Bringing a unique new spin to holiday favorites can be a fun way to stir up tradition, but sometimes things might be better left alone. Case in point: macaroni and cheese candy canes. Need we say more?

Over the years, those red and white striped candy canes have remained a staple of the holiday season, but candy makers have found some ways to get creative by changing up colors and flavors of this time-honored Christmas confection. The latest incarnation brought to you by Seattle company Archie McPhee is Mac ‘n’ Cheese-flavored Candy Canes. So, how do they taste?

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Archie McPhee is at it again giving us crazy Candy Cane flavors. Last year I tried their Rotisserie Chicken flavor and .. it was an experience. 😖 ( It’s available this year too if you’re feeling brave ). This year they have 2 new varieties .. here’s one of them- Mac & Cheese flavored Candy Canes. 🧀 This one isn’t bad! Smells like cheese and tastes like Mac n cheese but the sweetness overpowers the flavor eventually so it’s doable. 👍🏻 I might not be so brave when I try the next one.. 🤐. PURCHASED ONLINE. @archiemcphee #archiemcphee #archiemcpheecandycanes #archiemcpheemacandcheesecandycanes #macandcheese #macandcheesecandycanes #accoutrements #extracheesy #cheese #cheesy #cheesycandy #junkfood

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As described by Instagram user junkfoodmom, this yellow-and-white-striped candy cane, “Smells like cheese and tastes like mac ‘n’ cheese but the sweetness overpowers the flavor eventually so it’s doable.” Not exactly a winning sales pitch, but with mac ‘n’ cheese being a kid staple it’s not hard to see how this concoction was brought about.

If this unique mash-up is up your alley, Archie McPhee also offers some other creative combinations, like clam-flavored “Clamdy Canes,” dill pickle-flavored candy canes and rotisserie chicken-flavored candy canes. Or you could just stick with good ol’ fashioned peppermint because some things never go out of style.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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