What's summer without a blockbuster movie sequel and tie-in candy from Mars?  We spotted these weird little guys at the 7-Eleven on Third and Broadway and snatched them up.  Odd combination of flavors?  Check.  Made-up word in the description? Check.  Dubious thematic connection to movie? Check.  Let's roll.

Candy Girls: Strawberried Peanut Butter M&M's

These limited edition M&M's were released to promote this summer's Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen. The packaging promotes itself as one of a series of seven "collector packs," though this particular bag starring the Twins is the only one we have seen around town.

Typical of the special flavor M&M's that Mars makes available periodically, the candies are larger than usual and irregularly shaped. They come in dark brown red, and a pleasant, crimson-speckled dark yellow, but otherwise look like your typical peanut butter M&M's.

The floral strawberry flavor is contained entirely in the chocolate or shell -- there is no added layer of jelly or anything else that disrupts the established texture. The scent and aftertaste is sharper than the Strawberry Quick flavor we usually get from strawberry-infused candies, closer to Fruit Roll-Up.

What's strange about these candies is the flavor mishmash. Yes, strawberry, peanut butter and chocolate all combine well with each other on a one-on-one basis, but the addition of the third component comes as a bit of a surprise to the taste buds. There's no basis of comparison outside the candy. A peanut butter, jelly and chocolate sandwich?  A chocolate- covered strawberry dipped in peanut butter?  A Reese's cup served with sliced strawberries? 

This isn't to say that the marriage is a total disaster; while the flavor is strange, it's not necessarily disagreeable.  It comes down to whether you feel like your peanut butter M&M's benefit from a fruity kick, and for us it just seems like messing with an already good thing.

Would we finish the package? Yes

Would we buy again? Maybe, though we're more likely to just grab a bag of one of the traditional M&M's flavors

Rating: 3 out of 5

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