Well, I still haven’t gotten that awful pumpkin taste out of my mouth. In hindsight, eating a raw pumpkin was not one of my better ideas. Almost 24 hours later, my mouth still tastes like dirt and I think I have a piece of a seed lodged in my throat. Luckily, I have the perfect solution: I’m gonna wash down any last remnants of National Pumpkin Day with hundreds of grams of pure sugar, in the form of M&Ms.
Three flavors of M&Ms were released for the fall season: returning flavors White Candy Corn and Pecan Pie, and a new variety this year, White Boo-tterscotch. White Boo-tterscotch is a Target exclusive flavor, while Pecan Pie M&Ms are exclusive to Walmart. White Candy Corn M&Ms are not exclusive to any particular store, which I’m guessing is because candy corn is terrible and doesn’t deserve that sort of recognition.
Alright, candy corn. Let’s get this out of the way. Even though I’m not much of a candy corn guy, I’m still willing to give it a fair review. These White Candy Corn M&Ms have a white chocolate candy corn flavored center, so maybe the fact that they’re not just candy corn will make them a little more enjoyable.
The white chocolate center is noticeably creamier than milk chocolate M&Ms. The first couple of bites definitely taste like candy corn–that very sugary, somewhat creamy flavor. Eventually, the white chocolate taste comes through too, and it clashes quite a bit with the candy corn. The result is a fairly unpleasant combination, and I couldn’t eat more than a few.
Next up is the newcomer, White Boo-tterscotch. This flavor features a white chocolate butterscotch flavored center. Full disclosure: I love butterscotch. I grew up eating those butterscotch hard candies that you might find in the candy dish at your grandparents’ house, and I love butterscotch ice cream sundaes. So, I’ve got some lofty expectations for this flavor. How did M&Ms do with this attempt?
Pretty darn well, if you ask me. The center actually tastes strongly of butterscotch–it’s rich and pretty sweet. The white chocolate flavor comes through as well, and actually provides a nice balance of sweetness to the butterscotch. I was expecting the flavors to clash a bit (as in the White Candy Corn M&Ms), but that didn’t happen here. Better yet, because the flavor combination worked, it really brought out the creamy sweetness that’s unique to the white chocolate M&M center.
Which brings me to Pecan Pie. The Pecan Pie M&M uses the standard milk chocolate center, but is infused with pecan pie flavor. Since pecan pie is already an existing dessert that can be eaten on its own, these M&Ms feel a bit redundant. I’m assuming that they’re intended to be more of an accompaniment to a slice of actual pecan pie, like croutons on a salad. But that’s just an educated guess.
Well, this is a disappointment. There’s no pecan pie flavor to be found in these Pecan Pie M&Ms. The familiar milk chocolate flavor is there, but with an odd tinge…almost coffee-like. Did I pick up a bag of stale Coffee Nut M&Ms by mistake? There’s a hint of sweetness going on too, but it’s not quite caramel. But any way you slice it, these M&Ms just don’t taste like a slice of pecan pie.
As fun as M&Ms’ seasonal flavors are, only one is really worth trying. White Boo-tterscotch really worked as a combination of white chocolate and butterscotch, and actually tasted like its advertised flavor. But I’ve gotta admit: even though I didn’t really enjoy White Candy Corn or Pecan Pie, anything is better than eating raw pumpkin again.
|Item:||White Candy Corn M&Ms, White Boo-tterscotch M&Ms, and Pecan Pie M&Ms|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||White Boo-tterscotch: $3.19 at Target; White Candy Corn/Pecan Pie: $2.98 at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-about 1/4 cup):||White Candy Corn: 220 calories, 100 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 40 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 28 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
White Boo-tterscotch: 210 calories, 100 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 40 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 28 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
Pecan Pie: 200 calories, 80 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 35 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 26 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
|In a Nutshell:||White Boo-tterscotch is great combination of white chocolate and butterscotch flavors. Pecan Pie doesn’t taste like pecan pie. Candy corn is still unpleasant, but still better than eating raw pumpkin.|
|Overall Score:||White Candy Corn: 5.5 out of 10
White Boo-tterscotch: 8 out of 10
Pecan Pie: 4 out of 10
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