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This review is for the 165g recyclable brown plastic packet with is also resealable thanks to a little sticker attached to the rear side. It is opened by tearing the top edge off the package using the tear points on either side.
They are as I'm sure you are aware little sugar coated blobs of milk chocolate containing at least 14% milk solids, with the letter 'm' written on them. They are produced by the Mars Corporation and usually can be found for £1 a bag in Sainsbury's.
The bag claims to contain 4 portions, but I'm guessing most people going to the cinema will consume a bag in one sitting, and thus consuming 20.8 grams of saturated fat and 800 kcal. Not exactly one for the health conscious!
ALLERGENS: This product is not suitable for people allergic to milk and soya, and may also contain traces of nuts and/or peanuts.
For the price these are a decent purchase, however I prefer the crispy ones (blue packet) for a bit of crunch whilst eating them.
I am a big fans of chocolate. I do not normally like milk chocolate as I do think that they are a bit too sweet and I prefer the dark ones, which has a little taste of bitterness. But you can never go wrong with M&Ms. It just tastes so good. I like it when I was a child and am still loving it despite I am already a grown-up now!
M&Ms are available in many different packages and the simple ones are those which come in plastic bags. Do you remember the first time you open the little bag and see the various colourful chocolates in there? Wow! There are chocolates with a sugar shell in various colours: red, yellow, green, blue, orange and brown. I always wonder: is there a difference in taste for the chocolates in different colours? Or are they just taste the same? I am always under the impression that the red and orange ones taste better and always fetch them first.
What I like about M&M is that unlike other chocolate, it normally will not melt in your hand! (Although I have to say that while it don't melt, it will still crack into tiny pieces if you just throw the bag of chocolate into your bag and not eating it right away!) It has a bit of crunchiness which is great. You can either let it melt in your mouth or you can bite on it and enjoy the bit of crunchiness.
A word of caution to myself: don't open the bag when alone... because it means that the whole bag of chocolate will be gone in less than 5 minutes! It's probably a good idea to open it with others so that there will always be someone out there sharing the calories =)
Last week I got myself some M&M's again, it was quite a while ago that I ate these colorfull chocolate friends and as always I enjoyed my little chocolate treat...
**About M&M**M&M's are colored little chocolates formed like flying saucers. M&M's were first introduced in the year 1941, and could be found in the food packs that soldiers got in World War 2. At that time, there was only one color of M&M's, the brown one. Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie invented the M&M's (the name of this candy is a combination of the frist letter of their last name). The M&M's colors have changed over the years. Brown and green were the first colors used, Red was introduced around 1941 as well but taken out of the M&M assortment in 1976, but introduced again in 1986. Other M&M colors are oragne and blue (blue was introduced in 1996) and in some countries you can also find purple/tan M&M's in your bag. The only place you can find M&M's in unique colors like silver, black, white and gold, are the major M&M stores in for example New York. I had the pleasure visiting that store in 2008 and they sell M&M's in many colors and a lot of M&M merchandise. Worth a visit if your there! Nowadays there also are M&M video games for sale.
**Ingredients**Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Lactose, Milkfat, Peanuts, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors), Sugar, Peanuts, Cornstarch, Less than 1% - Corn Syrup, Gum Acacia, Coloring (Includes Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake), Dextrin, titanium oxide.
**M&M variations**There are several types of M&M variations for sale. I prefer the original version in the dark brown bags, but if your a peanut lover you can also choose to buy the yellow bags. These M&M's have a nice peanut in the middel and are poored with chocolate and have a round form. M&M's crunchy is sold in blue bags, this variation has e crunchy inside that tastes really nice and light.
**Why would I try these?**Well first of all, you probably have eaten them at some point in your life, these little colored chocolates. M&M's are sold everywhere so I guess (unless you are allergice to chocolate) you must have lived in a cave to not have had a taste of this candy. Second, you should try these nice chocolates because there colors give you a smile and the nice milk chocolate makes you want to eat more and more....which I generally do after eating a few, I really want to buy myself more!
