Tuesday, October 31, 2023

A River of Candy Corn Runs Through It - Fall Festival Candy Corn

Happy Halloween! What better way to wrap things up than with some novelty candy corn! 

Brach's Fall Festival Candy Corn has 6 distinct flavors: 

Kettle Corn
- White top, yellow bottom - pretty sure I've seen this exact flavor in the same coloring in another Brach's Mix. It's fondant-y sweet, with a savory artificial butter flavoring. The slightly salty and tangy artificial butter actually helps to cut through the ultra-sweetness of the candy corn, making this...enjoyable? I'm a bit shocked. I normally hate popcorn flavored sweets, like the Jelly Belly bean, but this is actually quite nice. I could see it fitting in nicely with a popcorn snack mix. 

Caramel Apple - red top, caramel-colored bottom - another familiar color combination, and I'm pretty sure I've had this flavor in candy-corn-form before, but I can't remember it. Taste-wise, it's ultra sweet, has a slightly realistic apple cider flavoring, with a caramel-chaser. I am not a fan of apple flavored sweets, so I found this one to be really cloying, but if you really love apple cider and apple juice, you'd probably be into it. At least, more into it than normal candy corn. 

Cotton Candy
 -light blue top, light pink bottom - Cotton candy is one of my favorites, so I was really looking forward to this one, but it's just kind of okay. It's sweet, like all candy corn, but the burnt sugar notes don't really come through until the very end. Like an aftertaste. Before that it's mainly just sweetness. If you savor it the flavoring shines through a bit better. I don't love it as much as I thought I would, but I do like it a lot. (Plus it's so cute!)

Baby-Werewolf Break! For some reason my not-so-little-anymore Zelda kept hopping into the photo set-up to swat at my arrangements. (She's actually named after Aunt Zelda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch!) It was so cute I had to include it. Okay, back to blogging...

Lemonade Shake Up - pale yellow top, pale pink bottom - Again, ultra sweet, but lemon-y. It kind of reminds me of the center of a Lemonhead. It's very mildly citrusy, but it's a nice change of pace from the rest of the bag and a fairly distinct flavor.

Strawberry Funnel Cake - tan top, pale pink bottom - I've had strawberry funnels cakes, which is just normal funnel cake with a scoop of canned strawberry pie filling on top, but I don't think they're all that common. Or, fall-specific, so I found this flavor to be the biggest stretch in terms of theme. I also think I might have seen this flavor/color combo in another brunch or donut themed candy corn mix in the past. (But I don't feel like digging through my log to double check.) The baked good flavoring they're going for leans candle-y and reminds me of a scented knock-off Play-dough I had as a kid. It's got a really fake baked-good flavoring that is followed by a creamy artificial strawberry. Think Nesquik. Whatever they used to execute this left my mouth watering, in a bad way. This one is easily the most artificial and grossest one in the bunch.  

Lemon-Lime Snowcone
 - white-ish top, light green bottom - Another stretch for me in terms of theme. (When it comes to Snowcones, it's rainbow or GTFO.) I don't think I've ever had a lemon-lime flavored cone, BUT I do love citrus flavors, so I'm not disappointed. This one is another mild take. You get the sugary sweetness of candy corn, and just a subtle touch of lime more-so than lemon. It makes me think of sherbet, but like, really sweet sherbet. It might not be on-theme, but I'll take it! 

This mix is fun, and there are some stand outs, like Kettle Corn, but it might take me until next Halloween to get through it. That said, it's still a fun novelty and one of the better mixes of themed candy corn I can remember reviewing. If you happen to be scoping out the clearance racks today and tomorrow and stumble upon it, I'd say it's worth trying at least once. I hope you all have a SPOOK-TACULAR Halloween!

FYI: I pulled today's post-title from one of my favorite episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, season 2's Halloween episode. (It's currently on Hulu if you're looking for something to watch today.) 

I'm going to try and keep the posting momentum going for a bit longer, I have plenty of fall stuff I can keep writing up, so let's see how long I can keep the posts going! 

Fans of this would also like these other Candy Corn Varieties: Nerds, Caramel Macchiato, Apple Pie, or Brunch!

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