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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 Oct 22, 2014, includes 348 PRO Trends and 1,740 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 2,115,000,000 total views of data. [Learn More]

Report Contents

• 348 Sweets PRO Trends = 348 Powerpoint Pages Sweets PPT Report
• 1,740 Sweets Examples

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• 244 Sweets Videos (Online) Sweets Videos
• 10,440 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:

Augmented Reality Packaging Brands increase interactivity through virtual reality packaging Implications - The shopping experience is becoming more focused on interactivity, but brands are now taking an even more in your face approach with augmented reality packaging. This shift supports consumer preference for smartphone integration into the product experience as brands compete to deliver the most immersive experience yet.
Augmented Reality Packaging
Brands increase interactivity through virtual reality packaging
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Edible Gore A heightened appreciation for gruesome imagery prompts macabre confectionery treats Implications - As a societal fascination with gore rises, so to does a need to showcase appreciation for dark pop culture references. Using food and confectionery treats as a form of expression, consumers are seeking to pay tribute to TV shows and darker holiday seasons in a more creative way, reflecting an openness to shocking aesthetics.
Edible Gore
A heightened appreciation for gruesome imagery prompts macabre confectionery treats
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Streamlining Nutrition Seeking efficiency, consumers turn to all-in-one health food kits Implications - Despite the health benefits of nutritional meals, extra preparation and costs can often deter consumers tight on time. Making healthy consumption easier, nutritional kits and dinner baskets help make the process of healthy eating much more efficient, particularly for busy parents. This shift speaks to a desire for more customized and individually curated meals.
Streamlining Nutrition
Seeking efficiency, consumers turn to all-in-one health food kits
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Substitute Indulgence Desserts are given a healthy overhaul to maintain a sense of indulgence Implications - Healthy eating can be quite overwhelming, particularly for kids who are drawn to more indulgent everyday goods. Helping to make nutritional consumption more appealing, consumers are reinterpreting traditional desserts with health-conscious alternatives, combining familiar treats and flavors with a healthier ingredients.
Substitute Indulgence
Desserts are given a healthy overhaul to maintain a sense of indulgence
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Humorous Hygiene A desire for novelty has consumers seeking out eclectic hygiene products Implications - Adding an element of humor to everyday hygiene practices, consumers are turning to eccentric health products for amusement. Referencing pop culture themes, innovations like this use unexpected aesthetics to add interest to everyday routine. This reflects a desire for excitement and novelty even with respect to mundane tasks.
Humorous Hygiene
A desire for novelty has consumers seeking out eclectic hygiene products
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Conscious Snacking Snack food brands integrate elements of social good to convey social awareness Implications - Seeking to break free of traditionally negative connotations associated with snack food, brands are turning to elements of social good to convey a sense of awareness. Offering fair trade products and sustainable packaging designs, snack food brands are seeking to target consumers on a more conscious level, contributing more than something just to eat.
Conscious Snacking
Snack food brands integrate elements of social good to convey social awareness
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Homespun Snacking Heightening snack foods, consumers turn to alternative snack ingredients Implications - Taking a more nutritional approach to mass-produced snacks, consumers are turning to baking techniques and organic ingredients for appeal. Offering the allure of classic junk food options like chips without the fear of preservatives or extra calories, these DIY alternatives speak to a desire for health-conscious consumption without sacrificing a sense of indulgence.
Homespun Snacking
Heightening snack foods, consumers turn to alternative snack ingredients
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Hybrid Snacking Adding substance to mini meals, consumers combine multiple treats into one Implications - Seeking to add more depth to everyday snacks, consumers are combining different treats together to satiate cravings. Creating hybrid snacks that come together to create a mini meal, consumers are merging unlikely ingredients together to add substance to recipes traditionally lighter in form.
Hybrid Snacking
Adding substance to mini meals, consumers combine multiple treats into one
4 Examples + Score + Implications


PLUS 342 more Sweets PRO Trends and 1,740 examples!



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