Before we dive into this review, I’ve just got to get one thing off my chest.
I think M&Ms really missed a golden opportunity for a great crossover this time. Look, I realize that people get all excited about anything and everything that tastes like “cookies and cream.” But there are plenty of other “and cream” flavors, too! As an early 2000s R&B enthusiast, it would bring me such joy to see a bag of M&Ms featuring none other than the legendary group 112 promoting the limited edition Halloween flavor, Peaches & Screeem.
Whew. End rant. I’m in a better mood now, probably because I have “Peaches & Cream” stuck in my head. “It’s even better when it’s with ice cream…”
Despite my wishes for a 112 comeback, Cookies & Screeem M&Ms are on shelves now, exclusively at Target. Good timing, too, since Halloween is exactly two months from today. Halloween already?! It feels like just yesterday that I was sweating on my couch and eating a package of Apple Pie Oreos by myself.
Oh, right. That was just yesterday.
Cookies & Screeem M&Ms use a combination of dark chocolate and white chocolate to mimic the cookie and cream elements of a certain sandwich cookie (*cough* Oreos *cough*). It’s worth noting that there’s no added textural ingredient to actually represent a cookie, like the standard Crispy M&Ms center. Maybe Mars was trying to avoid cramming yet another layer in with the dark and white chocolate, but not having a “cookie” component feels like an oversight.
The bitter dark chocolate flavor comes through first when biting into a Cookies & Screeem M&M, followed closely by the sweeter white chocolate. The balance here is really enjoyable, with each respective chocolate keeping the other in check, without being too overpowering. In fact, as I ate more Cookies & Screeem M&Ms, I realized that they don’t have the same cloying aftertaste that a few of the other white chocolate M&Ms (Candy Corn, White Boo-tterscotch, and White Cheesecake) have had.
Now, the big question: do Cookies & Screeem M&Ms taste like Oreos? Kind of. In a few bites here and there, I could kind of taste the familiar cocoa flavor of an Oreo cookie, and bursts of sweetness that reminded me a tiny bit of Oreo creme. It’s not a perfect representation, and the connection would feel like less of a stretch with some added textural ingredient. But overall, Cookies & Screeem M&Ms are an okay limited edition flavor.
Is it too early to start my petition to get Peaches & Screeem M&Ms next Halloween?
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||$3.19 at Target|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—1 oz (about 16 pieces)
|140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 10 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 18 grams of total sugars (includes 17 grams added sugars), less than 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Dark chocolate and white chocolate balance nicely. Kind of tastes like an Oreo. Listening to early 2000s R&B hits while eating Halloween candy.|
|Overall Score:||7.5 out of 10|