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Holiday Numbers Are In—Candy Rules
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Candy canes, chocolate, stocking stuffers—it seems like everywhere you look during the holiday season, candy is an integral part of the scenario.

The numbers from global information company NPD Group are in, and candy indeed ranked as the No. 1 snack item purchased during the 2013 holidays.

A whopping 50% of purchasers chose candy as their holiday snacking item of choice, according to the SnackTrack Holidays Christmas profile, which took a look at consumer activities, purchase behavior and attitudes around Christmastime.

Being that Christmas is a time of giving, 22% of surveyed adults chose candy as a gift, looking at seasonal packaging and convenient items as top reasons to buy. All-natural and all-organic confections were top trends in 2013, with the candy category up almost 20% from the year before. Candy that contains honey is a great way to satisfy both a sweet and all-natural craving.

Donna & Company’s new Fundamental Chocolate contains only three ingredients: honey, organic cacao and organic cocoa butter. The pieces are then finished with toppings like nuts and fruits. Fundamental contains no artificial preservatives.

Droga Chocolates also came out with a new product in 2013—Nutty Puddles. The newest confection features wildflower honey and whole roasted almonds combined with signature honey caramel and premium dark chocolate. Nutty Puddles are 100% natural, gluten-free and Kosher certified.

The Tea Room Chocolate Co.’s White Chocolate Bar contains all organic ingredients, including honey, vanilla extract, dry whole milk and cacao fat. The bar is then infused with whole chamomile tea blossoms, making for a unique hand-crafted premium bar.

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Chocolate Sweetens Holiday Charm
Friday, September 13th, 2013

The holiday season is right around the corner, and stores already are lining shelves with Halloween candy.

Even though chocolate is a hit any time of year, the National Confectioners Association recently conducted a new survey, and 62% of Americans say that chocolate brings happiness to holiday celebrations.

Part of the fun of chocolate is that it is a versatile candy that can complement many other ingredients. And, even though chocolate may be an indulgence throughout the year, 40% of respondents stated that it was OK to indulge during holiday times.

If you want honey in your box of chocolates this holiday season, there is good news! Honey can be blended with chocolate and other popular ingredients, resulting in a confection bound to satisfy any sweet tooth. Here are some great examples:

Boston-based Vianne Chocolat makes artisan chocolates with a touch of local flavor. These beehive chocolates are blended with honey, peanut butter, a touch of cayenne pepper and milk chocolate.

See’s Candies Scotchmallow contains a honey-infused marshmallow and a layer of caramel covered in rich, dark chocolate. This candy comes prepackaged like a candy bar or as smaller individual pieces.

The perfect pairing of sweet and nutty, Compartes Chocolatier Peanut Butter, Honey and Sea Salt confections are dipped in dark chocolate and infused with wild organic honey and peanut butter.



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Mom is Queen Bee This Mother’s Day
Friday, May 6th, 2011

It looks as though mom is getting spoiled this year as total spending for Mother’s Day is expected to reach $16.3 billion. According to NRF’s 2011 Mother’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, the average person celebrating the holiday is expected to spend $140.73 on gifts, up from $126.90 last year, and a return to 2008 spending levels.

Gift cards are a big seller with consumers shelling out $1.6 billion dollars in this category. Candy is the perfect compliment to a heartfelt card and there are dozens of indulgent treats available that incorporate honey. Gourmet honey filled chocolates is just one option that is sure to make her smile.

“This Mother’s Day, the woman who often puts herself last is being put first,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Americans are in a much better position to spend this year and will push the daily stresses of high gas and food costs aside for one day to celebrate the most important women in the world to them.”


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