I’ve been desperate to try the limited edition Wildly Cherry M&M’s ever since I read about them in Sera’s review on Candy Addict. After months’ of looking (I kid you not), I found them today at my local Walgreens. And on sale at that!
After dinner, I giddily tore into the medium-sized bag. Pouring the M&M’s into a bowl, I detected a faint cherry aroma. These M&M’s are a bit more rotund than the ordinary variety, but otherwise they’re similarly sized. They come in two colors: deep red (like a very ripe Bing cherry) and light red (like a—you guessed it—less ripe Bing cherry). Honestly, they’re pretty to look at!
So how do they taste? Well, let me start by saying I’m not a huge fan of cherry-flavored candy. The overuse of artificial cherry flavoring in children’s medicines pretty much soured me on cherry flavoring at a young age. I do enjoy the taste of maraschino cherries, though, and Sera really seemed to like these M&M’s, so I was determined to give them a fair shot.
On my first M&M, the cherry flavor made its presence known. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it was distinct. In fact, the chocolate of the M&M reminded me of the flavored chocolate of a Frango mint. A handful of M&M’s later I’m still tasting cherry, only now the novelty is starting to wear off. I decide to stop for a minute and that’s when it hits me—the artificial cherry aftertaste. Oh, dear. Memories of cough syrup start rushing back and I quickly reach for a strong dark chocolate to clear the taste.
I really do like the way they look, though. Perhaps I’ll keep them in a glass bowl on my desk. Then I can appreciate the colors while I share them with my colleagues.
Thanks to princess_of_llyr for posting the above photo to flickr!