Little did I know when I stopped at the ‘Sev for coffee this morning that there would be not one, but two new candy surprises waiting for me.
The first was Coconut M&M’s.
In the candy world, the combo of coconut and chocolate is dominated by Mounds and Almond Joy. While I like these bars, I am not a fan of the tiny coconut bits that are always left in the mouth after eating, no matter how much one chews. The coconut M&M’s, however, don’t actually contain any real coconut so I was optimistic that this would not be a problem.
The coconut M’s are plumper than the normal variety. It’s as if the M&M’s spent a weekend eating nothing but bags of M&M’s. Texture wise, they are pretty much the same as their plain cousins. Inside the shell is coconut flavored dark chocolate. Surprisingly, the emphasis of flavor is on the coconut. They tasted very much like a compact version of a Mounds bar...but without the tiny bits. Very tasty.
Next, I moved onto Reese’s Dark peanut butter cups.
The Reese’s Dark package wasn’t adorned with a “new” or a “limited edition” but I had not seen it before. Apparently, Reese’s has mixed dark chocolate and peanut butter sporadically in the past—most recently last summer as a tie in with The Dark Knight. Somehow I missed it. So to paraphrase an old TV slogan, if I haven’t eaten it, it’s new to me.
Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods and I actually prefer dark chocolate to milk, so I was exited to try them. Opening the package, the most striking thing is that the cup is the same dark color as the famous wrapper. The dark chocolate is a great foil for the peanut butter and makes for a richer taste. While they are sweet, they are slightly less sweet than the milk chocolate variety. The salt in the peanut butter was sharper. I’m happy that Reese’s Dark didn’t come with a “limited edition” because I dare say that I would pick these over the milk chocolate ones.
Amazingly in this round, I went two for two in good new products. Now if anyone could tell me where I could find Strawberried Peanut Butter M&M’s, I would be a happy, happy geek.