2017 Hot 100 Products: 100-76

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That’s how many products in this year’s Hot 100 belong to the tobacco, vape and tobacco accessory category.

Across all in-store categories, major launches from the first half of this year are well represented. But as retailers and consumers search through the CStoreProductsOnline.com product database, nearly one-third of them are looking for tobacco products.

It’s surprising, given the stifling effects of deeming on tobacco innovation. There simply aren’t as many new products in this category compared with other areas of the store. Despite this, innovation in flavors across subcategories, from little cigars to smokeless tobacco, are driving interest in this crucial c-store category.

The list was generated by tracking the most-clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Dec. 14, 2016, to June 20, 2017. You'll have to wait until Friday to see the No. 1 most-clicked product, which is at once surprising and completely expected. Explore the Convenience Store Products Hot 100 most-clicked products of 2017, beginning with 100-76. Click through to see this first of four slideshows as we begin to unveil the whole list.

100. Gallo Family Vineyards Sweets

Gallo Family Vineyards Sweets

Gallo Family Vineyards’ slightly fizzy wines with natural fruit flavors are available in Sweet Peach, Sweet Pineapple and Sweet Berry flavors. Gallo Family Vineyards Sweets are an ideal addition to any summer gathering, according to the company. It offers varieties from pinot noir crafted on California’s North Coast to malbec from Argentina, with a mission to provide customers with world-class products from growing regions all over the world.

99. Swisher Sweets Encore Edition

Swisher Sweets Encore Edition

The once limited-edition Swisher Sweets Encore Edition cigarillo—including White Grape and Wild Rush flavors—joins the portfolio lineup permanently. Wild Rush blends fruits and watermelon, while White Grape has been reblended for a bolder fruity taste. The cigarillos feature new package designs with the Swisher Sweets shield centered on front and indicating “Encore Edition.” They are available in three price points: two for 99 cents, two for $1.49 and Save on 2.

98. Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars

Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars

Joining the Skinny Cow frozen treats portfolio are Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars in two flavors: Salt-Kissed Caramel and Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl. The flavors, which contain 5 grams of protein and 100 and 110 calories, respectively, will be available for an SRP of $5.49 per box. Skinny Cow is debuting all-new recipes, including sourcing milk from cows not treated with rBST, for both its new and existing treats.

97. Core Organic fruit-infused beverage

Core Organic fruit-infused beverage

USDA-certified organic, Core Organic fruit-infused beverages contain 5 calories per serving and are made without artificial ingredients or sugar. The drinks contain less than 1 gram of sugar per serving with as much antioxidants as a half-cup of blackberries or cherries, all derived from white tea extract and maqui berry. An 18-ounce bottle is available in six flavors for an SRP of $2.49.

96. Delicia Whipped

Delicia Whipped

E. & J. Gallo’s Delicia line combines the characteristics of a malt beverage with favorite decadent dessert flavors. Delicia Whipped offers the cool taste of whipped cream: cool and refreshing with a touch of vanilla. Strawberries and Cream starts with the taste of fresh strawberries followed by layers of rich cream for an overall light and refreshing finish. Red Velvet offers a rich flavor reminiscent of red velvet layer cake. All flavors are 5% ABV.

95. Cool Java Iced Coffee Cubes

Cool Java Iced Coffee Cubes

Ideal for small operators, each Cool Java cube contains 12 8-ounce servings.

94. Swisher International Diamonds Cigarillos

Swisher Diamonds Cigarillos

Created by master tobacco blenders, Swisher Diamonds Cigarillos is an unsweet variety that provides a smooth and rich taste. Swisher Diamonds cigarillos are available in a two-count resealable pouch at three price points: 99 cents, $1.49 and non-priced Save on 2.

93. Nestle Coffee-mate Iced Coffee Liquid Concentrate Pump Bottle

Nestle Coffee-mate Iced Coffee Liquid Concentrate Pump Bottle

Offered in French Vanilla and Cafe Mocha flavors, Coffee-mate Iced Coffee Liquid Concentrate Pump Bottle comes in a shelf-stable pump format and delivers 32 servings per bottle. Users need just two pumps over ice and water to create a flavorful iced coffee.

92. Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis

The mini version of Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups features a smooth peanut butter Butterfinger filling mixed with crunchy pieces, all covered in milk chocolate.

91. Bazooka Juicy Drop Gum

Bazooka Juicy Drop Gum

Juicy Drop Gum allows consumers to use sour gel to continually boost and extend the gum’s flavor. Juicy Drop Gum will be available in four flavors: Knock-Out Punch, Blue Rebel, Apple Attack and Watermelon Blast, with each tray containing 16 packs and each pack coming with an easy-access gel flavor booster and eight pieces of gum. Juicy Drop Gum will make its national debut in early 2017.

90. Djarum Black Ultra Menthol cigars

Djarum Black Ultra Menthol

The importer and marketer of Djarum and Djarum Black filtered cigars is rolling out new Djarum Black Ultra Menthol cigars. The new cigars feature menthol blended with Djarum’s signature clove taste. The new offering was motivated by the maker constantly seeking new taste experiences to offer cigar smokers. The first new Djarum filtered line extension since 2012, Djarum Black Ultra Menthol cigars are packaged in 12-pack boxes for display in 10-count side-by-side cartons and new counter merchandisers.

89. Blend Maestro Bahama Mamas Tranquilos

Blend Maestro Bahama Mamas Tranquilos

Blend Maestro is reintroducing additional Bahama Mamas sizes, including Tranquilos handmade natural-leaf cigarillos this spring. Four flavors will be available, including Classic Smooth, Golden Honey, Vanilla Fusion and Freeport Rum. Bahama Mamas Tranquilos are offered in a unique slide box of five cigars. In addition, handmade imported Coronas and Robustos are being relaunched in 10- and 20-pack bundles.

88. United Tobacco Vapor Group qmos technology

United Tobacco Vapor Group qmos technology

United Tobacco Vapor Group (UTVG) has been granted a patent for its new vaporizing technology—qmos—that’s wickless and spongeless and reduces the number of parts found in a traditional e-cigarette from 20 to five. The technology is ideal for e-liquids and oils as well as other applications. It produces a much finer vapor (smaller particles) and delivers a consistent nicotine uptake, according to the company.

87. Derringer Premium Moist Tobacco 6-Shooter Tub

Derringer Premium Moist Tobacco 6-Shooter Tub

The manufacturer is beefing up the moist-smokeless-tobacco segment with Derringer Premium Moist Tobacco 6-Shooter Tub. Available in Long Cut Wintergreen, the variety eliminates the time-consuming task of filling cans with loose moist tobacco. Offering adult consumers six prepacked cans of fresh smokeless tobacco in a single tub, the Derringer 6-Shooter Tub delivers the value of buying in bulk within the ease of a single can, according to the manufacturer.

86. Kayco Beetology

Kayco Beetology

Kayco is introducing a line of functional, craft beet beverages called Beetology. Made with beets, the lineup of organic, cold-pressed juices comes in five varieties: Beet + Lemon + Ginger; Beet + Veggie; Beet + Tropical Fruit; Beet + Berry; and Beet + Cherry. Beetology is packaged in six 8-ounce bottles per case and is available for an SRP of $3.99 per bottle.

85. Great American Comfort Classics

Great American Comfort Classics

Great American Comfort Classics are all-natural beef varieties available in single-serve portions in four varieties: Salisbury Steak, Meatloaf, BBQ Meatballs and Teriyaki Meatballs. Oven-baked meatballs are blended with onions, breadcrumbs, egg whites and savory seasonings and come in teriyaki or barbecue sauce. The all-natural meatloaf is oven-baked and topped with a ketchup glaze, while the salisbury steak is smothered in a mushroom gravy. All four offerings are packed with more than 20 grams of protein. They can be merchandised in the warmer, freezer or refrigerated case with a 28-day refrigerated shelf life.

84. Drew Estates Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars

Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar

A long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua, the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar features Kentucky seed and Kentucky-grown tobacco that’s fire-cured and barrel-fermented. The blend includes a barrel fermented “tapa negra”-style wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper, as well as aged Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The cigars are packaged in 10-count boxes in two sizes: a 5.25 by 52 Robusto (SRP of $130 per box) and 6 by 54 Toro (SRP of $150 per box).


