New & Notable Toys: Candy & Food
Check out these new and noteworthy toys.
Radz Skate Toy Candy Dispensers by RADZ BRANDS LLC
The Radz co-branded licensed Skate collection is made up of the top skate brands: Santa Cruz, Real, World Industries, Foundation, Spirtfire and many more! The Radz Series One (Grinder Series) collection includes six characters: Spitfire, Turtle Face, Roskopp, Flame Boy, World-At Night, and Monster Face. Each Skate character comes with a candy refill pack and a mini poster featuring iconic skateboard graphics. Radz candy is gluten-free, peanut-free, and kosher certified so it’s safe for everyone to enjoy. To operate, pull the character’s hair or hat back and the tongue pops out with candy! All Radz hair and hats are interchangeable so as fans collect more Radz, they can mix and match to create their own unique characters.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award 6/19/2015 (Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Pucker Powder by CREATIVE CONCEPTS LLC
Pucker Powder is celebrating 15 years of Interactive candy fun. Choose one of several size tubes and fill it with a your favorite powdered candy flavors and colors. 11/10/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Monsters University Flashlight by CANDYRIFIC
Let Mike and Sulley light the way trick-or-treating with a Monsters University flashlight on a keychain. Each comes complete with .53 ounces of microbites candy. Launch date: May 2013. 1/18/2013 (Price: $3.99; Age: 3 and up)
Bellybar Prenatal +DHA Chocolate Vitamins by NUTRABELLA
Congratulations on your growing family. At belly bar, we are committed to providing moms-to-be and new moms with the highest quality prenatal nutrition in forms that are easy to take and tasty. Whether moms are trying, pregnant or nursing, building the right nutritional foundation is essential for them and their baby. Belly bar prenatal chocolate vitamins are delicious, fortified bites of real chocolate and chewy soft nougat that make getting their complete prenatal vitamins a moment of pleasure. Each box contains two bottles one with chocolate prenatal vitamins and one with DHA chocolates. Enjoy 1 ball from each bottle daily. Carrying a baby to full-term is so important, and studies show that eating chocolate daily may help. Launch date: 2012. 10/19/2012 (Price: $24.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
CRICK-ETTES® by HOTLIX
Box of 24 ct available in salt & vinegar, bacon cheddar and sour cream & onion flavors. CRICK-ETTES® are genuine crickets baked and lightly coated with seasoning. (Think chips, popcorn or pork rinds.) CRICK-ETTES® appeal to a large demographic—children to grandmothers—and make a great gag gift. HOTLIX® insects have been featured on the History channel, Discovery, National Geographic & in many newspapers and magazines. HOTLIX® can be found in candy stores, airports, theme parks, nature centers, museums (Smithsonian, American Museum of Natural History, Universal Studios, Ripley’s Believe It or Not), etc. Launch date: 2005. 10/16/2012 (Price: $1.95; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Bubble Gum Machine by SCHYLLING
This classic gumball machine bank includes over 50 "Dubble Bubble" gumballs. It measures 8-1/2" tall. It has a red base. Put a coin in, turn the handle, and out pops a gumball. Made of sturdy plastic. For ages 3 and up.
— Greg Larson, owner of Larson's Toys and Games in Columbus, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Bubble Gum machines are one of their best selling candy/food items. 9/19/2012 (Price: $13.99)
Zotz Fizz Power Candy by ANDRE PROST INC
Zotz is a candy with a fizzy, sour center. It looks and tastes like a regular hard candy, but when the center is bitten into there is a sour fizzing taste because of the powder reacting with saliva.
— Priscilla Moore, owner of Mr. Fub’s Party/Toys and More in Yellow Springs, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Zotz was one of their top-2 bestselling items. 9/19/2012 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Gemini Candy Kaleidoscope Kit by TOYSMITH
These fun and tasty kits include a 9 inch long kaleidoscope in a primary color. The refillable image chamber on the end can be filled with the included variety of candy pieces to create custom kaleidoscope images. Assortment includes a combination of candy-stripe and solid color tubes. Made in the USA, handcrafted by Gemini Kaleidoscopes.
— Greg Larson, owner of Larson's Toys and Games in Columbus, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Candy Kaleidoscopes are one of their best selling candy/food items. 9/19/2012 (Price: $10.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Whistle Candy by WEBB CANDY
— Priscilla Moore, owner of Mr. Fub’s Party/Toys and More in Yellow Springs, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Whistle Candy was one of their top-2 bestselling candy items. 9/19/2012 (Price: $1.49) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Moo Mixers by HOG WILD
The 16-ounce Moo Mixer Supreme features an easy to use trigger button, fun to hold handle and large detachable clear tumbler. Battery operated (two AA batteries, not included), dishwasher safe clear tumbler and the totally cool mixing action that makes a whirling vortex of power to thoroughly dissolve chocolate powder mixes or syrups.