Great, Yummie and worth the treat
I love these M&M's they are by far my favourite of the M&M's products.
I rarely see them in the small bags, but I don't really look too hard for them as if I buy them I always purchase the bigger sharing bags. I think at the moment a big bag from Sainsburys costs about £1.70 for 185g which is pretty expensive but as I don't buy them very often I don't mind that.
I love the chocolate that they use in M&M's but I just don't really like the peanuts so these are definitely the best for me. They are a little sweet hard crispy shell with quite hard chocolate inside. I like to keep mine in the fridge as it makes them extra crunchy! The coloured shell always reminds me of smarties, I imagine it's much the same but the colours of these are far more vibrant than smarties and they are a bit smaller.
On the bag it says that there is 22.4g of fat in each 100g, so these really aren't good for you, so if you are on a diet I would give them a miss, or just eat a couple (which is incredibly hard to do).
I really like these and would recommend them to anyone who likes smarties, they are smaller and brighter and taste a bit better, but beware they are very moreish and before you know it the bag will be gone!
M&M's are in my view a nicer version of Smarties. Although I am normally more into Cadbury's Chocolate, these little nuggets of Chocolate from Mars are very, cery nice.
You can get M&M's in a few different ways such as Milk Chocolate ones, Peanut, and Crispy. I like them all, but the Milk Chocolate ones are probably my favourite. There is nothing much to these, as it is just a little lump of Milk Chocolate contained in a Crisp Sugar Shell, but I quite like simple Chocolate most of the time.
The M&M's are a mixture of different colours. They are green, red, orange, yellow and brown. Each 1 has a white M on the front, but often this M is a bit faded and part of it is sometimes rubbed away.
You can get these in individual bags which cost about 45p or larger 125g bags, which are about the £1.40 mark. The bag for the Milk Chocolate ones are a dark brown colour, and not that interesting to be honest.
You get a lot of these in a bag, probably because they are so small. They are smaller than a 1p piece and slightly curved. There is a good amount of Chocolate in there, and although the shell is quite thin, it is thick enough, and I like the crack from these when I bite into them.
There is 220 calories per bag, and I'm sure if you were able to stop yourself eating all the bag at once, and perhaps eat half of it, then you could incorporate this into a healthy eating plan. I wouldn't want to try and stop eating these, as I would be so tempted to keep eating them.
Yummy little bits of Milky Chocolate.
As a kid, i preferred Smarties, but now i prefer M&M's! The chocolate ones are obviously the original version and the best. Maybe because Smarties deliberately targets kids, from what you see in their adverts down the years.
Some history about M&M: You could say it's like the American cousin of Smarties, but more grown-up, possibly a more mature taste! Anyway, they're different-coloured coated shells encased around small, rounded, chocolate. The most handy draw of M&M's is, because of the shells, they won't melt in your hand, which has been heavily celebrated in it's vintage ads( "melts in your mouth, not in your hands"), and that's what the founder Forrest Mars, Sr. (also founded the Mars company obviously), discovered this, when he was in Spain in the 1930's during the Spanish Civil War. He noticed soldiers eating hardenend-cased chocolate at that time, and a phonomenon was born.
M&M's came into production in 1940. They came in the separate colours of red, yellow, blue, green and brown. Pretty much all the original colours except brown. As it's North American, it was made with Hershey's chocolate. Now when i taste them now, i don't really taste that sickingly sweet taste you get with Hershey's, but i might be wrong as it's only small doses we're talking here.
The printed "M" wasn't in effect until 1950. It was black at first, but then to the famous white in 1954. Also, M&M's used to be sold in a cardboard tube, just like Smarties!
Don't know if anyone else does this, i sometimes eat M&M by one colour at a time. So i could eat all the green ones first then so on. I did this as a kid with Smarties, so i've continued that legacy. Would you say there's cganges in the tastes according to what colour the shell is? Well, there's the obvious ones, the orange one just tastes more orange-y, the brown ones taste more chocolate-y, but what about the other ones? How can you describe what a blue one tastes like. Well, the blue one is my favourite, all being it's my favourite colour, but, i may be mad, but there seems to be a more "refreshing" taste to it over the other ones! It's hard to realise M&M's didn't realise blue ones until 1995!
