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      18.01.2014 19:25
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      Colourful, tasty, crunchy sweets

      -( INTRODUCTION )-

      When I went out shopping I decided to pop down the sweet isle in Tesco's to get my son some sweets, I know bad thing to do, but every kid needs sweets sometimes. As I was browsing I came across these, no I didn't buy the bag for my son, but I did buy some for myself.

      I am not so keen on nuts as they are to dry, but wanted to give these a try. I know these have nuts in them and yes you can taste them, but it isn't overpowering the sweet itself as the nut is wrapped in chocolate and then a crunchy shell, and even the nut wasn't that dry.

      -( LOOK & TASTE )-

      There are many different colours in the bag and each colour have a different taste, which makes them even yummier. The M&M's are about the size of a pea so not so big, and not so small, although some can be a bit bigger than a pea, the first thing you taste when you pop one in your mouth is the flavour, I can't seem to make out the flavour when they are in my mouth. When you take a bite you have the crunch of the shell, then the chocolate inside which tastes nice, then the peanut, all together makes the great sweet.

      Each sweet has a white M on it, the crunchy shell is smooth to the touch so not ideal for young children as they can choke on them. I also have to say that they aren't as sickly as some sweets can be, which means you can eat as many as you want. There are so much flavour that goes around your mouth when eating these, with the crunchy flavoured shell, the smooth milk chocolate and the crunchy peanut.

      -( PACKAGING )-

      The M&M's come in a yellow bag, with the words peanut M&M's written on it, there are some of the M&M's near the bottom of the bag to give you an insight to what's in the bag. The back of the bag gives the customer valuable information about the contents of the bag including such things as ingredients, Nutrition information, email addresses, company name, address and phone numbers.

      -( AVAILABILITY & PRICE )-

      I bought this 185g bag of M&M's from Tesco's for a £1 which was an offer, I am not sure how much they normally are for this size bag but grabbed them whilst they were on offer. You can get them from Sainsbury's, Asda, or any other supermarket.

      -( FINAL OPINION )-

      I have to say I do enjoy these very much, would I recommend and buy them again, yes I would. I bought these as they were on offer and because I wanted something a little different to nibble on. The only thing with these are they are Moorish I just can't stop eating them once one goes in my mouth.

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      01.06.2013 00:00
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      Yummy little chocolates

      M&M's

      If you are on a diet like me please do not buy anything bigger than the regular size packet because if you buy anything bigger they will vanish in a split second before you even realise you've eaten them all. This happened to me, true story. They are just sooo addictive and delicious and totally more-ish! I actually didn't like the taste of M&M's until a year or so ago. My tastebuds must have woken up one day and changed their way of thinking because now I am in love with M&Ms!

      My favourite without doubt are the peanut and milk chocolate variety. They come in a yellow packet with the M&M characters on the front. In each packet you will find 17/18 chocolates inside. M&M's are created by taking a peanut, coating it in a layer of milk chocolate and encasing the two in a crispy, crunchy sugar shell. The shells come in different colours including red, brown, blue, green and yellow.
      In your local shop you will find the standard size bags (45g) for around £1 (although right now they on the Asda website at 3 for £1). Asda often have the share size bags on offer for £1 too, a large pouch (315g) is currently £2.

      I was recently lucky enough to go to M&M world in Las Vegas which was fantastic but torture because I wanted to buy/eat everything! Some of the store clerks were handing out free samples and I was able to try raspberry and mint m&ms. I knew before I'd even put the raspberry ones in my mouth that I wasn't going to like them, I just don't like berry and chocolate mixed. However my prediction of loving the mint ones was correct they were yummy and just the right minty-ness. I have noticed they sell the mint M&M's in England now so really worth a try.

      Since M&M's have been around since the 1940's (!) I have no doubt they will be here for a good while to come. To summarise M&M's are crunchy, crispy, chocolate, nutty little balls of deliciousness and probably my all time favourite sweet.

