Archive for December, 2013

Goumas Confections Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Chips
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Goumas’ chocolate covered honeycomb chips are available in dark and milk chocolate.

These confections are sold by the pound.

The Goumas’ are fourth generation candy makers. The tradition began in 1911 when George Stamas immigrated to the United States from Greece and opened his first restaurant. He sold candy as a side business. After opening the Busy Bee restaurant in Newark, N.J. in 1950, candy making became a specialty, and recipes were passed down through the generations. Goumas Confections officially opened in 2009 in Newark.

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Confections Top Household Grocery Retail Spending
Monday, December 30th, 2013

Willy Wonka would be thrilled.

According to the International Research Institute, 98% of households purchase candy, with almost $100 annually spent per household.

Gum and candy made the top five list of all purchases in the grocery retail category, and the candy sector is growing daily. IRI says that recent sales have peaked around $32.7 billion annually, and $6 billion of growth is expected in the next five years.

The National Confectioners Association teamed with IRI to define five characteristics of candy that retailers should take notice of to boost sales even more: experience, emotion, effectiveness, efficiency and environment. Key trends are a part of these core five insights, and those include value-based shopping, convenience, health and wellness, and snacking.

Honey was a prevalent ingredient in confections in 2013, as evidenced by these products that hit the scene.

Donna & Company recently released Fundamental Chocolate, which is inspired by the Paleolithic diet. Fundamental contains only three ingredients: honey, organic cacao and organic cocoa butter. The pieces are finished with toppings like nuts and fruit. This confection is ideal for a consumer looking for a clean label.

Theo Chocolate’s Mint Ganache is a 2013 Good Food Awards finalist. Part of the company’s Artisan Confection Collection, the Mint Ganache includes honey, fresh ginger, ground vanilla bean and sea salt.

Honey Bunchie bars are all-natural and gluten-free, a result of many long days and nights of trial and error in owner Ed Payne’s kitchen. Payne finally achieved the level of perfection he was searching for—a soft and chewy gourmet candy bar.

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Zoe’s Chocolate Company Dionysus Baklava
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Zoe’s Chocolate Company’s Dionysus Baklava chocolates are made with honey combined with roasted walnuts and baklava spice.

The ingredients are then dipped in chocolate and rolled in a blend of nuts and spice.

Zoe is a third-generation chocolatier. Her family came from Greece and started a confection business in Baltimore, Md. in 1902. Her father, George, came to America from Greece in the 1970s and has worked as a master chocolatier in the family business ever since. Zoe’s Chocolate opened in 2007, combining tradition with modern sophistication.

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