Innovations in Confection Stir-Up New Tastes and Textures

October 12, 2011

CHICAGO—Real-life Willie Wonkas are hard at work in their chocolate factories coming up with innovative new ways for consumers to enjoy candy. From non-traditional parings, such as jalapeno and mint or seeds and chocolate to hard candies that smell like roses, confectioners everywhere are tapping into the latest consumer trends.

According to Innova Market Insights, confectionery led the global food and drinks sector with the most new product launch activity in the first half of 2011. In the October 2011 issue of Food Technology magazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Senior Editor Donald E. Pszczola looks the newest candy products and how they demonstrated the new directions candy makers are taking in terms of health, indulgence, cost and other considerations.  

Confectioners such as the Hershey Company are using a new method called "aerating" which involves creating bubbles in chocolate by using air. This method can increase a chocolate fillings volume up to 30-50 percent while still letting consumers enjoy a full chocolaty sensation with a less fatty taste. The resulting products provide consumers with a new taste and texture sensation with a light, air texture that allows the chocolate to melt with ease over the tongue.  In addition, these fillings have a long shelf-life, are technically compatible with other ingredients and aren’t as susceptible to the dreaded fat bloom—that chalky white film that can develop on the surface of chocolate. According to Pszczola, the use of aeration may be one innovative way to respond to the high costs of cocoa and sugar—a growing concern for today’s confectioners.

Some of the new products highlighted in the article that address health needs include Xan Confections Cocoa Preggers, chocolate truffle fortified with folic acid and DHA omega-3 fatty acids specifically targeted to pregnant women. Italian confectioner Agastoni is adding probiotics to some of their chocolate products.

Consumers’ quest for indulgence is another key driver of new candy launches. Chuao Chocolatier created an unusual combination that pairs the salty crispness of potato chips with the sweetness of chocolate in their new candy bar, Potato Chips in Chocolate. A Bulgarian confectioner is now offering hard candies that smell like roses by using an ingredient called geranoil. This "perfume candy" is said to emit a smell of roses through the skin when consumed.

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