— As of 9/19/2012 this product had 3.5 out of 5 stars from 42 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Easy for kids to use; easy to clean; mixer "blade" is rounded and not sharp, so it's safe for kids. Cons: Some users reported leaking; some users reported that the motor was weak and broke after a couple of uses.
— Greg Larson, owner of Larson's Toys and Games in Columbus, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that this is one of their best selling candy/food items. 9/19/2012 (Price: $13.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Merry Mega Buttons by STICHLER PRODUCTS, INC.
Super big, each button is larger than 1/2". 72 buttons per sheet (144 per pack). Kosher and peanut free. Comes in holiday flavors like Candy Cane, Merry Berry, Sugar Cookie, and Hot Chocolate. 30 units per carton. 7/24/2012 (Price: $2.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Let's Stick Together Sticker Book and Stickers by ISCREAM
Sticker Book – Kids can collect and share all their stickers in this fun, full color 12-page sticker book. Stickers are removable so they can experience the fun over and over again. Stickers are sold separately. MSRP - $6, Age 4 and up. Stickers – These sweet stickers are full color and great to save and trade with friends. One sticker per pack. MSRP - $1.50, Age 4 and up. Launch date: January 2012. 3/5/2012 (Price: $6.00; Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Twinkle Pops® 2-Tone Star (60 Pieces) by LEO ARRETIN INC
Twinkle Pops 2 Tone Star lollipops have a solid center color enclosed in a clear border. 7 assorted colors, 7 delicious flavors. 60 pieces per bag. Twinkle Pops is a unique clear lollipop on a 12" stick , individually wrapped with a hang tag. Kosher Certified candy. Ideal candies for wedding favors, party candy, basket stuffer or just to enjoy.
— Elmer Carranza, assistant manager at Doodlehopper 4 Kids in Falls Church, Va., told TDmonthly in an October 2011 survey about candy and food that they sell about 100 Twinkle Pops each month. "They're really small, and attract little kids," he said.
— In a late Summer 2012 survey, Karin Evick, owner of Kid's Ketch in Lewes, Del., told TDmonthly that Tinkle Pops were one of their bestselling candy items. 9/22/2011 (Price: $22.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Blow Pops by TOOTSIE ROLL INDUSTRIES INC
It's two lollipop treats in one with Charms Blow Pop, a chewy, bubble gum center surrounded by a delicious, fruit-flavored, hard candy shell. Available in a variety of great-tasting flavors that include traditional fruit varieties and more contemporary favorites--Way 2 Sour, Kiwi Berry Blast, Black Ice, What-a-Melon, and the brand’s most popular, Blue Razz--the pops are the world’s most popular gum-filled lollipop. Sold individually or in bags. Single pops available in .65-ounce or 1.35-ounce (Super Blow Pop) sizes.
— Marc Holcomb, owner of Toys & Co. in Greensboro, N.C., told TDmonthly in an October 2011 survey about bestselling food and candy that, "Blowpops are probably the best sellers, because they're only a quarter," but also said, "We don't make a lot. We just have to have candy here.”
— In a late Summer 2012 survey, four out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that lollipops were their bestselling candy items. 9/22/2011 (Price: $0.25) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Peach Rings - 10lbs bulk by JELLY BELLY CANDY COMPANY
10 lb case of Peach Ringsfrom Jelly Belly. Fruity, gummy peach candy bursting with peach flavor. The vibrant, true-to-life peach taste is given a little extra kick with a light sugar sanding. 10 lb bulk case is delivered in a food grade cardboard box. All Confections by Jelly Belly are certified OU Kosher by the Orthodox Union.
— Andrea Scartozzi from Hardware Toys in Paoli, Pa., told TDmonthly in an October 2011 survey about bestselling food and candy that they sell six to a dozen packages of peach rings or apple rings each month. 9/22/2011 (Price: $81.00)
Shock Your Buds Test Tube Candy by SQUIRE BOONE VILLAGE
This sour, powdered candy in test tubes comes in a variety of themes, making it ideal for shops attached to museums, aquariums, zoos, and other themed recreation venues. Candy is packed in unbreakable, reusable genuine test tubes.
— In an October 2011 survey about bestselling food and candy, Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly that "the various test tube candies from Squire Boone" sell well, though they don't usually sell food. 9/22/2011 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Pop Rocks - Strawberry by POP ROCKS INC.
