The candy gods were smiling on me during my last weekly shopping trip. As I patiently waited in the checkout line scanning the boxes of candy lined up, I immediately noticed something different. What’s this I see? A red M&Ms wrapper? My heart skipped a beat as I realized it was the new Wildly Cherry M&Ms! Had the day I’ve been waiting for finally come?
I was so excited to find these new Wildly Cherry M&Ms. Why? Well, when I was at the All Candy Expo back in September, the people at Mars, who weren’t ready to unveil the wrapper and samples just yet, still allowed me a “sneak taste” of these. I was handed a little plastic cup and the booth guy carefully poured a couple into it for me.
I stood there and squealed in delight, especially when I tasted them. I really, really liked them. Something about the new flavor, the way the M&Ms were mysteriously dished out to me in such secrecy, and the flavor just made them so appealing to me. It doesn’t help that red is also my favorite color! We were told they’d hit stores around March of 2008 so I did my best to put them out of my mind, waiting for the day I’d see them again.
The Wildly Cherry M&Ms are really pretty to look at with an attractive crimson red package, showing a Red M&M hanging from a ripe bunch of cherries. Opening the package and letting all the candies spill out, the pieces are just as attractive, if not more so, than the packaging. The M&Ms come in two colors: a nice crimson (which isn’t a bright as the normal red color) and a maroon. Like the Razzberry M&Ms that were released last summer, these are a little larger than normal M&Ms and the sizing amongst them isn’t uniform.
How’s the flavor? I really, really, really like these. I can tell you exactly what they taste like: cherry cordials, on the nose. It’s not a cough syrup fake cherry flavor at all, but a sweet maraschino cherry instead. I think this was a good call on Mars’ behalf, since maraschino cherries aren’t exactly naturally flavored to begin with so it’s a much better flavor to mimic and pair as a chocolate flavor addition. The two colors, from what I can tell, taste the same. I kept alternating tasting the two and at some points I thought maybe the maroon was sweeter, but no, I think it’s all in my head.
So if you love M&Ms, even if you weren’t a Razzberry M&M lover like me, give these a shot. You may find a new favorite like I did.
- Wildly Cherry M&Ms Website
- Razzberry M&Ms review
- Sneak Peek From the All Candy Expo
- All Candy Expo description