Candy’s always been a consumer favorite and an ever-popular c-store staple. But the candy industry, like many others, is rapidly evolving to meet consumers’ expectations and keep them coming back for more — or to try something new. So, what are some top candy trends from this past year to consider as we enter 2022?
According 2021 data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the following trends dominated candy sales over the past year:
Smaller Pack Sizes
More companies continue to develop smaller pack sizes containing 200 calories or less. This trend empowers the consumer to make informed choices when they are ready to treat themselves to their favorite snack or candy.
In 2021, tropical flavors took center stage with a focus on pineapple and coconut.
Mix and Match
Candy and snack manufacturers are bringing consumers the best of both worlds. Whether they are looking for sweet, salty, fruity or tart, shoppers can’t go wrong when mixing up their favorite combinations.
Spice It Up
The hottest new spicy snacks that emerged over the past year feature flavors like chili, sriracha, jalapeño and habanero.
Big or small, spicy or sweet, c-stores would be wise to keep track of consumer preferences and stock the latest products from their supplier partners.