8 New Candies Showcased at the 2018 NACS Show®

The most sought-after candies in retail were on display at the recent NACS Show in Las Vegas. Everything from chocolate bars and jelly beans to saltwater taffy and sour gummies were showcased for the thousands of retailers looking to beef up their sugary merchandise.

Here are eight new candy products that Convenience Store Products noticed at the show …

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1. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar With Reese’s Pieces Candy

hershey bar with reeses

The Hershey Co. is combining its flagship Hershey bar with Reese’s Pieces for its newest release, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar With Reese’s Pieces candy. The bar is available nationwide beginning in late November in standard (1.55-ounce) and king-size bar (2.55-ounce) formats.

Photograph courtesy of The Hershey Co.

2. Mike and Ike Mega Sour Mix

mike and ike mega mix sour!

Just Born Inc. will debut a new version of Mike and Ike’s candies in January 2019—one that will make consumers’ lips pucker. The Mike and Ike Mega Sour Mix contains 10 different fruit flavors ranging from apple and grape to pineapple and strawberry. The chewy treats come in a 5-ounce box. They are gluten-free and fat-free, and they contain 110 calories per package.

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3. Trolli Sour Brite All Star Mix

trolli sour brite all star mix

Ferrera Candy Co. has launched its new Trolli Sour Brite All Star Mix, a twist on its traditional Trolli Brite gummy candies. These sugar-coated gummies come in various shapes, such as octopi, llamas, snakes and even human hands. Consumers can find them in stand-up, resealable pouches in c-store candy aisles.

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4. Creamy Snickers

snickers creamy almond butter

In January 2019, Mars Wrigley Confectionery will debut its Creamy Snickers bars—a take on the traditional caramel and milk chocolate candy bar—filled with creamy, fresh ground nut butters. The new bars will be available nationwide in 1.4-ounce singles, 2.8-ounce shared and 7.7-ounce stand-up pouches. Creamy Snickers will come in three varieties: Creamy Snickers Almond Butter, Creamy Snickers Peanut Butter and Creamy Snickers Maple Almond Butter.

Photograph courtesy of Mars Wrigley Confectionery

5. Hershey’s and Reese’s Dipped Pretzels

hershey dipped snyders pretzels

Hershey has debuted its Dipped Pretzels line, the newest sweet and salty treat in the company’s portfolio. The product comes in three varieties: Hershey’s, Reese’s and Cookies ‘n’ Creme Dipped Pretzels. Hershey’s Dipped Pretzels feature bite-size pretzels dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate. Cookies ‘n’ Creme Dipped Pretzels are dipped in white creme and coated with cookie bits. Reese’s Dipped Pretzels are dipped in peanut butter candy and drizzled with milk chocolate. All flavors are available in peg bags (4.25 ounces) and pouches (8.5 ounces).

Photograph courtesy of The Hershey Co.

6. Jelly Belly Candy Cones

jelly belly candy cones

Jelly bean manufacturer Jelly Belly’s newest product features the flavor of ice cream and ice cream cones. Jelly Belly Candy Cones come in ice cream cone shapes in five flavors: Chocolate, French Vanilla, Mint Chip, Orange Sherbet and Strawberry, all of which come in 3.5-ounce bags.

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7. Sour Punch Wild Bites

sour punch wild bites

The Sour Punch candy brand has launched its new Wild Bites, a set of arctic-themed candies that come in narwhal shapes. Each 8-ounce bag of the chewy, sour candies features four flavors: Arctic Avalanche, Green Glacier, Polar Plunge and Frozen Flurry. Sour Punch Wild Bites are low-fat and kosher.

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8. 3 Musketeers Birthday Cake

3 musketeers birthday cake

Early next year, Mars Wrigley will launch Birthday Cake, its first new 3 Musketeers variety in six years. The 2.1-ounce candy bar features a vanilla-flavored nougat and colorful sprinkles, covered in rich milk chocolate.

Birthday cake is a growing flavor trend, with sales of the flavor increasing more than 29% since 2017, according to Mars Wrigley.

Photograph courtesy of Mars Wrigley Confectionery