Candy Central


Isn’t Natural Valley Natural?

Candy Industry  |  Aug. 1, 2012

…High-maltose corn syrup and/or maltodextrin are in dozens of Nature Valley varieties including various flavors of Sweet & Salty Nut bars, Chewy Trail Mix bars, and Granola Thins. Packages for Dark Chocolate Granola Thins tout ” the uniquely delicate crunch of crispy granola paired with an irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth taste-all in a 100% natural square…
…CSPI says it privately raised concern with General Mills over Nature Valley “Natural” claims in July 2010. General Mills responded by indicating they would work to eliminate high-fructose corn syrup from the product line. While few, if any, Nature Valley products still contain high-fructose corn syrup, many still do contain high-maltose corn syrup and maltodextrin. more

National Lollipop Day

Los Angeles Times  |  Jul. 20, 2012

Happy National Lollipop Day! To celebrate the quintessential candy on a stick, we’ve pulled some favorite lollipops from our recipe archives, including the homemade root beer and vanilla lollipops above. Read More

World’s Largest Lollipop


See’s Candies has produced a 7,000 pound chocolate lollipop that is likely to be deemed the largest lollipop in the world.
The massive candy, made with all the same ingredients as the South City company’s signature lollipops, is being presented National Lollipop Day, July 20.
See’s beats out Ashrita Furman, which held the previous Guiness World Record for largest lollipop with a 6,514-pound, 25-foot-long, 10-inches-thick candy on a stick in 2009. Jolly Rancher held a previous record with 4,016-pounds and nearly 19 inches thick.

New Ice Breakers Duo Mints

Jul. 16, 2012
The Hershey Company recently introduced the coolest and sweetest way to experience fresh breath with the launch of Ice Breakers Duo® mints–the ultimate “fruit + cool” flavor sensation. Ice Breakers Duo mints come in two flavors – Raspberry and Strawberry – and combine a sweet, fruity taste with the brand’s signature cooling crystals and are available at retailers nationwide. Read more

Hershey‘s Simple Pleasures Chocolates

Jul. 05, 2012
According to a recent survey conducted by The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), nearly three in five women (58%) would love to savor their chocolate without guilt. With 30 percent less fat compared to the average of the leading milk chocolates, new Hershey’s® Simple Pleasures® chocolates allow them to do just that, and with all the deliciousness expected from a Hershey’s product. Read more

Tootsie Fruit Rolls Max

Tootsie Roll Industries delivers maximum fun with Tootsie Fruit Rolls 8-Flavor Mega Mix Bag that includes three fantastic NEW flavors! In addition to the favorite five original flavors of Vanilla, Cherry, Lemon, Lime and Orange, candy lovers will love the hot new flavors only available in this special release Mega Mix Bag!
This product is Kosher as well as nut, egg and gluten-free.
Candy distributors can buy Tootsie Rolls at CSD
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OREO Tops $2 Billion in Annual Revenues

On March 6, our Oreo cookie brand celebrated a century of unleashing the kid inside us all.  But turning 100 has not slowed this global brand down one bit.

In fact, Oreo grew nearly 25 percent in 2011 alone.  And the brand has had average growth of more than 17 percent annually since 2006.

And that has continued into the first quarter of 2012, with Oreo growing double digits in North America and nearly 40 percent in Europe and Developing Markets. Read more