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        23.06.2011 14:39
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        The best M&M they do.

        As I just finished a big bag of M&Ms I thought I would do a review, as this lovely snack has been around for years and years and are still an enjoyable bit of chocolate. I bought these yesterday from Asda as they were on offer. Its an 185g pack for £1. Very cheap, compared to somewhere like Spar where it would be over £2.

        These are my favourite type of M&M. There so tasty, I cant believe Ive ate the whole bag in less than a day, I havent even shared them. So this product is chocolate, a shell with an 'M' on and a peanut in the middle. These can't be good for you but are so nice I just cant resist. In 100g there are 506 calories, 53.6g of sugar, 25.4g of fat, 0.15g of salt. So there are a lot of sugar in this bag.

        Ingredients:
        Sugar
        Peanuts
        Cocoa Mass
        Skimmed Milk Powder
        Lactose and Milk Proteins
        Vegetable Fat
        Cocoa Butter
        Milk Fat
        Starch
        Glugose Syrup
        Soya Lecithin
        Gum Arabic
        Colours (E100, E120, E133, E160e, E171)
        Dextrin
        Carnauba Wax
        Flavourings
        Salt
        Vegetable Oil

        The bag for the Peanuts M&Ms is yellow with M&Ms written large on the front of the packaging and some M&Ms. M&Ms do different colour bags so that its easier to see what type of M&Ms there are. The other types include: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Crisped Rice, Mint Chocolate, Peanuts, Almonds, Orange Chocolate, Coconut, Pretzel, Wild Cherry and Peanut Butter. I personally have only even seen milk chocolate, peanuts and crisped rice. I assume mit would be very nice.

        Here are some boring useless facts about M&Ms. They were named after the founders of the company Mars and Murrie. It started in the United States in 1941. The 'm' on the M&M started in 1950 in the colour black and was changed to white in 1954. Peanut M&Ms was also introduced that year. It was in 1980 when the product went international, one of the countries was the Uk.

        Yummy, I think a lot of people like these unless there allergic. Luckily Im not. These are a truely classic peice of chocolate that is truely loved... especially by me!!

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          16.06.2011 11:51
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          A nice tasting crispy and nutty chocolate sweet

          There used to be a chocolate nut sweet similar to these m & m's called Treets. I remember these sweets from when I was a child, but then all of a sudden they were no longer available. When I first tried these Peanut m & m's the first thing I remembered and thought was " these taste just like Treets. In fact I have just discovered (as I suspected ) that in a way, originally m & m peanuts were Treets ; but they were discontinued in 1988; and then this version took over with its different coloured shells. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treets)

          These lovely peanut and chocolate sweets taste delicious. The centre is a peanut. Usually a large or medium sized one, with a thick layer of great tasting milk chocolate which is then covered in a crispy outer shell (of which there are different colours). I cannot taste any difference with the outer shell, flavour wise. If they didn't have the peanut in the middle they remind me also of a large version of a smartie; just a different shape. The combination goes well together. If one of the M & M's is large what I usually do is bite it in half, eating it slowly!

          If ever I buy these Peanut m & m' s I get the large bag which weighs 185g. They are usually quite expensive, but at the moment are on a special offer at Asda for only a £1.00 per bag. The bag is resealable which is something I like, meaning the contents stay fresh.

          Ingredients
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          Milk chocolate (48%)
          Peanuts (23%)

          Sugar; Peanuts; Cocoa mass; Skimmed milk powder; Lactose and milk proteins
          Vegetable far; Cocoa butter; Milk fat; Starch; Glucose syrup; Emulsifier (Soya lecithin)
          Gelling agent (gum Arabic); Colours (E100, E120, E133, E160A , E171)
          Dextrin; Glazing agent (carmaunba wax); Flavourings; Salt; Vegetable oil
          Traces of hazelnut & Almond
          Milk chocolate contains milk solids (14% minimum)

          Calories
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          There are 228 kcals in 45g of the product


          Allergy Information
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          A no no for nut allergy sufferers


          Peanut m & m's are a lovley tasting, crunchy, nutty and chocolaty sweet

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            07.02.2011 20:48
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            Crunch, Yummy, Chocolate covered Nuts!

