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M&M’s have been around since 1941. They’ve gone through a lot of changes since then. They were originally sold in tubes and once they started printing on the candies the “M” on them was black for the first four years. In 1976, the color orange replaced red, but in 1987 red was brought back. In 1995, there was a vote to add blue, pink or purple and blue won. In 2002, another vote was taken and the choices were aqua, purple and pink…purple won.
Over the years they’ve introduced a number of variations as well. In addition to the Milk Chocolate M&M’s, there are Peanut M&M’s, Dark Chocolate M&M’s, Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s, Almond M&M’s, M&M’s Minis, Peanut Butter M&M’s, Mega M&M's and even Crispy M&M's at one point. Now they have M&M’s Premiums, a high-end line of candies that come in five varieties: Chocolate Almond, Mint Chocolate, Mocha, Raspberry Almond and Triple Chocolate.
They are prohibitively expensive so I only tried the Mint Chocolate flavor, but I figured it would be worth it…because I like M&M’s quite a bit and these are the “premium” version. The packaging was definitely upscale and the M&M’s look really fancy, but the first bite revealed a fatal flaw: these candies have no candy shell. I probably shouldn’t even have to elaborate here with analogies, but I will. It’s like if I said, “Hey, I’ve got this brand new VCR, but instead of tapes it plays these discs.” That’s not a VCR…it’s a DVD player! Or maybe, “Check this out! I have car without wheels that travels through the water!” That’s not a car…that’s a boat! What I’m trying to express here is that without the candy shell an M&M is just not an M&M. Instead of a shell they’ve got a confectionary glaze of some kind that you can slide off with your tongue while you suck on them...this is a slightly unpleasant experience and no replacement for a candy crunch.
As far as taste goes, they’re pretty good, but – mostly because of the price – M&M’s Premiums are just not worth it. This is why I’m going to attempt to resist my curiosity, but now that I know not to expect a candy shell I might not be as disappointed if I decide to try the Mocha variety. Right?