Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallow 3 Musketeers




Place purchased: Meijer

Number of reviewers: 7

Appearance - 6.4

Darker nougat is the only difference in appearance from a normal 3 Musketeers. 

Flavor and Taste - 7.2 

These smell exactly like hot chocolate, but just taste very chocolaty. I could not pick up any marshmallow flavor. The Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers taste like a more chocolaty version of a normal 3 Musketeers. 

B: Marshmallow flavor too strong.
C: Nice chocolaty flavor that is not too overpowering. 
J: Smells exactly like hot cocoa. Very chocolaty. Hardly any different flavor. 
L: Definite chocolaty-ness, not particularly "hot cocoa". 
L2: Too powder-like taste. 
S: Tastes just like hot cocoa! I surprisingly like this, and I don't really like marshmallow candy.

Texture - 7.7

The nougat feels thicker and richer than a normal 3 Musketeers, which I like.  

C: Mouthfeel reminds me of marshmallow. 
J: Smooth and creamy. 
S: Feels like eating a marshmallow soaked in hot cocoa. Creamy! 

Aftertaste - 6.6

The chocolate flavor lingers awhile. 

C: Tastes like hot chocolate! 
J: Tastes like a 3 Musketeers. 

Overall - 7.0

This 3 Musketeers variety tastes like a 3 Musketeers with added chocolate. It is a good candy bar, however it is too similar to regular 3 Musketeers to justify purchasing again. Don't worry if you missed out on buying these this holiday season. 

B: I prefer the classic 3 Musketeers. 
J: Not much different. Disappointing. 
S: Good! Better than I expected! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

Place purchased: Dollar Tree

Number of reviewers: 4

Appearance - 7.0

There is no paper cup! No circle of chocolate stuck to the paper! 

Flavor and Taste - 8.1

The peanut butter flavor is exactly the same as a normal Butterfinger. The cups are also saltier than most other peanut butter cups. 

L: OMG. So good. Creamy, salty, buttery, crunchy. Deliciousness. 
S: It was better than I thought it was going to be.

Texture - 7.9

The peanut butter is mostly creamy with some mixed in crispy "peanut toffee" pieces, which seem to be tiny chunks of the flaky center inside normal Butterfingers. The added peanut toffee pieces provide a new textural consistency that works very well in these peanut butter cups. 

C: I like the little crunchy pieces of Butterfinger inside.
L: Melt in your mouth with fun crunchies. 
S: I liked that it still had the crunch Butterfinger pieces in it. 

Aftertaste - 6.9

There is a slight peanut butter aftertaste that quickly dissipates. 

L: Not bad, but nothing special. If only the taste could last forever. 
S: Not much of an aftertaste, but I don't mind that. 

Overall - 7.8

Overall, I think this is a great product and is definitely worth trying. Butterfinger peanut butter cups are a fantastic combination of sweet & salty and smooth & crunchy.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday M&M's

M&M's White Chocolate Peppermint

Number of reviewers: 7

Place purchased: Target

Appearance - 7.0

These M&M's are uneven in size and much larger than normal M&M's. When biting into one of the M&M's, I noticed there was a white chocolate core covered with more white chocolate. I discovered that only the white chocolate covering the core was peppermint flavored.


Flavor and Taste - 6.1

The M&M's have a very strong peppermint flavor and a milder dairy flavor from the white chocolate. I also noticed a rather unpleasant cheesy/acidic off-note. 

C: Has an off-flavor to it. 
J: Love white chocolate.
L: Slightly dairy sour.  
S: Stronger flavor than the holiday mint. 


Texture - 6.4

The texture of the M&M's is much softer than normal M&M's. 

C: Too creamy.
J: Crunchy.
S: Like after dinner mints. Chalky. 


Aftertaste - 7.3

The M&M's have a great peppermint aftertaste. Though, the mint flavor lingers long enough for these to double as a breath mint.

J: Cooling feeling after is good.


Overall - 6.1 

Overall,  these M&M's are good, but the texture and off-flavor deter me from eating more of them. 

B: Don't like white chocolate. Mint flavor is good. 
L: Mint is soo strong, but leaves your mouth minty fresh. Nothing to write home about. 
S: Nice, but texture ruins it for me. Not what I expected (surprised it was white chocolate).

M&M's Cherry Cordial




Number of reviewers: 7

Place purchased: Walmart


Appearance - 7.3 

I was surprised by how uneven the M&M's were in size. Like the white chocolate peppermint flavor, these M&M's also had flavored chocolate surrounding an unflavored chocolate core. 

J: Great red color, very festive.


Flavor and Taste - 5.7 

The cherry flavor was decent. In my opinion, it did not taste like cough syrup.

B: Too much straight benzaldehyde.
C: Tastes like cough syrup.
J: Cherry flavor is very fake. But the chocolate is still good. 
L: Tastes just like chocolate covered cherries.
L2: Too strong... 
S: Tastes a little like cough syrup.


Texture - 6.7

Nothing unexpected here. They have the same texture as milk chocolate M&M's.  

Aftertaste - 4.9 

I noticed a slightly bitter aftertaste to the M&M's.

J: Fades, becomes more medicinal. 
S: Cough syrup.


Overall - 5.6 

Overall, I really liked these M&M's. They were the first bag I finished out of the four reviewed. The bitter aftertaste was not enough to keep me from devouring them. 


M&M's Holiday Mint 




Number of reviewers: 7

Place purchased: Walmart


Appearance - 7.6

These M&M's are also larger than normal M&M's, even though they do not contain a flavored chocolate layer like the White Chocolate Peppermint and Cherry Cordial M&M's. 

J: Festive colors and the bag is nice!
S: I like the packaging... very festive! I liked that the candies were bigger than normal, too.


Flavor and Taste - 7.9

C: Has a good minty level, not too overpowering.
J: Nice cooling mint. Rich chocolate flavor.
S: I really like mint candy, so I would have wanted it to be stronger. Also, the flavor doesn't hit you right away.

Texture - 7.3

C: Texture is like that of regular M&M's.   
S: What I was expecting.


Aftertaste - 7.4

J: Nice mint. 
S: Good aftertaste - more flavor than when I was actually eating it.


Overall - 7.8


L: Perfect amount of mint, might like to see these in dark chocolate.  (Note: Mars does make dark chocolate mint M&M's.)
S: Good, but want it stronger.


M&M's Milk Chocolate Gingerbread 




Number of reviewers: 7

Place purchased: Walmart


Appearance - 7.1

These are also much larger than milk chocolate M&M's. 

Flavor and Taste - 5.5

These M&M's have a very strong clove aroma. The flavor of the M&M's starts out as milk chocolate and then quickly turns to a revolting mixture of chocolate, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I think this combination of spices would have worked better with a white chocolate base, like with the Carrot Cake M&M's released in spring 2013. 

S: I really liked the flavor of these. Taste like gingerbread without being overpowering. Really nice, balanced flavor.
B: Burnt character to gingerbread flavor.
J: Gingerbread flavor is kind of weird. Initially too clove/ginger/nutmeg-ish. 
L: Aftertaste is much more pleasant than the initial taste. The initial taste is a little jarring. 


Texture - 7.0

S: What I expect from M&M's.


Aftertaste - 5.3

These have a very strong bitter aftertaste. 

S: Not much of an aftertaste.
J: When the flavor fades, it's much better. 
L: Nice.


Overall - 5.6

Overall, I thought these were horrible. The different spices did not work well with the milk chocolate, and I still have that bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Excuse me while I down a bottle of water to rid my mouth of this aftertaste. 
S: Liked these ones a lot.