Another thing that annoys me, is i've been to America, and we in the UK, don't get every M&M product going! No almond ones and Peanut butter ones. However, lets get back to chocolate in the next paragraph.
Does anyone remember the limited purple M&M's? Well this was a few years ago, when i started getting into them. In the 90's, i could probably count with my fingers how many times i had M&M's. This was maybe about 2003, there was a competition to add in another colour M&M, and it was between purple, pink (like in Smarties) and aqua green, YES, aqua green. The other annoying thing was, the packaging seemed to be saying that it was only these new M&M's that were in the packet, as a means to test, and for people to vote for their favourite. Well, i opened the packet and all i found was the normal M&M's along with purple M&Ms, so i never got to taste a pink or aqua green M&M. I know, i wasn't like devastated or anything, but just a nuisance it was. So i thought purple (or violet) were here to stay, but they disappeared, but anyway, still enjoying M&M's.
For some bizarre reason, I seem to have given up the gym of late, and opted for chocolate instead -must be something in the air. My choice was dictated by, first and foremost, previous experience, and then secondly, price. These M&M's were marketed in Tesco's at 2for £3 as opposed to being £1.71 each - a bit of a saving as well as a treat - can the day get any better?!?
The original colours were not as varied as we see them today. Yellow, red, brown, green and violet were the first colours to hit the block and through the years, they have been amended to include other colours and eliminate others for various reasons. There have been various special occasions throughout the years when Mars have put some, what may be seen as 'out of the extraordinary' combinations i.e.2008 Valentine's Day period bags of all green M&M's were introduced - apparently there was an urban myth doing the rounds that they have aphrodisiac qualities .
The idea behind these came from Forest Mars Senior when, during the Spanish Civil War he saw that soldiers were feasting on pellets of chocolate that they were coating in a hard shell. In those conditions the chances of the chocolate melting must have been higher, so they used this method to prevent the chocolate from melting. As a quick rush of glucose in harsh conditions, I was impressed to find the origins out.
The packaging is brown with images of multi coloured M&M's clearly wanting to rip out of the bag and be devoured. They are very distinctive, with the small 'm's imprinted on each sweet. What makes these melt in the mouth sublime sweets so irresistible? I believe it is the crisp, melt in the mouth quality, that won't melt in your hands (unless of course, you're purposely trying to squash them).
Mars are the little known company behind these deliciously, scrumptious, cute sweets. The ingredients are as follows: Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Lactose, Milkfat, Peanuts, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors), Sugar, Peanuts, Cornstarch, Less than 1% - Corn Syrup, Gum Acacia, Coloring (Includes Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake), Dextrin, titanium oxide.
On a positive note, these are very low in sodium and cholesterol , the silver lining is there, if you want to see it! In theory, I suppose the size of the packet dictates that its to be shared, but I must admit, that has not been the case - the portion of choco sweets, was just enough for moi. Calorie wise, a portion is classed as being a 45g standard bag (making me realise I probably had all my daily calories, and then some, within minutes!) and equates to a whopping 221kcal - im not willing to do the math, will live in blissful ignorance. There are 29.2 sugars and 10.1g of fat with 6.2g saturates, and, the highlight, 0.03g sodium!
As a variation, you can get cakes/chocolate brownies that are coated in M&M's - not really my cup of tea, think i'll stick to what i know and love ;-) I think its abit premature for the makers to think if ways to seal the bag, should you not finish them - but that option is available! If this bag is too much to work your way through, they are available in smaller sizes - 45g for approximately 40p. Very bizarrely, a recent study indicated that a dye similar to that used for blue M&M's, actually helped paralyzed rats to walk again! I'm sure the rate community are extremely grateful!
