NEW YORK -- Product of the Year USA, a company that awards brands for product innovation, has revealed the winners of the 2019 Product of the Year Awards, five of which are snack and candy items.
The awards are based on the votes of 40,000 consumers and span 36 categories, such as candy, gum, cookies and even laundry detergent. The winning products must have been launched within the past year. This year’s snack and candy winners took home awards for best candy bar, cookie, gum, novelty snack and sugar confection.
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Here are five snack and candy brands that won Products of the Year …
Butterfinger was named candy bar of the year. Chicago-based Ferrara Candy Co. recently changed its Butterfinger recipe for the first time in more than a decade, and the bar now features U.S.-grown peanuts and is free of hydrogenated oils. The bar is sealed with double-layer, higher-quality packaging material.
Mondelez International’s Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar was named candy bar of the year in 2018.
2. Oreo Thin Bites
Deerfield, Ill.-based Mondelez’s Oreo Thin Bites were named cookie product of the year. The treats are a twist on Oreo Thins cookies and are made with the signature cream and cocoa outer layer of traditional Oreos. They come in three flavors: Original, Mint and Coconut.
This marks the first award for a cookie product of the year in the contest's history.
3. Tic Tac Gum
Parsippany, N.J.-based Ferrero USA's Tic Tac Gum was named gum product of the year. Tic Tac Gum comes in a shareable, resealable box and is ideal for on-the-go consumption. The gum is available in four flavors: Freshmint, Spearmint, Cool Watermelon and Cool Tropical.
This marks the first award for a gum product of the year in the contest's history.
4. Kinder Joy
Kinder Joy by Ferrero USA was named kids novelty snack of the year. The treat is a plastic, egg-shaped package composed of two separately sealed halves: One is smooth cocoa and cream topped with crispy wafer bites, while the other is a mystery toy.
This marks the first award for a novelty snack of the year in the contest's history.
5. Black Forest Gummy Bears
Black Forest Gummy Bears from Ferrara Candy Co. were named sugar confection of the year. These gummy bears are made with real fruit juice and are fat-free and gluten-free. They come in five colors: red, orange, white, yellow and green.
Toffifay, the caramel, hazelnut and chocolate cups from Storck USA LP, were named sugar confection of the year in 2018.