Friday, January 4, 2008

3 Musketeers Cherry & Raspberry

imageMars has done everything it can with Skittles (chocolate anyone?), Twix (a home run with the Java!) and Snickers so they’ve moved on to the 3 Musketeers.

Last fall they introduced the seasonal Autumn Mini Mix that had Strawberry, French Vanilla and Mocha Cappuccino. I was quite surprised that I liked the Strawberry and was rather excited to hear of the new flavors coming out this year: Cherry 3 Musketeers for Valentine’s Day and Raspberry 3 Musketeers for Easter.

Like the new 3 Muskteers Mint (not a limited edition item), these are covered in dark chocolate.

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I admit that I approached these with a bit of trepidation. I’ll also admit that my strong dislike of cherry flavored candies has dissolved into the “don’t prefer” column. I eat cherry things in service of my reviews and sometimes when no one is looking.

This little morsel is quite cute. They smell very strongly of maraschino, even before I bit into it. They center on this one is very strongly pink, almost fuschia courtesy of my nemesis Red 40.

The center is fluffy and has the slightest salty hit to it that offsets what is otherwise an ordinary cherry flavored fluff. The dark chocolate shell is pretty thin, but passably creamy.

There are a few varieties of the little wrappers for the individual candies. Some are pink, some are silver with little hearts. They also feature little “conversation” sayings like, “Hug Me”, “Be Mine” and “Crazy 4U”. Kind of fun, though until I read the package I didn’t realize they were there.

imageWhen I was offered this preview of the new 3 Musketeers flavors by some PR folks for Mars, it was the prospect of trying the Raspberry 3 Musketeers without having to search five or six stores to find them.

The format here is the same, dark chocolate covering a raspberry flavored fluff center.

The package here specifies that it’s a Limited Edition item and has some crocus on the front in addition to the freakishly glossy raspberry close-ups.

The individual pieces are also pink, though two different shades. They don’t have any sayings on them, as I don’t think Easter really lends itself to such things and usually sticks with symbols of spring like bunnies, chicks and eggs.

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These do not smell quite as strongly as the Cherry ones, but are still sweet and fragrant. The scent is rather like flowers and a bit like berries with a little woodsy component that I can only say smells like raspberry seeds. It also smells like chocolate, hooray!

The interior fluff is only lightly lavender (Red 40 and Blue Lake 5 in here!). It has the same fluffy texture, very sweet but with a good airy melt on the tongue. The raspberry flavor is all on the sweet side, no tangy bite.

I preferred the Raspberry by a longshot, but I still think as a fruit 3 Musketeers go, I liked the Strawberry from last fall best. I think these work well as minis, but I doubt I would be able to stomach a full sized bar or even the pair of smaller bars like the Mint 3Musketeers in these flavors. The small size is ideal.

Honestly I would have preferred a mix of flavors like the Autumn Mini Mix. Strawberry, Raspberry and Cherry all in one bag would have suited me fine.

I’ve heard from readers that the Cherry ones are now appearing in stores with the Valentines merchandise, so keep your eyes peeled. The Raspberry should go on store shelves after Valentines (but you never know, I found Russell Stover Maple Eggs in with the Christmas stuff at Walgreen’s this year).

UPDATE 2/17/2009: The Cherry & Raspberry returned for 2009. Raspberry is on the shelves with the Easter merchandise.

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  4. Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses
  5. Snickers Xtreme
Name: 3 Musketeers Cherry with Dark Chocolate and 3 Musketeers Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Minis
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: samples from Mars reps
Price: unknown
Size: 9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 124
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Mars, Easter, Valentines, Limited Edition, Kosher

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Comments
  1. All, these are the raspberry ones I saw at the Expo! Lucky you, getting to try them early! smile

    Comment by Sera on 1/04/08 at 9:28 am #
  2. Ooo I want to try these sooooo badly!! I never did find the fall minis mix which I also really really wanted to try :( I hope I can find some of these soon!

    Comment by Carrie on 1/07/08 at 9:15 am #
  3. Yay! I just went to the local Acme, and as usual searched through the holiday candy aisle. I have been searching for the Java Twix since I heard they were going to be released in December and have yet to find them. However, I did manage to find the 3 musketeers dark chocolate cherry minis! Keep looking folks, they are out there!

    Comment by Jennifer on 1/07/08 at 9:36 am #
  4. The 3 Muskateer Chocolate/Cherry are AWESOME!  If you like the flavors of chocolate and cherry together this is a must!

    Comment by Val on 1/10/08 at 8:09 am #
  5. Have been searching for the Cherry 3 Muskateer. Can not find them. I was beginning to think I had dreamed them up. Hope I find them soon and the raspberry too!!

    Comment by Rita on 1/10/08 at 10:18 am #
  6. cherry flavored marshmallowy muskateer. sounds interesting… but that doesn’t appeal to me somehow. maybe because i am not a person who cares for cherries with my chocolate.

    Comment by Alyssa on 1/13/08 at 10:19 am #
  7. Those cherry ones are good…. I have three bags of the fall mix if anyone wants them.