M&Ms are one of the oldest and most original products out there, they have been around fro ages and are very well known amongst that chocolate brands. They are actually produced by mars and firstly because popular in America where they are still more popular then over here, however I love them any way.
The chocolate M&Ms are basically little pill shaped, and sized chocolate beans which are coated in a crispy sugar coating which is coloured and flavoured as well.
I think the crispy outer shell is what really makes M&Ms as after all they would only be little drops of chocolate if it weren't for this layer. This adds a crunch to the chocolate and also adds a bit of flavour too which is nice, there are several different colours and unlike some chocolate of different colours, all of these taste nice and pretty similar I have to say.
You can get these in small or large bags for about he same price as all the other chocolate brands on the shelves and there does seem to be quite a few in a packet and because they are quite small you can make them last too.
After recently having some Crispy and Peanut m&m's I decided I would complete the set and have some of the original ones, funnily in my office these actually seem to be the second choice ones behind the peanut ones when people we're asked about their favourite. Like the others them come in 2 standard packet sizes the snack packet size of 45g and the bigger re-sealable share packets of 185g (4 servings), in this case I purchased a bigger bag for £1.68 (42p a serving). The bag this time is brown to differentiate between the Peanut, Crispy and this, the choco variety. The wrappers like all the others feature images of the product, the products name and "Red" and "Yellow" the brands macot.
A little bit of M&M history the products have been around since the 1940's originating as a hard shelled chocolate candy they have since branched out in to other variations including the peanut, and crispy, as well as Mint, almond and a host of others. The product took the names from two men key to the deal struck up between Mars and Hershey (and so are Mars and Murrie). The shell is said to have originally been designed to keep the chocolate inside from melting though now a days seems to have a few additional purposes:
It adds something (though little) to the actual taste of the of the candy's
The colours are eye catching, especially to the young
The "m" on the coat allows them to be differentiated with Smarties.
In fact whilst I'm on the subject of Smarties, the product also features 2 slight differences visually, the first is the "m" and the second is that there is no Pink m&m. Also Smarties don't feature artificial colours and more whilst M&M's do. The biggest difference however is that these are Mars chocolate and Smarties are Nestle.
The candy's hard shell can either be crunched when they are being eaten or sucked, I've decided to do both for this little part (as the manner in which they were eaten made them taste different). If you're a cruncher the shell doesn't really last very long and inside the chocolate for whatever reason seems rather powdery (a bit of a problem with the Mars chocolate on the whole to be honest). It's nice enough but not as nice as the slightly better tasting chocolate of the Smarties.
For the suckers out there, the shell lasts about 30 seconds before being pretty much dissolved as which point the chocolate has pretty much melted as well and run all over the inside of you're mouth to a rather nice effect that stops it from tasting powdery. This is probably the preferable way to eat them for taste to tell you the truth.
Nutritional information (per 45g serving)
221 Calories (11% RDA)
29.2g Sugars (32%)
10.1g Fat (14%)
6.2g Saturates (31%) (personally I must admit this was surprisingly high)
0.03g Salt (1%)
The product contains Milk, Vegetable oil, added starch, Soya, E#'s 120, 137, 160a, 160e 171 (which are all colours). Traces of peanut, hazelnuts and almonds may be there as well.
These taste like slightly tough Smarties with Mars chocolate filling in the centre, of which make a nice candy overall, some parents may go with Smarties due to the natural colours, though to be honest they are both delightful and pretty much the same thing. Coated chocolate. One thing to note, the Smarties do seem to melt much easier than these, due to them having a much thinner coating.
I LOVE M&Ms so much. They are a deliciously addictive bag of snacky goodness. In fact, while I am sitting here writing this, trying to think how to sum up how wonderful they are I am wondering to myself why I dont buy them more often! Well even if this review doesn't persuade other people to buy more M&Ms it will have persuaded me!
M&Ms are made by the hughely popular Mars confectionary brand. Mars makes a wide variety of products, most of which are popular in the UK and quite a few abroad too. Mars has been going for many years now and M&Ms are one of the oldest products.
