Quick, name your favorite pie! According to this pie chart on pies, you most likely said “apple” or “pumpkin.” But somewhere in the distant shadows of these perrenial powerhouses is the glorious pecan pie. A traditional pecan pie features crunchy pecans binded together with a sweet & sticky glue made out of butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla. This gooey crack is then baked into a flaky & buttery crust. With the exception of the Deep South, we typically reserve pecan pie for Thanksgiving here in the States like a bunch of amateurs.
Thankfully for us, the M&M’s brand has prematurely shot their wad and has simultaneously released all of their fall flavors an entire season too early. Representing fall as a whole, we were blessed with the new Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M’s. Representing Halloween, we’ve already seen the return of an old favorite: Candy Corn M&M’s. And finally… representing Thanksgiving, we were delighted to discover the new Pecan Pie M&M’s!
The M&M’s brand should be applauded for trying to navigate mostly unchartered waters. A fall staple, pecan pie hasn’t been turned into seasonal junk food by any mainstream snack company with the exception of the Pringles brand. Pecan Pie Pringles were a novel idea, but nobody liked them due to the fact that they were Pecan Pie Pringles.
Though I’ve been burned by limited edition M&M’s before, I’m excited to see if Mars can pull off these Pecan Pie M&M’s. They took a huge leap forward with the Pumpkin Spice Latte ones, so can they go 2-for-2 this fall? (Editor’s Note: fall does not begin for another 27 days.)
Not exactly. When you bite into Pecan Pie M&M’s, you get a quick jab from a roasted nut flavor. It’s not distinctly pecan, but it’s got an earthy undertone I can convince myself is pecan. Savor this flavor, people, because it’s gone in a hurry.
The flavors quickly normalize to that of the standard milk chocolate M&M. The second M&M tastes even less like pecan as the milk chocolate aftertaste from the first M&M permeates your palate. By the third M&M, I could barely taste any difference at all. To fully appreciate this specialty flavor, you’ll have to wait about a minute or two between M&M’s and I simply don’t have time for that. (I’ve been doing it for the last hour and a half.)
I tried and tried to pick apart the flavors I was experiencing in that tiny little window, which required me to eat half the bag. I’m getting something that reminds me of caramel or maple if anything. Not the worst thing in the world by any stretch, but not quite what was intended.
I can’t help but wonder if the use of white chocolate instead of milk would have added a creamy, decadent element like when a pie is topped with whipped cream. The milk chocolate flavor just seems to interfere with the goal of pecan pie.
I guess I will just have to wait until Thanksgiving like a schmuck to enjoy a true taste of pecan pie.
How Many Seconds It Tastes Like Pecan Rating: 1 out of 10
Pairs Well With Turkey & Gravy Rating: Undetermined out of 10 (Will let you know on Thanksgiving)
Overall Rating: 6 out of 10