Supermarket Sweets

Taste-test, Aisle 1.

Have You Tried Candy Corn M&Ms?

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Red's not a fan of his costume. [Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

Amazon is where candy goes to die. Are you that one person who heard of and loved Tootsie Roll Vanilla Flavored Midgees? Do you want 5 pounds of Runts for less than $10? Is your holiday not complete without Eggnog flavored gumballs in a tin? Then this is the site for you. For the right price you can find almost any defunct, out of stock, worst-idea-ever candy that ever graced the market.

Sometimes I like to troll this black hole of bad ideas for fun. Sometimes I stop and go, "Wha the whaa? When did they make that?" and proceed to order a bag. Which is exactly what I did when I saw M&M'S Candy Corn White Chocolate Candies.

I didn't have high hopes. Other attempts at candy cornifying sweets have gone disastrously wrong. But I am one of the few who does like candy corn in its pure form, so there was always a glimmer of hope that I'd like these too.

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Upon opening the bag, I was greeted by a scent not unlike Mystery Flavor Airheads. But the first taste is undeniably Skittle, not a particular color but the taste that occurs when you take a whole mouthful of the Original flavor and it blends. After a second, the flavor opens up into pink Starburst. I like pink Starburst (my favorite flavor in fact) but I couldn't help but wonder why on earth they'd think that resembled either candy corn or white chocolate.

Once the fruit flavor subsides (and it takes a good minute) you do get the recognizable taste of low-quality white chocolate. I was relieved to find the white chocolate in there somewhere, but the candy corn was nowhere to be seen. The only thing these M&Ms have in common with real candy corn is that they're sweet—Holy Moses my teeth just fell out sweet.

It's worth noting that I really enjoyed the texture. These guys are large, almost the size of a Peanut M&M, but since there is no crunchy nut inside, the texture is soft and creamy in a way that I haven't found in other M&Ms.

I guess I should have known that M&Ms foray into both white chocolate and candy corn was asking too much (and realized that pairing didn't sound so appealing in the first place.) But I won't give up. I still have hope that some candy company will do a candy corn hybrid right.

Have you found one? And have you tried these M&Ms? What did you think?

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