Brach’s Tempting New Candy Corn Tastes Like Cookies (Photo)

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If McDonald’s created as many new flavors of McFlurries as Brach’s does of candy corn, we’d live in a tastier world. Alas, for now, we can reap the benefits of Brach’s impressively prolific candy-corn line. Their new flavor, cookie, is making waves on social media.

Instagram snack-food insider The Junk Food Aisle posted a photo of Brach’s cookie-flavored candy corn, filled with multi-colored cone-shaped candies that are said to taste like chocolate chip, oatmeal, cookies and cream, and butter cookies.

They’re neither orange nor adorned with pumpkins or spooky creatures, which gives us an excellent excuse to try them far before Halloween.

There aren’t many reviews on the new product, but things aren’t looking very positive thus far.

“These taste like straight up artificial flavor and alcohol based butter extract,” an Instagram user commented on The Junk Food Aisle’s photo.

A reviewer on The Impulsive Buy was also less than pleased.

“I did not like them,” they said. “They don’t taste like the cookie flavors they are supposed to be and the smell of the candy was off putting. I ate a couple of each flavor and tossed the rest of the bag in the trash.

“Brachs has had some very good candy corn limited flavors the past few years. These are not one of them.”

Even still, as a steadfast candy-corn fan, my curiosity is piqued. Brach’s delicious yet wildly unsafe combination of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin and artificial flavor has not let me down so far, and I’m particularly interested in sampling this butter cookie variety of candy corn, which I’m sure must bear some resemblance to a tasty piece of shortbread.

Granted, I have only tasted the tried-and-true original flavor and have no experience with Brach’s other adventurous candy corns, like their “brunch favorites” line or their pumpkin spice and caramel macchiato flavors, which all received mixed reviews.

The Junk Food Aisle found a bag of cookie candy corn at the Dollar General, and the flavor is also available at Candy Warehouse at $5 for a 15-ounce package.

Featured Image: Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons

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Walmart Has A Slew Of Really Cool Fall Candies

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In case you haven’t stocked up on Halloween candy yet (for the kids, of course), make a trip over to Walmart to get these Halloween candy must-haves now!

You’ll find three awesome new kinds to choose from. First, the brand new Sea Salt Chocolate Candy Corn, sweetened with real honey has hit the shelves. Like most, I’m not a fan of candy corn…at all. I actually despise it. But sea salt chocolate? I’ll try that flavor any day.

Next, Pecan Pie flavored M&M’s. Am I dreaming? This isn’t only perfect for Halloween; it’s perfect for thanksgiving as well! These are not completely brand new, since they are returning from their seasonal debut last year, but still very much worth making a fuss about. Besides, doesn’t a return mean they were a hit?

Finally, for the first time ever we can now eat — I mean hand out — printed Reese’s Cups. They have little jack-o-lantern faces, spooky ghost faces and even bats printed on them.

FoodBeast reports that the Reese’s Cups and M&M’s are available exclusively at Walmart locations, so head there to get all three candy variations in one trip.

Some other great new candy varieties you won’t want to miss this year, according to Delish, include: Cauldron Skittles with new flavors like Petrified Pear and Gripping Grape, Reese’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter Ghosts, Butterfinger Cups in a skull shape, Skulls and Bones Sweet Tarts, Hershey’s Cookies’n’crème Skulls (these resemble Day of the Dead more than Halloween, but still very cool!) and Spooky Shapes Jolly Rancher Lollipops.

There’s no shortage of variety in treats to be handed out this year, and I’d recommend stocking up enough to have some leftovers, because no one is too old to enjoy candy. And we’re especially not too old to enjoy chocolates.

All of these fun and exciting new flavors are obviously only available for a limited time, and there’s no telling what will return next year, so take the opportunity to try them while you can! I think I’ll go for the Pecan Pie M&M’s and, can’t believe I’m saying it, the candy corn…

Sources: FoodBeast, Delish / Photo Credit: FoodBeast

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Candy Corn Cookies

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Brunch-Flavored Candy Corn Has Been Introduced To The World For Reasons We Do Not Understand

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The only issue with candy corn — those yellow and orange beacons of sugary Halloween hope — is that eating it throughout the year is not a norm.

Until now.

Masterful candy maker Brach’s has introduced a frightening line of brunch-flavored candy corn, acceptable but perhaps not desirable to consume year-round. For the modest price of $2.50 a bag, you can indulge in waxy renditions of French toast with maple syrup, waffles and strawberries, and chocolate chip pancakes. 

Writers at PopSugar gave the flavors a try, and reviews ranged from “pretty good” to “I did not like those period.” So there is really no way to go into the situation feeling prepared.

We can take considerable comfort, though, in their sentiment that the French toast candy corn’s aroma is reminiscent of a maple pancake Yankee candle.

“Brunch Favorites” candy corn is certainly out there, but this isn’t the first time Brach’s has ventured beyond their nutritionally questionable mixture of sugar, corn syrup and wax. They’ve previously doled out delights like sea salt chocolate, caramel macchiato and s’mores candy corns, all of which are reviewed in detail here.

The limited-edition, 15-ounce bag will be available at Target come Halloween, but you can snag them online, too. 

Source: PopSugar / Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr

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M&M’s Is Already Gearing Up For Its New Fall Flavors!

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Mars plans to release a limited-edition M&M’s flavor that may appeal to Harry Potter fans everywhere.

BOO-tterscotch, the newest M&M’s flavor, combines “the scary good flavors of butterscotch and white chocolate for the perfect seasonal treat,” a Mars rep told TIME.

A Delish correspondent wrote, “These white chocolate treats are infused with an intense butterscotch flavor, making them taste remarkably like the Harry Potter favorite, Butterbeer.” (Delish created a homemade Butterbeer recipe with cream soda, butterscotch syrup, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and butter.)

Although there has been no reported official or unofficial connection to Harry Potter, the July 31 debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child coincides nicely with this flavorful treat.

BOO-tterscotch is currently only available at M&M’s World, which is located in Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, London, and Shanghai, but it will eventually be available at Target stores throughout the United States.

In addition to BOO-tterscotch, Pecan Pie, Candy Corn, and a new harvest edition of crispy S’mores M&M’s will also be available this fall. Pecan Pie will be sold exclusively at Walmart, and Candy Corn and S’mores will be available at most supermarkets.

However, reviews have been varied. While Pumpkin Spice Latte, which will reportedly not be available this year, was more successful than its Pumpkin Spice predecessor, other fall flavors have received mixed reviews.

“Coming as a delightful surprise, they taste exactly like a pumpkin spice latte in solid, shelled form …,” reported The Impulsive Buy. “Unlike the burning aftertaste of last year’s [Pumpkin Spice] M&M’s, the smooth pumpkin flavor here is seamlessly blended with the chocolate and hits fast.”

“[Pecan Pie M&M’s are] hyper sweet, bitter in aftertaste, and lack the qualities I look for in pecan pie (caramelized sugar, pecans, etc.),” wrote The Impulsive Buy in a review. “What emulsion of natural flavoring has shaken the identity of the cacao bean so that it tastes so obscure? How, dear confectionary world, did Pecan Pie become this?”

Regarding the Candy Corn flavor, a reviewer at Candy blog wrote, “Ultimately though I didn’t feel like they rose to the level of an actual Candy Corn flavored candy. Still, they’re nice, and for white chocolate fans who have so few choices for real cocoa butter white chocolate, you might be pleased.”

Will BOO-tterscotch be a hit? Only time will tell.

Sources: Delish (2), The Impulsive Buy (2), M&M's World, Candy Blog, TIME / Photo credit: Candace Braun Davison via Delish

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