Product Type: Mars Chocolate
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Pretzel M&M'S - Weird or Wonderful?
Member Name: ryeb
Advantages: Crunchy shell, and unusual pretzel filling
Disadvantages: Chocolate isn't that milky, relatively expensive
In the USA, M&M's come with a lot more interesting fillings than the ones that we usually have available to buy in this country. Over the last few years I have noticed that it is increasingly easy to buy the American varieties here. One of these is the pretzel filled kind, which I used to only be able to buy in Cyber Candy, a fantastic international sweetshop in Covent Garden, London. Now I buy them from my local independent sweetshop as well as from branches of the Mr. Simms Traditional Sweetshop chain.
I first tried them out of sheer curiosity because I couldn't really imagine pretzel and chocolate together, although I have since come across lots of American recipes that combine the two. The packets look similar to the British M&M's, but are bright blue. The sweets themselves are described as "crunchy, salty, sweet" candies. The centre is made from crunchy pretzel pieces, coated in chocolate with the traditional crispy shell.
They are bigger than the British sweets, being more like a large Malteser in size. This makes the crispiness more satisfying as you get more crunch in each bit. It isn't made of the bread-like pretzels you can sometimes buy, so the centre is pleasantly crunchy rather than chewy. I only really like crunchy pretzels so this works well for me. They don't actually taste all that salty. I only notice a slight salt tang as a aftertaste once I have ate a whole packet. The sweetness comes from the chocolate coating, but it isn't sickly. It doesn't taste anywhere near as milky as Dairy Milk or Galaxy for example, but this is typical of American milk chocolate in my experience. It's O.K, and the smoothness works well with the crunchy centre but I wouldn't buy these sweets for the chocolate taste alone. They actually smell more strongly of chocolate than they taste. The crispy shell looks like the ones that I am used to in the U.K, and tastes the same too. In other words it is sweet and vividly coloured. It also means that they contain a lot of colourings so these are something to avoid if you don't like to consume too many of these.
One packet contains 150 calories. and 3g of saturated fat which is less than I expected even if it doesn't exactly make it a health food. I try and eat everything in moderation so an occasion unhealthy treat doesn't matter too much to me.
As they are imported from the U.S.A, they cost more than a standard packet. I pay £1.45 for a 32.3g bag in my local sweetshop, and this is about the average price. Hopefully the cost will come down if larger shops decide to stock them and import them in bulk. I have noticed that they are available from various web shops, but I have not used any of these myself so I can't recommend any supplier in particular. I recommend that you give them a try if you like pretzels or just want to try something different because they certainly are that. If you like the idea of unuusual M&M's keep an eye out for the peanut butter, cookie and coconut filled ones too, all from the U.S.A.
Summary: An unusual but nice variety of M&M's.
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