The Edge Award, celebrates economic development and growth through entrepreneurship! Posted on 28 Jun 11:32

A Story of Sweet Success: Newfangled Confections


In 2011, Carrie Abbott was a small business owner who had recently founded a catering company. Carrie had come into contact with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) when she reached out for assistance with her company’s business plan. After consulting with ISBDC, Carrie launched her own gourmet confection business in 2012, Newfangled Confections, and began selling what would become the company’s signature product: Frittle (a tasty combination of fudge and brittle).

With Carrie’s candy company up and running, she continued to seek the direction of ISBDC. ISBDC aided Carrie in marketing and finance; in 2015, ISBDC met with Carrie to both plan and fund Newfangled Confections’ next growth phase.

Newfangled Confections has continued to see growth in local sales, primarily in small food and gift stores. Frittle has managed to gain a substantial following among customers, and is now being sold in multiple stores in both Indiana and Ohio. Many stores across the country are currently requesting expanded placement of Newfangled Confections’ products in their stores.

"ISBDC has been instrumental in the growth of Newfangled Confections," Carrie says. "Entrepreneurs often struggle to find someone they can go to for financial advice or to bounce ideas off of. The impartial, yet experienced words of wisdom are so appreciated. ISBDC helped us with guidelines of marketing and financial guidance a few years back. It's hard to believe it's been over 7 years we formed a relationship and it's still going strong."

Carrie, a Ball State University Geography and Ivy Tech Pastry & Bakery graduate, used her love of candy and her fond memories of old-time sweets to start Newfangled Confections with minimal prior experience in baking and branding. Since founding Newfangled Confections, Carrie has become a self-taught expert in multiple areas, including sales and entrepreneurship. Carrie has effectively utilized ISBDC’s resources for years, and was recently awarded the Economic Development through Growth and Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Award. EDGE is an award that is presented to both developing and established businesses by ISBDC to recognize these businesses’ outstanding achievements, including utilizing external resources to foster the growth of their companies. This award is well-deserved accomplishment for Carrie, and it is a testament to her ingenuity and dedication. 


Frittle Candy Named Innovative Product Nominee! Posted on 24 May 18:19

How Sweet It Is! National Confectioners Association Names Most Innovative New Product Award Winners

Innovative Product Nominee

Hershey recognized for Best in Show; Buddah Brands Company takes home first-ever Small Business Innovator award

Recognizing the latest innovations in candy and snacks, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) announced its 2017 Most Innovative New Product Award winners. The delectable award winners – including those for Best in Show and the newly added Small Business Innovator – represent the most creative, innovative and fun products that the industry has to offer.

The winners were selected from nearly 370 new product award entries across nine candy and snack categories: chocolate; non-chocolate; sweet; salty; savory; novelty; seasonal; gourmet/premium; and gum & mints. Product submissions were rated based on four weighted criteria: taste, packaging, innovation and go-to market feasibility.

“The amount of innovation and creativity we have seen over the past six years of the award’s existence has gotten more sophisticated and highly competitive,” said John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association. “Any product nominated during this process should be very proud. Submissions continue to grow by double digits each year which points to the important role innovation plays in the candy and snack categories.”

This year’s Best in Show award went to The Hershey Company for Reese’s Crunchers.

The judges presented the first Small Business Innovator Award to Montreal-based Buddah Brands Company for Hungry Buddah Probiotic Coconut Chips in Cheeky Chocolate.  This inaugural award recognizes companies with net sales under $500,000, giving them the opportunity to shine and gain recognition amongst with well-established peers.

