Five LTOs Fit for (Your) Stocking

85% of consumers plan to consume confection this holiday season

’Tis the season to indulge! And that’s evident in the abundance of limited-time only (LTO) candy filling your convenience-store shelves.

Eighty-five percent of consumers plan to enjoy confection this holiday season, according to survey results from the National Confectioners Association (NCA). However, they are showing signs of restraint. Almost 80% of parents have moderation plans in place for candy consumption, the NCA found, and 90% of parents discuss or plan to talk with children about balance and moderation relative to candy consumption.

“As a father of four children, I can relate to parents across the country that embrace the unique role that candy plays in family celebrations and traditions, and using the holiday as an opportunity to teach their children about the importance of moderation,” said John Downs, NCA president and CEO.

The NCA anticipates confection sales will reach $1.6 billion for this seasonal period.

Looking at seasonal product preferences, 36% of consumers prefer to receive foil-wrapped chocolates as part of holiday gifts, with chocolate Santas, snowmen and coins among the most popular, respectively, the NCA reported. More than three-quarters of shoppers will include candy in Christmas stockings or gifts.

When it comes to candy canes, peppermint is tops for 75% of shoppers and more than half of all consumers will use the hard candy sticks to decorate trees and packages, according to the survey.

Peppermint is also a popular flavor in holiday confection as seen in Hershey’s Peppermint Bark Bells. Read more about this item and more—all of which would make perfect stocking stuffers—in the slideshow below.

peppermint bark bells

Hershey’s foil wrapped Peppermint Bark Bells combine white mint crème and festive nonpareils. The company’s other seasonal offers include Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane and Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates wrapped in red, green and silver foils.

nestle peanuts crunch

Nestlé’s limited-edition Crunch rollout celebrates both the holidays and the release of “The Peanuts Movie.” The rollout includes a 1-pound Nestlé Crunch Peanuts chocolate bar, Nestlé Crunch Peanuts Gift Cardholder Bar, Nestlé Crunch Charlie Brown Medallion, Nestlé Crunch Jingles pack and Nestlé Crunch Minis.

snickers tree single

Snickers Tree Singles are among a host of Mars products rolling out for Christmas. Other new items include M&M’s White Peppermint Candies, M&M’s Mint Chocolate Candies for the Holidays Cane, Snickers Trees 2-To-Go and Twix Santas 2-To-Go.

hot cocoa peeps

Peeps has a number of holiday confection items available, including White Fudge Dipped Hot Cocoa & Cream Flavored Chicks. Also available: Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks, Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men and Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer.

tic tac

Tic Tac has launched new candy-cane printed Tic Tac mints and Snowman Fruit Mix bottles with lime and berry flavors.

peppermint bark bells

Hershey’s foil wrapped Peppermint Bark Bells combine white mint crème and festive nonpareils. The company’s other seasonal offers include Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane and Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates wrapped in red, green and silver foils.

nestle peanuts crunch

Nestlé’s limited-edition Crunch rollout celebrates both the holidays and the release of “The Peanuts Movie.” The rollout includes a 1-pound Nestlé Crunch Peanuts chocolate bar, Nestlé Crunch Peanuts Gift Cardholder Bar, Nestlé Crunch Charlie Brown Medallion, Nestlé Crunch Jingles pack and Nestlé Crunch Minis.

snickers tree single

Snickers Tree Singles are among a host of Mars products rolling out for Christmas. Other new items include M&M’s White Peppermint Candies, M&M’s Mint Chocolate Candies for the Holidays Cane, Snickers Trees 2-To-Go and Twix Santas 2-To-Go.

tic tac

Tic Tac has launched new candy-cane printed Tic Tac mints and Snowman Fruit Mix bottles with lime and berry flavors.