Mac & Cheese Candy Canes Are Here for the Holidays

And you thought Christmas comfort food was all about cookies and eggnog.

Can we get a collective “ew, gross!” here, people?

Archie McPhie, a Seattle store specializing in all things weird (and, relatedly, therefore occasionally viral) has just introduced a new holiday item you’ll assuredly have, um, an opinion about: Mac & Cheese Candy Canes.

These are – yes, they are – exactly what they sound like: candy canes intended to evoke the flavor of “instant mac & cheese,” according to the Archie McPhie website, where the yellow-and-white-striped novelty treats, described as “5-1/4" tall with cheesy flavoring,” can be ordered six to a box for $5.95.

“These candy canes taste like your childhood favorite — mac and cheese. It’s like comfort food-flavored comfort food!” Archie McPhie, which wishes its customers a “cheesy Christmas,” boasts on its site. “Macaroni and cheese has become a holiday family tradition in many parts of the country, so why not let our holiday candy reflect that?"

Alas, the company is limiting orders of the cheese-flavored twist on a stocking staple to 5 per customer, a move it has ascribed to the candy’s “extreme popularity.”

But don’t be too heartbroken, all you seekers of the sweetly strange in cane form. You can always compensate by stuffing additional stockings with Archie McPhie’s Bacon Candy Canes, which look so much like regular candy canes the store advises you to “sneak one in”; or Clamdy Canes, which taste like clams; or Pickle Candy Canes, which may or may not be dill-icious; or Rotisserie Chicken Candy Canes, the color of “crispy chicken skin”; or Coal Candy Canes, which are said to taste “like coal (smoke and cinnamon).”

The Coal ones actually sound kind of nice. Maybe it’s worth being naughty this year?

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