Today, while at my local grocery store, I came across (3) new flavors of M & M's.
The NEW FLAVORS are COFFEE NUT, CHILI NUT and HONEY NUT.
Each flavor is complimentary colored to each flavor.
When I got home, I did a little research and found that for M& M's 75th Anniversary, they are letting YOU (the public) put their new flavors to a vote.
I tried all three and while each good, breaking them down individually would be best.
COFFEE NUT - I personally drink Starbucks Vanilla Cappuccino on a fairly regular basis, if you are not familiar with Cappuccino, it's made with Espresso (a very strong coffee). Having put that out there, I did taste coffee in the COFFEE NUT M & M, but not that much. If anyone that has added a teaspoon of coffee to a chocolate cake mix will tell you, a little bit of coffee will help bring out the chocolate flavor in the cake. I just got a bit more of a chocolate flavor. It was good but NOT great. I also think the peanut takes away from the coffee flavor which does not help.
If M & M's decides to expand on the COFFEE flavor, a regular plain M & M with a bit more coffee flavor may be the way to go, also taking away the peanut for those with a nut allergy.
HONEY NUT - I did NOT get Honey on this one. I tasted more of a Maple flavor. The MAPLE/Honey flavor was good, but reminded me of Honey Nut Cheerios with a touch of chocolate. I am not a fan of this one.
CHILI NUT - The first couple I popped in my mouth, I got nothing, then all of a sudden that chili flavor came in. Really liked this one. The Chili taste is mild, pretty much unnoticeable at first, but then it's lingering aftertaste came through. Perfectly balanced. The peanut with the Chili Chocolate is a very good combination.
I think this one may also be a good one for M & M's to expand on with plain M & M's. It's flavor would be fine without the nut, giving those with a nut allergy a spicy alternative to regular M & M's.
For a good portion of the world's population CHOCOLATE in any form is delicious. Companies like MARS are looking for the edge, something new to bring to it's existing customers. Take a look on any candy shelf in any specialty foods or grocery store and you will see many companies trying to bring exotic flavors to the masses. Many flavors have been available to other countries for ages but now are becoming more mainstream.
Take a shot, if you see these in your local store, buy one of each bag and test your taste buds.
You might surprise yourself and find a new flavor and start expanding your chocolate horizons!!