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Candy Tops Valentine’s Day Purchasers’ Picks
Friday, February 7th, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, and flower petals decide if he loves you or loves you not, but candy is the go-to gift for Valentine’s Day 2014.

A recent National Confectioners’ Association (NCA) survey reports that by a vote of two to one, Americans would rather receive chocolate than flowers on Valentine’s Day. A surprising 83% of men surveyed said chocolate was their preference. Fifty-nine percent of women polled favored candy.

The NCA says that more than $1 billion will be spent on candy on this year’s day of love, up almost 2% from 2013. Almost three-quarters of the candy sold will be chocolate, with caramel being a hugely popular flavor. Chocolate-covered nuts, cream-filled and chocolate-filled confections also topped the popularity list.

If honey tops your list of candy-infused items, there are plenty of options to choose from to give to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

Compartes Chocolatier’s confections come in a box of candy dipped in dark chocolate and infused with wild organic honey and peanut butter. The chocolates are a perfect pairing of sweet and nutty.

Moonstruck Chocolate Honey Vanilla Caramel Truffles stay on the caramel trend, made with soft caramel that is slow cooked in an open kettle. Sold in boxes of 20, they then are flavored with hints of honey and pure Madagascar vanilla. Once cooked, the truffles are enrobed in milk chocolate and decorated with dark chocolate stripes.

French Broad Chocolates’ line of Honey Caramel candies are made with wildflower honey, grey sea salt, grass-fed cream and butter. The line includes Dark Chocolate Salted Honey Caramel, Cashew Honey Caramel and Lavender Honey Caramel varieties.

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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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Comfort Candy Items Include Honey
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

May’s recent Sweets & Snacks Expo welcomed a bevy of upcoming trends.

One top consumer candy trend taking shape in 2013 is the emergence of comfort ingredients.

According to the National Confectioners Association, combining foods like honey with traditional items in candy is an innovation that consumers increasingly are seeking.

Hammond’s Candies’ Bee Pollen Chocolate Bar combines honey with organic dark chocolate to create a bittersweet candy bar. In fact, Hammond loves its new bars so much that 5% of profits from the new bars will be donated to bee sustainability efforts. Other ingredients include organic vanilla and organic cocoa butter.

Bobi Bee Sweet USA’s Sweet Treat Manuka Honey Soft Chews are made from raw organic kosher Manuka honey and Curcumin, a natural extract from curry powder.

Araya Artisan Chocolates combines honey with comfort flavors such as Chai Spice, Irish Cream and Key Lime. Honey is used as the primary sweetener to complement the cocoa bean’s naturally bitter taste, which surely will be a comfort to consumers’ palates.


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