Sweet on heat

Sweet and heat meet in a growing number of snacks and confections pairing peppers with fruit, honey or chocolate. From Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., a subsidiary of Mars, comes Skittles Sweet Heat and Starburst Sweet Heat. Both variants feature each brand’s classic fruity candies with a spicy twist. Also from Mars, the newest addition to the Combos stuffed snacks lineup is honey sriracha baked pretzel.


The Hershey Co. has partnered with Sunny Sky Products to develop Jolly Rancher Slush frozen dispensed beverages in blue raspberry sriracha, cherry habanero and green apple ginger flavors.


Mondelez International is introducing Sour Patch Kids Fire, a soft and chewy candy combining sweet, sour and spicy flavors.


A new line of Fruit Jerky from Nothing But the Fruit features pressed fruit with sweet and savory ingredients. Varieties include concord strawberry ginger and coconut, salted watermelon jalapeño and chia, and mango chili lime and pepitas. A vegan alternative to beef jerky, each pouch contains 12 to 15 grams of plant-based protein.