6 Innovative Chocolate Products

The global chocolate market is expected to reach $139.9 billion by 2024, increasing at a 4.5% compound annual growth rate, according to the study Chocolate Market: Growth, Trends and Forecast (2019 to 2024) from Dublin-based Research and Markets.

Some highlights of the report focus on an increased demand for dark and organic chocolates. Research and Markets points out that the range of shapes that chocolates assume has an influence on consumers: So-called “molded” chocolates are dominating the market. They include solid molded and segmented bars, blocks and tablets in various sizes, with some filled with nuts and/or raisins and made of different types of chocolate, the report said.

Such positive expectations appear to be motivating ambitious innovation in the chocolate product market, from candies and ice cream to baked goods and snack bars.

Read on for a look of six rollouts from the past several months.

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1. Tastykake

Tastykake by Flowers Foods launched the second phase of Scoop Shop, its ice cream-inspired product line, with Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches, which feature a smooth, mint flavor-filled sandwich between two chocolate chip cookies. A single-serve format contains two cookie sandwiches per 2.4-ounce pack (SRP of $1.79), while a multipack comes with eight individually wrapped sandwiches per 9.6-ounce box (SRP of $3.99).

Photograph courtesy of Tastykake​

2. Ferrero USA

The Kinder Bueno chocolate bar from Ferrero USA has made its debut across U.S. markets. Kinder Bueno provides a multisensorial taste experience with an indulgent combination of crispy wafer and creamy hazelnut filling covered in smooth milk chocolate, according to the company. For the 2019 holiday season, the supplier is rolling out limited-edition Kinder Joy eggs featuring 16 holiday-themed toys, available in a festive four-pack Holiday Shop and six-pack Santa’s Workshop, which includes puzzles and games.

Photograph courtesy of Ferrero USA

3. Mars Wrigley

Mars Wrigley Confectionery has introduced two ice cream bars in Snickers Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars and Twix Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bars. The first new ice cream flavor in Snickers brand history, the variety features creamy peanut butter chocolate ice cream, peanuts and caramel coated in rich dark chocolate. Twix Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bars have creamy chocolate ice cream coated with smooth caramel and crunchy chocolate cookies dipped in chocolate. Both are available for an SRP of $4.19 per six-pack and $1.99 per single bar.

Photograph courtesy of Mars Wrigley Confectionery

4. Charles Chocolates

Charles Chocolates now offers premium Ruby cacao bars in Strawberry; Raspberry and Pistachio; and Cocoa Nib Brittle, combining Ruby (the new fourth type of chocolate with a distinctive berry flavor) with cocoa nib brittle. The Strawberry bar brings out berry and fruit flavors naturally present in Ruby cacao. Raspberry and Pistachio is gluten- and egg-free, paired with freeze-dried California raspberries and roasted pistachios.

Photograph courtesy of Charles Chocolates

5. Drake’s

Drake’s from McKee Foods has introduced Drake’s Starlight Brownies, which are fudge brownies topped with chocolate-flavored fudge icing and white candy-coated chocolate chips. Drake’s Starlight Brownies are individually wrapped, with six per box. The new offering joins other Drake’s cake varieties, include Devil Dogs, Fudge Dipped Devil Dogs, Ring Dings, Yodels and Yankee Doodles.

Photograph courtesy of McKee Foods

6. St Pierre

St Pierre Bakery expanded its indulgent bakery portfolio with a collection of 10 individually wrapped, European-inspired snacks that combine brand favorites such as Waffles and Crepes with new innovations such as Rocky Road Bar and Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bar. The other on-the-go snacks are Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bar, Caramel Cake Bar, Butter Belgian Waffle, Cinnamon Belgian Waffle, Butter Belgian Waffle with Chocolate Coating, Caramel Waffle, Chocolate & Hazelnut Rolled Crepe and Cinnamon Rolled Crepe. St Pierre On the Go products are shipped frozen, and each product has a 28-day ambient shelf life. The SRP range for these snacks is 99 cents to $2.49.

Photograph courtesy of St Pierre Bakery