Wednesday, October 5, 2011

M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn

M&Ms White Chocolate Candy CornMars has introduced a limited edition, limited distribution of a new variety of M&Ms for Halloween. M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn are appearing in WalMart stores exclusively across the United States. Since I’m not able to easily shop at WalMart (really not many in the Los Angeles area), some folks at Mars were kind enough to send me a bag for review.

It’s tempting when I hear about candies like this to write the review before I even get a hold of the candy. That would not only be a horrible disservice to the readers, it’s really unfair to the candy. I’m supposed to have an open mind. Luckily I kept mine open for this one. (In reality, I thought it sounded like a dreadful idea, and I blame the Hershey’s Candy Corn Kisses and Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn candies for my predisposition.)

M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn

The M&Ms are larger than the regular M&Ms Milk Chocolate, though they vary a little bit in size and shape. They’re thicker and have a larger diameter. They come in three colors: white, bright yellow and bright orange. (The orange and yellow are actually different from the standard colors. The orange is darker and not as shiny and the yellow has a matte caste to it and a slightly neon note.)

Mars has marketed White Chocolate M&Ms before, in 2006 they introduced M&Ms Pirate Pearls in conjunction with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Unlike the other limited edition version of Dark Chocolate M&Ms (tie in with Star Wars), they were never added to the regular or seasonal offerings.

M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn

Mars has stuck to their Real Chocolate pledge here, it’s real white chocolate made with oodles of cocoa butter (cocoa butter is the second ingredient - sometimes white chocolate products have milk fat before the cocoa butter). There are no other filler oils.

The candies smell a bit like strawberries or cotton candy, very sweet but not in an artificial way. I was fully expecting the liberal use of diacetyl. Happily that was not the case.


Candy Corn M&Ms on the left and classic Milk Chocolate M&Ms on the right

The shells are crunchy and seem thicker than the standard Milk Chocolate variety sports. Some of the shells were cracked, I don’t know if that was because this was sent to me and got shaken up in transit or if they’re particularly vulnerable.

M&Ms White Chocolate Candy CornThe center is soft and yielding. It’s sweet and buttery smooth, like a well made buttercream frosting. The flavors are only slightly milky, the sweetness is rather clean and again reminds me of Cotton Candy. I was hoping for the honey notes that good Candy Corn has, but this was all a pleasant surprise.

They’re quite rich, both in fat and in sugar, so I found that I couldn’t eat more than about a dozen without feeling a little overwhelmed by the sweetness. Ultimately though I didn’t feel like they rose to the level of an actual Candy Corn flavored candy. Still, they’re nice, and for white chocolate fans who have so few choices for real cocoa butter white chocolate, you might be pleased.

Now I’m waiting for Egg Nog M&Ms .... mmm, nutmeg white chocolate would be dreamy.

One other note I have about this packaging. I noticed on the nutrition panel that they’re giving better information. In the serving size it gives the portion in variety of formats. A serving size is 1.5 ounces, 42 grams or about 1/4 cup. So you really get a sense of how much they mean. The new green what’s inside block also breaks it out very clearly. One portion is 220 calories and 11 grams of total fat (17% DV) and 7 grams of saturated fat (35% DV).

UPDATE 9/11/2012: White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms are back for 2012. They’re available in all stores, in both the large bags as well as 1.5 ounce individual serving bags (with a variety of different designs on the front).

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Name: White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Samples from Mars
Price: $3.49 retail
Size: 9.9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 148
Categories: Candy, Halloween, Mars, Kosher, White Chocolate, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:42 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHalloweenMarsKosherM&MsWhite Chocolate7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. OMG!  I loved the pirate pearls so I’ll definitely keep an eye out for these. 

    I really want mint crispy back raspberry

    Comment by Ruffy on 10/05/11 at 12:51 pm #
  2. I want to say that M&M/Mars also produced a white chocolate M&Ms; edition as a STAR WARS tie-in, but I’m not completely sure.

    Comment by Johnny Carruthers on 10/05/11 at 2:12 pm #
  3. Too bad they’re only available in WalMart!

    Comment by theatrenut on 10/05/11 at 5:28 pm #
  4. I’m a huge white chocolate fan and I love these!
    I wish that these would be available all the time!

    Comment by Sal on 10/05/11 at 10:18 pm #
  5. I was waiting to see who would have the first review of these - glad it was you.

    so these are just plain white chocolate M&Ms; and the “candy corn” element is on the shell coloring?

    Comment by Rodzilla on 10/06/11 at 4:58 am #
  6. Ok, so I took a detour on my way home yesterday and grabbed a bag of these.

    (1) They were not located with the halloween candy, but in a bin in the middle of the store.  -shrug-
    (2) They are somehow even sweeter than regular white chocolate
    (3) The flavor is reminiscent of Hershey’s Candy Corn Kisses.  I’m not sure why candy corn flavor tends towards artificial butter instead of honey
    (4) The M&Ms; themselves feel weird.  Oddly greasy?  I couldn’t figure out if I was just imagining this or if they were indeed melting in my hand prior to melting in my mouth.

    They’re so sweet that they’re probably best served with like pretzel sticks or peanuts or something, but I liked ‘em enough that I will probably pick up another bag.

