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Pumpkin Spice M&Ms

I really love fall season, and pumpkin spiced everything is one of my favorite parts about it. So when my fiance ordered some Pumpkin Spice M&Ms for me from Amazon I was uber excited.  I was expecting them to fill my mouth with pumpkin delight and have a little bit of spice to them.  I was wrong.  The M&Ms tasted nothing like pumpkin and very much like the traditional milk chocolate flavor they usually sport. There was a little bit of spice in the aftertaste but it is more akin to about an ounce of the heat you would find in Mexican chocolate.

But let’s give M&M some credit here. They did well with a few things. The M&Ms are about two or three times the size of a regular M&M which I really like.  You can really savor one without having to dump a handful in your mouth at once.  While I wouldn’t market them as “pumpkin spice” they still tasted great.  Even the color scheme was fall appropriate.

So what’s my consensus? I like the M&Ms but was sorrily let down by the lack of pumpkin flavoring.  So I’ll have to give you a “meh!” Sorry, M&Ms.

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-Kat Graham

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M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn

Sorry for the delay, we’ve been facing some logistical issues in getting new products to review. Hopefully that is all behind us now! Today, we’re introducing M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn. In a previous review, I suggested that a white chocolate M&M would probably be pretty tasty, and as it turns out, great minds think alike. Better yet, in a crowd of Halloween themed items, White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s are unique and original, not just the same old product dyed orange, black, and shaped like a pumpkin.

Original? Yes. Good? I enjoyed them a great deal. Aside from the color of the candy pieces, the traditional white, yellow, and orange, I really don’t taste anything that resembles the flavor of candy corn. But whatever. The white chocolate inside those sweet crunchy candy shells is deliciously rich and creamy. I suppose that the dominant flavors present in real candy corns are butter and sugar, and those are also the main ingredients of white chocolate, but we’re just splitting hairs there.

Did I immediately think of candy corn when I bit in to the first handful? No. Do I love them regardless? Yea! Grab a bag while you can, I doubt these will be around long considering their seasonal nature. With any luck though, they’ll emerge later under a different name and color scheme. Yum!

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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Coffee Thins: Espresso

Every time I go to our local convince store I see Coffee Thins–delicious looking chocolate thins flavored with coffee.  I never bothered to pick them up, I didn’t recognize them as a major brand and when I’m craving something sweet I usually go for Skittles or a Twix. I was all ready to check out when my total came to $4.56. Fail.  There is a $5 debit card minimum at my convenience store. So I grabbed a few of these Coffee Thins in a couple different flavors and rounded my total up just enough.  With my chocolate in bag I headed home to sample my goodies.

And boy was I happily surprised! I wasn’t expecting much from my off-brand coffee chocolates but as soon as I bit into the slightly melted and brilliantly smooth treat I was sold.  Coffee Thins are not for those who are only mildly dedicated to coffee.  The flavor is spectacular and definetly more on the coffee side than chocolate.  I would liken them to chocolate covered espresso beans but without the grainy texture. Yum!

I can’t say enough about Coffee Thins. They’re delicious, rich and decadent. Imagine all that from a convenience store sweet! “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

Skittles Darkside

Skittles is going all Star Wars on us. That’s right, it’s the new Skittles Darkside, ‘The Other Side Of The Rainbow’, and boy are they delicious. Darth Vader would be proud.   As a hard core Skittles fan I was ecstatic to see this new brand extension of awesomeness at my local Walgreens as I purchased half the candy isle and some ice cream.  Don’t judge me.  With flavors including Forbidden Fruit, Blood Orange, Pomegranate, Dark Berry and Midnight Lime you can’t go wrong.  While all the flavors are delectable I’d have to call the Blood Orange my favorite–I could eat them by the handful.

These dark, delicious morsels are a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot of yummy. One thing that I always consider when trying multi-flavored candies is not only do they taste good alone but do they taste good in a dark movie theatre when I grab a random handful.  They complement each other beautifully and create a cornucopia of lovely flavors.  I dare say, I like them more than any other product Skittles has but out yet.

Whether you’re going to the movies or just going on a candy binge Skittles Darkside are a must-have.  Big “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

 

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Pretzel M&Ms

Pretzel M&M

Much like nearly every other M&M variety, the latest brand extension of M&M (that I know of), Pretzel M&M’s are incredibly addicting. That mix of the sweet candied shell, milk chocolate, and salty pretzel center is a superb combination; one that I hope really takes hold and stays on the market. Sadly, I have been seeing their blue packaging less and less.

My gut feeling though is that Pretzel M&M’s will be hanging around awhile. Fans such as myself just need to put our money where our mouth is, or we face the potential of Pretzel M&M’s going the way of the dinosaur. We certainly have plenty of package sizes available to choose from, as I have seen then in all major sizes, even the really big resealable bags. Good thing, as I can see a family going through these rather quickly.

Only negative I could find with Pretzel M&M’s was a higher concentration of ‘cracked’ candies, which really is not that big of a deal. Chipped Pretzel M&M’S taste just as yummy as the whole ones. For the foreseeable future, as long as these stay on store shelves, I’ll be purchasing these over peanut M&M’s. Though I did not check the label for allergy information, I think these may be a suitable substitute for peanut allergy suffers who would like a sweet/salty snack. Overall, Pretzel M&M’s are a total WIN! ‘Yea!’