            I have recently become a big fan of M&M's peanut variety, having never really been fussed by them before one of my work colleagues brought a large bag to share a few months ago and since then I have been hooked. There is just something about these chocolate covered peanuts that are very moorish and addictive.
            Peanut M&M's are made by Mars Incorporated and were first introduced in 1954.

            ~~~~~Price~~~~~
            A standard individual size bag of peanut M&M's weighing 45g are currently on sale for 54p in Sainsbury's although this does vary slightly between shops. You can also buy larger sharing size bags of peanut M&M's, that's if you can bring yourself to share.

            ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~
            Peanut M&M's come in distinctive bright yellow packet with tear able edges enabling you to easily open the packet from either end. On the front there is the large M&M logo with the yellow and red M&M characters climbing out from behind the logo. There is also very basic nutritional information of how many calories that you will find in the packet in the left corner. On the back you can find more detailed nutritional information, ingredients listings and company contact details. It also states that the packet is suitable for recycling.
            ~~~~~Nutritional Information~~~~~

            Although peanut M&M's are delicious they are not the lowest in calories and fat. A single 45g bag of peanut M&M's containing the following:
            Calories - 228kcal (11% RDA)
            Fat - 11.4g (5% RDA)
            They are also quite obviously not suitable for people with nut allergies.

            ~~~~~Appearance / Taste~~~~~
            The M&M's are coated in different coloured sugar coating, these colours although have changed over the years are currently Brown, Yellow, Green, Red, Blue and Orange. The Peanut M&M's are all slightly different as they take on the shape of the actual peanut inside the coating.
            Each peanut M&M consist of a single peanut coated in chocolate and then coated in a crisp coloured sugar shell with a white lower case 'm' printed on the shell. I love the taste of peanut M&M's and once I have opened a packet I find them hard to put down. The combination of peanuts and chocolate just seem to work brilliantly together and the outer shell just offers a hint of extra sweetness to make them perfect. The texture is also wonderful as once you break through the crunchy sugar shell you meet the smooth creamy chocolate layer then the crunch again of the peanut inside.

            ~~~~~My Opinion~~~~~
            I do like the other varieties of M&M's but the peanut ones are by far my personal favourite. If you have not tried these version of M&M's I can definitely recommend them as a tasty treat. As I have said I find them rather addictive so would suggest sticking to the smaller bags unless you are sharing them with someone.

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              09.10.2010 11:50
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              A very tast sweet

              Intro

              Some sweets just seem to capture the imagination, sadly though most of them don't stay around too long. There were a lot of sweets in my younger day, which I still have a hankering for. Many of them have been reincarnated, but for some reason they do not seem the same as they did in the good old days. There are some sweets today which although have different names strangely resemble one of my all time favourites. Treats, you know the ones with the crispy shell, which don't melt, in your hand. A very good substitute for those now long gone sweets are M&M.s


              The Product

              The bright yellow packet, which contains the 185g of multi-coloured oval shaped sweets, catches your eye as it sits proudly on the supermarket shelf and at ASDA just now they are selling for 87p. The 185g is bucket loads of crispy-coated chocolate with a peanut at its heart. I'm not going to insult your intelligence by telling you the size of a peanut, but by knowing its size you can quickly get and idea of how big an M&M is. The deliciously salty peanut is covered by a very generous 2-3mm of sweet chocolate, then to ensure it all doesn't just melt away they have covered this confection in a multitude of coloured crispy shell. They look very bright and inviting and once you've had one its just not going to be enough. They are SO moreish. The fact that the chocolate varies in thickness and the fact that all peanuts are not the same size, means that they are all different sizes so you can be greedy and choose a large one or pick a small just to top up after already having had several large ones. The mix of sweet and salty is not a new idea but it does work extremely well in the case of M&M's, they are absolutely delicious.

