10 Candy and Snack Items in Savvy Packaging

oreo chocolate candy bar

Packaging with a plan: That’s what savvy consumer packaged goods companies are all about. Pack sizes for Halloween obviously skew toward the compact, with new innovations debuting regularly.

After the popularity of its Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars, which launched in January 2017, Mondelez International rolled out a limited-time cookie-candy hybrid for Halloween 2018: Oreo Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars. Unveiled Oct. 3, the item is a smaller version of the flagship SKU.

Many other snack and candy packaging innovations, including jars, flip-top boxes, bags, tins and peg bags, are winning friends within consumer ranks. Click through to view 10 newer releases that have moved through the retail pipeline.

1. SP Enterprises

gold mine nuggets bubble gum

In June, SP Enterprises Inc. debuted 3.5-ounce Giant Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum hanging bags. Twelve bags come in a display, with six displays per case. Gold Mine is regarded as a nostalgic candy offering that’s noted for its juicy, flavorful and fruit-flavored gum.

Photograph courtesy of SP Enterprises

2. CandyRific

candyrific m&ms lentil dispenser and mickey mouse tin

CandyRific teamed up with M&M’s to add colorful fun to every event with the M&M’s Brand Lentil Dispenser, a plastic unit that opens from the back to load candies. It comes in three colors: red, yellow and blue. CandyRific is also celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with two whimsical tins that are filled with peppermint sticks.

Photograph courtesy of CandyRific

3. Jelly Belly

jelly belly candy cones

While the packaging is fun, it’s the shape of the Jelly Belly Candy Cones that is truly unique. Made to look like ice cream cones, each Candy Cone piece comes with a waffle cone flavor at the bottom with one of five ice cream flavors on top: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint Chip and Orange Sherbet. They’re available in 3-ounce bags, 2.8-ounce grab-and-go bags and 4.25-ounce gift bags.

Photograph courtesy of Jelly Belly

4. Justin’s

justin's cup cashew butter

Available in a nostalgic two-pack cup format, Justin’s Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups and Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter Cups are USDA-certified organic. Justin’s has also added Organic Mini White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups to its line of peanut-butter cups.

Photograph courtesy of Justin's

5. Jelly Belly

jelly belly candy corn

In a nod to Jelly Belly’s roots, the company released a retro line that includes Goelitz Candy Corn in a whimsical, 4.5-ounce flip-top box. Inspired by packaging that debuted in the 1920s, the new release features a rooster standing on top of a pile of candy corn. 

Photograph courtesy of Jelly Belly

6. Sanders Candy

sanders clip strup gummi

Sanders Candy is now offering 3.75-ounce, 12-count clip strips of its Milk Chocolate Honey Almond Caramels, Milk Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears, Milk Chocolate Covered Fudge Bites and Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. The packages are available for an SRP of $3.99.

Photograph courtesy of Sanders Candy

7. Red Truck

red truck meat sticks

Traditionally available in bags, Red Truck Beef Jerky migrated to a stick format with the launch of 1-ounce meat sticks that feature the flavor of Grill Mates Montreal Steak. The sticks are available in Original, Teriyaki and Atomic Hot varieties.

Photograph courtesy of Red Truck

8. Jack Link’s

jack links multi packs pepperoni

Jack Link’s recently introduced a lunchbox-size multipack of its meat sticks. The multipack comes in two 100% beef flavors (Original and Pepperoni) and 100% turkey. Ten individually wrapped sticks come in a case, with 6 grams of protein per stick.

Photograph courtesy of Jack Link’s

9. Uncle Bud’s

uncle buds deep fried peanuts

Uncle Bud’s Deep Fried Peanuts, which are fried in the shell and coated in all-natural seasonings, are available in 7-ounce resealable craft bags. The snacks have a one-year shelf life and contain no cholesterol. They are also low in carbs and sugar and gluten-free.

Photograph courtesy of Uncle Bud’s

10. Bou Soup

bou brands soup cups

Bou Soup Cups simplify on-the-go consumption because they include a custom, hybrid spoon-fork, or spork. The product is offered in Classic Chicken & Noodle, Garden Tomato & Quinoa, Harvest Vegetable & Grain and Shiitake Mushroom & Beef flavors

Photograph courtesy of Bou Soup