Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints July 31st, 2014

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These Dark Chocolate Honey Mints from Trader Joe’s just have three ingredients: honey, chocolate liquor and oil of peppermint.

The center contains creamed honey and the rest is cacao and peppermint to flavor the mints. The patties are 1.5 inches in diameter and are gluten-free, containing no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Trader Joe’s is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, Calif. Currently sitting at 418 stores, the chain was founded by Joe Coulombein 1958 and has been owned since 1979 by a German family trust. There are currently more than 10,000 employees.

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Satisfying a Sweet Tooth Without the Guilt July 25th, 2014

Almost everyone has one—that little voice inside his or her head, or in this case, mouth.

The satisfying sweet taste of a candy bar, truffle or anything including chocolate is tough to resist, and Americans are looking at more ways to eat candy without the crash.

Eating products that contain all-natural sweeteners, such as honey, is a great way to beat the craving without feeling the guilt. Another hot trend swaying consumers are smaller bite-sized treats. According to CandyIndustry.com, bite-size treats encourage portion control, and consumers want a big taste in a small package. With that, they can experiment with different flavor varieties and feel satisfied instead of overfilled.

Confectioners innovating with flavor and product size were a hit at the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. Not only is honey an ideal sweetener, but ConfectionaryNews.com reports that specific combinations with berries and dark chocolate were top trends on the show floor.

One bite-sized bar that blends honey, cherries and dark chocolate is Sanders’ Fine Chocolates Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bar. The bars are split into bite-sized pieces and also include coconut and cinnamon.

Another product, Bees & Beans’ candy bars, include local honey, dark chocolate, raspberries and blueberries. All of the company’s products are hand made and packaged in eco-friendly, biodegradable wrappers.

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Melville Candy Co. Clover Honey Spoons July 24th, 2014

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Made with honey, this set of six Honey Spoons by Melville Candy Co. are great to stir into tea or to have as a candy lollipop.

Each spoon is embedded with bee pollen on wooden sticks and is hand-poured. Each lollipop weighs .5 oz.

Melville Candy Company is a family-owned company that has been producing charming barley sugar lollipops in whimsical shapes and classic flavors for a quarter century. In addition to its regular selection of fruity barley lollipops, the company offers a wide variety of seasonal and holiday products and offers endless customization options. The Weymouth, Mass.-based company recently has expanded its selection to include hard candy tea and coffee spoons.

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