M&Ms have been a favorite among both children and adults for decades. No other candy has attracted the same kind of loyalty, pure unadulterated joy or abiding appreciation as this particular Mars Candy product. It is a true American Classic.
However, Mars never sits on their laurels reaping in the benefits without taking any more chances. Instead they are innovative, fun and risky developing M&Ms dark chocolate, M&Ms coconut, the soon to be released M&M mints and more.
One of their most popular additions to the line is Peanut Butter M&Ms. These delicious candies combine M&M’s ever popular candy shell, milk chocolate and another American classic – – peanut butter. But what are the results?
The scrumptious candy shell still melts in your mouth. The delicate layer of milk chocolate gently carresses the soft and creamy peanut butter center. The result is a little piece of candy heaven. Reese’s Pieces, you don’t stand a chance.
I particularly like the fact that the peanut butter taste is present but it doesn’t overpower the chocolate or even the candy coating. Additionally, whatever Mars Candy used to soften the peanut butter, it was a stroke of utter brilliance because it is an ooey gooey delight.
Unfortunately Peanut Butter M&Ms are loaded with calories at 230 for a 1.50 package. That is significantly higher than some other M&M varieties; even Coconut M&Ms at 210.
Of the calorie amount, almost half of them are fat-related. There are, in fact, 12 grams of fat per serving of Peanut Butter M&Ms. Again, that amount is elevated above the average and far outdistances the 9 grams of fat in Coconut M&Ms.
Of the fat content, 8 grams are saturated fat. Luckily Peanut Butter M&Ms contains no trans fat.
There are also 24 grams of carbohydrate and 20 grams of sugar in each serving. That makes the salt content at 90 milligrams and cholesterol content at 5 milligrams seem teensy weensy in comparison.
To the positive, a serving of Peanut Butter M&Ms contains 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. It also provides 8% of the daily-recommended amount of niacin and 2% of the needed calcium, iron and riboflavin.
Ingredients include, but are not limited to chocolate, cocoa butter, cornstarch, corn syrup, natural flavors, peanuts, salt, skim milk and sugar. It also contains artificial flavors, dextrin, dextrose, food coloring. gum acacia, lactose, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, propyl gallate, soy lecithin.
Some of the peanuts contained in Peanut Butter M&Ms are partially defatted. Food coloring includes blue-1 and 2, red-40 as well as yellow-5 and 6.
Peanut Butter M&Ms can be found almost anywhere M&Ms are sold. That would include certain candy outlets as well as retail supermarkets, drug stores and discount department stores.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. I could rave on for three pages and probably still not explain how good these M&Ms are. But then, I love peanut butter. Those who do not or who are allergic to peanuts should steer clear of this candy treat. There is no denying the peanut connection, which I prefer over Peanut M&Ms by a mile.
Freshness: 5 stars. Unless M&Ms are melted in extreme heat or are smashed into nothingness, they generally remain fresh until their expiration date, which is printed directly onto each and every bag. Do not; however, store this candy near a heat source as that could affect their freshness when you are ready to eat them.
Variety: 5 stars. If Peanut Butter M&Ms don’t make you smile, keep in mind there are a lot of other M&M flavors to try. These include almond, coconut, dark chocolate (plain and with peanuts), milk chocolate (plain and with peanuts), minis, mint and pretzel.
Nutrition: 4 stars. It might be better to avoid candy altogether but most of us are not going to do that despite the fact it is high in sugar, cholesterol and carbs. At least Peanut Butter M&Ms offset those costs somewhat by also providing protein, fiber, calcium, iron, niacin and riboflavin. Additionally, M&Ms are a better choice than some of their competitors because these brightly colored candies can be rationed.
Green value: 5 stars. The package is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. Whether it was an intentional nod to competitor Reese’s Pieces or a mere coincidence, Peanut Butter M&Ms come in an orange package with brown, yellow and white wording. A picture of the product is included on the front along with the M&M logo.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The one serving package is small. It measures approximately 6″ by 3″. Because of its compact size, it should fit easily into a pocket, a handbag or anywhere else you might want to put it.
Availability: 5 stars. M&Ms are widely distributed and most sources are also carrying Peanut Butter M&Ms. These include grocery stores, discount department stores, drug stores and certain candy outlets.
Price: 5 stars. I paid $.87 for a 1.50 oz bag at our local grocer. That is also the cost of most other M&M varieties at the same store. The price is comparable to the average candy bar in the same location.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I know my grandkids will love these so they’ll remain in my pantry on a permanent basis.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. This M&M flavor is ultra delicious.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor