5 New Products to Kick Off Summer 2018

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As summer nears, a plethora of new products are springing up in convenience stores. Here’s a look at five treats hitting shelves that caught Convenience Store Products' eye.

1. Snickers

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Mars Inc.'s Snickers candy brand has launched three new limited-time-only (LTO) candy varieties as part of its "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign.

Available now, the new flavors include Espresso, Fiery and Salty & Sweet. Each bar is made with peanuts, caramel, milk chocolate and an infusion of either espresso, chili pepper or salt. Each flavor is intended to correspond to the hunger symptom on its packaging: irritable for Espresso, wimpy for Fiery and indecisive for Salty & Sweet.

As part of the launch, Snickers will open a pop-up store called the Hunger Bunker in New York on June 19. It will feature escape-room-style challenges related to each of the three new flavors. Snickers will also launch a new marketing campaign alongside the new flavors.

2. SweeTarts Gummies

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SweeTarts has launched its newest chewy product, SweeTarts Gummies, to retailers nationwide. The chewy treats are available in 4-ounce, 5.25-ounce and 10-ounce packages for a suggested retail price of $1.69 to $1.99. The SweeTarts Gummies come in both sweet and sour fruity flavors, as well as various modern shapes such as a turntable, a virtual-reality headset and a rocket ship.

The brand has created two fan-based contests alongside the launch, offering consumers the chance to win a year’s supply of SweeTarts Gummies, $10,000 or one of other various prizes.

3. Jelly Belly Candy Cones

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The Jelly Belly Candy Co. has debuted a new line of ice-cream-flavored treats: Jelly Belly Candy Cones. The treats, which mimic regular ice cream cones, come in five flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint Chip and Orange Sherbet. Each Candy Cone has a waffle-cone flavor at the bottom with one of the five ice-cream flavors on top. Jelly Belly’s Candy Cones are available in 3-ounce grab-and-go bags and will come out in 4.25-ounce gift boxes in July.

4. Chipwich

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The Chipwich ice-cream cookie sandwich has returned to retailers’ shelves for the first time since being discontinued seven years ago. The Original Chipwich—featuring vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate-chunk cookies and rolled in chocolate chips—is now available in grocery and convenience stores in the Northeast for a suggested retail price of $1.99 for individual packs and $4.99 for multipacks.

5. Bare Snacks Beet Chips

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Healthy snacking company Bare Snacks has debuted three new varieties of oven-baked veggie chips to its line of Snacks Gone Simple: Beet Chips, Carrot Chips and Sweet Potato Chips.

Each variety comes in a Sea Salt flavor and one additional option. Bare Snack’s Beet Chips also come in a Salt & Vinegar option, while the Carrot Chips take on Ranch and the Sweet Potato Chips come in Barbecue. All flavors contain 3 to 4 grams of protein and are available for a suggested retail price of $4.29 per bag.