If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the snack aisle. Or at least proceed with caution, because spicy treats are staging a comeback—and the latest varieties might just make you tear up. They’ve been one of the most surprising candy trends to emerge from this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, a trade show that where more than 450 exhibitors (including juggernauts like Hershey’s and Mars) show off their latest and greatest treats to buyers, who will place orders and stock them in stores nationwide in the months to come.
So, what exactly will be heading to a grocery store near you, and what other patterns are emerging? We got the scoop straight from Christopher Gindlesperger, senior vice president of public affairs and communications for the National Candy Association. (Spoiler: They’re all kind of an homage to the Before Times.)