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New POPCORN Flavored M&M’s Are A Movie Night Game Changer

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One of my favorite movie theater snacks is dumping a bag of M&M’s into a hot buttery bucket of popcorn. The warm butter melts the chocolate over the popcorn and blends the two flavors and textures into a taste so delicious it can get you through any movie.

While theaters don’t appear to be an option these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the taste from home.

M&M’s newest offering combines the two concession stand favorites into a single bag: M&M’s Chocolate Popcorn.

The candies feature a popcorn-flavored shell with a milk chocolate center.

You can find them now nationwide in grocery candy aisles through Halloween.

Imagine dumping a bag of these into some hot microwave popcorn. Might try that the next time I watch a movie at home.

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M&M’s Is Debuting 3 Amazing New Flavors

M&M’s has three new flavors for 2019 and we’re craving the goods already—especially Mexican Jalapeño!

 

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We’re still over here dreaming about the Orange Vanilla Cream M&M’s—so good—but M&M’s is already thinking up fresh new flavors. Look out for candy-coated chocolates with a side of jalapeño heat!

You read that right. Because regular ol’ peanut M&M’s and sweet-meets-salty is so “been there, ate that,” Mars has upped the ante with a Mexican Jalapeño flavor.

What are the new M&M’s flavors?

Hot peppers not your thing? No problem. The flavorful M&M’s release includes three equally delectable options:

  • Mexican Jalapeño Peanut
  • Thai Coconut Peanut
  • English Toffee Peanut

The internationally inspired flavors will only be available as peanut M&M’s, and are expected to hit the shelf in early 2019, though the company remains hush-hush on specifics.

 

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We’re divided about the Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s

We’re especially obsessed with the Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s, which look tempting with bright yellow and dark green candy shells. It’s going to be sweet and crunchy with a subtle spicy bite; an intriguing taste that might have us sprinkling out one handful of Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s after another. But then again—maybe not. We’ll see!

Why your opinion matters

While we’re on the lookout for an official release date, make plans to conduct an informal taste test at home. The new M&M’s are limited-edition flavors, and Mars plays close attention to which ones people love. Can’t get enough of that Thai coconut and milk chocolate combo? Tempted by all things English toffee-inspired? You will be able to cast your vote, making sure it stays on the shelf.

We’ll be doing a repeat of our taste test with the 2018 flavors for “research purposes.” Until the new M&M’s flavors are available, we’ll make do with a batch of tasty M&M’s cookies.

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Article by Rebecca Walden for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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This Is The Closest To Nutella M&M’s We’re Ever Gonna Get

M&M’s newest chocolate candies are probably the closest we’ll ever come to experiencing a true Nutella-stuffed M&M. They’re now filling the candy shells with a hazelnut spread.

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The hazelnut spread is joined together with milk chocolate inside of each M&M’s candy piece, creating a flavor combination reminiscent of Ferrero’s signature spread.  While Mars, the parent company to the iconic treats, just announced the new Hazelnut Spread M&M’s, they won’t hit stores nationwide until April 2019.

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That’s not the only new product coming out from the candy giant, though, as five milk chocolate bars crammed with M&M Mini’s and other small snacks will debut this December. The five varieties include Milk Chocolate, Crispy, Almond , Crispy Mint, and Peanut.

Both products are intriguing, but we’re really curious to see how close to Nutella the Hazelnut Spread M&M’s get, tastewise. We’ll see when they drop next spring.

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This Is America’s Favorite Crunchy M&M’s Flavor

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Earlier this year, M&M’s decided to put America’s taste buds to the test. Instead of choosing a new crunchy M&M’s flavor, the folks over at Mars (the company that owns M&M’s) asked America to decide. After sifting through hundreds of flavor combinations, M&M’s decided to present three to the public: Crunchy Raspberry, Crunchy Mint, and Crunchy Espresso. Americans had a few months to vote on their favorite flavor, and after taste testing the Crunchy M&M’s flavors ourselves, it’s safe to say that the decision was a hard one to make. They are all so delicious!

But luckily we didn’t have to make the decision, because M&M’s fans knew what they wanted.

Crunchy Mint won!

Who can resist a delicious bag of crunchy, minty goodness? Although some people would say that a mint and chocolate combination isn’t exactly their cup of tea, apparently most folks in America prefer it.

Not a fan of mint and chocolate? These recipes may convert you!

“Our fans have spoken and once again played an influential role in choosing the next flavor of M&M’s,” said Allison Miazga-Bedrick, Brand Director of M&M’s, in a recent press release. “We love providing our fans with opportunities to have their voices heard, and we look forward to finding more ways to do so in the future.”

How did the voting work?

For a few months in spring, M&M’s released the three flavors to the general public to taste test, just like we did. Once tested, you can go online and vote for your favorite one. The incentive? The winning flavor will sit on shelves for 18 months! So expect to see Crunchy Mint in a candy aisle near you.

What does it taste like?

Unlike normal M&M’s, Crunchy Mint has a crisp inside to give you that crunchy taste. The inside is a cocoa rice crisp, and the mint flavoring pops out after every bite.

Where can I get them?

Hop on over to your nearest convenience or grocery store, and you’ll probably find them! Grab them either in the standard M&M’s Share Size (2.83 oz.) and Sharing Size Stand Up Pouch (8 oz.).

Now that Americans have chosen our favorite Crunchy M&M’s flavor, we’re curious if any of these M&M’s cookie recipes will taste good with them!

