Pros: Great taste, hard candy shell, great for baking.
Cons: A few defects here and there, larger sized pieces.
There's a long, drawn out verbal debate of which chocolate covered peanut butter treats is better, Reese's Pieces or Peanut Butter M&M's. It started out as a shop joke; in the Movie E.T. Elliot baits the alien with Reece's Pieces, if that scene were played out today you'd have to use Peanut Butter M&M's to entice him out of the closet because I don't think he'd fall for the smaller version when a larger, beefier one exists. That argument carried over to the home front with a split decision on which is better tasting. Sure, they are made up of the same things but that's where the similarity ends. Me, personally, I'm not all that picky about which I nosh on. Both are great for baking, taste sensational out of the bag and blow my diet to hell every time someone rips a bag open.
Peanut Butter M&M's
The Peanut Butter M&M's sort of look like the original M&M's only on steroids. The are thicker and larger and almost look like Spree candies. They come in the usual colors like orange, yellow, brown, green and blue and have the same general size. One thing that has really bugged me are the number of defects I have come across in recent bags; cracked pieces or pieces that are stuck together [more than just melted together] shouldnt be something that you come across all that often but from the last six bags we bought when they were on sale, four of them had 'clustered' pieces. That might not seem like a big deal to most people but it makes me wonder if they human element has been taken out of the quality control aspect of the manufacturing process.
What makes up a Peanut Butter M&M? It has the usual hard candy shell that "melts in your mouth but not in your hand", a layer of chocolate and a peanut butter center. This is where the review gets a little anal; the hard coating on the outside isnt as thick as what you get with the regular M&M's so when you bite into it you dont have the same crunch factor. When you eat a Peanut or original M&M the hard candy shell adds to the crunch appeal of it. You just dont get that from the Peanut Butter version. The candy shell also flakes off easier than on other M&M varieties and that could be a pro or a con depending on if you like to dissect your candy or eat it whole.
What's the best pick of M&M for you? Here are the numbers for nutrition for each of the M&M products currently available. These are for the single serve bags or packages that vary in size from 1.08 ounces to 1.74 ounces.
M&M Plain: Calories: 240, Fat: 10 grams, Carbohydrates: 34 [31 from sugar], Protein: 2 grams
M&M Peanut: Calories: 250, Fat: 13 grams, Carbohydrates: 30 grams [25 from sugar], Protein: 5 grams
M&M Peanut Butter: Calories: 240, Fat: 14 grams, Carbohydrates: 26 grams [22 from sugar, Protein: 5 grams
M&M Almond: Calories: 200, Fat: 11 grams, Carbohydrates: 21 grams [18 from sugar], Protein: 3 grams
M&M Cherry: Calories: 210, Fat: 10 grams, Carbohydrates: 29 grams [25 from sugar], Protein: 2 grams
M&M Dark: Calories: 240, Fat: 11 grams, Carbohydrates: 33 grams [27 from sugar], Protein: 2 grams
M&M Mini's: Calories: 150 calories, Fat: 7 grams, Carbohydrates: 21 grams [19 from sugar], Protein: 1 gram
How do the Peanut Butter M&M's stack up to Reece's Pieces? One package of their product contains 220 calories, 26 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of protein. M&M Peanut Butter has about 20 more calories than Reese's Pieces but everything else is about equal so in that regard it all boils down to personal preference. With the Peanut Butter M&M you are getting a lot more peanut butter per piece so that it going to overpower the hard shell and chocolate wrap. The one area where Reese's Pieces wins is when it comes to baking, desserts or on ice cream. The smaller size gives it a real advantage and the colors [yellow, brown and orange] make them great for Halloween.
Peanut Butter M&M's are made by MasterFoods / Mars and might be a little hard to find in some areas; even stores that sell other varieties of M&M products might not sell this combination. I stock up when they are on sale because there is no way I am paying .50 to .75 cents for a single serve bag of candy. Rite Aid and Eckerd had these on sale for three bags for .99 cents and I bought a bunch of them. Since the hard candy shell is a little thinner than other combinations you will want to make sure that these are protected from heat or direct sunlight. Even out of the refrigerator these taste great and the overall mouthfeel doesn't chance all that much when they are cold. These are nice to add to cookies too but because of the larger than normal size of them you do have to press them a little deeper into the cookie dough.
The Bottom Line
I do like the creaminess of the peanut butter filling that these have and that the inside is a little softer and smoother than a Reese's Pieces but I do have to be honest, it doesnt matter which one is in front of me, I will snack on either. Do they melt in your mouth and not in your hand? Well, I held one for 60 seconds and the worst that happened was a little bit of blue dye came off of it. I chalk this up to the fact that they deviated from the original size of M&M and that the shell isn't as thick. Why make them a different size? Maybe it was slick marketing or maybe they wanted consumers to know that it is a different product. Because it contains peanut butter [derived from, duh, peanuts] it could trigger an allergic reaction so they decided to make them bigger in size to avoid confusion when they are outside of the package.
The next time you get a craving for peanut butter and chocolate but are burned out on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, check out the M&M's in the orange wrapper!
As always, thanks for the visit
~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~
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