    Comment by Ruffy on 10/06/11 at 8:21 am #
  7. thank you for sharing this article…i have been promoting it with wild abandon for several weeks thanks a bunch #MMGetCorny

    Comment by Rebecca e. Parsons on 10/10/11 at 11:12 am #
  8. These are the best thing since chocolate!!!!!

    Comment by Garret on 10/10/11 at 2:16 pm #
  9. I have been to 5 walmarts and i have not been able to find them yet . I am on a mission. I don’t want to miss out.

    Comment by Paula Marentette on 10/10/11 at 3:53 pm #
  10. Grrr sent my husband to Walmart today for this delicious item. He says he couldn’t find it.
    When you want a job done, do it yourself I guess that would be me. This is a wonderful alternative to candy corn which sits in the candy drawer minus a few pieces and gets thrown away after it turns to stone. If I can find this, I’m getting enough to put in my freezer for the whole year LOL smile))

    Comment by Ruth Ann Ryan on 10/20/11 at 11:10 am #
  11. If they had called them White Chocolate Caramel, they’d probably have thrown fewer people off.  I was lamenting the lack of honey as well.

    I actually found a blog post out on the Internet for new “White Chocolate Caramel Corn” M&M’s with pictures of the Candy corn variety.  Complete Freudian slip on their part?  Because it tastes like White Chocolate Caramel Corn. 

    Maybe the people who designed the bag heard the name wrong and they just stuck with it.

    Comment by Chad Garrett on 10/21/11 at 11:10 am #
  12. please return white chocolate m&m’s….I love the pearls nad the candy corn…..please make the a standard candy for we white choclate lovers

    Comment by kissame cheek on 11/17/11 at 7:51 pm #
  13. keep white chocolate m&m’s

    Comment by kissame cheek on 11/17/11 at 7:53 pm #
  14. omg please keep the white m&ms; the r he best. Im allergic to chocolate. i wish there was more of it. Thank you so much…........

    Comment by jessica quinn on 8/28/12 at 2:02 pm #
  15. These are the most disgusting fake tasting things I’ve ever eaten.  They feel greasy and smell like artificial butter.  They are cloyingly sweet and nauseating.  Do not waste your money on these.  I’m a fan of candy corn and white chocolate so I was really disappointed these taste like neither.  The only thing I liked was the illustration on the package and the colors.

    Comment by Madeline Marrow on 8/31/12 at 12:09 pm #
  16. After running all around town looking for these (all the Walmart’s in our area were out).I found them at Target. They were on a separate display with the other flavors with only 2 bags left. So I guess they are other places you just have to look around. Not a big fan of candy corn or white chocolate,but I like these for some reason. Yes, they are rich! You really can’t eat too many.

    Comment by mikelv85 on 9/11/12 at 8:37 am #
  17. A new addiction! Walgreens ,some stores have them.Next best to Pirate Pearls!My waist curses you!!!!!!!

    Comment by sarah caswell on 9/15/12 at 10:05 pm #
  18. I only have one word to say: “delicious”!

    Comment by abby brumit on 9/18/12 at 10:14 am #
  19. I think they could make a whole line of white chocolate variety m&ms;. I would really love a white chocolate peanut butter flavor! They could also do white chocolate peanut, white chocolate pretzel, and white chocolate almond.

    Comment by MikeH on 9/19/12 at 3:58 pm #
  20. I just found this at CVS!

    Comment by MS on 9/28/12 at 12:49 pm #
  21. I can only find them at CVS, but they are soooo good!!

    Comment by Nichi on 10/04/12 at 6:59 am #
  22. I’m pretty sure your tongue must be broken, these are the worst candy I’ve ever tasted…and I’ll try anything.

    Comment by Klausey on 10/25/12 at 8:07 am #
  23. Make these year round. I have a friend who can’t eat the milk chocolate.

    Comment by Vicki Ratliff on 10/26/12 at 9:52 pm #
    Not like candy corn at all. But still pretty good. Very sweet.

    Comment by brandy on 9/11/13 at 3:21 am #
  25. I found them at Walgreen’s and I too found them to have a faint, artificial strawberry aroma. Weird.

    Comment by Thomas on 9/11/13 at 2:25 pm #
  26. Thanks for the great review !  I lived these. Sweet but
    Not too sweet!  I think a peanut butter and white chicokate would be good also!

    Comment by Lisa Harper on 10/01/13 at 11:28 pm #
  27. I really liked the white chocolate corn. I can’t have caffeine so it is a real treat to have something that will not give me a bad headache and the feeling of a bad hangover. I was only able to get two bags and can’t find any more. all Christmas now. I would buy whole box full. I did the Pirates of Caribbean White Chocolate M & M’s.

    Comment by Janet O'Connor on 11/07/14 at 10:28 pm #
  28. Halloween 2015, this amazing flavor is now available!!!

    Comment by Britnee on 9/22/15 at 2:04 pm #
  29. I’ve bought them at gas stations and the

    (Amazing thing about candy corn: it’s classified as a Hallowe’en “flavor’ but real candy corn, at least, shows up often all year round at small stores…)

    Now, anyone for Circus Peanut flavor M&M’s? grin

    Comment by SJCarras on 12/04/16 at 11:39 am #
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