Seeing as how this is a holiday weekend and all, I had a little extra time this morning to lay in bed without feeling guilty and while I was browsing through my twitter feed, I happened to see a tweet by my internet friend Jen, alerting me to the fact that Target is now carrying Pumpkin Spice M&M’s. I leaped out from under my covers with a kind of motivation on par with how Captain America must feel when Nick Fury gives him a new S.H.I.E.L.D. assignment. I threw on the closest t-shirt, pair of shorts, and Converse sneakers I could find, all the while having daydreams about how the rest of my day would play out. I stopped only for a second to visit the Target website, and make sure that my precious pumpkin spice M&M’s were in stock at my preferred Target location. I can’t remember anything from my drive over. Did I listen to music? Probably, my mind was 100% focused on the end goal. I parked my car, ran into the store and bounded down the M&M aisle. Peanut M&M’s, Peanut Butter M&M’s, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Almond… OMG THERE AREN’T ANY PUMPKIN SPICE. I immediately began to freak out. I had flashbacks to last year and began feeling a pit form in the bottom of my stomach. It was going to be Candy Corn Oreo’s all over again. “Douglas Adams would tell you not to panic,” I told myself. I began to breathe. I looked for the closest Target employee and told him I NEEDED pumpkin spice M&M’s but they’re not in the M&M aisle. “Hmmm, I saw those earlier today,” he said, “Give me a minute.” I paced and paced until he returned from customer service with three packages in hand! I became so excited that I nearly jumped up and down in the middle of the store. Achievement unlocked! “Here you go!” he said, handing me one bag. “I think I better get at least two packages…” I thoughtfully countered. So yeah, now I am the proud consumer of Pumpkin Spice M&M’s. The second half of my quest, the return home, is anticlimactic compared to acquiring my precious, so I’ll go right ahead and describe the taste to you.
Pumpkin Spice M&M’s are manufactured in the exact way as peanut butter M&M’s. If you bite into the shell leaving half of the M&M in tact (similar to a diagram of the Earth’s core, except, you know, with chocolate), you’ll see that just beneath the shell is a thin layer of the pumpkin spice flavoring with the milk chocolate encapsulated in the center. The pumpkin spice flavoring compliments the chocolate and sugary shell surprisingly well. I’ll buy just about anything that is pumpkin spice flavored, so I’ve had my fair share of disappointment in the past, but these delicious pieces of candy exceed all expectations. They’re spicy and sweet all at once which gives your tastebuds an incredibly satisfying experience. I’m almost kicking myself for not purchasing more packages because these have become an instant favorite of mine. I’m considering using my second package to make a batch of pumpkin spice M&M cookies, but we’ll see if they last long enough for me to get around to actually baking them! If you’re considering buying some of these, I would suggest getting them ASAP. They’re bound to sell out quickly once other pumpkin spice aficionados such as myself become privy to their existence.