    Comment by Jessica on 2/08/08 at 11:11 am #
  8. I got to try one of the Cherry 3 Musketeers. I don’t really care for cherry much of anything, but these were a pleasant surprise (I will try a new candy when it comes out) so now I am searching high and low to locate these where I live!

    Comment by Celtmaiden on 2/08/08 at 7:13 pm #
  9. I bought four bags of the cherry ones today, at half off. I LOVE THESE!!! They are sooo good. Buy them in bulk because they are ridiculously expensive on Ebay, at least where I found them.

    Comment by Meghan on 2/15/08 at 10:52 am #
  10. I finally found the cherry ones (yummy!) at Target but still haven’t seen the raspberry ones :(

    Comment by Carrie on 2/15/08 at 12:41 pm #
  11. Please, where in St. Louis County can I find the cherry and Stawberry Ones.

    I have all my friends looking for the cherry ones.  I tryed them and they are yummy.

    Please Help.
    Barb

    Comment by Barb Hinch on 2/16/08 at 8:04 am #
  12. I am going to check Sears Essentials, K-Mart and Target today, we have some shopping to do, if I find them at any of those stores, I will give all a heads up.

    If anyone knows who has them in the Phoenix area, give a yell. My Daughter in Law wants to give them a try also.

    Comment by Celtmaiden on 2/16/08 at 9:40 am #
  13. I would suggest looking at rite aid cause that’s where i found the cherry ones.

    Comment by Meghan on 2/21/08 at 2:23 pm #
  14. Unfortunatly, 240 miles is a bit far to go for a candy bar. The closest Rite Aid to Phoenix AZ is in Calexico CA or something.
    sigh

    Comment by Celtmaiden on 2/22/08 at 8:18 am #
  15. Anyone in Des Moines Iowa area found the raspberry ones?  Have tried the cherry/choc and are totally awesome!

    Comment by Val on 2/22/08 at 9:27 am #
  16. Not only do they have raspberry and cherry, but I found orange yesterday as well! The orange is so good!

    Comment by Jennifer on 2/24/08 at 2:34 am #
  17. I have a suggestion for the Three Muskateers Mint bar. I waited patiently for it to show up in Winn Dixie here in St Augustine, Florida 32080. I was not satisfied and would be glad to explain.

    I wanted the bar to be the same size as the regular Three Muskateers. As much as I love dark chocolate, I wanted the bar to be regular chocolate and the mint. And the regular size. I eat that candy bar between meetings, and use the mint for a fresher breath. yum yum. The dark chocolate overwhelms the mint. Thank you.

    Comment by Susan H Tucker on 2/27/08 at 2:15 am #
  18. Finally found the raspberry ones at Target. I love these! The cherry are good, but the raspberry are awesome! I hope they stay around for a long time. Would love to try the strawberry - too bad I missed them!

    Comment by Carrie on 2/27/08 at 4:45 am #
  19. My husbands favorite coffe has a couple of spoons of dark choc. hot cocoa mix and 2 of the Orange Musketeers, stirred until they are melted.  It is yummy!

    Comment by Bette on 3/05/08 at 9:56 am #
  20. I cant find the Mini autumn mix, raspberry, cherry or orange ones any where to buy! I want to try them ALL! Any one in the New England Area to suggest where I can buy them in Connecticut or on line somwhere? I would really appreciate it.

    Comment by Jennifer on 3/18/08 at 12:49 pm #
  21. You can buy the autumn from me, I have an extra bag.

    Comment by Jessica on 3/18/08 at 12:58 pm #
  22. Where ca I purchase a solid dark chocolate Easter bunny in the Phoenix area, AZ?

    Comment by Greg on 3/19/08 at 12:10 pm #
  23. Since last week in December I have been searching area stores in New York and Arizona and so far I can’t find the cherry or raspberry mini’s…I am jonezing for these…where are they? the teasers out there getting annoying since I can find them…3 Musketeers has been my favorite chocolate since 1969

    Comment by joann on 1/22/09 at 4:30 am #
  24. I have a friend who is more or less homebound, 69, tried the cherry minis in 2008 and loved them.  I have been looking for them at every holiday since for her, to no avail.  Been searching the web for two hours now, Mars’ site, wholesale candy sites, nobody even mentions them.  Are they discontinued?  Or know where I might find, stock up?  Thanks.

    Comment by jeannine on 2/03/10 at 11:41 pm #
  25. I din’t know that the cherry mimis were out until this val.day and they are the best.  I have always loved 3 musk. candy but these are even better a friend let me try some but the store was all out when i went to get some, guess i’ll just have to wait till next year.  thanks for the great taste

    Comment by georjeana armagost on 3/03/10 at 8:46 am #
  26. Does anyone know I can buy these cherry 3 musketees
    please.

    Comment by Retta on 11/27/10 at 7:05 pm #
  27. THEY ARE AMAZING

    Comment by HEATHER on 2/15/11 at 8:33 am #
  28. I like the 3 musketeers more than cherry

    Comment by Alisha on 3/31/12 at 3:18 pm #
  29. can found cherry ras three musketeers candy

    Comment by christine strozak on 1/16/13 at 11:09 am #

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