candy corn disguised as s’mores.
Who doesn’t love candy corn? It’s always been one of my favorite fall treats, sometimes mixed with peanuts for a sweet/salty taste, but just as good straight from the bag. So why mess it up? Now, I didn’t care for the s’mores flavor of these, so right there it’s got a strike. It didn’t taste like s’mores at all. There wasn’t even a hint of chocolate flavor, so that’s another strike. Why bother changing the flavor of something if you can’t get it right? Not to mention: to me, s’mores is a campfire treat, and camping is a summer activity. Yet these babies didn’t hit the shelves, here at least, until September. So again, I ask: why bother?
Now, s’mores is not the only “new” variety of candy corn available this fall. This one was also offered:
The flavor of these was good, but again, not all that “pumpkin-y” to me. I thought they tasted a lot like a molasses cookie. Which brings me to my next point: okay, these taste good, but if I’m craving pumpkin (or molasses cookie, for that matter) wouldn’t it make more sense to just get a pumpkin treat? There is no shortage of pumpkin flavored bakery this time of year. Muffins, cookies, bars with rich cream cheese frosting…..so really, why would I buy fake pumpkin flavored candy when I could have a real pumpkin treat?
The candy corn division at Brach’s is not alone in their quest to screw up perfectly good candy. M&M’s and Hershey’s Kisses have been offered in seasonal flavors for a couple years now. When I see them, I buy a bag to bring into the office so we can try it and complain about how we really wish the candy companies would just leave well enough alone. I have yet to find a seasonal variety that is really, really delicious. Which is probably a good thing, because most of these are a “one and done” offering, meaning, next year they’ll be replaced with a different variety.
Now, chips are a whole ‘nother story. I don’t buy a lot of chips, but a couple years ago Dortios came out with a cheeseburger flavor that I brought home for Walker. I made the mistake of trying one, and, omg, it was nummy! Tasted JUST LIKE a Big Mac, right down to the hint of pickle. I think I ate most of that bag, and bought several more before the “limited time only” ran out. I really wish they would bring those back, but it’s probably better for me if they don’t. These, on the other hand, are just icky:
The real kicker, though, is the Oreos. Apparently, the Oreo folks caught wind of the candy corn situation, and decided to offer up their own solution: