Seasonal Candy Review: M&Ms and Twix

Twix Gingerbread (New for 2013):

The package says the gingerbread flavoring lies in the caramel.  I’m not sure why they couldn’t just bake gingerbread cookies instead of the usual shortbread cookies, but that’s modern packaged food for ya.  At first, the flavor was a bit like graham crackers.  As I chewed through, the ginger flavor hit somewhere in the back of my mouth.  There’s a weird flavor at play somewhere in the mix, a bit like eating a piece of gingerbread that’s been sitting in the sun on cardboard.  It’s not bad, it’s just a lingering funk.  I’m a big fan of ginger snaps and gingerbread, so the flavor of these appeals to me, but I couldn’t imagine wanting to eat more than one in a sitting.

Overall, I’d say that a fan of gingerbread will probably enjoy eating one of these.  It’d be a fun inclusion in a big bowl of chocolate candies at a party or a fun stocking treat.  These are fun sized. (Note: I picked these up at Wal-mart, but their website doesn’t seem to know these exist yet.)

M&Ms Cherry Cordial (Debuted last year, I think):

I like these.  I don’t think they taste like cherry cordials at all and I don’t think the cherry flavor is necessarily good.  Everyone I know who’s tried them agrees.  But these M&Ms are a funny thing; I left them out on the counter at my parents’ house and now there’s just about a handful left in the bag.

I feel like the taste borders on Robitussin–it’s just a little fake, a little harsh.  But I eat ’em, and I really like ’em.  They’re about the size of Peanut Butter M&Ms, perhaps a hair smaller.  And they come in two festive shades of red.

M&Ms Gingerbread (New for 2013):

These taste like Indian food to me.  These definitely have a strong kick of ginger, but the other spices backing it up reads Vindaloo across my tongue.  I read several reviews of these that called the flavor “subtle” and I just need you guys to know that it’s anything but subtle.  I hated these and advise strongly against purchasing them, even for big fans of ginger.

They’re about the size of Peanut Butter M&Ms, perhaps a hair smaller.  And they come in red, green and brown.  But they taste like Indian food, in case you’d forgotten.  Bleck.  (I bought these at Wal-Mart, as well.)

Fastforward

It seems like the world is in a bit of a time warp.  Saturday, I went out grocery shopping at our Wal-mart Neighborhood Market and they were putting up their wreaths and Christmas trees.

Halloween hasn’t even happened yet!  Could this not wait one more week?  I’m no stranger to the Christmas Creep, and you know I mentally live a couple holidays in the future, but that’s a little silly.  I know that Thanksgiving is pretty entwined with the December holidays in most peoples’ minds, but why doesn’t it get to be celebrated in its own right?  Especially in a grocery store?

I have very real issues with anticipating holidays so long that the day itself goes by in a blur and I end up feeling a bit sad and disappointed when it’s all done.  I can’t help but wonder if the Creep is to blame.

Thoughts?