I don’t know exactly what the people at Mars were thinking when they came up with these M&M’s. Strawberried peanut butter. And chocolate. In just some little M&M’s, all those flavors? They were probably cautious about the idea, as well, since it’s only a special edition. Maybe if it goes over well, it’ll stick around.
The M&M’s are a bit bigger than usual to accommodate both the peanut butter and chocolate inside the candy shell. I thought they might be using whole peanuts, but instead, the filling has the same texture (and taste) of, well, peanut butter. There are three colors: brown, red, and a golden yellow specked in red that reminds me of an Easter egg. Which reminds me, is there a special occasion for this special edition? Maybe I only ask that because it’s the holiday season, but a strawberry candy in winter seems random. Unless it’s been on the shelves for a while without me seeing it? Still, the red stripes on the wrapper do remind me of a candy cane, even if strawberry peanut butter sounds nothing like Christmas. Coincidence, or am I just reading into it too much?
With all this in mind, I went on to the tasting. True to the “strawberried” name, the most focus goes to the strawberry flavor. Unfortunately, it is an artificial strawberry taste. Next is the peanut butter, which is as far from a real peanut taste as most peanut butters are. Not any worse than all of them. I think you can taste the chocolate. Maybe. Just barely; it’s even further than the sidelines. The extra size of the M&M’s makes the crunch of their shells even better as your teeth sink down through the filling layers.
It’s all a sort of peanut butter and jelly feel. Since I can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich anytime, I wouldn’t mourn these M&M’s if they left the shelves forever. Neither would I wish them good riddance. I like them, I’d get them again, I’d recommend them to M&M lovers, but I wouldn’t call them a must try.