Candy companies are constantly trying to come up with new flavors and ideas to tantalize taste buds, and for the most part, they're succeeding.
Let's gaze into Willy Wonka's crystal ball and take a look at some of the coolest new candy flavors dropping in 2020.
Just make sure you have your dentist on speed dial.
Mars, the maker of Milky Way bars, has decided to hop aboard the salted caramel trend train and ride it straight to Flavortown.
- You're gonna get big, bold taste and some funky flavor.
Salted caramel has already crept into a ton of different variations of sweets, from ice cream to even popcorn, so it only makes sense for a hugely popular candy bar like Milky Way to embrace the trend.
How exactly will a bite of the bar play out in your mouth?
Well, there's obviously the same milk chocolate and nougat that's in a regular Milky Way, but it's a mystery whether the caramel itself is salted, there are tiny salty crystals dispersed within, or it's on top.
Regardless of how the salt accompanies the rest of the ingredients, the new flavor, scheduled to hit stores nationwide January 2020, will hit people where it hurts so good.
Of course, if you can't wait that long, you might be able to find them now at your local Walmart.
There's just something about a sweet and salty combination that lulls us into a taste trance, and Milky Way's ready to put us in one.
Those of us who are addicted to both Facebook and Skittles are probably already aware of the awesome roll-out the candy is preparing consumers for.
For those who aren't social media mavens, get ready to throw your hands in the air in praise of Skittles Dips.
What exactly sets them apart from those run-of-the-mill Skittles?
A yogurt coating, of course.
Some might say the idea sounds delicious and ask why it took Skittles so long to put it into play, but others inevitably will question the decision, like on the Today Show:
- The yogurt around it, and the Skittle inside of it, I like them. - Separately.
- Yeah. - Yes
But there's no telling how the candy will land with everyone else.
Those lucky blokes who live in the United Kingdom actually have access to Skittles Dips already; Strawberry, Lime, Orange, Lemon, and Blackcurrant flavors so brace for an American arrival February 2020.
There have been plenty of variations of M&Ms over the years.
It's pretty obvious that people love the original "melt in your mouth, not in your hand" candy, but why settle for the original when variations like peanut, crispy, pretzel, and mint exist?
Mars also knows that when you're in the candy game, relevance is key.
Their latest venture?
An even more chocolaty and rich Fudge Brownie M&M.
Like most companies who want to tease the hell outta their consumers, M&Ms hit Instagram for a delicious post that immediately got people talking.
One lucky Instagrammer actually got hold of the product and posted a photo along with a mouth-watering description.
They're apparently about the size of peanut M&Ms, and the center texture is gooey like a brownie with a richer, deeper flavor profile.
Basically, what this means is when you toss a handful of these bad boys into your mouth and let them melt, you're bound to sink into a thick, chocolate-coated fudge heaven you may never crawl out of.
But is that really so bad?
Is it actually possible to enhance a Twix?
The mixture of crunch from a cookie, smooth caramel, and a thin coating of milk chocolate seems pretty perfect already.
But the food geniuses at Mars are looking to fix what isn't broken with Cookies & Creme Twix.
People older than 30 who love candy might remember these little sticks of goodness hit shelves in 1990, but for whatever reason, they were done away with, leaving fans clamoring over them for years, wondering if they'd ever get a chance to once again experience the flavor.
Two decades later, they finally have an answer.
Instead of caramel, a rich coating of cookies and cream icing runs along the crunchy cookie, and that spells excitement, hands down.
Originally slated for a December 2019 release, eager consumers now must wait until January 2020 to gorge themselves.
But, patience is a virtue, so let's all be as virtuous as possible.
Valentine's Day and candy go together like love and marriage.
Or cavities and root canals.
Who doesn't remember the good old elementary school days when you used these tiny colored hearts imprinted with cute messages to woo a potential partner?
Maybe you've even tried that move as an adult.
- Oh, little candy hearts.
- Chan and Jan 4 ever."
Well, anyone who's kept up with the candy game knows that Valentine's Day 2019 was sadly slunk by the absence of Sweethearts.
But all that may change come 2020.
This whole lack-of-Sweethearts debacle was due to Necco going out of business in 2018.
Fortunately, the Spangler Candy Company swooped in, took Necco into its arms, and ensured everything would turn out okay.
Kirk Vashaw, the Spangler CEO and Chairman, even said, "We look forward to announcing the Sweethearts relaunch for the 2020 Valentine season."
Now, those shy romantics who absolutely must communicate via candy can use Jelly Belly's Conversation Beans or Cupid Messages M&Ms.
But, let's be honest: Hearts send an extra-special kind of message a bean just can't.
For years, we've calmed our cluttered minds by taking a break with the chocolate-covered layers of wafers in a Kit Kat.
- Gimme a break, break me off a piece of that...I am totally blanking
But get ready: Kit Kats are about to flip the script on all their fans and launch a mint and dark chocolate flavor.
Those iconic layers of crispy wafers are still involved, of course; it wouldn't be a Kit Kat without them but in this version, mint creme coats the top and dark chocolate sits comfortably at the bottom, making for one heck of a bite.
And good news for the impatient: These candies are actually dropping at the tail end of 2019, so waiting until the new year hits isn't necessary.
Imagine having to twiddle your thumbs until 2020 to bask in the glory of mint and dark chocolate Kit Kats.
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