Trolli Earns Best In Show At Sweets & Snacks Expo, Newfangled Confections Is Small Business Innovator


McCormick Place — Trolli Sour Crunchy Crawlers from Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. took home Best In Show in the 2019 Most Innovative New Product Awards, announced this morning at the Sweets & Snacks Expo, while Newfangled Confections, LLC walked away with the Small Business Innovator Award, recognizing the overall top-ranked product by the judges from among all items submitted by companies with $500,000 or less in sales.

More than 300 products were entered for consideration across nine categories in the awards program: chocolate, non-chocolate, sweet, salty, savory, novelty, seasonal, gourmet/premium, and gum & mints. They were evaluated based on taste, packaging, innovation and go-to-market feasibility by a panel of judges representing retail leaders in the confectionery and snack category.

“Innovative new products generate fun and excitement for consumers which is key to building a satisfying and compelling shopper experience,” points out John Downs, president and CEO of the NCA. “The companies highlighting their new products should feel proud of what they have created and their impact, which drives category growth in our vibrant industry.”

The Most Innovative New Product Awards are sponsored by IRi.

“Innovation is always a source of excitement in our industry,” Larry Levin, executive vice president of market and shopper intelligence at IRi,” says. “Honoring groundbreaking innovations through the Most Innovative New Product Awards helps companies share that excitement with show attendees, who in turn help build that excitement with consumers in the market. We always look forward to seeing where the winners’ products will take them.”

The 2019 Most Innovative New Product Awards winners and finalists across all categories  are:

Small Business Innovator Finalists:
Flamethrower Candy Co. – Ghost Pepper Hard Candy
Pols Gida Dis Ticaret A.S. – Freeze Fresh/Strawberry
Praim Group – Keto Krisp Almond Butter
The Cookie Joint – Original Shortbread Cookie Fries

Chocolate Category Winner:

The Hershey Co. – Kit Kat Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate

ChocXO Chocolatier – ChocXO PB & Ruby Cups

The Hershey Co. – Reese’s Thins Milk Chocolate

Ferrero USA, Inc. – Kinder Bueno

OCHO Candy – Organic PB&J Candy Bar

Non-Chocolate Category Winner:

Just Born, Inc. – PEEPS Marshmallow, Strawberry, Lemon & Blueberry Flavored Jelly Beans


Haribo of America, Inc. – Haribo Watermelon Gummies

Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC – Starburst Duos Fruit Chews

Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Co. – Ring Pop Gummy Gems

Hormel Food Corp. – Justin’s Organic Almond Butter Covered Almonds & Justin’s Organic Cashew Butter Covered Cashews

Sweet Snacks Category Winner:

Tru Fru LLC – Whole Raspberries Freshly Frozen & Immersed in Premium White and Milk Chocolate


Kellogg Co. – Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers

Alli & Rose – Tropical Fields Half Dipped Mango

SPI West Port Inc. – Woodridge Snacks Ginger Chews – Sesame Seed

Alli & Rose – Munchelo Drizzled Trail Mix Crackers

Salty Snacks Category Winner:

Kellogg Co. – Cheez-It Snap’d

Sahale Snacks LLC – Sahale Snacks Pineapple Rum Cashew Coconut Snack Mix

Kellogg Co. – Pringles Wavy

Sahale Snacks LLC – Sahale Snacks Cherry Cocoa Almond Coconut Snack Mix

A’mond Snacks – Smokehouse, Honey Chipotle, Cheddar

Savory Snacks Category Winner:

Mondelez International, Inc – Triscuit Wheatberry Clusters – Pumpkin Seeds & Sweet Corn

Alli & Rose – SnakYard Shiitake Mushrooms

Riffs Smokehouse – Bacon-On-The-Go Thai Curry

Specialty Cheese Co., Inc. – Just The Cheese Aged Cheddar Bars

Sun Tropics, Inc. – Island Saba Banana Chips – Sweet Chili

Novelty/Licensed Category Winner:

Jel Sert Co. – Sour Patch Kids Twin Tube Freezer Bars

Jel Sert Company – Hostess Dessert Kit – Ding Dongs

Pez Candy, Inc. – Pez LOL Surprise Mystery Packs

Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Co. – Baby Bottle Pop Gummy Blast

CandyRific LLC – Marvel Avengers Fanimation

Seasonal Category Winner:

Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. – Trolli Candy Corn

The Hershey Co. – Reese’s Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lovers Cups

Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Co. – Baby Bottle Pop Candy Canes

R.M. Palmer Co. – Magical Easter Unicorn

Kopper’s Chocolate – Sparkling Prosecco Cordials

Gourmet Category Winner:

Tru Fru LLC – Whole Raspberries Freshly Frozen & Immersed in Premium White and Dark Chocolate

Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. – Ferrero Golden Gallery Signature

SoKusa – Lotus Root Crisps

Pear’s Gourmet – Everything Bagel Flavored Cashews

Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC – Dove Chocolate Salted Caramel

Gum & Mints Category Winner:

Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. – Tic Tac X-Freeze

Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC – Extra Refreshers Spearmint

Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. – Mentos Chewy & Fresh

The Hershey Company – Ice Breakers Duo Orange Mints

Ford Gum – Jelly Belly Sugar Free Gum – Very Cherry