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Article by Kiersten Hickman from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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M&M’s Candy is Launching 3 New Flavors, and You Get To Vote for Your Favorite

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If you’re an M&M’s candy fan (and who among us isn’t, especially considering all the sweet treats you can make with M&M’s), then stay tuned for three brand-new M&M’s flavors debuting right now at select retailers—and nationwide on April 1: Crunchy Espresso, Crunchy Raspberry, and Crunchy Mint.

All About the New M&M’s

Each new flavor is made with “dark chocolate and wrapped in the brand’s signature colorful crispy shell, offering fans a chocolatey crunch in every bite,” according to a press release issued by parent company, Mars, Incorporated. The Crunchy Raspberry variety (which is reminiscent of this wonderful, dark chocolate raspberry fudge) features a regular rice crisp center. Both the Crunchy Espresso variety (which we hear tastes like chocolate-covered espresso beans) and the Crunchy Mint (which tastes something like chocolate mint cookies) feature a cocoa rice crisp center.

But here’s the catch: only one of them will still be in stores come August, and it’s up to you to decide which one it will be.

You Decide Which Flavor Stays on the Shelf

This new flavor launch is part of M&M’s Flavor Vote campaign, the first of which resulted in the introduction of M&M’s Coffee Nut flavor. Building off the popularity of that campaign, the company is hoping to engage its fans once again by empowering them to decide the next crunchy flavor of M&M’s candy, says M&M’s Brand Director, Allison Miazga-Bedrick. “We selected three new decadent flavors we believe our fans will enjoy, as they reflect the on-trend, unique and bold tastes growing in popularity across the U.S.”

As with the last Flavor Vote campaign, you’ll be able to cast one vote per day, either on the M&Ms website or by texting the word VOTE to 84444. But what’s new this time around is that you can also vote by snapping a selfie and uploading it to flavorvote.mms.com, with virtual stickers indicating your favorite OR by sharing your reactions on social media, using the hashtag: #VoteCrunchyEspresso, #VoteCrunchyRaspberry or #VoteCrunchyMint. Polls close on May 25. The winner will be announced in August and remain available in stores nationwide for another 18 months.

What we’re wondering is which one you think will taste best in this recipe for Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars!

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M&M’s Made A Sequel To The Fainting Santa Commercial, With One Key Flaw

For the past 20 years, we’ve all known that the holiday season is upon us when the iconic fainting Santa commercial from M&M’s starts showing up on TV. The ad, which features Santa and the Red M&M both fainting upon seeing each other, is just as synonymous with Christmas as people flipping out over Starbucks holiday cups. This year, however, M&M’s is changing things up by giving fans what they’ve wanted for decades now: An ending to the story.

In the continuation of the candy commercial, the other M&M in the ad takes it upon himself to try and get all of Santa’s presents delivered while the real deal’s knocked out cold. The end result isn’t ideal, but it leaves a heartwarming message for this Christmas season that anyone can get behind.

A 60-second version of the full ad, which you can watch above, will debut on NBC tonight during their annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting program.

While the ad gets us in the Christmas spirit, there’s one key detail that M&M’s did miss out on when making the ad. It’s meant to be a continuation of the original commercial, so the events would have taken place in 1996. However, when Santa gets a call from his North Pole helpers, he’s utilizing what clearly looks like a smartphone.

Some people have already caught on to the anachronism, but others don’t see it as that big of a deal. Foodbeast managing editor Reach Guinto believes that Santa just simply had the technology way ahead of his time because he’s… well, Santa Claus. (Of course, we haven’t exactly told him that Santa doesn’t exist yet….)

The smartphone may be a little out of place, but it’s still a pretty solid ending to an iconic Christmas commercial.

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M&M’s Newest Flavor Has A White Chocolate Twist On Pumpkin Pie

With Fall around the corner, it’s about time we get ready for a bombardment of pumpkin-flavored products. M&M’s is getting the ball rolling with their new White Pumpkin Pie flavor already hitting store aisles this August.

The candies are made with a pumpkin pie-flavored coating, while the inside consists of a white chocolate filling.

The  8-ounce bags of White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s can be found at Walmart for  the retail price of $2.98, so you’re going to have to endure the Walmart experience for a bit, run in, grab a bag, and run out as quickly as possible.

While it’s too damn early to be thinking about fall, these M&M’s sound like they’re probably pretty good, so we might have to give them a pass and not get too mad for trying to rush summer out the door.

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Someone Tried To Attack M&M’s Caramels Packaging And The Internet’s Not Buying It

Have people actually become so sensitive in this day and age that they would get outraged over the littlest things, like something on a candy package? Thanks to food news site Delish, the answer to that question is now clear: Hell no.

A few days ago, Delish wrote an article picked up by several other news outlets about the “downright alarming” packaging “flaw” on the wrapping of the new M&M’s Caramels that just launched this past month. Their argument was that the red and yellow M&M characters pulling apart a lifeless orange caramel M&M was “mildly disturbing.”

Delish tried to hype up the piece over the fact that the orange M&M was another character, but given the fact there’s no arms or legs present, we’re pretty sure that isn’t the case.

In this attempt to get the internet outraged over seemingly nothing, Delish found themselves getting quite a bit of backlash from their followers:

What’s not even mentioned here is that this wouldn’t even be the most sadistic thing showcased in a food commercial before. I mean, Cinnamon Toast Crunch has a commercial of their cereal pieces eating each other and Pop Tarts get eaten or toasted in most of their commercials as well.

That’s not even the point, though. The point is that it’s a cartoon of slapstick humor, and the packaging is just meant to show the flowing caramel inside the new sweet.