Goo Goo Clusters, introduced in 1912 by Standard Candy, was said to be the nation's first combination candy bar, containing caramel, nuts and marshmallow. "Ultimately, the fact that we’re still here is the biggest endorsement of the product that you can have," said executive vice president Lance Paine. "At the end of the day, what you’re looking at is the fact that [we’ve had] uninterrupted production over 100 years."
Hammond's Candies, in Denver, offers tours that feature its new line of all-natural candies and toffees dipped in chocolate and rolled by hand. The company started in 1920 and has outgrown three previous locations.
Lindt, the Swiss chocolate maker, reports sales of $2.5 billion during the year -- a 5.8% increase above the year before. "The 5.8% organic growth figure is still above the whole chocolate market, so they are doing quite well, though the difference is that in good times they were growing in double digits," an analyst said.
Cadbury Adams' Halls partnered with StoreBoard Media to put security pedestal ads in more than 3,000 retail locations to promote its products, including the Halls Naturals products. The ads will appear at CVS, Jewel-Osco and Duane Reade.
Companies including Kraft Foods, General Mills and Kellogg Co. are making the case through advertising that high-fiber foods can taste good. Ads for Fiber One Frosted Shredded Wheat from General Mills, for example, feature a man saying the cereal "tastes way too good to have fiber."