Pop Rocks are a powder candy that pop and fizz in your mouth. Developed by scientist William A. Mitchell in 1956, the popping candies feature tiny air pockets of carbonation As the candy melts in your mouth, the CO2 is released for a crackling feel in your mouth and popping noises you can hear. Strawberry flavor is sweet and tangy. Display box contains 36 packets.
— In an October 2011 survey about bestselling food and candy, Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly, "we don't typically sell food because it goes stale — but Pop Rocks do well." 9/22/2011 (Price: $0.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hissee Fit Gummy Snake by NASSAU CANDY
This multi-color gummy snake is 2.5 feet, chewy and sweet. There are 3 flavors available: Apple Attack, Blue Raspberry Bite and Cherry Chase. ( Watch Video) 2/24/2011 (Price: $3.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Ice Cream Mugz by GEOSPACE INTERNATIONAL
These miniature ice cream makers take three minutes to turn ingredients (sugar, milk cream, water, and anything else like to add like nuts, raisins, or candy) into an iced confection. There's no motor or batteries...the only energy required is a little vigorous shaking. Simply place ice cubes and salt into the lower part of the cup, and fill the top with sweetened juice, milk or cream. Fasten the lid and shake. The salt quickly melts the ice, which makes the aluminum plate super-cold, turning the liquid into ice cream, ice milk, or sorbet. Available in assorted animal characters (polar bear, cat, seal, dog, penguin) ( Watch Video) 2/22/2011 (Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Lunch Punch by WESTRIDGE
Lunch Punch transforms everyday sandwiches into dogs, puzzles, elephants, airplanes and more. The extra-thick plastic punches are BPA free and ideal for everyday lunches, special occasions and parties.
— As a mom of kids who hate crust, Jabbering Jessi loved that “With the help of Lunch Punch it is a snap to take off the dreaded crust.” Her daughter enjoyed the butterfly punch while her sons preferred the puzzle variety.
— After trying Lunch Punch, Crystal of Kid Buy Products bragged “about how much work she put into making sure her children had sandwiches cut into little dolphins for lunch while secretly knowing that it only took me about 10 extra seconds to make them thanks to the crazy-cool little sandwich cutters.” Crystal praised the cutters for their large size (minimizing wasted bread) and durability 10/7/2010 (Price: $14.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Halloween Cookie Cutter Set by CURIOUS CHEF INC.
These cookie cutters are designed for kids and feature Halloween-themed shapes including a cat, leaf, pumpkin and ghost. They offer a soft grip and are oversized for easy use. Curious Chef cookie cutters are made from BPA-free food safe plastic and are dishwasher safe. 9/9/2010 (Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Thomas & Friends Pez Candy Dispensers by PEZ
Candy dispensers shaped like your favorite train are ready for loading up with sweet treats.
— Thomas & Friends Pez candy dispensers were top sellers at Totally Thomas Toy Depot in San Diego as of July 2010, according to Cynthia Wyatt, president. “Yummy and collectible,” she said. “The perfect treat for any Thomas fan.” 7/28/2010 (Price: $1.99)
Chef Kids ChocoPot by BANDAI AMERICA INC.
Top Chef, Food Network, and “Julie & Julia” have made cooking popular once again, and BANDAI’s Chef Kids capitalizes on this current popularity. While most cooking programs are aimed at adults, the Chef Kids line includes instructional DVDs created for kids with interest in the kitchen. The ChocoPot lets kid chefs make chocolate treats using a battery powered pot and three molds. Everything is included—just add chocolate! ( Watch Video) 2/16/2010 (Price: $24.99)
Covered Rice Krispy Treat Pop - Sweets the Monkey by FORBIDDEN SWEETS
This hand-crafted treat is hand-dipped in chocolate and decorated per theme. It comes in a sealed, clear bag and may be used as a decorative topper for gifts, a party favor or simply a treat for a special child. 1/12/2010 (Price: $4.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Shape Scoop by PRICE PRODUCTS LLC
Ice cream can be even more fun with these shaped scoops. Kids can have cones filled with circles or squares of their favorite frozen treat. ( Watch Video) 12/10/2009 (Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Spinmallow by MARKY SPARKY TOYS
Coat hangers and twigs are a thing of the past now that the Spinmallow has been invented. Just stick a marshmallow on the telescoping skewer, hold over the fire and let the roasting begin. It includes a flashlight on top to help easily locate the graham crackers and chocolate. Launch date: 2009.
― John Naisbitt, owner of Thinker Things in Solana Beach, Calif., told TDmonthly in June 2010 that Spinmallow is one of his top-selling electronic items.
― “Marky Sparky is the best company for the older boy,” remarked Diana Gisolfu, owner of Sister's Kids in Springfield, Mass., about what makes Marky Sparky her best-selling line of electronic toys.
