Friday, September 22, 2017

A Fun Fall Food Friday Festival!

My, how the time flies. It seems like it was just a couple weeks ago that I was gearing up for the summer, and here it is, the first day of Fall. If you've followed me any length of time, you know what that means...the pumpkin spice must flow! Not surprisingly, the shelves are well stocked with a wide variety of pumpkin spiced goods. Unfortunately, there isn't much that's actually new, or different from last year. Still, there have been surprises popping up in stores, and I'm about to share a few of them with you right now! Prepare yourself, for the Fun Fall Food Friday Festival!

As you can see, I've got quite bit to go through, so I've enlisted the help of Man-Thing!

He ain't pretty, and he doesn't say much, but he does a good job of standing there and holding stuff. As they say, you get what you pay for, and since I'm not paying, I don't expect much.

M&M's Cookies and Screeem and White Pumpkin Pie 

No longer content with just changing up their bags for the season, M&M's have jumped head first into the deep end of seasonal flavors. Cookies and Screeem already won the popularity contest based on reactions to the packaging alone. Red appears to be escaping from a horde of tiny, terrifying C&S M&M's while trying his best to keep a grip on a stack of "creme sandwich" cookies. Are the cookies the parents of the candies? Were they some sort of treasure that they were protecting? I'm really not sure just how the M&M's and the cookies are connected, but Red really seems hell-bent on getting out of there.

Though I love the packaging for Cookies and Screeem, I think the bag for White Pumpkin Pie is my favorite. I honestly have no clue why Orange is emerging from an exploded pumpkin, but the look on his face sells it for me. He has that "Dear God, what I have I done?" look. Cookies and Screeem might be in your face with their Halloween spirit, but White Pumpkin Spice brings the suspense.

Outside the bag, Cookies and Screeem look like tiny, black bird's eggs. If they don't use this effect for their Easter M&M's, I'm going to be very disappointed. The candies themselves have an aroma not unlike Chocolate Pop Tarts, and they taste more like a Little Debbie fudge brownie than a cream filled cookie. They may have missed their mark as far as their namesake, but they're still pretty tasty.

Cookies and Screeem might look spooky, but these little guys are all about Fall. I probably have leaves in my yard the exact same colors as these. When I first sliced open the bag, I was a little worried the white chocolate would overpower everything. I was surprised by just how pumpkin-y they were though. They actually have a decent amount of kick to them, and it works well with the white chocolate. If I closed my eyes tight enough, I can almost imagine that I'm eating a slice of store bought pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Werther's Original Caramel Apple Filled and Pumpkin Spice

You might know Werther's as the candy choice of people 65 and older. I swear, elderly folks don't actually go out and buy these things, they just show up in their mailbox with their social security checks. Even if they are most often associated with octogenarians, Werther's are pretty tasty. They sure as hell beat that unwrapped ribbon candy that fuses into a solid block as soon as it hits the candy bowl.

I guess I didn't really read the packaging that well, because I was surprised to find the Caramel Apple filled Werther's was a hard candy. Reading, who has time for that, amirite? It's not like you can't fill a soft candy, right? Regardless, the Werther's is still one of my favorite hard caramels. Must be all that butter they use. Unlike some of the other goo filled hard candies, like Tootsie Roll Pops, it only takes a few minutes of smacking your lips and sucking on a Werther's to get through that delicious caramel shell.

Inside you'll find a bright green goo, that smells of artificial apples. If I had to pick something to compare it to, I'd go with an Apple Laffy Taffy. That's a thing right? The tartness of the filling works well with the saltiness of the candy shell, but I don't know that I would want to eat more than one or two at a time. I just realized that the filling in the above picture looks like a snail crawling out of the candy. It's also the same color as Shrek's snot.

The Pumpkin Spice soft caramels eschew the bright gold wrapper for one that's just a bit plainer. It looks a bit like the wrapper you'd find on Salt Water Taffy, just classed up a bit. I have to admit, I'm not sure if these are new for this year or not (I know the Caramel Apple Filled have been around for a while), but this is the first time I've seen them. Once they're unwrapped, you'd be hard pressed to tell these were Pumpkin Spice caramels. They have a smell more akin to glazed donuts. Or, maybe that's my hands. Either way, I wasn't able to pick up much in the way of cinnamon or nutmeg. Pop one in your mouth, however, and the flavors start to come out. The comparison to a donut might not be far off, because they definitely remind me of the Tastykake Powdered Pumpkin Spice donuts. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I'm freaked out by how much a soft caramel candy tastes like a bag of powdered donuts.