              Summary

              For my meagre outlay I have a large bag of sweets, which should last me a few days providing hubby doesn't find them. Great value for money and a very nice sweet, hbby likes to simply crunch and chew and get the mix going as soon as possible, but I tend to take my time and enjoy them. Sometimes simply sucking the crispy shell off and then waiting for the sweet chocolate to melt, and to finally enjoy a simple little peanut, which has been left all alone.

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              28.05.2010 18:56
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              crunch crunch crunch it

              As I ate all my regular M&M's I got myself a big bag of peanut M&M's today. Ate them all too ;)

              **About M&M peanut**M&M's are colored little chocolates formed like a little ball. Regular M&M's were first introduced in the year 1941 and the peanut variety was introduced in 1955 but never has had the tan color. 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 orange 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. The peanut M&M's come in a familiair yellow bag with the M&M logo printed on the front.

              **M&M peanut ingredients** Yes of course the first ingredient is peanut. But there's also Sodium, Cholesterol, Iron, Calcium, Niacin andThiamine in this candy. Every 43 grams bag of Peanut M&M's contains 250 calories.

              Why would you choose the peanut variety ? Well first of all, the peanut makes this candy very nice and crunchy and second, just like with the regular M&M's the colors just make me smile!

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                23.05.2010 21:52
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                Interested to see what they will look like when the Olympics arrive in 2012!

                GONE IN 60 SECONDS

                I had lived in Canada for six months, about thirteen years ago and M&Ms were fiercely hitting the sweet aisles, with O'Henry being forced to make room. Although these candies have been mass produced since the 1950s, the advertising of them didn't reach their penultimate height until they introduced brand Characters, the little potato-head looking figures in 1996, that spring-boarded the M&M's popularity in it's US home, Canada and europe.

                Although I didn't go out and walk 20 miles to the nearest store in Altamont each day, to go munching my way through these at the time, I did take them back home to england with me and put them somewhere, I later found in a cupboard (two years later) and looked safe enough to eat when they hadn't melted or gone mouldy. They were absolutely fine and couldn't quite get over how I couldn't stop eating them, one after the other until I demolished the entire packet.

                Peanuts and Chocolate are not an odd combination, though are if you don't normally like the two together, so M&Ms are an acquired taste. The spectacular thing about them is that their candy coating, preserves the Chocolate so that it doesn't melt even in hot summer temperatures, though it's advisable to keep them in cool storage if you want a harder texture when you bite. Having been bought up on on all sorts of sweets and Chocolate bars in my childhood, nothing excited me except for flying saucers with sherbert inside or fizzy bombs, as I often hated my mother's cooking because of being Swedish, she always did pickled Herring suppers or mashed potato with soup, left to go cold after I came home from school, so would often put fizzers on the top in order that I could muster eating it. Now, if M&Ms had been around then in the UK, I am more than positive that I would have spent most of my pocket money on them and developed obesity after my teens!

                One of the most intriguing thing about these 21st century M&Ms however, is that Very few retail outlets that sell them, do amazing offers, such as buy one get one free or any other deals and possibly because although they are still such a popular treat, the novelty of them has by now worn out with sales in 2004/5 being at their highest. Yet what makes them so retro and appealing are their vast array of primary colours that still outshine the radically improved shades of Smarties and are sealed with a crowning 'M' or peanut-head man that distinguished them apart from any other chocolate-sweet. Also noteworthy here, is that the outer packaging continually undergos changes to co-occur with all major holidays and events such as Star Wars conventions, my friends regularly update me on these things.

                Sainsbury's are doing a great offer at the moment however and selling the large, 185g pouches at 2 for £3.00 until the end of this month. A large pack like this retails at £1.75 or more in other stores, so this is a fantastic offer, but not great if you only want a short nibble that a smaller 45g bag can provide. Mars Inc have done really well for themselves though and own or have stake-shares in so many other companies, that make them multi-billionaire pioneers, but who conduct surveys every year so that they can continually improve their products, to deliver consumers with more than value for money, but the quality of the taste of M&Ms are of great importance.

