Review: Gingerbread M&Ms, The Spoonable Contest Winner Is…, & The Importance of a Backup QB
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Also, wanted to talk about the NFL very quickly, and the importance of a backup QB. I felt awful seeing Aaron Rodgers break his collarbone in Monday night’s game, and I’m not a GB fan. After receiving texts from my Packers-fan co-worker that were basically a string of expletives, I turned on the game to see Seneca Wallace throwing 1-yard passes everywhere as the Packers lost to the Bears. YIKES.
For some reason, I previously felt like there were TOO many QBs lying around the league. All these guys coming out of college each year, and not enough starting jobs? OVERSATURATION, I thought. Why is a team with an already proven starter drafting another QB in the third round? STUPID, I thought.
But this year, a number of starting QBs have fallen – Vick. Cutler. Rodgers. Locker. Bradford. Manuel. Hoyer. And GEEZ you look around and you’re like, “Ugh….are the best free agents REALLY Matt Flynn and Vince Young? And Matt Leinart??? Where’s Tebow when you need him?”
How is this possible? I guess it just goes to show how hard it is to play QB in the NFL, and why QBs go so high in the draft, even if they aren’t the “best overall talent.” So, I’ve come around on the whole backup QB thing, and I give huge props to the starting QBs in the league, even the ones who I think “stink.” So the next time you’re frustrated with Phillip Rivers or Joe Flacco…just think of how much WORSE it could be.
Today’s junk food: Gingerbread M&Ms!
I have to say, the sly looking M&M character looking at me seductively as he points to a gingerbread cookie on a plate…not working for me. You’re weirding me out, dude.
Gingerbread M&Ms come with a nice sugar cookie recipe on the back, which is nice. Although part of the recipe is to BUY A ROLL OF STORE-MADE COOKIE DOUGH. Way to dumb it down, M&Ms.
Gingerbread M&Ms hide the gingerbread flavor in the “Artificial and Natural Flavors” portion of the ingredient list, I know they do…and I’m still gonna eat these.
Opening up this bag of Gingerbread M&Ms, they at least got the colors right. I mean, if these were blue, yellow, and orange? Gross. Although I’d prefer my Gingerbread M&Ms to be ALL brown, to keep with the theme of what gingerbread looks, like…or maybe brown and an off-white for contrast.
When I opened the bag and put it to my nose, the smell was still the standard M&Ms chocolate and candy shell smell – very sweet and pervasive. So I took a couple out in my hand, and sniffed fewer pieces. They smelled SORT of like gingerbread. Not a great sign, but I did get that molasses smell, not so much ginger. So the aromatics are KIND OF there…
I popped the 4-5 Gingerbread M&Ms into my mouth, chewed…and no. No. NOOOOOOO.
My honest assessment: the gingerbread flavor was sort of there, but BARELY. Now look. I know that this chocolate is NOT going to taste EXACTLY like gingerbread, because it is NOT gingerbread. So when I taste these things, I tend to think of the flavors like the flavors of a Starbucks coffee. I know what the syrups they pump into a heavy flavored backdrop like coffee taste like, so I’m comfortable sorting out the gingerbread flavor from the dominant flavor.
In this case, yes, the chocolate was the strongest flavor. I’d like to think my palette is decent enough to pick out the gingerbread flavor…but it took a while. Honestly, I ate M&M after M&M until finally my brain tuned into the gingerbread flavor. And then yes I could taste it. The tiny twinge of ginger. The small bit of molasses. The taste of my mouth when I drink a gingerbread latte. I SORT of got it. But you know what? I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO EAT HALF THE BAG TO GET THE FLAVOR I’M LOOKING FOR.
And that’s the thing – I really don’t think people who are only eating a couple are going to like these, because they are not going to get that buildup of discernible flavor. So, I’m sorry M&Ms but what the hell are you doing? Why is your product designed this way? C’mon now…
Did it taste bad? I mean, it’s chocolate, you answer that question. But did it taste like gingerbread? The key words are eventually and barely.
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