― Two of 40 retailers said in summer 2010 that Marky Sparky supplies their top-selling electronics. ( Watch Video) 8/31/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Bubbagum Everyday Candy Teeth by BUBBAGUM
Created for use year-round, these 100-percent edible teeth are ideal for parties, give-outs or everyday fun. "We are the original edible candy teeth," Colin Leier, manager of Triple Alliance LLC dba Bubbagum, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2007. 8/27/2009 (Price: $1.69; Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Christmas Cookie Bag by COLOR-A-COOKIE
Tied with a beautiful red ribbon, this gift bag includes a large Christmas tree cookie decked out with ornaments and two smaller cookies on the sides. 8/13/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Woodours - Dishware by GEARED FOR IMAGINATION
This collection of dishwasher-safe dishware featurs Woodours artwork. Separately available pieces include a bowl (pictured), plate, spoon and sippy cup. Launch date: 2009. ( Watch Video) 8/4/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Cupcake Mints by ACCOUTREMENTS
These frosting-flavored Cupcake Mints come in a 130-ct., 3"-tall tin. There are 36 shrink-wrapped tins in each illustrated display box. Launch date: July 25, 2008. 5/22/2009 (Price: $2.50; Age: 5 and up)
Sweet Treat Eats by PLAYWORLD CORP.
Based on the best-selling book, "The Sneaky Chef," by Jessica Seinfeld (wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld) these kits help kids have fun with food. With this set, kids can bake themselves a teddy bear and eat its heart out. Launch date: 2009. 5/4/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Team Tins: Los Angeles Dodgers by NEW WORLD MANAGEMENT INC.
The collectible metal tin features the Los Angeles Dodgers logo and is packed with 2.1 ounces of hard-boiled mint-flavored candies. Each tin is individually hologrammed, and are available in single or multiple team assortments. 11/25/2008 (Price: $3.99; Age: 6 and up)
The Stamper by GOURMET IMPRESSIONS INC.
The Stamper, designed to create word or symbol impressions in everything from bananas to pancakes to pizza dough, comes with four word message pads (HAPPY, B-DAY, YUMMY and TASTY) and two image message pads (SMILEY and HEART). 11/11/2008 (Price: $1.99)
Mini Glee Variety Pack by VERVE INC.
Each Mini Glee Variety Pack contains a convenient assortment of 21 Mini Glee Gum packets in kid-friendly flavors: Tangerine, Triple Berry and Bubblegum. The enclosed four-piece Mini Glee Gum packets are all natural, gluten-free, and made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. The new mini size makes them a great “green” option for parties, pinatas, Halloween and the holidays. Launch date: August 15, 2008. 10/29/2008 (Price: $5.99; Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
M&M's Old-Fashioned Candy Dispenser by MARS INC.
Available in yellow, green, red and blue, this M&M's dispenser features heavy die-cast construction and glass globe, and measures 10.5" high. "We carry 21 different colors of M&M's," Fred Rosenberg, owner of On the Park in Kingwood, Texas, told TDmonthly in spring 2008. His store sells "hundreds of pounds a month" to schools and individual consumers who purchase the M&M's for parties. 6/30/2008 (Price: $35.00)
Best of the West Chocolate and Caramel Pack by CERRETA CANDY COMPANY
This set features gold-foil gift boxes in the following assortment: a 7.25 ox. box of French Mint Truffles, an 8 oz. box of Camelbacks Pecan Caramel Clusters and an 8 oz. box of Arizona Western Shapes Chocolates. "They make a really good French chocolate mint," said retailer Fran Anaya of Flagstaff, Arizona's Golden Aspen Toys, which sells various chocolates and caramels offered by this company. 6/30/2008 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Chocolate Covered Chips by BEDRÉ FINE CHOCOLATE
Bedré offers potato chips covered in milk, dark and white chocolate. "We probably sell six pieces a week [of the company's] potato chips or popcorn covered in chocolate," Owner Mary Ellen Cerney of Dear Friends & Children in Duncan, Okla., told TDmonthly in spring 2008. 6/30/2008
Assorted Taffy by TAFFY TOWN INC.
Each assorted package of taffy contains some or all of the following flavors: Chocolate, Cherry, Red Licorice, Watermelon, Neopolitan, Apple, Caramel Swirl, Fresh Apricot, Root Beer Float, Cinnamon, Licorice Swirl, Caramel Corn, Raspberry, Banana, Peppermint, Vanilla, Grape and Orange Creme. "[We] maybe sell 5 lbs. of the taffy and maybe 10 to 15 lbs. of the [company's] chocolate per month," Fran Anaya, owner of Golden Aspen Toys in Flagstaff, Ariz., told TDmonthly in spring 2008. 6/30/2008 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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