                The ingredients in M&Ms are a lot more healthier than they first appear, especially given that they now contain soya and reduced fat proteins, though as a confectionery, still have all the same nasties as you would expect from a highly commercialized chocolate-sweet: Sugar, peanuts, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, lactose & milk proteins, vegetable fat, cocoa butter, milk fat, starch, glucose syrup, soya lecithin, gum arabic, E100, E120, E133, E160e, E171, dextrin, carnauba wax, salt, vegetable oil, traces of hazelnut & almond.

                The nuts are the most nutritious aspect of the M&Ms, though everything else is calorific when you consider that even for a 45g pack, there are approximately around 250 calories and 506 in 100gram pack, assuming that they aren't going to be shared, will be a quarter of you daily energy units (calories), that will give you some nutrition given that they contain Carbohydrate and fibre.

                The full nutritional information is below:


                NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):

                Calories: 506
                Kj: 2,119
                Protein: 9.4g
                Carbohydrate: 60.1g
                (of which sugars): 53.6g
                Fat: 25.4g
                (of which saturates): 10.1g
                Fibre: 2.7g
                Sodium: 0.06g
                Salt: 0.15g

                Conclusion:

                It would never be my intention to worship sweets given that they are essentially bad for you, and my review isn't to do this, but to make it clear that Mars Inc, are doing more to make their products more wholesome without compromising the authentic taste that makes them as addictive as they, are for those of us who enjoy them more than perhaps should.

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                29.03.2010 20:05
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                M&M Chocolates are nice. I think these are the nicest pack of large bag of Chocolates, and we like to get a few bags, laze about and just keep munching on these.

                Obviously you have to like Peanuts to be eating these, as they have a Whole Peanut in each sweet. They are quite simple and are just the aforementioned Roasted Whole Peanut in a thin Chocolate covering and the whole lot is covered in a Crisp Sugar shell. There is a few different coloured shells such as yellow, blue, green, brown and s on, but they don't taste any different depending on the colour of them. They have a small faint M on them.

                You get these in the individual bags which cost about 50p or the larger hanging bags which are about £1.80 thesedays. Sometimes you can get a deal on buying a few bags at the same time so that would give you a bit of a saving.

                The bag looks alright. It is a bright yellow colour with the branding quite large on the pack a a couple of cartoon M&M's on it as well. The bags are easy enough to open as well.

                A nice enjoyable sweet. The Nuts taste a bit salty and nicely roasted, and the Chocolate and coating provide a nice sweet covering.

                Don't have a bag here but think the smaller bags have about 260 calories.

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                19.02.2010 17:30
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                M&M's...mmmmmm

                My favourite bag of sweets has to be M&M peanuts as they are just so delicious. M&M peanuts are made from peanuts (obviously) which are surrounded by milk chocolate which is then covered with a crispy sugar shell with the M symbol on it. The sugar shell comes in different colours including yellow, orange, green, blue, red and brown. They all have slightly different flavours but the blue ones are my favourite with a very different taste to all the others. These ones taste the same as Smarties and most people prefer blue Smarties.

                The mixture of crunchy peanut, smooth chocolate and sugary shell is surprisingly nice and these are the type of chocolate sweet that once you start you simply can't stop eating them, they're so addictive.

                You can buy these in the big sharing bags (the sharing part is optional!) or in small individual bags but the individual bags hardly contain any and wouldn't satisfy me enough. The big bags have an easy opening at the top where you just tear a trip off and then you can delve in. The packet has a little sticker on it so that all you have to do is fold over the top of the packet and hold it in place with the sticker to stop any falling out.

                I often pick up a big bag of these to take to the cinema or for eating at home when watching a movie and they sometimes have buy one get one free movie offers on the packets which just encourages you to buy them even more.

