This Is Gen Z AND Millennials’ Favorite Candy

Young consumers love an indulgent treat. We asked what their favorite candy brands to splurge on are right now, and found Gen Z and Millennials’ answer is unanimous…

The biggest candy holidays of the year are coming up (and if you need to get ready for Halloween, you can check out what Gen Z and Millennials have planned here)—but young consumers don’t necessarily need the holidays as an excuse to splurge on chocolate. “Treat yo’self” has become a motto among Gen Z and Millennials who are using the extra encouragement for everyday splurges. Indulgences are being encouraged as they increasingly spread the message that little luxuries are good for their mental health. In our research on the trend, we found over nine in ten young consumers tell us that they like to treat themselves every once in a while, and the majority say that indulgences are part of a healthy lifestyle.

When we looked at some of Gen Z and Millennials’ favorite food brands (according to our Ybrands youth brand tracker), we also  found these generations consider indulgences among their favorites. Oreo tops the list among all three age groups, and Doritos lands in the top three for all groups as well.

And what about candy? We’ve looked into that, too. In our recent survey on Halloween plans and spending, we asked 1000 13-36-year-olds, “What is your favorite candy?”—and many respondents had trouble naming just one. As one 31-year-old female told us, "I love all candy. Currently eating candy corn and Almond Joy for breakfast." But we ranked their responses and one candy brand rose to the top among all age groups:

*This was an open-end response question to allow us to capture the full range of candy brands that Millennials and Gen Z say are their favorites—without our preconceived ideas shaping their responses. As with…

 
 

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Networks are launching an onslaught of new streaming services to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. CBS, Disney, and now Warner Media are hopping on the bandwagon to compete for young cord-cutters' viewing time. The digital switch makes sense, considering 74% of 13-36-year-olds told Ypulse they watch Netflix weekly, versus 33% who watch cable weekly. But one eMarketer analyst predicts this over-saturation in the streaming wars will lead to “a shakeout," in which companies will be weeded out unless they consolidate their offerings. (THR)

Macy’s is putting virtual reality in 90 stores, with the “largest VR rollout in retail history.” Shoppers can don HTC Vive VR headsets to create 3D floor plans, design their living spaces, deck them out with Macy’s furniture, and then take a step inside of the room. The retail tech enables smaller Macy’s stores to offer a lot more inventory to shoppers, and follows in the footsteps of other reality-bending home décor brands. And, according to Macy’s, VR sales were 60% higher than regular sales in their three pilot stores. (MediaPost)

Prada is plotting a comeback among young consumers. They’ve been slow to adapt to digital, but now the luxury company is emphasizing Instagram and aiming to grow their online sales, which were just 5% in early 2018. While investors applaud Prada’s dive into digital, they also believe the brand needs to shutter several stores—not just to increase “profitability” but to create “the illusion of scarcity.” Prada also has to recover from being late to the luxury streetwear game. (Bloomberg)

Some teens are opting for technical school over four-year universities. At Queens Tech, high schoolers are trained to take on non-desk jobs, like being an electrical engineer or working for public transit companies. Earning a high paycheck that isn’t chipped away by student debt is helping to overcome the societal stigma of skipping college. According to one Queens Tech student, “If you’re a construction worker, you may get paid the same as a doctor, but you don’t look as good.” (Vice)

Don't expect to see macho men and swooning women in grooming brands' latest ads. Instead, companies across the industry are toning down the machismo for Millennial & Gen Z males. Some are blurring gender lines, like Dollar Shave Club, whose “Get Ready” spots debunked stereotypes by not just casting straight, cis males. Other brands are betting modern men are more in touch with their emotions, like Gillette, who shared the touching story of a man’s son becoming an NFL linebacker, despite missing one hand.
(Ad Age)

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