New candy flavors coming out in 2020 that'll blow you away

Ahh, candy. The bane of dentists everywhere while at the same time the sugary ignition key that revs up the salivary glands of every child. The abundant variety of candy nestled in seemingly endless rows underneath the cash registers of grocery stores everywhere is mind-boggling. As a child, you look at the collection of confectionery chaos with jealous awe. As an adult, there's a glance down at the dozens of Snickers, Twizzlers, and fructose-filled gum and see visions of exorbitantly high dental bills — or exorbitantly high calorie counts.

No matter what kind of opinion you have towards the sweet stuff, companies are constantly trying to come up with new flavors and ideas to tantalize taste buds and serenade our sweet teeth, and they're succeeding. Don't believe so much manpower goes into cranking out brand spankin' new goodies? Why don't you schlep over to the Sweets & Snacks Expo and have your mind blown to little sweetened bits.

Now that we have your attention, let's gaze into Willy Wonka's crystal ball and take a look at some of the coolest additions to the world of candy dropping in 2020. Just make sure you have your dentist on speed dial.

Milky Way Salted Caramel Bars

Let's all pause for a second and give a standing ovation to Henri Le Roux, the genius who decided our tongues craved the combination of salt and caramel, they just didn't know it yet. Well, luckily Mars (the people who graced our sugar cravings with Milky Way bars) made the correct decision to hop aboard the salted caramel train and ride it straight to Flavortown (where the mayor, Guy Fieri, reigns supreme).

Salted caramel has already crept into so many different variations of sweets, from ice cream to coffee, so it only makes sense for a hugely popular candy bar like Milky Way to embrace the trend. How exactly will a bite of the bar play out in your mouth?  Well, there's obviously the same milk chocolate and nougat we know and love, but it's a mystery whether the caramel itself is salted, or perhaps tiny salty crystals are dispersed within (or even on top?).

Regardless of how the salt accompanies the rest of the ingredients, the new flavor — which is scheduled to hit stores nationwide January 2020 — will hit people where it hurts so good. Of course, if you can't wait that long, you might find them now at your local Walmart. There's just something about a sweet and salty combination that lulls us into a taste trance, and Milky Way's ready to trance it up.

Skittles Dips

Those of us who share in two addictions — Facebook and Skittles — are probably already aware of the awesome rollout the candy is preparing consumers for. For those who aren't social media mavens (c'mon, get with the times grandpa), get ready to throw your hands in the air in praise of Skittles Dips. So, what exactly sets them apart from those run-of-the-mill Skittles? A yogurt coating, of course. Yep, now those hardened little morsels of sugar sport a creamy jacket of yogurt

Some might say the idea sounds delicious and ask why it took Skittles so long to put it into play, but others inevitably will question the decision. For example, in a clip from TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, two guest hosts tried the candy, and let's just say they might stick to the original Skittles.

But guess what? They're only two people with two opinions, so there's no telling how the candy will land with everyone else. Those lucky blokes who live in the United Kingdom actually have access to Skittles Dips already — Strawberry, Lime, Orange, Lemon, and Blackcurrant flavors — so brace for an American arrival February 2020.

Fudge Brownie M&Ms

One thing's for sure: There have been plenty of variations of M&Ms over the years. It's pretty obvious people love the original "melt in your mouth, not in your hand" candy, but why settle for the original when variations like peanut, crispy, pretzel, and mint exist? The good people at the Mars also know when you're in the throes of the candy game, relevance is key. Their latest venture?  An even more chocolaty and rich Fudge Brownie M&M. Chocolate addicts everywhere might wanna lace up a straitjacket and brace themselves.

Like most companies who want to tease the hell outta their consumers, M&Ms hit Instagram for a delicious post that immediately got people talking. One lucky Instagramer actually got hold of the product ("how?!" asked everyone ever) and posted a photo along with a mouth-watering description. Yea, when these things launch in April 2020, they're gonna be the bee's knees.

They're apparently about the size of peanut M&Ms, and the center texture is gooey like a brownie with a richer, deeper flavor profile. Basically what this means is when you toss a handful of these bad boys into your mouth and let them melt, you're bound to sink into a thick chocolate-coated fudge heaven you just may never crawl out of. But, is that really so bad?

Cookies & Creme Twix

There's a saying that goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and that applies to a whole lotta stuff, especially Twix bars. C'mon, is it actually possible to enhance the mixture of crunch from a cookie, smooth caramel, and a thin coating of milk chocolate? Most would answer with a resounding "No!" But, then again, most don't belong to the pantheon of brilliant thinkers at the Mars. Ladies and gentlemen, Cookie and Creme Twix is the fix to what isn't broken.

Now, those non-millennials who love candy might remember these little sticks of goodness hit shelves in 1990, but for whatever reason (definitely a bad one), they were done away with, leaving fans clamoring over them for years, wondering if they'd ever get a chance to once again experience the flavor. Two decades later, they finally have an answer.

Instead of caramel, a rich coating of cookies and cream icing runs along the crunchy cookie, and that spells excitement, hands down. Even the picture of the candy bag posted on an Instagram account called Junkfoodleaks looks way too enticing. Originally slated for a December 2019 release, eager consumers now must wait until January 2020 to gorge themselves. But, patience is a virtue, so let's all be as virtuous as possible.

Valentine's Sweethearts are making a huge return (fingers crossed)!

Valentine's Day and candy go together like love and marriage. Or, cavities and root canals. Who doesn't remember the good old days — before you had the guts to actually approach your crush and initiate human contact — when you used those tiny colored hearts imprinted with cute messages to woo a potential partner? Well, anyone who's kept up with the candy game knows this past 2019 Valentine's Day sadly slunk by sans Sweethearts (oh the horror!). But, all that may change come 2020.

This whole lack-of-Sweethearts debacle was due to Necco going out of business in 2018. Fortunately, the Spangler Candy Company swooped in like a superhero, took Necco into its arms, and ensured everything would turn out okay. Kirk Vashaw, the Spangler CEO and Chairman, even said, "We look forward to announcing the Sweethearts relaunch for the 2020 Valentine season." Now, those shy romantics who absolutely must communicate via candy can use Jelly Belly's Conversation Beans or Cupid Messages M&Ms. But, let's be honest: Hearts send an extra-special kind of message a bean just can't.

Of course, the company cautioned that the 2020 release wasn't yet a sure thing, so keep your eyes open (and your fingers crossed) as we near the 2020 Valentine's Day season. 

Mint and Dark Chocolate Kit Kats

Have you ever needed a break? Yea, we all have. That's why Kit Kats exist. Those commercials inspire us all to take a break from the stresses of our day-to-day routines and relax for a minute, take a beat, and then resume life once we clear our heads a little (or a lot). For years, we calmed our cluttered minds with the chocolate-covered layers of wafers which, as it turned out, are actually just crushed up Kit Kats! Is your mind blown yet? Well, prepare to have it blown a little more.

Kit Kats are about to flip the script on all their fans and launch a mint and dark chocolate flavor on everyone's palate. Those iconic layers of crispy wafers are still involved, of course — it wouldn't be a Kit Kat without them — but this time around mint creme coats the top and dark chocolate sits comfortably at the bottom, making for one heck of a bite.

Now, a word to the wise (and impatient). These candies are actually dropping at the tail end of 2019, so waiting until the new year hits isn't necessary. Imagine having to twiddle your thumbs until 2020 to bask in the glory of mint and dark chocolate Kit Kats. Give me a break!