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Love me do: Americans want sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

By Anthony Myers

Chocolate and candy's role as a social currency has been reinforced during the Valentine’s Day season in the US, with 92% of Americans claiming they plan to share confectionery with friends, family, and loved ones.

Established n Rye, East Sussex, in 2013, Knoops now has 15 stores in locations across the UK. Pic: Knoops

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Knoops strikes chocolate gold with Wonka movie tie-in

By Anthony Myers

Knoops, the UK retailer of artisan chocolate drinks, is celebrating a merry Christmas after announcing solid financial growth and ambitious expansion plans for 2024 – partly the result of becoming the brand partner of choice for Wonka, the hit film prequel...

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Oh! Oh! Oh! Is there a right way to eat a candy cane?

By Anthony Myers

There’s no more evident sign that the winter holidays are here than the emergence of candy canes on store shelves in the US – but what is the “right” way to eat them? It’s a fun question that always gets American consumers in a twist, so here goes …

US consumers will still have plenty of candy treats on hand this Halloween. Pic: Getty Images

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Reality bites? US Halloween candy sales unspooked by inflation

By Anthony Myers

Scary monsters (and super creeps) with false teeth may not be the only ones to bite this Halloween as inflation is also hitting households across the United States, forcing many families to keep tight control of the purse strings.

Searches for vegan chocolate dropped in the past year, according to Ashbury

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Demand for vegan chocolate drops this easter

By Gwen Ridler

The demand for vegan chocolate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) year-on-year this Easter, according to research by food label consultant Ashbury.

UK shoppers can expect more new treats this Easter Pic: Getty Images

Easter 2023

Easter sees UK leading the world in chocolate innovation

By Anthony Myers

From chocolate bunnies to candy chicks, this year is set to be a bumper year for Easter treats according to new UK research from Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), which claims launches of new seasonal Easter chocolate products have increased...

And the winner is ... Crash!. Pic: Cadbury

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Crash the cat wins this year’s coveted Cadbury Bunny ears accolade

By Anthony Myers

After receiving an impressive number of votes from animal lovers across the country, Crash the Cat from Boise, Idaho, has been crowned the winner of Hershey’s fifth-annual Cadbury Bunny Tryouts, 'Rescue Pets Edition', the company has announced.

Love Cocoa's 2023 Easter collection. Pic: Love Cocoa

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Love Cocoa extends eco-friendly egg collection

By Anthony Myers

Luxury sustainable chocolate brand Love Cocoa is adding to its Easter portfolio this year with two delightful, marbled eggs, while the rest of the range has had a seasonal makeover.

Lindt wants to make Easter more memorable with its ‘Hoppiness’ campaign and much-loved Gold Bunny. Pic: Lindt

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Chocolate gives a lift to all ages, new survey reveals

By Anthony Myers

A new UK nationwide study by Lindt, to mark the beginning of Spring, has revealed the list of everyday things that give Brits a lift, with a good night’s sleep (51%), a walk on a sunny morning (48%) and a hug (47%) appearing top of the list.

Cadbury's is the favourite Easter Egg brand, according to research. Pic: Mondelez International

Easter 2023

Cadbury's Easter eggs come out tops for UK consumers, research reveals

By Anthony Myers

With Easter in the UK becoming more of a celebration akin to Halloween and Christmas, new research has revealed that 82% of consumers said they'd spend the traditional long weekend with family, with approximately 20% spending it with friends. A third...

Chocolove Valentine's Collection 3-Bar Pack. Pic: Chocolove

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Chocolove shares its recipe for a sweet Valentine’s Day

By Anthony Myers

Chocolove, the Boulder, Colorado-based premium and ethical chocolatier, is making Valentine's Day sweeter with special heart-shaped bites that are individually wrapped in resealable pouches in Very Cherry and Salted Caramel flavours.

Decorating the Christmas tree is popular in Utah (82%), New York (79%) and Vermont (79%), according to a Hershey survey. Pic: GettyImages

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Hershey covers all candy bases with Christmas heat map for consumers

By Anthony Myers

American candy lovers can now discover what Christmas tradition is most popular in their state with Hershey’s holiday tradition heat map and then use the candy pairing guide to make sure they’re stocking up on the right iconic sweets to help make holiday...

Germany's popular chocolate Santa Clauses are proving more popular this year. Pic: CN

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Germany’s chocolate Santa Clauses enjoy export boom

By Anthony Myers

Despite soaring energy costs and supply chain issues, the German confectionery industry said it has produced approximately 5.6% more chocolate Santa Clauses for the Christmas season this year.

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Chocolate advent calendar guide

By Anthony Myers

Not bought a chocolate advent calendar yet? Here is a selection to help you choose and get in the festive mood, from vegan options to luxury best buy ...

Mars goes green this year on its Halloween treats Pic:  Mars inc

Halloween 2022

Mars provides Trick or Trash bags for a greener Halloween

By Anthony Myers

Mars said once again it is ‘putting the consumer first’ by introducing an innovative collaboration to tackle the challenge of wrapper waste this Halloween season with the launch of 'Trick or Trash' bags.