83. Swisher Sweets Dulce de Leche

Swisher Sweets Dulce de Leche

With a smooth, sweet, creamy taste, Swisher Sweets Dulce de Leche is Swisher Sweets’ first limited-edition cigarillo of 2015. The cigarillo comes in resealable two-count foil pouches with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. The variety is available in 2 for 99 cents and Save on 2 options.

82. mytop Whip Topping Dispenser

mytop Whip Topping Dispenser

Eighty percent of consumers consider whipped topping a significant part of any beverage offering. With On Top whipped topping and the myTop dispenser, retailers can have a beverage topping program that attracts new customers and makes current ones even more loyal. Customers can customize and enhance their experience resulting in potential repeat purchases and increases loyalty offers customers flavors like vanilla, chocolate, peppermint, and cinnamon.

81. Hershey’s Cherry Cheesecake bar

Hershey’s Cherry Cheesecake bar

Hershey’s Flavor of New York Cherry Cheesecake bar combines cherry-cheesecake flavor and pink cookie-crust pieces into a white chocolate bar. It is part of the company’s line of limited-edition “Flavors of America” candies, which are inspired by the unique tastes of various destinations in the United States. The bar comes in a 1.5-ounce package with an SRP of $1.09.

80. Crown Seven Gladiator Maximus and Maximus-Mini

Crown Seven Gladiator Maximus and Maximus-Mini

The Crown Seven Gladiator Maximus and Maximus-Mini is a dry herb/loose leaf tobacco vaporizer system. The stylish Maximus-Mini features more portability than the Maximus system, which is equipped with a heating chamber three times larger than competing models, according to the manufacturer. The mouthpiece on both units works as a built-in packing tool, with each unit offering universal threading that’s compatible with either a 650- or 1300-mah battery. The kit includes one dry herb vaporizer unit, three replacement coils and one cleaning brush (Gladiator Battery not included).

79. Airheads ice cream

Airheads ice cream

In partnership with Koldwave Foods, Perfetti Van Melle is unveiling its first Airheads ice cream and cream-based frozen novelties. This assortment of frozen treats captures the tangy fruit flavor of Airheads candy. Airheads ice cream is available in eight flavors, including blue raspberry, cherry, watermelon, orange, green apple, pink lemonade, grape and strawberry. The ice cream also incorporates ribbons of Airheads taffy. In addition to ice cream, Airheads’ line of frozen desserts includes cups of DitZ ice cream mini bites, sundae cups, ice-cream sandwiches and ice cream squeeze-up tubes.

78. Tino’s Specialty Foods All Day Brand Sandwiches

Tino’s Specialty Foods All Day Brand Sandwiches

Tino’s has added a full line of ready-to-eat sandwiches under the All Day brand. The line incorporates four twin packs: Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, Spicy Chicken and Ham and Cheese. Created by chef Tino Lettieri, the varieties can be heated quickly in a microwave. Additional All Day offerings include both 6- and 12-inch sub sandwiches in Turkey Provolone, Italian, Cold Cut and Ham and Swiss flavors. Tino’s also created panini and ciabatta sandwiches as well as a pretzel roll filled with smoked ham and Swiss cheese. The SRP ranges from $2.99 to $4.49.

77. International Delight Flavor Shots

International Delight Flavor Shots

International Delight is offering a cost-conscious alternative to bottled syrups: International Delight Flavor Shots, which delivers beverage customization with 12 sugar-free flavors for both hot and cold beverages. In addition, its branded flavor delivery system, the CreaMiser FD100 dispenser, saves money and mess while adding a burst of flavor to beverages with the push of a lever. 

76. Nonni’s White Chocolate Cherry and Limoncello Pistachio Biscotti

Nonni’s White Chocolate Cherry and Limoncello Pistachio Biscotti

Nonni’s introduced two flavors to its seasonal spring biscotti lineup: White Chocolate Cherry Biscotti and Limoncello Pistachio Biscotti. The White Chocolate Cherry variety is filled with cherries and white chocolate, while Limoncello Pistachio is made with real pistachios and tangy lemons. Both are drizzled in white chocolate, and each box contains eight individually wrapped biscotti for an SRP of $3.29.