                These really are so tasty and moreish and the perfect snack for a movie.

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                  19.02.2010 14:21
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                  Good to chew.

                  As I'm punching the keyboard right now, I'm nibbling a small pack of M&M's Peanut. The candies come in yellow glossy paper pack. It's good that M&M's Peanut hasn't changed its packaging for years so it's really easy to pick up a pack in a convenience store even without reading it. A 45-gram pack contains 17 sweets with green, blue, yellow and orange colours.


                  Nutrition Facts Per 10 sweets

                  Calories 103
                  Calories from Fat 47
                  Total Fat 5.2g
                  Saturated Fat 2.1g
                  Monounsaturated Fat 2.2g
                  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8g
                  Cholesterol 2mg
                  Sodium 10mg
                  Total Carbohydrate 12.1g
                  Dietary Fiber 0.7g
                  Sugars 10.2g
                  Protein 1.9g 4%

                  Each peanut is coated with thin chocolate and topcoated with thin sugar shell as the outermost layer. Each sweet has letter 'm' print on it. The sugar shell is crunchy and I can actually hear the crunch when I bite one. The peanut is soft which seems to undergo dehydration process. I sometimes play with the candy and uncoat it in my mouth with my teeth. When the peanut is left, I chew it without the chocolate and what I'm eating is a soft and tasteless peanut. Well I know it's peanut and it still smells like one but I don't taste peanut at all. It tastes great when chewed with its chocolate coating though. With the tasteless peanut, the candy becomes less sweet than the regular pure chocolate when chewed and I love it that way.

                  Each peanut candy looks huge than the regular peanut due to its chocolate and shell coating. It's true that these chocolate-peanut candies don't melt in my hands due to their shell coatings but the colours of the candies' shells stain my hands.

                  Price: 47p for a 45-gram pack

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                    A Wicked Change From A Chocolate Bar

                    I love peanut M&Ms and can't believe I haven't written about them already!!! They've been round forever and I proper wish we had the full range of M&Ms over here like they've got in America, you can get them in the American sweet shop in town but even though I LOVE M&Ms I can't be arsed going all the way into town for some! lol

                    In case you don't know these are small chocolate covered peanuts, I know that sounds boring but the milk chocolate they've used to make these is lush and goes proper nice with the nuts.

                    These peanut M&Ms are addictive! The nuts are a bit crunchy and have got a wickedly fresh taste, they're a bit sweet and go dead nice with the chocolate. The chocolate is smooth and creamy and starts melting as soon as you crunch through the colourful sugar shell that is covering each M&M.

                    I've always loved chocolate covered peanuts but these are something special and always have been. It's weird because the chocolate isn't majorly good quality and hardly melts at all but there's something about it mixed with the nuts that makes me keep grabbing into the bag until every single one has gone!!!

                    I love the fresh taste of the peanuts and the way the slight sweetness of them blends in with the chocolate, this also means that these aren't pure chocolate because when I have the milk chocolate M&Ms I sometimes get a bit bored of them before I've finished the bag but these peanut ones are a yummy change.

                    A bag of these is about 50p or something like that, they usually come in small bags that are roughly the same size as a bag of Malteasers but I think you can also buy them in the big bags that are made for sharing.

                    Recommended!!!

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                      21.01.2010 20:46
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                      I'll buy a pack of plain peanuts next time.

                      M&Ms Peanuts
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                      What are they?
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                      A packet of milk chocolate peanuts in a crisp coloured shell.


                      What do I think?
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                      I'm not really a big fan of these and I would always choose chocolate over peanuts any day but since it's been so cold with all the snow I rationalised that peanuts would give me more energy, be healthier and 'get the most out of my money' compared to all the other flimsy small sized chocolate bars that were on display.

                      The M&Ms are about the size of an acorn. Each peanut looks huge but only because of some chocolate and sugar shell covering its surface. Each shell is a bright bold colour, the colours do come off, which makes me feel a bit uneasy, this with the vivid colours it just shouts artificial colours and colourings.