This year’s nominees and winners are:

Chocolate Winner: MARS Chocolate North America – M&M’s Caramel Chocolate Candies

The Hershey Company – Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cups
Mondelez International, Inc. – Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar
Ferrero USA, Inc. – Kinder Joy
Edward Marc Brands – Edward Marc Chocolatier Coconut Almonds with Dark Chocolate

Non-Chocolate Winner: Jelly Belly Candy Company – Jelly Belly Krispy Kreme Gift Box

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company – Starburst Sweet Heat
Albanese Confectionery – Albanese World’s Best Sherbet Gummi Bears
Nestlé USA – SweeTARTS Whipped & Tangy
Just Born Quality Confections – MIKE & IKE SOUR-LICOUS Fruit Punch flavored candies

Sweet Snacks Winner: Nestlé USA – Nerds Lucha Grande – Mango Chile and Guava

Charms Company – Andes Creme de Menthe Snap Bar
Edward Marc Brands, Inc. – Snappers Milk Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Snappers
Setton Farms – Pistachios + Blueberry infused Cranberries & Coconut Chewy Bites
Brownie Brittle, LLC – Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sea Salt

Salty Snacks Winner: The Daily Crave – Gouda & Romano Cheese Quinoa Chips

TwistCheez – Hickory Smoke
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky – AM Hot and Spicy Breakfast Sausage
The Hershey Company – Hershey’s Popped Snack Mix
Twang Partners, LTD. – TWANGERZ Sriracha Salt

Savory Snacks Winner: Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. – Wholey Cheese! / Mild Cheddar

Alli & Rose – Tropical Fields Crunchy Seaweed Rice Bites
Chef’s Cut Real Jerky – Protein Packs – Real Steak Jerky, Original Recipe Cheddar Cheese
Hawaiian Host, Inc. – Mauna Loa Mango Chipotle Macadamias
goodnessKNOWS – Blueberry & Almond

Novelty/Licensed Winner: Ferrara Candy Co. TROLLI SOUR BRITE DIP’N CRAWLERS

Pez Candy, Inc. – Smurfs Gift Tin
Jelly Belly Candy Company – Jelly Belly Mixed Emotions
Galerie – Dylan’s Candy Bar Secret Message Lollipop
Jel Sert Company – Airheads White Mystery Freezer Bars

Seasonal Winner: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company – Ghirardelli Chocolate Strawberry Bark

Ferrara Candy Co. – Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers Minis Hairy Heart Gift Heart
Pez Candy, Inc. – Christmas Ornament with Mini Dispensers
Impact Confections, Inc. – WARHEADS – Chewy Bunnies – Assorted Flavors
The Matzo Project – Salted Matzo

Gourmet Winner: Las Olas Confections and Snacks – Anastasia Coconut Cashew Crunch Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Newfangled Confections – Frittle Candy – Original

Edward Marc Brands – Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Medallions
Bixby – Nutty For Me Bixby Bites
That’s How We Roll – Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins Meyer Lemon

Gum & Mints Winner: Ferrero USA, Inc. – Tic Tac Gum Freshmint

Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. – Airheads Gum, Watermelon
The Hershey Company – Breath Savers Protect
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company – Extra Chewy Mints
Mondelez International, Inc. – Purely Trident Peppermint

Innovation has long been a key component of the confectionery industry. Earlier this month, five leading global confectionery companies announced a commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America to provide consumers with more information, options and support as they enjoy their favorite treats. Consumers can learn more about this initiative at the newly established “The commitment recently announced by Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé, Ferrero, Russell Stover, Lindt, Ghirardelli and Ferrara Candy Company to create more options in innovative packaging and products, and to educate consumers about how chocolate and candy can play a unique role in a happy, balanced lifestyle, is the first step on our journey to help consumers manage their sugar intake,” Downs said. “We’re so pleased that the panel of retail experts who are part of our awards panel recognized the leadership and innovation of these five companies in bringing new products to market.”

About the National Confectioners Association (NCA)
The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA educates the public to help ensure that it understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country. More than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood. For every one job that is created by confectionery companies, another seven are supported in related industries. Learn more about the “Power of Sweet” at, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

About the Sweets & Snacks Expo
Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is the confectionery and snack industry’s most successful, world class event. It is unrivaled in new product launches, business building solutions and innovations in merchandising. 17,000 qualified professionals attend with global presence from 90 countries. More than 800 companies displaying more than 4 acres of candy and snack products participate in the Expo. The event is held each May at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Contact: Susan Whiteside, 202-441-3332,