Monday, July 17, 2006

M&M Shipwreck Treasure

I’ve never tried M&M minis before, and I figured the gimmicky Shipwreck Treasure mix was as good a reason as any to pick some up. The little plastic tube with a large flip top was brown with a slight woodgrain to it. The trick here is that the colors of the M&Ms are kind of oceany - blue, aqua and green.

imageThe green ones actually change color ... if you put them in your mouth and take them back out, it’ll be gold. Or so they say. I tried tossing them in a little glass of water and it seems to work.

They’re certainly cute and the little tube is a great way to carry them in a resealable container.

But I’m not that keen on them. The shell is thinner and not quite as crunchy, but still very sweet. Because of the small burst of chocolate, they didn’t seem as chocolatey.

Part of what you’re paying for here is the tube, which is cute and the EXACT size for storing quarters. If I still went to the laundromat or rode the bus, this would be very helpful.

The size is cute, but unnecessary unless you’re using them for cooking (I can see them going over much better in cookies than the traditional size) or some sort of decorative purpose.

These M&Ms are part of a marketing tie-in for the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. I also reviewed the Pirate Pearls White Chocolate M&Ms.

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Name: M&Ms Minis Shipwreck Treasure Mix
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: M&Ms (Mars)
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
Price: $.85
Size: 1.08 ounces
Calories per ounce: 139
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Mars, Limited Edition

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:24 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. they sell big bags of the mini m&m’s in the baking isle in both semisweet and milk chocolate. excellent for baking.

    Comment by rachel on 7/17/06 at 7:05 am #
  2. Funny - I had some yesterday too (my tube was bluish though) and I agree - they just don’t grab me.


    Comment by Brian on 7/17/06 at 7:19 am #
  3. “f you put them in your mouth…I tried tossing them in a little glass of water…”

    Not real good at following directions, are we?

    Someone gave me a bunch of these minis when they first came out, and I agree they’re more novelty than candy. It’s too much work chewing up a handful of them for what you get in return.

    I remember having some jumbo Shrek ones, too, in horrid colors, and I still prefer the “normal” size. That may just be familiarity on my part,though.

    Comment by Russ on 7/17/06 at 7:58 am #
  4. I adore the semisweet minis that you get in the baking aisle.  I used to be able to find them near me, but, alas, I haven’t seen them in years.  I really miss them, because M&M cookies are probably my favorite.

    Comment by Alex on 7/17/06 at 8:25 am #
  5. OK, I’m the odd ball here - but I prefer the mini’s to the regular M&M’s!  I can’t say why, I just dig the crunchy little things!

    Comment by April on 7/17/06 at 9:18 am #
  6. Strange that, April. I’ve always found mini versions of “bagged” sweets a touch annoying. I mean, their already small, why make them smaller? I am fond of mini bars though, milky way for example.

    That glass is awesome by the way, Cybele, I imagine it’s seen many a shot of Vodka?

    Comment by GTO on 7/17/06 at 10:03 am #
  7. I, too, prefer regular-sized M&Ms;, but kids seem to love the minis.  In fact kids seem to like mini (or oversized) versions of anything.  Probably why they do all this.  I find the only way I can be satisfied with the minis is to pour about half a tube in my mouth at one time and then crunch the lot.

    Comment by Karen on 7/17/06 at 2:04 pm #
  8. to add to the chorus, i also prefer regular size M&Ms;.  the chocolate/candy shell proportions seem to be off in the mini’s.  i guess we like what we are used to. 
    funny because my candy theory has always been that people just love to have an assortment of things that are small and multi-colored. that’s part of my fascination with candy, anyway. 
    and make-up!

    Comment by rachel b. on 7/17/06 at 2:53 pm #
  9. I’m also a big fan of the mini’s.  You can almost drink them.  smile  Or let several “dissolve” in my mouth.
    And I’ve been storing my state-quater collection in a couple tubes!  smile

    Comment by Brad on 7/17/06 at 5:10 pm #
  10. Oooh, that color changing trick is bound to appeal to my boys, I better track some of these down. :^)

    I, too, prefer the minis - the shell in the regular sized M&Ms; tastes somehow off to me these days, but not in the minis. So I try to stock up on ‘fun size’ packages during after-holiday clearance sales. We somehow ended up with an abundance of the tubes a few years ago, so I refilled them using a big bag from the candy aisle and used them as party favors.

    Comment by Tricia on 7/18/06 at 3:27 am #
  11. Cybele's avatar

    Rachel - yeah, I figured they’re better for baking than the regular sized ones.

    Brian - I had a choice between aqua and brown ... but they had aqua ones in non-shipwreck packaging, so I figured brown was specific to this version.

    Russ - I’m not sure folks wanted to see stuff I’d put in my mouth and then spit out again. Maybe I’m wrong about my readers?

    Alex - I’ve never even seen those! I’m going to have to go look now.

    April, rachel b, Tricia & Karen - maybe it’s that I’m afraid I’m going to eat all of it in one gulp!

    Brad - I’m thinking about putting other candies in there too, but I can’t figure out what yet.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/18/06 at 6:47 pm #
  12. I find they’re better in recipies and over ice cream.  There is a larger percentage of coating to chocolate that seems to melt away somewhat in the sundae environment.  Try them on your next banana split.

    Comment by Mads on 11/21/06 at 3:15 pm #
  13. I am looking for the mini m&M’s in a bag to decorate for Halloween.  I finally found them in the candy isle not the baking.  I thought the colors might be florescent and I wanted the basic colors.  Does anyone know if the “new” blue bag of baking mini M&M’s are the regular red, yellow, brown,etc colors?

    Comment by Sandy Ehrets on 10/07/07 at 10:21 am #
  14. Can I use regular m&m candies to bake cookies?  in a hurry for an answer—thank you so much in advance!

    Comment by Esther on 3/16/08 at 6:36 am #
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