Product Type: M&M's Chocolate
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M&M's Peanut Butter
Member Name: ryeb
M&M's Peanut Butter
Advantages: Taste delicious, made from real peanut butter
Disadvantages: Very high in fat, more expensive than regular M&M's, and less easy to buy.
I have recently visited a couple of traditional sweet shops with good international chocolate sections. I was especially intrigued to se how many M&M flavours are available in the U.S.A compared to here. One of these is the peanut butter flavour. I decided that was a must try, because I love peanut butter Kit-Kats and I hoped the M&M's would taste as good!
The packet is similiar to the U.K ones, and weighes 46.2g. The "candies" look like the ones we are familiar with too, brightly coloured and about the same size. I do like their bright appearance but it does mean they contain several colourings so they are not a good choice if you prefer to avoid those. The smell when you open the packet is heady and delicious, a sweet blend of chocolate and peanuts. Thankfully the taste lives up to that. The centre is made from creamy peanut butter, with milk chocolate, and a crispy shell encasing the lot. This means there is a lovely contrast between the outside and the softer centre. Real peanut butter is used to make the sweets and you can tell that becuase the taste is authentic and nutty. I find a lot of American milk chocolate a bit over sweet and bland, but I didn't notice that so much with these. I think it was because the nut flavour is strong and nice enough to make up any chocolate deficiencies. They are sweet tasting but I don't find them sickly.
I didn't expect any chocolates made with peanut butter to be low in fat but even so, I was shocked at the saturated fat content. One packet contains 8g, which using the packets American nutrition labelling, is 40% of your recommended maximum daily intake. For this reason I will only eat them occasionally. I was intending to use some to decorate some cupcakes, but I decided that they were fatty enough on their own, and in the interest of relative health, I stuck to plain icing!
Although these M&M's are American, they are increasingly easy to find in the U.K. My friend can buy them in a corner shop near to her. I have seen them in branches of Cybercandy, as well as branches of the Mr Timms Olde Fashioned Sweetshop chain. I bought mine at an independent sweetshop for £1.45. I think this makes them a little on the expensive side, although also I think the taste makes them worth it. I hope that M&M's may consider releasing them here, as I am sure they would sell well, especially of they cost less. I would recommend them to any peanut butter fanatic.
Summary: A great tasting but high fat chocolate sweet from America.