You have to have your small thrills in life, and for me that includes finding new flavors of favorite candy at the store. So imagine my delight at discovering not one, but three new varieties of M&M’s last week during a routine trip to Walgreens.
First I saw the Honey Nut, which sounded delicious. Then I noticed the Coffee Nut, which was intriguing. Then I saw the Chili Nut and thought, “Have they gone insane?”
I bought a packet of each and brought them back to my office for a very official and highly scientific taste test. You can tell it’s scientific because I printed out a chart and everything.
The one thing I was missing was a palate cleanser, as I was reminded by ever single person who tried one flavor then said, “I need to cleanse my palate” and went to get some water. That’s what you get for living near wine country.
Next time I’ll set out cucumber slices or something.
Initially the Coffee Nut M&M’s took off with an early lead, but the Honey Nut had some fans as well. In fact the Honey Nut M&M’s disappeared first and I had to go buy more, so it may not have had as many votes at first, but they people who did like them *really* liked them and came back for more.
Most people were hesitant to try the Chili Nut, but as one co-worker put it, “It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. The chili doesn’t really taste like anything, it’s just an after burn.”
Another said, “The Chili Nut isn’t even all that spi- oh wait, there it is.”
General opinion was that the Chili Nut has been mellowed out to appeal to the general population but would have been more fun if they’d really gone for a spicier chocolate. (If you want a good one try the Guajillo & Chipotle Chili Super Dark Chocolate Bar from Vosges. It’s more expensive but will give you the kick you crave.)
People who really love their morning coffee tended not to prefer the Coffee Nut M&M’s, saying, “If I want coffee I’ll drink real coffee. This doesn’t taste like coffee. It tastes like artificial coffee flavoring.”
But for some the Honey Nut was just too mild and they liked the extra oomph of the Coffee Nut. Although one co-worker said, “I’d like it better if there wasn’t a nut in the middle of it.”
In the end the Honey Nut and Coffee Nut tied the vote, 6-6. My vote went to the Honey Nut M&M’s for being sweet and mellow, enhancing the chocolate rather than getting in its way. I just don’t like other strong flavors messing with my chocolate.
Once you’ve had a chance to try them, be sure to register your vote here: https://www.facebook.com/mms/app/1016130751780697/
You won’t get an “I Voted!” sticker, but maybe you’ll get to keep your favorite flavor around a little longer.
Melts in your mouth,