The Only Pumpkin Spice Thing Vianai Austin Likes

Welcome to Mythical Kitchen Picks, the series in which the culinary experts from Mythical Kitchen tell you all about their favorite foods and ingredients. This week, the team is ignoring the fact that it’s still technically summer, according to the calendars, and kicking off fall with their favorite fall foods. Today, Vianai Austin reveals the one exception to her no pumpkin spice rule. 

Vianai’s Pick: Werther’s Pumpkin Spice Soft Caramel Candy

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I can’t even front, guys. I am not a fan of pumpkin spice. It tastes like dust and cinnamon. I’m also not a chocolate or candy person. Maybe once or twice a year I have an actual craving for something sweet. I’ll normally go for a smoothie or, if I’m feeling naughty, I’ll grab a candy bar like a Snickers or a Payday. 

But, thanks to my oldest nephew, Drew, I recently reconsidered my candy bias and discovered something new—and pumpkin spiced. 

Drew is a huge fan of anything chewy as hell. Gummy bears, gummy worms, Sour Patch Kids, but specifically caramel soft chews. Every couple weeks, I like to take my little guy grocery shopping and give him the opportunity to pick one pasta shape and one treat from the snack aisle. The last time we went, he decided to grab Werther’s Soft Caramels. Boy oh boy, was I one proud aunty, because caramel soft chews are something I can get jiggy with. As I was reaching for the bag in the car to grab a treat for us on the way home, I realized I didn’t look at the flavor he chose. It was friggin’ pumpkin spice! The heat levels almost rose but my nephew told me to suck it up. And, GUYS, I was shook! With a classic caramel aroma and deep brown sugar, butter, and cream flavors, you’ll eat these things like they are Tic Tacs. Warm, fuzzy (metaphorically speaking), melt-in-your mouth flavors, these pumpkin spice caramels will satisfy your pumpkin spice sweet tooth almost instantly. I really couldn’t believe it. The moral of the story: Listen to your damn nephews. 

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