The Latest Autumn-Inspired Food Item: Pumpkin Spice M&M’s

Everyone's favorite bite-sized chocolate candy takes on everyone's favorite seasonal trend. What could go wrong?

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Fall is almost upon us, and you know what that means: pumpkin-flavored everything. We’ve already seen pumpkin-flavored Pringles, doughnutsvodka, bagels and marshmallows. Basically, we thought we’d seen it all, but joke’s on us, because in a (potentially delicious, potentially dubious) twist of events, the latest fall-inspired food just hit shelves.

Introducing the pumpkin spice M&M. That’s right. The limited edition treats are available now at Target stores across the U.S. A 9.9-ounce bag costs around $3, but can you really put a price on the blissful union of everyone’s favorite chocolate candy and everyone’s favorite seasonal trend?

But O.K., how do these things actually taste? An intrepid tester over at The Impulsive Buy offers the following assessment:

As I crunched down on a single candy, all I initially tasted was chocolate. True, it’s better than tasting raw pumpkin, but I expected something a little more scrumptious. Then, almost as an aftertaste, a hint of cinnamon emerged. Here’s the thing though; it’s not that traditional vanilla and cinnamon warmth that one usually associates with pumpkin. Instead, it’s kind of a wimpy version of Cinnamon Red Hots. Cool and vaguely spicy, it’s more of a sensation than a flavor, and it’s not something that goes with the milk chocolate flavor.

That taste-tester’s final verdict? “You’ll just want to stick with your standard favorite M&M’s variety.” The food blogger known as The Junk Food Guy agreed that these were “a let down” and taste like normal M&M’s unless you put in some real effort to detect the flavor. He clarified that they’re not bad, they’re just nothing particularly noteworthy.

But hey, if you remain intrigued, there’s still time to give ‘em a try. According to company estimates, the seasonal flavor should be available until Halloween.

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