Red Bird Southern Refresh-mints Pumpkin Spice Puffs

Here's another candy that is completely new to me. If you're wondering, Red Bird mints are the light airy ones that just seem to disintegrate after 93 seconds. They're very sweet, not very minty, and won't help you forget that you just ate garlic shrimp for dinner.

These look just like their peppermint puffs, if they were seen on an old tube TV with the color out of adjustment. Some have the orange stripes, some don't, and some look like they were made out of leftover Play-doh. There isn't much mint or spice in these Pumpkin Spice mints. I was barely able to pick up some cinnamon, but I'm honestly not sure if I really tasted it, or if I imagined it. They're still sweet as a basket full of kittens, so I guess they have that going for them. Oh, and they kind of look like alien space pumpkins.

Brach's  Cookie Candy Corn

I'm not a fan of candy corn. Never have been. The only candy corn I've bought for myself was for this blog, and even then, the leftovers were handed off to my wife. I might have a handful or two during the Fall and Halloween season, but it's usually when there's absolutely nothing else to snack on in the house. Still, when I saw this bag of Cookie Candy Corn, I tossed it into my basket without a second thought. I think there may have been some dark forces at work at Dollar General that day.

I must have come to my senses today, because I really wasn't looking forward to trying these. I mean, those cookies on the front of the bag looked so generic. They remind me of the cookie tins you find in Dollar Stores around Christmas time. You know, the ones where the chocolate chip cookies don't have chips, so much as they have "chocolate" bits. The ones that no matter how many times you dunk them in milk, they never get soft. Well, when I cut open the bag, that was the first thing to cross my mind. Oh, and candles. Have you ever pulled out a box of candles after they've been in storage for a long time, and they have that weird, old wax smell? Add some old dollar store cookies to that, and you'll know what these smell like. The packaging claims there are four different flavors in the bag, and I'd agree with that somewhat. The problem is that they're all bad, and I just didn't want to eat anymore to figure out which one was which flavor. Seriously, these things were foul.

Apple Pie and Cookie Butter Oreo

It wouldn't be a change of seasons without a new flavor of Oreo cookie, even if only one of them can be connected to Fall in only the most roundabout way. I'm sure I mention it every time I talk Oreo, but I'm always amazed by the varieties they put out. Even if I don't like them, they're almost always good, or at least resemble what they're named after. Like the Apple Pie Oreos, for example.

The reactions to the Apple Pie Oreos seem to be mixed, and I've seen at least one comparison to a Glade candle. I can't say that description is too far off, but if you love the smell of Glade Plug-ins, that might be a good thing. If you're the type of person that has to fight the urge to gnaw on scented candles, then these are the cookies for you. This is one flavor I definitely recommend having with milk. It allows the graham flavored cookie to soften up work its magic when it mixes with the apple pie creme. The milk also helps to tone down the artificial apple a bit. It might not be at the same level as the Blueberry Pie Oreos, but I think they managed to pull it off. Of course, if you like the taste of apple chemicals, they by all means, eat them dry you savage.

Up until this year, I had never heard of cookie butter. It seems to becoming a bit of a fad, and I'd go as far to say it's stolen the spotlight from Nutella as far as novelty bread spreads go. If you're not familiar with butter de cookie, it's basically Speculoos (a spiced shortbread cookie. I had to look that up too) cookie crumbs mixed with oil or butter, flour and sugar. In theory, you could dip your cookie in liquid cookie. Or, just do what Nabisco did, and slap it between two graham cookies. This one actually works with or without the milk, since the creme and cookie flavors aren't that far off from one another. I daresay the cookie butter reminds me of butter cookies, just in a slightly gritty, creamy form. They're good, but I don't feel like I need to pay the money for another pack.

I hope you had fun reading about fun Fall foods and Brach's Cookie Candy Corn. I'm going to go spin my blood into cotton candy now. Have a great weekend!


  1. All those goodies should hold you over until the next season of Stranger Things arrives on Netflix ;)

    1. Ha! I wish! Unfortunately, I doubt they'll last me through the rest of the month.

  2. *Gasp!* You take that back, they're perfect for each other!

  3. That statue sure is serving good haha. I wish I would've come but buy essay cheap had kept me busy. I'll try to come next time and will love to see this small alien.


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