M&Ms come in many sizes of bags. The smallest being a grab bag, costing about 45 pence and being available in supermarkets and corner shops etc. They also do larger bags, most often found in petrol stations, supermarkets and the cinema. They also come in different varieties, for example peanut ones, but I only like the normal chocolate ones so they are the ones I am reviewing today.
M&Ms come in a small brown bag which is easy to tear open to reveal the sweeties inside. I am not sure if the packaging is recyclable or not. Inside the bag are about 30 (my counting / guessing is terrible) little round sweets, shaped similar to smarties, but a bit chunkier. They are a variety of colours, including blue yellow, red etc. As far as I can tell the colour does not effect the flavour!
Each sweet is suagr coated in its coloured crunchie capsule. Inside the sweet is delicious powdery chocolate. The chocolate does not taste quite like anything else I have tried, it is not like galaxy or dairy milk. It is very unique. The combination of the two tastes go together perfectly as does the textures. In my opinion these are 100 times better than smarties, and if you havent tried them you are missing out!
M&MS are 70% milk chocolate inside a crisp coloured shell. M&Ms are available in six colours: Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue & Green.
They are contained within a brown packet which displays the characters of M & M, a chocolate and a peanut M&M. The bag is adorned with lots of pictures of milk chocolate M&Ms which is nice and tempting and always makes me remember just how nice they are before I purchase a bag.
The milk chocolate is delicious and creamy and the crisp outer shell is ideal to give a real delicious treat. I love breaking through the exterior and finding the smooth delicious chocolate within.
Milk chocolate M&Ms are the ideal treat and fantastic sweets for eating in the cinema as they don't make too much noise and they are ideal for just popping in to your handbag to save some money when going on a normally expensive few hours out with your friends or loved ones.
M&M Milk chocolate are the basis for lots of the other varieties including Peanut & Peanut Butter and this makes these varieties even more popular with me and my fiancé Tom.
Per 100g there is 491 calories & 22.4g of fat so these should definitely be enjoyed in moderation. However, I often find myself eating 100g of these in any one time and therefore these are something that I try to limit my purchases of to just once a month or something.
I would recommend these as they are a great snack and you get many sweets in each bag so it's easy enough to just take a small handful now and again to try and make them last a little longer.
These are a hit with most people I know and the larger bags are resealable which makes it even easier for keeping fresh and keeping for longer. See, now there is no excuse that you had to eat them all as you couldn't seal up the bag!
M&MS come in lots of different sizes including the individual 45g bags and the 185g sharing bags which are currently available on 2 for £2.00 from Tesco stores and www.tesco.com.
I am going to rate these 5/5 as I love them and they really are delicious!
M&Ms are lush, the taste is filling and nice. You also get a really large portion in a packet. Whe you get them you tear the bag open and it's hard not to eat them too fast because they are so nice.
The M&Ms packet isn't very nice and I don't like it, the brown packet with the logo in the centre is boring and doesn't look like other sweets wrappers on the Market. I hate it because most sweet wrappers are bright and jolly.
The chocolate ones are so much nicer than the peanut ones from my view.
Each packet of M&Ms are about 60p and big bags are around £1.20! It is a good price because you do get a pot of them. M&Ms have been around since 1980 and have been going for 29 years. I like the chocolate M&Ms because they taste better than all sweets!
I so wish this sweet tooth would go away, it's all Dooyoo's fault! Reading all your reviews is making me fat as I keep wanting to try new things, resulting in an expansion of my waistband! Shame! Something to add to the waist was M&M's Choco! I've already reviewed the peanut version and I have to admit I was impressed and can't believe I hadn't ate them in so long.
So how did M&M's Choco do in Jemma's taste test eh?
Well as most of us know M&M's come in a different coloured bags, each colour representing the different filling. M&M's Choco come in the brown bag - chocolate coloured in fact, clever stuff right? You can, like the Peanut version, by them in the standard 45g bags (such as maltesers, revels etc) or if you're greedy like myself you can buy them in sharebags. M&M's is proudly stamped in the middle of the packet with those two cheeky character M&M's up top. Choco is written in the corner so no confusing what M&M's you choose.
