Dreams Come True in the Candy Aisle
I love candy. There, I said it.
I know it’s something most people outgrow by the time they’re, oh, about 12. But not me. One of my small joys in life is wandering down the candy aisle, eyes scanning the shelves for new and exciting candy. You won’t be surprised to find out I prefer chocolate candy over the fruity stuff.
This month has turned out to be an exciting month for candy! THREE new candies to try, all within a few weeks. It’s like I hit the new candy jackpot.
If you twisted my arm and forced me to choose a favorite candy, I’d probably pick Reese’s peanut butter cups. There is little better in life than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, in my opinion. But I’m partial to dark chocolate, so over the last few years I’ve lamented the fact that they don’t make dark chocolate Reese’s. Sure, the regular ones are great, but wouldn’t dark chocolate Reese’s been ever better? And then, like a wish quietly granted, a few weeks ago they just appeared in the candy isle. No fanfare, no commercials, not even a mention on the Reese’s website. Obviously I grabbed the first bag I saw, ran home and stuffed one in my mouth. And then my life was complete. I was a little afraid they wouldn’t be as awesome as I imagined them to be, but oh, they are! Maybe even better. If you like dark chocolate and you like Reese’s peanut butter cups, you owe it to yourself to go find a bag of the Dark Reese’s – like right now.
Shorty after I accidentally discovered the Dark Reese’s, I heard rumors of two more new candies. You should know that I have a total weakness for special edition M&Ms. I don’t know what it is, the new flavor combinations or the cute little graphics they print on them, but that company totally has my number. To this day, my favorite M&Ms are/were special editions: dark chocolate M&Ms and the holiday-only mint M&Ms. So when I heard there were two new special edition M&M flavors floating around, I set off on a quest to find them ASAP.
First I found the Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms, a special edition flavor in honor of the new Transformers movie. I have no idea what Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms have to do with Transformers, I just knew I had to try them. The cashier where I bought them raved on and on about how they tasted like peanut butter and jelly, so I had high hopes for these M&Ms. Too bad they didn’t live up to them. They’re not awful, really, but they’re not good either. I found myself thinking if they were just the peanut butter part, they’d be great. But the “strawberried” part? Ew. These M&Ms have a gross, chemically fake strawberry smell and taste that is an almost immediate turnoff. Something about it reminds me of the dentist. A friend said it reminded her of cough syrup. Of the five people that tried them, only one didn’t think they were kinda gross, and he claimed he couldn’t taste any of the strawberry flavoring. I’d save your money for the other special edition M&Ms instead of wasting it on these.
The other special edition M&Ms sent me on a wild goose chase through two different towns in an effort to find them because they sounded that good. Coconut M&Ms. Peanut butter and chocolate may be my favorite flavor combination, but coconut and chocolate is probably a close second. I heard from various friends how good they were, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. Every store I looked in would tell me, “Well, we had them…” Just as I was beginning to think Coconut M&Ms were a figment of my imagination, a friend showed up with some and generously let me try them. I have to say they were worth the wild goose chase! While they don’t have any real coconut in them (just coconut flavoring) they taste fantastic. Very similar to a Mounds, but in M&Ms form. The coconut flavor isn’t overwhelming either. At first you just taste the chocolate but then, as the chocolate melts, you get this wave of coconut. And then you stuff six more in your mouth. Did I mention they have cute little palm trees printed on them too? Needless to say, if you like coconut you should definitely try Coconut M&Ms!
If you love candy like me, you might also enjoy the Candy Blog, which features new candy and reviews way before I ever find them in stores.
(I should note that I have not been paid or compensated in any manner for reviewing these candies. I just love candy! But if anyone from Mars or Hershey’s is reading this, you should know I can be bought with chocolate. I’m just saying.)