                      The packs states that the peanuts are covered with 48% of chocolate. Being a big fan of chocolate I actually didn't feel as if I could taste any of the chocolate except for the shell. Having bitten into the peanut, looking at it, it can be seen that the layer of chocolate is extremely thin. Strangely, the usual authentic flavour of a peanut is also dulled by the sweet(ish) taste the the crisp sugar shell.

                      In terms of texture, it's very crunchy, chewy and good for nibbling. However, in terms of flavour and taste, somehow the sugar shell overrides everything and really I might as well have been chewing on crispy peanuts without the peanut flavour.

                      There is 45g of product in the packet which roughly gives around 16-18 peanuts. This is probably a good portion as anymore I think you would get indigestion and start feeling sick. It normally costs about 58p in the shops, I bought mine from a public snack machine at 70p(!).

                      Good for the energy stores in this severe snowy weather, I think, but not much else... sorry (!).


                      Thanks for reading.



                      ©Leighsa 2010.

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                        Lovely treat - just don't get carried away.

                        Well I really am not a chocolate lover, shocking I know, but I do love peanut M&M's.
                        My son introduced me to these a few years ago and I am so glad he did, although I do not eat them very often, I do enjoy them as an occasional treat.

                        M&M's are small, milk chocolate covered peanuts, which are then coated in a crispy shell. They are very colourful and do have quite a few E numbers. They are made by Mars and as you would expect from this company, they are very well made.

                        As with all very yummy edibles, when you start eating them, it is very difficult to stop. More than once, my husband has had to do the only decent thing and save me from myself, by taking them away.

                        Throughout the year, I usually buy the single packs for myself which retail at around 46p in Tesco, but at Christmas I always buy the 185g pack which will set you back £1.63.

                        As with all confectionary, M&M's are not particulary healthy, apart from the E numbers, a standard 45g pack contains the following:

                        Calories - 228
                        Sugars - 24.1g
                        Fat - 11.4g
                        Saturates - 4.5g
                        Salt - 0.08g

                        As an occasional treat, I do not worry too much about the lack of nutrition. I would not want to eat them too often though, as I like to stick to as healthy a diet as possible, but sometimes they as just too tempting!

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                          26.12.2009 18:22
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                          I shall avoid these like the plague in future!

                          PRICE: £1.89 for a 185g bag from my local branch of Boots

                          NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):

                          Calories: 506
                          Kj: 2,119
                          Protein: 9.4g
                          Carbohydrate: 60.1g
                          (of which sugars): 53.6g
                          Fat: 25.4g
                          (of which saturates): 10.1g
                          Fibre: 2.7g
                          Sodium: 0.06g
                          Salt: 0.15g

                          INGREDIENTS:

                          Sugar, peanuts, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, lactose & milk proteins, vegetable fat, cocoa butter, milk fat, starch, glucose syrup, soya lecithin, gum arabic, E100, E120, E133, E160e, E171, dextrin, carnauba wax, salt, vegetable oil, traces of hazelnut & almond

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                          Believe it or not, until a few days ago, I'd never tried M&Ms. As chocolate is an absolute must for me over Christmas and some kind soul had sent me a Boots gift voucher, I decided to use some of the voucher to replenish my chocolate supply. There wasn't a great selection available in the shop; it was mostly M&Ms, Minstrels and Maltesers. Being as M&Ms are something I'd never tried or really even fancied before, I decided finally to take the plunge and see what all the fuss was about, with the main idea of getting a little variation into my Christmas chocolate supply.

                          Peanut M&Ms come in a vivid yellow plastic bag which on the front has an image of a few of the sweets escaping from a larger one, plus the M&Ms standard logo. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients list and contact details for M&Ms. I was unable to locate any dietary/allergy advice whatsoever anywhere on the bag.

