Let it be known that I am a die hard Limited Edition Foods fan. I lived and died by Pepsi Kona, and I essentially redefine myself with each new incarnation of Kit Kat. That said, imagine my excitement when a friend of mine presented me with New Indiana Jones Mint Crisp M&Ms. (While they do not specifically say "Limited Edition", they do imply as much with "Get 'M' Before They're Lost!") One look at these puppies and you know you're in for an epicurean adventure of chilled-monkey-brains-buffet proportions, 'cause these M&Ms are all kinds of divergent from the original.
- They are shades of green and white
- In place of the simple "M", some of the candies have mystical graphics (including a skull, a compass, a temple, and Indy's hat)
- They are chocolate-mint flavored
- Their core is a rice crisp
Hardly the M&Ms your dad was chompin' during that matinee of Raiders in '81.
I've gotta say, from the chocolatey get-go, I was hesitant. Some initial thoughts:
- Why green? I associate Indiana Jones with Saharan browns and safari beiges. If they were going for a snakey irony, they failed, because no one messes with Indy.
- Why mint? Chocolate-mint equals wintry warmth, not summer blockbusters about South American archaeological digs.
- Why crisp? I always thought of Mr. Jones as sturdy and solid, not delicate and wafery.
What it really comes down to is flavor, and my taste buds are in love with these little edible artifacts. While I maintain chocolate-mint is seasonally inappropriate, the flavor is executed beautifully, summer solstice be damned. Meanwhile, the crisp introduces an almost cookie-ish element, elevating the experience from After-Eight to Girl Scout Thin Mint. In the end I concede that if adventure has a snack, it must be Indiana Jones Mint Crisp M&Ms.