Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms

A couple of week’s ago I saw a mention on the All Candy Expo website that M&Ms was introducing Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms on July 1st. I couldn’t find anything else about it though ... expect the commercial that’s running for Dark Chocolate M&Ms ... have you seen it? It’s themed on the Addam’s Family.

The curious part is that only Uncle Fester and Pugglsey are regular shaped, the rest of the family is Peanut. The M&Ms website makes no mention of the peanut version as of this date.

I can kind of shrug it off, except for the fact that I actually found them on sale at RiteAid last night. Well, of course I bought them!


Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms were introduced a couple of years ago as a themed promotion for Star Wars and called Darth Mix. I never got to try them (just the plain ones, which were also introduced as a regular version).
The Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms come in a similar purple package as the plain Dark Chocolate M&Ms. The way they were lined up in the rack, in fact, made it hard to tell that they were different at all, except a little bit of yellow peeking out.

Dark Peanut M&MsFirst, Peanut M&Ms are not my favorite. They’re kind of in the middle of the pack, I enjoy them but I find that they’re a bit uneven in quality, I really don’t like the Russian Roulette of getting a bad peanut.

A regular Peanut M&M single-serve package contains 1.74 ounces. The Dark Chocolate version contains 1.5 ounces. Do you think that’s exactly the milk content difference? Hardly, there’s plenty of milk in here ... lactose and milkfat are both ingredients, so this isn’t really dark chocolate.

They’re dark, that’s for sure. They crunch the same but the combination of peanut and dark chocolate is quite, well, dark. It’s a bit bitter, it’s a bit smoky, in fact, the whole thing reminded me of peanuts and molasses more of peanuts and chocolate.

The colors are nice and there’s no indication that these are dark on the shell (the plain dark ones have the occasional “dark” stamp on them).

Overall, they were just a little too “dark” for me. It’s not that they weren’t sweet, they were just too bitter.

Read up on all the other M&M coverage.

Name: Dark Chocolate M&Ms Peanut
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Vermonica)
Price: $.69
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 147
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, United States, Mars, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:39 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I had almost forgotten about the dark variety starting out as a Star Wars promotion. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for the peanut!

    Comment by Heather on 6/27/07 at 7:13 am #
  2. When they first came out with dark chocolate m&m’s, I went nutso for them. They were really the first dark chocolate I liked. But, they didn’t sell them here, in Texas. My sister had to mail them to me from NC. So, I wrote emails to M&M/Mars until they started selling them here. Now I don’t buy them anymore. I guess they were more fun when I couldn’t get them.

    Comment by spit on 6/27/07 at 7:58 am #
  3. Yes!!!!  I love these things!  I am so glad they are bringing them back for good.  I do like peanut M&Ms; better than plain, even in the milk chocolate.

    Comment by Julilla on 6/27/07 at 9:07 am #
  4. I loveeeee peanut butter mms. I wish theyd try a dark version of this.

    Comment by J on 6/27/07 at 5:05 pm #
  5. I haven’t seen individual packs of dark m&m’s since the StarWars promotion. Not a big fan of peanut m&m’s, but can’t wait to try these!
    Cybele how do you get your pictures so nice?? I try different camera settings, but can’t get the clean white background.

    Comment by Mary on 6/27/07 at 5:54 pm #
  6. These are about my favorite things ever.  They’re not the greatest things in the world, but I love peanut m&m’s and these were just that little bit better for the dark chocolate.  I am very glad they’re back.

    Now they just need to bring back the white chocolate.

    Comment by william on 6/28/07 at 1:27 pm #
  7. Morticia Addams is still hot, even in M&M form.

    Comment by Beppo on 7/01/07 at 1:37 am #
  8. I just tried these over the weekend (Thanks, Cybele, for explaining the Vermonica thing to me…). I really enjoyed them, as I wasn’t in the mood for anything too sweet, and I sort of liked the bitterness.

    Comment by jaimi on 7/02/07 at 8:12 am #
  9. THEY should sell the mm’s dark choclate peanut i cant find them anywhere

    Comment by CRISPIY on 2/23/13 at 7:37 pm #
  10. these are yummy delish! I do hope you continue to make these as I really enjoyed the difference.

    Comment by MaryEllen Winski on 4/01/17 at 6:11 pm #
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