(CNN)Many of us in the CNN Library have a sweet tooth and love sampling new flavors of candies and snacks, almost as much as we enjoy doing editorial news research. We combined our two loves in honor of National Junk Food Day in July, when we wrote about new snack hybrids and flavor pairings.
Brach's Candy Corn
Just Born Marshmallow Peeps
Hostess Pumpkin Spice Twinkies and Candy Corn Cupcakes
Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Rolls
Amy: I have never been a huge Twinkies fan, mostly because I am stumped as to how the crème filling gets in the cake. These yummy Little Debbies are the sweater-weather cousins to the brand's Swiss Cake Rolls. Very few pumpkin spice products are spicy enough for me, and these were. And, Julie, these are available everywhere.
Jelly Belly Bean Boozled
Amy: If you're a Harry Potter fan, you're probably familiar with Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. Bean Boozled by Jelly Belly, now in its third edition, is along the same lines, except the funky flavors are mixed in with the regular flavors. You don't know which one you're getting, since they look the same! This year, there are two new types: Lawn Clippings (not terrible) and Stinky Socks (tastes like goat cheese). My sample was all trick and no treat, including Rotten Egg, Skunk Spray, and Barf, which was very realistic. Not even the Toothpaste flavor helped to wash away the Baby Wipes residue from my mouth.
Flix Candy - Box of Boogers and Lip Pops
Amy: Here's the category with the biggest innovations. We tried Box of Boogers and Sour Spooky and Pumpkin Lip Pops The boogers had three flavors: Strawboogy (strawberry), Sour Green Boogy (Lime), and Snotterine (tangerine) -- they all had a powdery aftertaste but looked realistic -- or so I hear. As for the lip pops, picture a baby's pacifier where the handle is shaped like a jack o'lantern's or a vampire's grin.
Zombie Bones and Brains Gummy Candy (Target)
Starburst Halloween Mix
Julie: Starburst's take on the Halloween spirit includes new flavors like Batty Blackberry, Bewitched Blueberry, Mysterious Mango and Chilling Cherry-Kiwi. I sensed a trend there. The individual candy wrappers include graphics such as bats, smiling ghosts and skulls. Other than the flavor names and pictures, I forgot that these were part of the Halloween Mix. Personally, I would have gone with a flavor like blood orange, but there's no denying that the Starbursts were tasty. I wouldn't mind eating this mix of particular flavors year round.
Dove Chocolate Eyeballs
Amy: Dove Eyeballs are only found at Target, also where I also got my elasticized waist jeans, which, coincidentally is all that fits after I started Eyeball 30, the diet where you only eat Dove Eyeballs for 30 days. Sticking to this diet is easy.
3 Musketeers MUSKEFEARS
Julie: The 3 Musketeers MUSKEFEARS fun size bars are advertised as having the same great taste but with a spooky red nougat inside. The fluffy chocolate center is more dark pink than red. I suppose "spooky pink nougat" doesn't instill fear like "spooky red" (even though everyone who has done laundry knows that nothing is scarier than pink clothes after a red sock is accidentally left in a load of whites). Never fear, it tastes exactly like a regular 3 Musketeers bar.