Specialty Food Guide: Chocolate & Confections

Consumers’ more sophisticated tastes and tendencies to snack are driving sales of bite-sized, individually wrapped and portable chocolates, according to SFA data. Dark, milk and white chocolate are among the highest sales, as well as candies containing or paired with chocolate like mints, truffles, bonbons and chocolate covered fruit or caramels.

In 2017, dark milks were also on the rise (60% and above), because they provided customers with the best of both worlds—they are rich in taste, but aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. The U.S. chocolate market is expected to cross into the $30 billion mark by 2021.

According to a TechSci report, rising personal disposable income, and a growing number of innovative offerings has caused the category to grain strength. Since consumers in the 15-to-24 age group are major generators according to SFA data, ensure your product is health and nutrition based. Changing the shape of confections can also change their appeal, both visually and when it comes to taste.

Daelmans Stroopwafels launched a new flavor: Chocolate-Caramel, a rich flavor from real chocolate and natural ingredients. It evolves into a soft melty treat when placed atop a hot cup of tea, releasing aromas of cinnamon and vanilla.
212/315-2343 or StroopwafelsByDaelmans.com



Element’s Truffles Ayurveda Inspired Artisanal Chocolates are raw and organic, sweetened with locally sourced honey. Free from dairy, refined sugar, cane sugar, soy, GMOs, and any emulsifiers or preservatives.
917/836-2819 or ElementsTruffles.com


Davidson’s has introduced a line of Special-tea Products, including artisanal Tea Chocolates. The Tea Chocolates infuse single-origin cacao arriba from Ecuador and three top-selling tea blends: Classic Chai, Coconut Vanilla and Earl Grey with Lavender.
800/882-5888 or DavidsonsTea.com




TRU Chocolate makes 72 percent dark chocolate snacks with zero grams of sugar. Avaliable in four delicious varieties including Chocolate Wafers, Chocolate Covered Flame Raisins, Chocolate Covered Gluten Free Pretzels and Chocolate Covered Almonds.
855/878-2462 or Tru-Chocolate.com



Jelly Belly expands its collection with Organic Jelly Beans in Smoothie Flavors. These mouthwatering tastes merge refreshing fruit with the creamy taste of everyone’s favorite blended snack. Avaliable in 1.9 oz and 5.5 oz bags.
800/323-9380 or JellyBelly.com




Henke Foods has launched new gift tins: 45 Annie B’s piece caramel gift tin, 14.5 oz Peppermint Bark and 1lb BT McElrath English Toffee.
612/331-8800 or AnnieBs.com



Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle introduces Chocolate Almond: rich, chocolate Brownie Brittle studded with chocolate chips and toasted almonds. $3.99-$4.99 MSRP for 5 oz.
800/276-9643 or BrownieBrittle.com




Chocolate lovers can get their fix and feel good about it with Biena’s new line of chocolatecovered chickpeas. Avaliable in in dark chocolate , milk chocolate, and salted caramel.
617/202-5210 or Biena.com




Nashville Wraps gourmet packaging is exceptional quality that lets your gourmet foods be the star. Showcase your products in our candy and bakery boxes, cello bags, plastic food containers and ribbon. Request a FREE catalog now.
800/547-9727 or NashwilleWraps.com

Hammond’s has expanded their award winning chocolate bar line with a new, 3 oz vertical format tablet bar. 5 flavor options are available in the 12ct DRC case pack.
888/226-3999 or HammondsCandies.com




McCrea’s Candies Small Party Box is ideal for family functions, celebrations and office parties. Weighs 12 ounces and is filled with approximately 10 pieces each of four caramel flavors including Black Lava Sea Salt, Classic Vanilla and Deep Chocolate.
617/276-3388 or McCreasCandies.com

Erin Baker’s super-delicious, antioxidant-rich chocolate Ancient Grains Granola uses the finest chocolate chunks and cocoa to satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth. Non-GMO Project Verified and Gluten Free.
360/714-9585 or ErinBakers.com




Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters are a new, guilt-free snack made for conscious eaters who want to satisfy their sweet tooth with clean ingredients. Organic and gluten free.
415/701-1212 or AlterEcoFoods.com

Lily’s 40 Percent Caramelized & Salted Milk Chocolate Bar features buttery caramel flavors blended with steviasweetened chocolate made with creamy BST-free milk. Made with 40 percent cocoa content and 25 percent fewer calories.
877/587-0557 or LilysSweets.com




Crafted with Bissinger’s legendary chocolate and the finest fruit and nuts, new hand painted truffles feature a creamy ganache center in four decadent flavors: Pear & Cinnamon Caramel, Gingerbread, Double Chocolate and Earl Grey Blood Orange.
888/247-7464 or Bissingers.com

Endorfin Foods are avaliable Dark Chocolate Bars Sweetened with Coconut Sugar & Caramelized Coconut MylkBerry, and assorted flavors.
415/335-6716 or EndorfinFoods.com;




Kayco’s Absolutely Gluten Free Coconut Chews offer two chocolaty varieties in individually-wrapped bites for ultimate freshness. Offered in two chocolate varieties: Cranberry Chocolate and Chocolate and Cocoa nibs.
718/369-4600 or AbsolutelyGF.com




Praim Group introduces a line of chocolate for Entenmann’s. The new line up is available in Dark Chocolate Raspberry Burst and Dark Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch. Items are 2.15 ounces and kosher.
800/745-5154 or PraimGroup.com


Enjoy Sweet Shop USA’s Goji Berry Coconut Crunch Chocolate Bar. This new candy bar is a decadent white chocolate bar featuring coconut, goji berries, quinoa, pepitas, and almonds.
903/575-0033 or SweetShopUSA.com




Artisan Kettle Organic’s line of organic baking chocolate bars will continue the success of their organic chocolate chips. As one of the lowest-priced organic chocolate baking brands, the product expansion meets growing consumer demand for great tasting organic products at affordable prices.
833/605-6929 or ArtisanKettle.com

Culinary Collective’s Blanxart Single Origin Organic Nicaragua 85 percent Chocolate Bar is made with organic and fair trade cocoa beans. This smooth, complex bar has flavors of lemon, orange, pineapple, jasmine and nuts.
425/398-9761 or CulinaryCollective.com




Moose Munch Premium Popcorn is not your average caramel popcorn – every detail of the recipe went through intense scrutiny. It took over 160 attempts to get the original recipe absolutely perfect, tasted in each sweet and crunchy bite
877/322-1200 or HarryAndDavid.com




La Mere Poulard’s French sable cookies are a brand new import direct from France, and can be found at most local food retailers.
914/269-2545 or LaMerePoulardUSA.com

Rule Breaker Snacks harness the power of beans, oats and other wholesome ingredients to create truly delicious, indulgent and guiltfree goodies. Gtluten-free, 100% plant-based, nut-free and top 8 allergen-free.
627/331-6989 or RuleBreakerSnacks.com


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