While it’s not even October yet, Halloween stuff is EVERYWHERE at the stores. I even came across some Christmas items for sale — granted, these were at craft stores, but still. The holidays are coming! And what better way to celebrate than with some holiday-themed coffee?
I’ll admit, I was skeptical of the Archer Farms holiday coffees since I was betrayed by last year’s Caramel Apple (caramel-flavored water, anyone?). But the bright orange packaging and smell of sugar wafting from the bag drew me to try this “limited-edition” Candy Corn coffee.
This past Friday afternoon, I had a book club book to finish and a night of beer to gear up for, so it seemed like the perfect time to try this stuff out. I was feeling good about it as I sniffed the bag, which really does smell like candy corn. Unfortunately, that’s where the “sweet, fun flavor” part ends.
After brewing, the coffee just doesn’t taste (or smell) like candy corn. It IS sweet, but it makes for a very flat cup of coffee that’s just a smidge better than instant. I ended up just adding a little bit of vanilla creamer and calling it a day. I’m not a huge fan of the lighter roast coffees anyway, so it was a very disappointing cup. (If you do like light roast, the Veranda Blend from Starbucks is pretty tasty.)
I will say, though, that for whatever they’re lacking in flavor, they make for in caffeine content. I was completely energetic all evening.
If you’re still interested in trying it (even after my glowing review), the coffee runs as low as $5.99 at Target, and you can get up to 20% off using the Cartwheel App.
Speaking of saving money, today I ventured into Christmas Tree Shops for the first time. How have I never been there before? There are huge containers of spices (fairly basic ones, like cinnamon, basil, oregano, etc.) for $1 each, along with lots of home decor and household items (even makeup — what?). I almost purchased ceramic cupcake salt and pepper shakers, but I’ve been told that my home looks like a cupcake vomited everywhere, so I stopped myself.
Overall, I was quite impressed. There certainly will be field trips there in the future.