Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Taste Test #2: M&M's Vote For Your Favorite Peanut

To know me is to be well aware of my love of candy.  If it is sugary, loaded with carbs, and fit for human consumption-- who am I kidding?-- even if it's not!-- I will be willing to try it at least once.  So, when my mother recently spotted three new flavors of peanut M&Ms (one of my favorite sweet treats) on a sojourn to Rite-Aid, she picked them up so I could taste test them.

Through June 17, M&Ms is running a competition in which consumers can vote on their favorite peanut M&M flavor: ol' skool peanut, Honey Nut, Coffee Nut, or Chili Nut.  Consumers who vote on the brand's website can enter into a competition to win $100,000.   While I would never attempt to influence your vote, I have tried all three of the new flavors and I thought I would share some of my impressions with you.

Honey Nut: These are the most benign of the three new flavors.  When I was describing the flavor to someone while I was munching, I described the flavor as being like the taste of Honey Nut Cheerios after you have had the bag open for a week: the flavor isn't stale, but it certainly isn't as strong as it was on the day you unsealed the bag.  The honey flavor wasn't overpowering, but I could taste it.

Coffee Nut: Spoiler Alert-- these ones were my favorite.  The best way to describe these ones would be if you were to eat a peanut M&M and a Nips coffee-flavored candy at the same time-- that would be your flavor.  The coffee flavor is slightly sweet and compliments the savory flavor of the nut very well.  However, if coffee flavored deserts turn your stomach, don't expect this one to change your worldview.

Chili Nut: At first these candies do not have a discernible chili flavor . . . which is a let down.  However, it is the aftertaste that kills.  The aftertaste is like the flames of hell, like a hybrid of Taco Bell's Fire sauce and Satan's toe nail shavings.  I only managed to get through half a bag of these candies FOR SCIENCE before I started to get queasy.  A couple of my more adventurous students asked if they could taste theme.  Save for one intrepid gal the critical response was nearly universal: these were mega gross.

So, which-- if any-- of the new flavors are you interested to try?  Which candy has your vote?  Let me know on Twitter @thelexicondev.

*I have not been sponsored for this post.  All of the candies were purchased for me by a family member (Hi, mom!) and the opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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