SKOKIE, Ill. -- Candy manufacturers flocked to the Holiday Inn & Suites in Skokie, Ill., this month to display their new products to 7-Eleven retailers during the Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland (FOAC) seventh annual Trade Show.
Brands, old and new, offered up a variety of candy items, from sour gummies to fruit chews and marijuana-infused lollipops.
Here are five candy products that turned heads at the 7-Eleven FOAC Trade Show …
2. Hi-Chew Superfruit Mix
Hi-Chew displayed its new Superfruit Mix at the show. The 3-ounce bag contains chews in Dragon Fruit, Acai and Kiwi flavors, and some are even coated with chia seeds.
In other Hi-Chew news, the company will remove its two-in-one varieties from shelves in 2019, Bradley Brown, senior regional sales manager for Hi-Chew, told CSP at the show.
3. CBD Lollipops
Cannabidiol (CBD) product creator Platinum X CBD was the lone marijuana supplier at the show. The company offers CBD Lollipops in Lemon, Cherry, Blueberry, Grape, Root Beer, Green Apple and Orange flavors. Platinum X CBD also produces CBD Gummies, Rock Candy and Pixie Stick candies.
4. Tangy Zangy Hot Chili
Tangy Zangy, the candy brand known for lip-puckering products such as Sour Sticks, Wild Fruit Strips and Sour Fruit Juice, showcased its new Hot Chili Soft n’ Chewy Candy at the exhibit. These 4-ounce bags of spicy, rod-shaped sour candies contain four flavors: Lime, Watermelon, Tamarind and Mango.
5. DJ's Chocolatey Cookies
DJ’s Chocolatey Candies are hard-shell chocolate bites with nuts on the inside. Each flavor has a different music theme, hence the name “DJ.” Flavors and themes include Hazelnut (Country), Crunchy (Electronic), Biscuit (Pop), Coconut (Rock), Almond (Reggaeton) and Peanut (Rap). Packages are sold individually (1.4 ounces) and in cases (33.8 ounces).