                          The bag is easily opened at the "tear here" point, and has a re-sealable ridge across the middle. I found it virtually impossible, when using the re-seal function, to get the pack to stay closed. That wasn't a problem for me specifically as I intended to eat the whole contents of the bag in one sitting, but for somebody who just wants to eat a few then go back to them another day, some of the freshness from the product could be lost if the bag can't properly be re-sealed.

                          Inside, the Peanut M&Ms were larger than I expected them to be; each one is about the size of a small gobstopper, and each sweet is very brightly coloured, with a large letter 'M' in white emblazoned on the front.

                          As I ate each sweet one by one, I was amazed at the vividness of the colours; blue, yellow, orange, green, brown and red. The opened bag gave off a not very pleasant, sickly candified smell which was reminiscent of the very cheap, powdery, somewhat nasty sweets that I used to occasionally buy when I was a small child.

                          I found the sugary coating on the M&Ms far too thick, and the act of chewing through it not only caused a strange, synthetic taste to permeate my mouth, but I feared for the stability of my fillings. To me, each colour tasted pretty much the same as all the others....and not very nice, either. There was a sort of an earthy under-taste to the coatings which I found none too pleasant. If there was a way I could have removed the coatings and just eaten the insides of the sweets, I would have done so.

                          Inside the horrible coatings, was quite a thick layer of tasty, creamy chocolate, which was smooth, rich and not at all powdery or greasy. Being as the chocolate was very palatable, it made me wonder how on earth the manufacturers of M&Ms could possibly think that the horrible candified coating would blend well with such delicious and seemingly good-quality chocolate. Inside the chocolate of each sweet, was a good-sized peanut. I enjoyed the blend of chocolate and peanuts very much, but the whole effect was seriously marred by the foul-tasting candy coating.

                          Not easily deterred when it comes to all things involving chocolate, plus being a great believer in the waste not want not philosophy, I battled my way to the end of the bag, tolerating the terrible candy coating and trying my best to enjoy the chocolate and peanuts, the taste of which had been severely tainted.

                          At the end of guzzling the whole bag, I was left with a strange taste sensation in my mouth which was very peanut-ish, mixed with the horrid, synthetic flavour of the candy coating on the sweets. It took a while to go away, too.

                          Overall, I really don't think I'll be buying Peanut M&Ms again, as though the peanuts and the chocolate were really nice, the candy coating tasted so awful that it spoiled the whole effect. I cringed too when I saw the brightness of the colours of the candy coating, and the amount of "E" additives in the ingredients list. No wonder kids who eat them are jumping around on the spot, hyperactive, losing their marbles and driving their parents & teachers to drink! I can honestly say that if I had children of my own, after having now myself sampled Peanut M&Ms, they would (the sweets of course) be firmly on the banned list of child treats.

                          I would like to see the coating on the sweets dulled right down colour-wise plus made a lot thinner, and for all those E additives to be removed - I'm sure the reason for the colours being so vivid is simply a sales ploy to make them instantly attractive to children, and I find that rather worrying. Also, the calorie and fat content is, in my opinion, much higher than most other chocolate/nut type sweet products, and due to the not very nice flavour of the coating, I don't feel the indulgence to be worthwhile or enjoyable.

                          Sorry Peanut M&Ms - I realise you are a popular product, but it's a big thumbs down from me. Change the colour, texture and taste of the candy coating and make it much thinner so that it's easily chewable, and I might reconsider. It would also be good if the re-seal function on the bag worked properly, but I accept that I may just have picked up a duff one. My 2-star rating is a reflection of the good quality of the chocolate and peanuts.

                          Thanks for reading!

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                        • Product Details

                          M&M'S Peanut Chocolate Candies have been a snack favorite for chocolate lovers around the world who enjoy a nutty crunch with their munch. Made of whole peanuts covered with milk chocolate, inside colorful sugar shells, M&M's Peanut Chocolate Candies made their debut in 1954. They were originally all brown, but in 1960 three new colors—red, green and yellow—were added to the color mix, and these were later joined by orange in 1976.