Fall will soon be upon us and we Candy Addicts know that means all of our favorite seasonal autumn treats will soon be on the shelves. One thing in particular I look forward to is candy corn! It’s one of those candies you either love or hate, and I REALLY love it.
Granted, candy corn can be bought practically year ’round now in the guises of Reindeer Corn, Cupid Corn, Easter Corn, etc. None of them seem the same to me as the traditional fall candy corn though. Maybe I’m a purist, but I like to think of it as something I can only really eat in September/October and one of the many things I look forward to. There are also a lot of strong opinions in regards to who makes the best candy corn, and I’ve always been a strong follower of the Brach’s brand.
Which leads to my extreme excitement when I found out that this year Brach’s has released two new flavors of candy corn: Caramel and Caramel Apple. Oh yum, am I dreaming? I went in search of the two new flavors and found them at my local grocer in the “back to school” aisle. I could barely wait until I got a chance to taste these to see how they measured up to the original!
The caramel corn smells much sweeter than normal candy corn, if you can believe it. Its color is brown bottom, yellow/orange middle and white tip. The flavor is extremely sweet, but it really tastes of caramel with a burnt and milky essence to it. Hard for me to believe that they outdid the original, but they certainly did it here.
I was sort of frightened by the caramel apple, especially after my experience with the Caramel Apple Sugar Babies. These have a brown bottom, red middle and white tip. They’re really quite pretty and I imagine they would look quite attractive in a bowl mixed with some Indian corn. As for the flavor? My expectations were totally blown away! These, thankfully, do not taste of sour jolly ranchers, hurray! They have the same sweet, burnt flavor of the caramel candy corn but have a fresh, apple flavor to them, like a red delicious apple. It’s great because the fruitiness of it balances out the sweetness, and I found myself reaching for these over the caramel version.
I think Brach’s has two real winners here and I think they’re worth a try whether you’re a candy corn fan or not. The flavor is familiar enough for candy corn lovers and different and strong enough to convince all the rest that candy corn is indeed a tasty treat. I hope they continue to make these each autumn season!