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Hi-Chew taps into caramel apple for a limited time

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Whether you say “car-mel” or “care-ah-mel” the latest Hi-Chew launch is for lovers of the sweet treat.

For a limited time, Hi-Chew fans can get their hands on the brand’s new caramel apple flavor.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company, which is part of the Morinaga America brand portfolio, will be launching the product just in time for fall.

Featuring a tart green apple center, the product also contains a burst of apple flavor that’s complemented by a chewy caramel exterior, the company said.

“We want to keep candy lovers on their toes with flavors that combine real fruit juices and iconic American tastes with the deliciously chewy texture that Hi-Chew fans love,” Norio Otsuki, chief operating officer of Morinaga America, said. “In experimenting with different palates and flavor combinations for the fall, our team of experts was inspired to create caramel apple, a flavor that truly encompasses the spirit of the season.”

The seasonal offering will be available in bonus-size sticks with 12 individually wrapped pieces, as opposed to the traditional 10.

Hi-Chew’s caramel apple sticks can be found online or in-store at select Walgreens locations for the suggested retail price of $1.39.

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Bobo’s intros jam-filled snack bites

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Bobo’s, a brand focused on creating handmade oat bars, has added another addition to its portfolio.

The Boulder, Colo.-based company unveiled its new Stuff’d Bites, which features jam-filled morsels filled with protein and fiber.

Apple pie and peanut butter and jelly flavors are featured in the lineup, which also is gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO, the company said.

“I’ve always wanted our peanut butter and jelly and apple pie bites to replicate the taste and texture kids expect from a homemade PB&J sandwich or fresh ppple pie,” BOBO’s founder and president Beryl Stafford, said. “These new Stuff’d oatmeal bites allow us to give consumers a delicious jam center inside of the oat bar crust they already love!”

Baked with whole grain oats and real organic fruit jam, the bite-sized snacks are available for purchase online, as well as in such retailers as Whole Foods Market, Target and Stop & Shop.

Bobo’s apple pie and peanut butter and jelly Stuff’d Bites come in a pack of five that retails for $4.99.

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Bandai America to bring back the ’90s Tamagotchi

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What’s old is certainly new again.

Fresh off the heels of unveiling the classic Tamagotchi in spring colors, Bandai America announced that it will bring back some vintage style designs of the classic game.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based company will roll out eight of the products original colors that debuted in 1997, alongside some new hues.

In addition, the release will be rolled out in two generations and feature the same original programming from two decades ago, the company said.

“We have found that since we brought the Tamagotchi back last year in a new form, fans have been clamoring for the return of the originals that launched in 1997,” Tara Badie, Bandai America’s marketing director, said. “We have decided to bring back the original Tamagotchi with some new additions that will keep the classic look and feel of the original game, but with new colors that will bring the device to life like never before.”

With each of the Tamagotchi’s, users will be able to feed, clean up after it and discipline it while raising it into adulthood. Two different games to play also are included, a character and numbers game.

The devices will be released in two separate generations, including:

  • Generation One, which includes a character game where players guess which direction the Tamagotchi will move. It will come in eight colors that include purple with pink, translucent blue, rainbow, striped tiger, pink with yellow, white with black, red glitter, and mermaid;
  • Generation Two, which features a numbers game where players guess whether the next number will be higher or lower. Featured colors include white and pink, black and silver, green glitter, colorful leopard, blue with silver, yellow with blue, galaxy, and white with colorful characters.

Each device will be sold individually at the suggested retail price of $19.99.

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