QUIN gumdrops

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Spiced-Up Sweets
Over-the-top hot foods that make you run for the nearest water fountain are going in an even bolder direction, with snack makers combining the most trendy spices with creative sweet elements. We're seeing new flavor combinations, such as smoky-sugar, honey-wasabi and habanero-maple, popping up in everything from candies to granola bars. QUIN's Smoked Cola Gumdrops are made with sugar that's been smoked over a wood fire—but they also include a nostalgic, gummy Coke bottle flavor. And KIND bars now come in a dark chocolate-chili-almond variety: Almonds, peanuts and cashews are spiked with a subtle dusting of cascabel, ancho and habanero chili powder, and then drizzled with dark chocolate.