Spicy Starburst And Skittles? They’re Real! (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

I don’t know how I feel about the idea of spicy candy, but it’s here for those of us with a bit of a wild side.

People Food reports that there is a new Starburst Sweet Heat flavor and a new Skittles Sweet Heat. They’re labeled “Fruity Flavors with a Spicy Kick.” It’s been confirmed that these flavors are expected to hit the shelves in December 2017, and they’ll have black wrappers and fiery logos. That way, you won’t accidentally pick one up when you’re only searching for the sweet stuff.

The Sweet Heat Skittles flavors consist of Fiery Watermelon, Blazin’ Mango, Flamin’ Orange, Sizzlin’ Strawberry and Lemon Spark. The Starburst flavors are almost the same, but with a couple of changes. Those flavors are Fiery Watermelon, Strawberry Mango, Flamin’ Orange and Pipin’ Pineapple. I’m curious to hear from someone else how they taste, but I won’t be tasting them! I want my candies chocolatey, not spicy.

These were just two new flavors of candy that appeared at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association. Susan Whiteside, vice president of the NCA, told Food Business News that spicy is becoming a candy trend. “From flavors like honey sriracha to mango chipotle, confectioners and snack manufacturers both are increasingly turning to sweet to balance out hot, spicy or tangy flavors,” she said.

“We’ve certainly seen some of that in the candy industry before with Red Hots and Atomic Fireball, but this is taking those flavors to the next level and really experimenting with different heat sources as well as different sweet sources.”

If you’re really up for a crazy candy experience, try the new Warheads Hotheads Extreme Heat Worms. They offer a sour, sweet, spicy product that is sure to confuse your taste buds.

Other strange flavors debuting at the Expo were a Vivra Chocolate Curry Cashew and Little Bird Kitchen’s Fire Bites and Fire Bark — which are a line of dark, milk and white chocolates with candied jalapenos in them. Yum?

I guess in the end, we’re probably all a little curious. You know, some people love eating raw mango with chili powder on it, so maybe the spicy-sweet combo isn’t such a new idea after all. I mean, mole has been around forever, and it’s a combination of chocolate and chili powder and other spices that’s used as a sauce on savory foods. Perhaps we’re all just late to the game. 

Sources: People Food, Food Business News / Photo credit: Arria Belli/Wikimedia Commons, Food Business News

Tags: New Candy Flavors, Skittles, Spicy Candy, Starburst
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M&M’s New Flavor Is Perfect For Chocoholics (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

M&M’s is amazing at coming up with fun new flavors. The brand is always unveiling something delicious, and now is no exception. There’s the ever-popular peanut butter … I think I remember a birthday cake flavor … but now? There’s a triple chocolate flavor and it’s calling my name!

Popsugar reports that M&M’s Triple Chocolate is rumored to be released for Valentine’s Day 2018. They’ll have a chocolate center surrounded by layers of white and dark chocolate. Sadly, we have to wait quite a while for them. Being a self-proclaimed chocoholic, I plan to seriously stock up.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other candies to enjoy. Just take a peep at the first few items on Popsugar’s “Best Candy of 2017” list to get an idea of what I mean:

Tropical Sour Patch Kids
Coconut and pineapple additions to the Sour Patch brand, perfect for summer! The flavor mix includes paradise punch, pineapple, tropical twist and passion fruit. Yum!
 
Reese’s Crunchy Cookie
It’s a candy hybrid of Reese’s and crunchy bits of cookie. Doesn’t that sound absolutely perfect?
 
Alter Eco Organic Dark Mint Truffles
If you love mint chocolate, these truffles should be on your list of must-tries. They’re made with coconut oil and cocoa butter and oh-so-truffley.
 
Hi-Chew Fizzies
A little less grown-up, and a little more fun are the soda-inspired Hi-Chew Fizzies. The Orange Soda and Cola flavors are said to be slightly fizzy. Definitely a fun-for-summer treat.
 
Vanilla Caramel Brownie Peeps
OK, this one is just plain exciting. Peeps is always coming out with fun new flavors, but these are filled with caramel and dipped in chocolate. Do we even need to know more? Suddenly, I’m a huge Peeps fan.

Now that we’ve made it through that list, do you even remember the M&M’s we were so crazy for a moment ago? OK, yes of course. Triple Chocolate M&M’s are going to be amazing … but we almost forgot. Which says a lot about this current lineup. Get out and enjoy some of these fun new flavors and keep an eye out next Valentine’s Day for the M&M’s for chocoholics!

Sources: Popsugar (2) / Photo Credit: Christopher Michel/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Chocolate Lovers, M&Ms, New Candy Flavors
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