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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Nestle Crunch Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scouts Candy Bar

Today, the Consumer’s Corner completes the reviewing of the Holy Trinity of candy bar/cookie combinations, the Nestle Crunch Girl Scouts Candy Bars. Last, but not least by any means is the Peanut Butter Creme variety. Due to Kat’s unfortunate peanut allergy, the responsibility of testing this tasty treat was thrust upon me. A hardship, I know.

It has been years since I have sampled an actual Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scout cookie, so this review will be judging the Nestle Crunch Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scouts Candy Bar on its own merits, versus being a companion product like the previous reviews. What you’re getting in your package is basically a milk chocolate covered peanut butter wafer bar, much like a Nutter Butter. I think the picture above shows this.

So it’s not exactly a novel product in that respect, but it is still darn yummy. The Nestle Crunch Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scouts Candy Bar has a crunchy bite and then quickly dissolves into a creamy peanut buttery texture that will leave you craving ‘just one more’ bite. Or box for that matter.

Having sampled all three varieties, I’d place Peanut Butter Creme in second place. I enjoyed it more than the Thin Mint, but it fell just short of the Caramel & Coconut. All three are amazing products though, and all, including Nestle Crunch Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scouts Candy Bar, receive a very enthusiastic  ‘Yea!’

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-Jeremy Hobbs

Werther’s Original Sugar Free Caramel Cinnamon Hard Candies

Okay, let’s take a quick poll here. Do you love caramel? Yes! Do you love cinnamon? You do?! What about something that is flavored so closely to a cinnamon bun that texture is the differentiator?  Okay if you’re palate doesn’t mesh well with deliciousness stop reading here. Are you still with me? I would like to introduce Werther’s Original Sugar Free Caramel Cinnamon Hard Candies.  What a mouthful (and I’m not just talking about the name).  These individually wrapped hard candies fill your mouth with a soft cinnamon flavor that is more like a cinnamon sugar than a burn your mouth, make you cough straight-up cinnamon powder.  The classic caramel taste that Werther’s is known for has not been messed with whatsoever: mouth-watering, smooth and oh-so sweet.

But here’s the thing that usually scares people off, the magic words “sugar free.”  Many people believe these words are reserved for dieters and diabetics who are already assumed to have to sacrifice.  But put your worries aside, these tasty morsels are a far cry from the mainstream sugar-free odd tasting bunch of candies.  Had I been blindfolded I would have never guessed these little guys were sugar-free.

So, in conclusion, I am happy to report that these candies, whether you suck ‘em or chew ‘em, or are a highly praised “Yea!”

***CAUTION: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE****

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-Kat Graham

Thin Mint Girl Scouts Candy Bar

Girl Scout cookies on the go, anyone?  Yes, please!  The new limited edition Thin Mint Girl Scouts Candy Bars are convenient, enticing and oh-so delicious. I tried the Thin Mint inspired bar and fell in love (don’t tell my fiancée!)  Nestle has combined the gorgeous mint flavor with milky chocolate and the new Crunch element that makes me want to sing a Hallelujah Chorus.  I promise even the purist old-school Girl Scout cookie fan will enjoy this new twist on the classic cookie.  Do I sound a little over-enthused? Try one and you will be too, I dare you!

The bars are perfectly portioned and scored across the middle I’m assuming with the intention of being able to have a few bites now and save the rest for later.  But let me tell you, no Nestle Crunch Girl Scouts Candy Bar of mine will make it to a second serving.  The individually wrapped bars will leave you satisfied and binge-free.  Take it from me, the girl who can go through cookies like there’s no tomorrow, this is a good thing…a very good thing.

The only drawback as far as I’m concerned is that these babies are hard to find.  I scoured a Walgreens, Winn-Dixie and Walmart before aforementioned fiancée spotted a lone bar at our local CVS.  Hopefully with time these bars will become more and more popular  and they’ll be easier to find, because in my book, they are a definite “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

Nestle Crunch Caramel & Coconut Girl Scouts Candy Bar

Nestle Crunch Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scouts Candy Bar

 

Nestle Crunch Caramel & Coconut Girl Scouts Candy Bar

It was a terrible disappointment for me to miss out on my annual binge on Samoa Girl Scout Cookies (now boringly named ‘Caramel & Coconut’ because America has become too politically correct for its own good). I could just never find myself in the vicinity of a Girl Scout at the right time and place. Every year I’ll buy three to four boxes, and happily gain a pound or two. I’ve been known to down an entire box in one sitting. Don’t judge me.

Then, like a vision beamed down straight from God Himself, I saw a commercial for limited edition versions of my beloved cookies, only they were in candy bar form, and part of the Nestle Crunch line. To say I was intrigued would be a gross understatement. Picking one up as soon as possible made my to-do list.

It is amazing how accurate the flavor was. I’m typically impressed with Nestle products, but I admit I was a bit skeptical. All skepticism ceased as soon as I took a bite. Endorphins flooded my brain, and a smile spread from ear to ear on my face. Then I figured I better pay for the thing before I was arrested for shop lifting.

The texture is more Crunch than Scout, but the flavor is all that you would expect had a cute kid in a green dress had handed it to you herself. Should you try one yourself? Yea!!!

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-Jeremy Hobbs

Nestle Crunch Thin Mint Girl Scouts Candy Bar 

Nestle Crunch Peanut Butter Creme Girl Scouts Candy Bar