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July 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 7
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Sweeten Sales With Edibles

Candy Can Be a Tasteful Complement to Toys


More than half of 55 specialty retailers surveyed recently told TDmonthly Magazine they don’t sell any candy in their store. But sweet-toothed customers aren’t left wanting everywhere. Some favorites of those who do stock the sweets? Candy necklaces and lollipops, rock candy sticks, PEZ, M&Ms by MARS, and chocolate treats, they said. Check out the list below for other edible suggestions:



MSRP: $4.50
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



These handcrafted, 4- to 5-oz., chocolate-covered Rice Krispy treats are hand dipped and decorated with distinctive designs. They come individually wrapped in clear bags. Other designs include Rocket, Ice Cream Cone, Fish Bowl, Dice and Cowboy Boot. The treats make "great present toppers ... [and] party favors," Owner Candace Williams of The Toy Maven in Dallas, Texas, told TDmonthly. In spring 2008 she said that her store sells about 30 to 40 of these treats per week.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19603      (added 6/30/2008)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19601      (added 6/30/2008)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19600      (added 6/30/2008)
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SKU or Item #: 411
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19599      (added 6/30/2008)
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Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Licensed Products
Gifts



The gift set features two ceramic cone-shaped dishes in the waffle style, along with a 5-oz. package of the Ice Cream Parlor Mix. Fans can use the ceramic cones as whimsical candy dishes, or serve homemade sundaes topped with the new Jelly Belly beans. The new Jelly Belly flavors in the Cold Stone Creamery licensed line are Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip®, Chocolate Devotion™, Our Strawberry Blonde™, Apple Pie A La Cold Stone® and the popular Birthday Cake Remix™. Launch date: August 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19414      (added 6/16/2008)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



This candy bar features Wonka milk chocolate and graham crackers.
— It is a best seller at the Lollipop Shop in Jonesborough, Tenn., and Kiawah Island, S.C., Co-owner Jeff Gurley told TDmonthly in spring 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19265      (added 6/4/2008)
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MSRP: $35.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19605      (added 6/30/2008)
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MSRP: $1.15
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 65210
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Christmas
Candy & Food
Novelties



Plastic reindeer lips and a battery-operated, lighted nose are attached to a cherry-flavored lollipop. “Compared to competition, the Carousel Reindeer Lollipop is entirely unique,” Ford Gum & Machine Company Director of Marketing David Plotnick told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19113      (added 5/30/2008)
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MSRP: $1.15
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 65208
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Christmas
Candy & Food
Novelties



he 2-3/4” Christmas ornament is filled with holiday treats and plays assorted Christmas carols at the push of a button. “Compared to competition, the Carousel Musical Christmas Ornament is the best value item like it,” Ford Gum & Machine Company Director of Marketing David Plotnick told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19112      (added 5/30/2008)
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MSRP: $1.99
Age Range: 7 to 12
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Licensed Products
Candy & Food
Novelties



The toy dispenses Au'some candy rolls and Smarties bubble gum. “It has the cool factor as well as a refillable item for future use,” Au’some Candies Vice President of Operations Rose Downey told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19095      (added 5/30/2008)
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 22238WM
Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Creative Activities
Candy & Food



The kit comes with everything kids need to make “dirt pudding.” The kit includes chocolate pudding mix, cookie crumb "dirt," two flowerpots, gummy worms and a rhyming recipe. Launch date: March 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18977      (added 5/21/2008)
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MSRP: $5.95
SKU or Item #: 11849
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Candy & Food
Gifts



Each 6-1/2” x 1-1/2” x 1” bacon-shaped tin contains 60 bacon-flavored jellybeans. These jellybeans are not quite as tasty as real bacon, but better for the arteries. Twelve shrink-wrapped tins come in each illustrated display box.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18836      (added 5/13/2008)
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MSRP: $2.50
SKU or Item #: 11803
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Candy & Food
Gifts



The 3” x 2-1/4” x 1/2” tin contains 150 rose petal-flavored candies. Each illustrated display box comes with 36 shrink-wrapped tins.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18832      (added 5/13/2008)
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Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Licensed Products
Candy & Food
Novelties



The Pez plush key chain-dispenser line includes cats, dogs, safari animals, party animals, arctic babies and Easter barnyard babies. Launch date: March 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17250      (added 1/29/2008)
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MSRP: $3.99
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Novelties
Gifts



The koala plush key chain holds a heart-shaped pillow that reads “Love.” The dispenser comes on a card with a roll of Pez candy. Three other cuddly creatures are available in the plush key chain-dispenser line. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17255      (added 1/29/2008)
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MSRP: $3.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Licensed Products
Gifts



The collectible tin features the Seattle Mariners logo and comes with tasty mints. “Quite simply, there is no competitor!” Daniel Kasberg of New World Management Inc., told TDmonthly. “We are the only ones with an official MLB license.” Launch date: April 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19235      (added 6/4/2008)
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The limited edition tin comes with three Pez dispensers, each depicting one of the different looks Elvis sported over the years. The 7”W x 7-3/4”H x 2-1/4”D tin comes with two rolls of Pez Cola candy and an Elvis Presley Music CD.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17247      (added 1/29/2008)
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Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author

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