Friday, September 13, 2013

M&Ms Pumpkin Spice

M&Ms Pumpkin SpiceAs usual, the candy shelves are stacking up with Halloween favorites and a few new novelty items.

The Pumpkin Spice M&Ms are a Target exclusive this year (just as the Candy Corn M&Ms were also exclusive their first year at WalMart). The package is cute and was easy to spot at the store. It features the orange M&M character looking like a pumpkin.

The flavor is not pumpkin pie itself, but the spices used to turn pumpkin custard into a seasonal dessert. Traditional pumpkin spices are a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice, and/or mace. The ingredients for these M&Ms are vague, just listing “artificial and natural flavorings” at the end of the list.

M&Ms Pumpkin Spice

The pieces are, for the most part, the mega size. They’re larger than a standard M&M and come in three colors in the package: dark brown, orange and green.

M&Ms Pumpkin Spice

The flavor is overwhelmingly cinnamon. Though they smell like chocolate, they taste like chocolate milk sipped in a room with too many Christmas-scented candles. The candy shell is crispy and the milk chocolate center is, well, a bit fudgy and grainy. I think I prefer the size of the regular M&Ms, since the chocolate is merely passable. In this format the amount of sugar easily overwhelms the chocolate.

I didn’t actually notice that much of a difference from the previous limited edition Cinnamon M&Ms from two years ago. Maybe a little more note of clove. I would have preferred more of the nutmeg and ginger spices than the Tic Tac notes of cinnamon candies.

Pumpkin Spice seems to be a pretty hot flavor these days (though the Hershey’s Kisses version has been around since 2008), a lot of seasonal candies are being released (see list below of previous reviews). If you like Spiced Chai or cinnamon in general, it’s a great time to pick up this twist on old candy favorites. If not, wait a few months and the Candy Cane and Egg Nog versions will emerge.

Finally, with all the crazy flavors of M&Ms that have come out over the years, I’m a loss to why they’d go with something like peanut butter and jelly before coffee.

Related Candies

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  2. M&Ms White Chocolate Peppermint
  3. Halloween Candy Spotting 2012
  4. M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn
  5. Pumpkin Pie Gourmet Candy Corn
  6. Limited Edition Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms
  7. See’s Pumpkin Spice & Root Beer Lollypops
  8. Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Name: M&Ms Pumpkin Spice
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Target (West Hollywood)
Price: $2.66 (on sale)
Size: 9.9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Candy, Halloween, Mars, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Kosher, Limited Edition, 7-Worth It, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:50 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHalloweenMarsChocolateCinnamonKosherLimited EditionM&Ms7-Worth ItUnited StatesTarget

  1. Funny, I made the exact same comparison to my friends (tastes like holiday candles smell).  Thumbs down from me.

    Comment by Ruffy- on 9/13/13 at 12:59 pm #
  2. The general consensus in my household (3 adults and 1 child) is that these are way gross. They taste the way cheap scented holiday candles smell.

    Comment by Brigid Barjaktarevic on 9/13/13 at 4:36 pm #
  3. Candy Corn M&M’s weren’t Walmart-exclusive last year.  Walgreens also carried them (had to upsell them at the register).

    Comment by Kenneth on 9/16/13 at 9:36 am #
  4. Disregard my above comment.  I didn’t realize they were introduced the previous year (my mind took 2011 as 2012).

    Comment by Kenneth on 9/16/13 at 9:39 am #
  5. I liked the notes of spice rather than be overwhelmed by it.  The raspberry M&Ms; lost me from it’s too tart flavor! 

    I’ve always like Pumpkin Spice in candles, lattes and of course pies, but this is a nice after lunch sweet for Fall!

    Comment by SMac on 9/16/13 at 1:25 pm #
  6. This would have been a nice chance to bring back my all time favorite color of original M&Ms;... the tan! For whatever reason, I always liked those the best and saved them for last.

    The reviews have not been very favorable for these. As a lover of all things pumpkin, I think I will probably pass these by in favor of the pumpkin spice Hershey kisses!

    Comment by Chip on 9/17/13 at 6:33 pm #
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