Sweets and Snacks Expo attracts hundreds of new product entries

The recent Sweets & Snacks Expo in the US attracted a total of more than 300 entries for its much-anticipated new product awards, reports Neill Barston.

These highly competitive accolades attract the most innovative candy and snack products and companies for their achievements and latest confectionery ranges.

Though they typically cover only the preceding year, the 2021 awards included products that were introduced to the market over the previous two years due to the cancellation of the awards program in 2020.

The products listed below were judged by retail and category thought leaders from leading retailers like Costco, Walgreens and 7-Eleven.

In total, there were 55 products awarded honours in 11 categories, as well as Best In Show and Small Business Innovator, which recognise the judges’ favourite product and an up-and-coming innovative company, respectively.

Best In Show

Winner: Ferrara | Nerds Gummy Clusters

Small Business Innovator
Winner: BranchOut | Banana Bite

Sweet Snacks
Winner: Tru Fru LLC | Natures Strawberries Hyper-Chilled Fresh in White Chocolate & Milk Chocolate

Galerie | Froot Loop Cereal Straws
Brownie Brittle, LLC | Reese’s Pieces Brownie Brittle
Hostess Brands | Baby Bundts (Lemon Drizzle Flavor)
Las Olas Confections and Snacks | Coco Bites BARE, Original Recipe


Winner: Ferrara Candy Company | Nerds Candy Corn
Sconza Candy Co. | Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Caramels
The Hershey Company | Hershey’s Sugar Cookie Kisses
The Hershey Company | Reese’s Franken-Cup
Second Nature Brands | Dark Chocolate Peppermint Caramels with Sea Salt and Crushed Candy Cane
: Wonderful Pistachios | Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Sea Salt & Vinegar
Dot’s Pretzels | Dot’s Honey Mustard
Savor Street Foods | Grain Free Pretzels – Roasted Garlic & Herb
Dot’s Pretzels | Cheese Curls
Second Nature Brands | Snack Max Hot Buffalo Mix


Winner: Pez Candy, Inc.| Harry Potter Back Pack Clips with Mystery Flavor PEZ Candy
Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Company | Juicy Drop® Gummy Dip N’ Stix
Pez Candy, Inc. | Game of Thrones Gift Tin with Dragonfruit PEZ Candy
Pez Candy, Inc. | Santa Claus PEZ Dispenser Ornament with Sugar Cookie PEZ Candy
Galerie | Mandalorian Gummies & Surprise


Winner: Mederer U.S.A., Inc. | Bakery Shoppe Bag
Morinaga+America,+Inc. | 2.82oz HI-CHEW Plus Fruit Peg Bag
Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Company | Push Pop® Gummy Roll
Haribo of America, Inc. | Funtastic Mix
Haribo of America, Inc. | Rainbow Worms
Winner: Pure+Jerky+Co | Tripi’s Sweet Spicy Original

Cheesewich Factory| Baconwich
Stoney Point Meats Inc. | Sour Cream and Onion Crispy Jerky Chips

Gum & Mints

Winner: Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. | Mentos Gum Paperboard Bottle
Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Company | Bazooka Sugar Free To-Go Cup
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC | Orbit Gum Mega Pack
Ferrero USA, Inc. | Tic Tac® Tropical Adventure

Gourmet/Premium – Snack

Winner: Crack+Corn | The Original – Ultra-Premium Puff Corn
Diamond K Sweets | Blueberry Pretzel Cheesecake
Popilicious Popcorn | Chocolate Lover’s Mini Gourmet Popcorn Cake
Primary Colors | Crazy Monkey Baking Salted Caramel Granola Bites
Partners, A Tasteful Choice Company | All-American Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Crackers

Gourmet / Premium Candy

Winner: Tru Fru LLC | Natures Pineapple Pina Colada Hyper-Chilled Fresh and Immersed in White Chocolate and Coconut
Nominees: Las Olas Confections and Snacks Milk | Chocolate French Sea Salt Wildflower Honey Caramel
Second Nature Brands | Organic Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC | Dove Hi Cacao 82%
Doscher’s Candies, Inc. | Béquet Celtic Sea Salt Gourmet Caramel Resealable Pouch


Winner: The Hershey Company |Reese’s Big Cup with Pretzels

Ferrero USA, Inc. | Kinder Bueno Mini
Frankford Candy LLC | Fruity Pebbles Candy Bar
The Hershey Company | KIT KAT Thins
Lindt & Sprungli | Classic Recipe Whole Hazelnut Stick


Winner: Indiana Import LLC | Torti Max

Shrewd Food | Sweet Thai Chili Protein Puffs
Pretzels, Inc. | Almond Butter Filled Pretzels
Cheesewich Factory | Breakfast Taco
Mudlrk Snacks | ROAM Kansas City BBQ Mushroom Crisps

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