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About the Sweets Report

Featuring delicious chocolates, lollipops, jelly beans and mints, as well as fudge sculptures and liquorice murals, the Sweets Trend Report examines how today’s candy developments are not just for edible enjoyment. Over the past year, we have noticed many unique trends that highlight the versatility of sweets (like quirky branding initiatives by Cadbury and artwork created from candies), and showcase how they can be used for more than just desserts.

Who It's For

Global confectionery brands, sweet shops, dessert chefs, conceptual artists, brand innovators and marketing managers will all benefit from our crowd-generated content.

Use the Sweets Trend Report to extract valuable consumer data that will give you the tools to be more innovative.

The Sweets Trend Report, last published on Mar 31, 2015, includes 425 PRO Trends and 2,125 examples of sweets market research and sweets consumer trends related to: confections, desserts, sweet shops, candy art, chocolates and sweets trends.

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Methodology

Our sweets research is based on Trend Hunter's crowdsourced sweets articles and 2,334,000,000 total views of data. [Learn More]

Report Contents

• 425 Sweets PRO Trends = 425 Powerpoint Pages Sweets PPT Report
• 2,125 Sweets Examples

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• 298 Sweets Videos (Online) Sweets Videos
• 12,750 Sweets Images (Online) Sweets Images
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Sample Sweets Pro Trends

Each Sweets PRO Trend is on its own slide with implications, a quantified score, and examples linked to online sweets articles, videos and images. Examples:

Frozen Gourmet Frozen meals shift to cater to upscale taste profiles Implications - Once considered a low-brow enjoyment, frozen meals have undergone a gourmet makeover. Frozen meals arebeing marketed towards a consumer with a refined palette, yet little time to prepare meals of the caliber they desire. Gourmet-inspired frozen dishes that pay careful consideration to ingredients and quality prove that thoughtful preparation can sway even the most particular consumer into opting for a low-cost, time-efficient alternative, while remaining confident they're not compromising their standards.
Frozen Gourmet
Frozen meals shift to cater to upscale taste profiles
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Customized Festival Brands are customizing their products to appeal to festival-goers Implications - Summer is a season heavy with festivals, which are quickly becoming a millennial rite of passage. In order to appeal to younger consumers, brands are customizing their products and services to easily integrate into this new summer ritual. In turn, consumers are responding to brands that show interest in accommodating their lifestyle.
Customized Festival
Brands are customizing their products to appeal to festival-goers
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Exotic Experimentation A consumer preference for global flavor trumps traditional seasonal options Implications - The growing consumer interest in exotic flavors extends into the fall and winter season, as consumers begin replacing their typical sweet treats and beverages with options that offer a spicy kick. This shift demonstrates the strength and longevity of foodie culture, suggesting that the flavor experimentation it has sparked among consumers is here to stay.
Exotic Experimentation
A consumer preference for global flavor trumps traditional seasonal options
6 Examples + Score + Implications


Refreshing Comfort Comfort food undergoes a light makeover for warmer weather Implications - Consumers who wish to indulge in their favorite comfort foods during the warmer months are searching for lighter options. Classic comfort food fare, such as pizza and onion rings, are revamped with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are not only lighter for consumption, but also take health-consciousness into consideration. Unwilling to give up their favorite comfort foods, consumers are ultimately looking for a way to reformat them for optimal seasonal enjoyment.
Refreshing Comfort
Comfort food undergoes a light makeover for warmer weather
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Sophisticating Baby Infant aesthetics go from cartoonish to chic Implications - Minimalist baby design speaks to a happy medium between the popular fad-based, Internet-heavy infant aesthetic, and the classic cartoonish, childlike look of animal-inspired, pastel-hued pieces. This more sophisticated look accommodates the need for something modern and age appropriate, yet still fitting to an adult aesthetic.
Sophisticating Baby
Infant aesthetics go from cartoonish to chic
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Critter Kinder Animals are prominent in baby design Implications - Allowing new Instagram-age parents the opportunity to communicate creativity through their children, animal-themed infant clothing maintains a cute and conservative look that is de rigeur, yet still childlike. Diverging from the rising trend of dressing babies like chic adults, this pattern shows parents still want kids to be kids, but in a way that satisfies the desire for uniqueness.
Critter Kinder
Animals are prominent in baby design
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Eastern Savory Asian influences introduce savory flavors to sweet dishes Implications - Many consumers are increasingly turning to food for much more than sustenance, seeking a memorable product experience. Flavor fusion fulfills this desire quite well, and in the case of Asian influence in desserts, is reversing the flavor profiles associated with sweet dishes. Providing consumers with an exciting take on traditional goods, this shift signifies a consumer openness to novelty when it comes to food.
Eastern Savory
Asian influences introduce savory flavors to sweet dishes
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Condensed Gourmet Miniature culinary goods provide luxury without breaking the bank Implications - The post-credit crunch desire to communicate prestige, combined with the rise of foodie culture, has put gourmet food in the spotlight. Some consumers, however, are not willing to spend what is required to enjoy these culinary goods. Thus, a demand for miniature gourmet foods can be observed, allowing consumers to enjoy a compromise.
Condensed Gourmet
Miniature culinary goods provide luxury without breaking the bank
5 Examples + Score + Implications


PLUS 419 more Sweets PRO Trends and 2,125 examples!



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