Nothing goes better together than strawberry jam and chunky peanut butter. Slather it on sandwich bread, cut your masterpiece in half diagonally, place in Ziploc bag, and you have heaven on Earth waiting for you for lunch.
The stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth-ness of peanut butter is perfectly paired with the smoothness of the jam. Peanut butter tastes best when warm–it’s smoother, its wafting aroma excites your taste buds, and it balances the cool, straight-from-the-fridge-ness of the jam as they waltz gracefully on your tongue. And how could you forget the crunch of the peanuts contrasted with the semi-whole pieces of strawberry? Magnifique.
So, naturally, when I was faced with the opportunity to buy “Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms” at my local Walgreen’s I jumped at the opportunity, after first confirming that my cashier was a fan.
Peanut Butter M&Ms are delightful on their own merits. No wafting aromas or perfectly smooth stickiness to send the arachibutyrophobics running for the hills. The peanut butter is salty and crumbly. Not worthy of a partnership with strawberry jam.
And the strawberry? Like eating shampoo. But the flavor is short-lasting and quickly overpowered by the chocolate and pb.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Peanut Butter M&Ms. But I don’t like them masquerading as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There were no excited taste buds or waltzes in my head. No perfect pairing of sticky and smooth. No memories of school lunches and Ziploc bags with diagonally cut sandwiches. Only a craving for classic Peanut Butter M&Ms, hold the shampoo.