The amount of limited edition candy being released these days seems to be increasing and all the major candy names have jumped on the bandwagon. One of the most recent victims of this is 3 Musketeers with the 3 Musketeers mint variety as well as the strawberry, vanilla and mocha cappuccino flavors that were released in the late last year. Now in 2008 we get three new flavors: Cherry, Raspberry and Orange. I missed the Valentine’s Day cherry release but luckily I caught the Raspberry and Orange varieties.
3 Musketeers seems like the perfect candy bar for limited editions. It’s fairly simple in concept: flavored nougat enrobed in chocolate, and one would imagine that the flavor combinations could be endless. However, looking back on all the varieties they’ve released so far, I’ve felt that something has gone awry. With these two new releases, I was hoping the flavors kinks would finally be worked out.
Raspberry: The wrapper says that this version is made with dark chocolate, and the color of the chocolate is indeed quite dark with a rich brown hue. It smells mostly of the chocolate, but there is that recognizable, floral fruity smell of raspberry there. It’s not very powerful, just noticeable.
In the first bite you immediately taste the raspberry and it’s very nice. It has the same components as the aroma: floral and fruity with a nice sweet/tart combination that reads as raspberry. The flavor is all in the fluffy nougat, which seems more purple in color to me than pink, which I would have expected since raspberries are red. The dark chocolate provided a nice, sweet background to the raspberry flavor and you notice it more in the aftertaste when the raspberry flavors have disappeared. I think out of all the “fruity” flavors I’ve had so far, this is one of the better ones.
Orange: The packaging immediately looks odd with all the orange going on. I’m so used to the silver/red/blue that this just seems garish. The green color for the mint flavor’s packaging worked for me since it’s a color that matches red in the color wheel, but I digress. There’s no orange smell at all once I unwrapped my mini from the package and I was expecting at least a slight whiff of orange!
Taking a bite, it’s very normal 3 Musketeers: light, creamy and chocolaty. Where’s the orange? I mean, the center is certainly orange colored, but can’t taste anything at all. I found the flavor, sort of, in the second bite. It’s in the aftertaste and it’s very, very faint: a light orange note that’s very, very sweet. I’m disappointed since this could have been a really fun and punchy combo, which instead falls flat due to lack of flavor and too much sugar.
I wouldn’t recommend picking these up unless you’re a die hard fan of orange or raspberry flavors in chocolate. The Raspberry was good, but unremarkable enough that I didn’t finish them. The Orange was so uneventful that I ended up forgetting about them in my cupboard (and trust me, that is not a regular thing for me to do)! I wish Mars would make the limited edition flavors of 3 Musketeers more intense, which I think would solve the dilemma. How about you? What are your thoughts on these flavors?
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