Each 45g bag contains,
M&M's chocolate are shaped very similarly to smarties, only a little more compact circle wise yet thicker too. The multicoloured theme remains the same and there are generous amounts of each colour.
The coloured sugar shell creates a slight crunch and sweetness to begin with but you soon sink your teeth into the soft and smooth milk chocolate which tastes surprisingly light.
These sweets are very small, and although the outer shell is slightly crunchy they are not too hard or solid to bite so it is quite easy to pour a handful in your gob and chew the lot - just to really devour the creamy milk chocolate with the slight snap and crunch here and there from the sweet sugar shell.
These sweets are enjoyable and tasty, but are nothing compared to the beasty M&M's peanuts! I would eat these again - but only if someone bought them for me as I would opt for the peanut version anyday!
I remember my first bag of these, I was abroad in the Carribean of all places, when I first stumbled across them. The packaging has probably changed since then, but I do vaguely remember being intrigued by the design on the packet.
What are they?
Imagine Smarties, well they are of a similar size. Small chocolate pellets encased in a crispy sugar shell. They don't taste like Smarties though, more on that shortly.
The sweets come in a plastic bag, which is usually pretty easy to tear into. I have never bought some and found them not to be fresh. Once opened, they should stay crispy for a couple of weeks. Leave them in the sun though and they will melt!
Tap them, they won't break. The shell provides a strong home for the chocolate inside. It is a hardened shell, much like the Smartie shell. To break it, you would need to really squish it with full force. The chocolate inside is moulded firmly too, a small nutlike mass, that has been perfectly formed into a tiny pellet. It is possible to leave one in the mouth and it will slowly dissolve, but temptation will usually set in and you will want to crunch down on it.
A wonderful taste these have, the shell has a mild sugary taste which sets the mood, before the chocolate breezes in with a distinctive richness. There are nutty undertones and the chocolate makes me think of sipping thick hot cocoa by the fireside. They are like a more sophisticated Smartie.
How To Eat:
Consume by the bag, or buy a bag and drizzle over vanilla ice cream. The bags are available in regular or cinema sized packs. For a cinema sized bag, you will be looking to pay about £2.50 for a bag.
Finally, they don't seem to be readily available of late. I have struggled to find them in most of my local supermarkets.
M&Ms Milk Chocolate are sold mainly in the large grab bags. I find I haven;t seen the chocolate small paper bags of them around a great deal in recent years. I love the peanut M&Ms and these are still sold in the small bags, but not the chocolate ones.
When we went to get married in Las Vegas a few months ago, whilst we were there we went into a HUGE (5 floors) M&S Store and it rekindled my relationship with this chocolate. I picked up an 18 slot box of coloured chocolate M&Ms whilst there and I really had my eyes opened to just how HUGE M&Ms are in the USA. In the store for example there was a whole wall of floor to ceiling tubes filled with different colour M&Ms - pink, silver, black, white etc., It showed me in the UK we aren't really as into or as aware of the range and products the company has.
I remember when M&Ms frst came out in the UK (or I first became aware of them) in the 1990s and the consensus was they were good as they are designed not to melt in summer as they have these sugar shells.
I find M&Ms tasty, but they are similar to smarties. Now Nestle have changed smarties so much and gone on a bit of a health kick (getting rid of the blue smarties etc) I actually much prefer the chocolate M&Ms as they are more interesting to look at (all smarties are now a shade of orange) atleast M&Ms have some colour about them!
Overall- these are nice to have for a change. Good for summer as they are designed for hot weather, but I would keep them in the fridge.
M&M's Milk Chocolate Candies were first manufactured in 1940, when Forrest E. Mars, Sr. formed the company in Newark, New Jersey. His original idea was to offer chocolates with a sugar shell that could be sold throughout the year and wouldn't melt during the summer.