Today is August 25th. So when I was walking through Target and saw Halloween candy by the registers, I kind of laughed to myself at the thought of anyone who would be buying their Halloween candy a good two months early. But then I saw something that drew my hand right to the shelf and caused a bag of candy to fall right in my basket. In the ever-evolving line of special edition kiss flavors Hershey’s keeps putting out this year, is a brand new gem: Candy corn flavored kisses! Candy corn is my weakness, I look forward to it every fall. And considering I’m also somewhat of a choco–holic, my curiosity in this new product was tapped. What does candy corn-flavored chocolate taste like? What color are the kisses inside the wrapper? Would these really be a fall hit? These were questions I need to learn the answers to, so I told myself it was ok to buy a bag and find out.
The verdict: I’m not quite sure they taste like candy corn. But then again, what does candy corn really taste like? Pretty much just sugar, I suppose. They pretty much taste like white chocolate kisses, with just a hint of something… perhaps a citrus note? They’re by no means the most delicious candy, but they sure are cute, and could inspire lots of festive fall goodies. First of all, there is a recipe on the bag for a variation on the classic peanut butter blossom cookie, which uses oatmeal in the cookie dough and is topped with a candy corn kiss. I bet they’d also be perfectly at home on top of a pumpkin or ginger flavored cookie, or adorning a pumpkin spice cupcake with cream cheese icing. Happy fall!