online.

Mrs. Weinstein Toffee Announces Website Launch, Product Line Expansion

Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee today announced the launch of a new website for its award-winning toffee collection in September 2013. The launch of the new website coincides with the company’s newly expanded product line and updated packaging which were debuted at the 2013 NY Now Show in August.

Mrs. Weinsteins toffeePopular favorites of the Mrs. Weinstein’s product line including Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee, Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, Dark Chocolate Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee have been modernized with a sophisticated new package design and new products Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee Squares and Gourmet Toffee Popcorn join the Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee product line up. The new website will highlight these new product releases and provide customers with increased support and ease of purchase for obtaining Mrs. Weinstein’s products.

Known by many as the “World’s Only Gourmet Toffee” and beloved by Julia Child and former President Bill Clinton, the award-winning Mrs. Weinstein’s toffee was founded by Mrs. Weinstein herself after she emigrated from Copenhagen, Denmark in 1964. For several decades, she created a legacy for her delicious toffee by perfecting her secret recipes and developing a loyal customer base throughout the United States. Sweet Shop USA acquired the Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee brand in August of 2000 and held fast the commitment to provide toffee lovers with the highest quality, most decadent toffee at a reasonable price.

MWToffee2_zpsc55cd4f5All-natural and made with 100 percent real chocolate, Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee products are OU Kosher-certified and handcrafted in small batches to ensure the highest quality possible. The four signature varieties include: Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee, Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, Dark Chocolate Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee Squares, are available in 8-ounce (MSRP $12.99 to $14.99) and 16-ounce (MSRP $24.99 to $29.99) boxes. The newest product introduction, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee is available in 8-ounce (MSRP $12.99 to $14.99) and 16-ounce (MSRP $24.99 to $29.99) boxes. In addition to the 8-ounce and 16-ounce boxes, Mrs. Weinstein’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee Squares and Milk Chocolate Toffee Squares are now also available in smaller snack-sized clear acetate 2-ounce boxes (MSRP $3.99).

ToffeeCorn_zpscfd48090The new Mrs. Weinstein’s Gourmet Toffee Popcorn is available in three flavors including, Sea Salt Caramel Toffee Popcorn, Original Butter Toffee Popcorn and Cinnamon Crunch Toffee Popcorn. All varieties are available in 7-ounce (MSRP $6.99) and 10-ounce (MSRP $9.99) bags.

“I have a special place in my heart for Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee and am so excited about the new packaging, product introductions and website launch,” said Krista Webb, Chief Executive Officer of Sweet Shop USA, parent company of Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee. “It is a fabulous product and deserves fabulous packaging, which we feel Studio MPLS has created for us. It will be exciting to watch the brand develop as we continue to expand the product line in future years.”

Look for the new product introductions and modernized packaging on the updated Mrs. Weinstein’s website launching early September 2013. Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee is available at grocery, gourmet, and specialty food retailers and online at www.MWToffee.com.

New Line of Single-Origin Chocolate from Norman Love Confections

Norman Love Confections has announced the launch of its NEW single-origin dark chocolate line profiles – titled BLACK™ – in a solid bar form. As part of NLC’s BLACK ultra-premium dark chocolate collection, these five single-origin chocolate bars each represent one of the world’s best growing regions for raw cocoa. Each bar retails for $6.25.

Following is a description of NLC’s BLACK profiles represented in a single solid bar:

Maracaibo 88%: Venezuela – Cacao – Coffee – Licorice – Black tea – Prune. The high percentage of cacao in Maracaibo 88% provides the confection with an uncommon intensity of flavor that will delight those with an adventurous palate and an affinity for dark chocolate. The strong dark chocolate flavor is pleasantly supplemented with a licorice note, which then transfers into a roasted coffee flavor, rounded by a hint of prune. A black tea note accompanies the slow and intensive finish.

Tanzanie 75%: Tanzania – Cacao – Coffee. Created from a very special breed of cacao that has been grown and appreciated by local civilizations since ancient times, Tanzanie 75% comes from the Southeast African region of Tanzania. Like the country of its origin, Origine Tanzanie has a powerful character. This dark chocolate couvature is at once intense and subtle, spicy and fruity, with acidulous notes. It comes from a rare and highly prized Criollo and Forastero blend that makes up only a minor percentage of the world’s total production.

Peru 74%: Peru – Cacao – Black tea – Prune – Licorice – Pepper – Vanilla (woody notes). Gently processed according to tradition on the longitudinal conche, the taste sensation of 74% Cru Peru porcelana couverture begins with a harmonious cacao flavor enveloped in an intensive “Earl Grey” black tea note. The confection’s unique fruity prune bouquet, enhanced by a licorice note with a hint of pepper, is then replaced by a fruity, slightly woody vanilla note to create a long lasting finish.

St. Domingue 70%: Fruity, exotic, dense and powerful, St. Domingue 70% is from the Caribbean paradise of Hispaniola. The island possesses goldfields, but its “brown gold,” or cacao, is also highly treasured. The blend of Forastero and Criollo beans that grow on the Santo Domingo half of the island produces a dark chocolate with a very pronounced cocoa flavor. Its bitterness, enhanced with a fruity and wine-like note, comes into full bloom as a ganache.

Nyangbo 68%: In the southern part of the North African region of Ghana, growing cocoa trees has been a tradition for over a century. This hot and sunny region, with its rich and humid soil, produces the cacao beans used to create NYANGBO Pure Ghana. From the Gulf of Guinea beaches to the Lake Volta, the farmers harvest one of the best cocoas in Africa, on a land that is constantly washed by tropical storms. As a true mirror of its origins, NYANGBO offers a subtle acidity that allows a round chocolate warm note to develop, followed by a soft and sweet spiciness. Its character is enhanced by a delicate bitter presence.

BLACK is available in either an individual solid bar format for $6.25 each or as individual pieces in five-, 10- or 15-piece collections. A five-piece box features one of each single origin chocolate and retails for $15; a 10-piece box features two of each single origin chocolate for $25; and the 15-piece box features three of each single origin chocolate for $35. Prices do not include shipping and applicable taxes.

All of NLC’s core 36 signature flavors, ultra-premium dark chocolate line titled BLACK, and other chocolate products are available online at www.NormanLoveConfections.com and in the NLC chocolate salons in Ft. Myers and Naples, Florida.