Monday, February 6, 2012

M&Ms Mint Dark Chocolate

M&Ms Mint Dark ChocolateMint and Chocolate is a classic combination and one that M&Ms has brought back seasonally with their Milk Chocolate Mint M&Ms in the winter for the past few years.

This year they’ve introduced a new item with a little twist, Mint Dark Chocolate M&Ms. Like other Mars dark chocolate products, it’s not a true dark chocolate, just a semi-sweet chocolate with a bit of dairy fats thrown in.

I found them in this stand up bag, which was a bit pricey at $3.39 per 8 ounce bag at Target. I expect they go on sale often, so keep an eye out. But I’ve heard tale that they’re also available in single serve packages.

M&Ms Mint Dark Chocolate

They come in two colors. Green and Green. Maybe there are three shades, it’s hard to tell. But they’re green, and they’re beefy. They’re much larger than regular M&Ms.

M&Ms Mint Dark Chocolate

Because they’re bigger, there seems to be more chocolate than shell, so it felt like there was more chocolate flavor.

They’re lightly peppermint, not so much that it completely overpowers the chocolate. The chocolate is smooth and buttery, though a little grainy ... kind of hard to tell if you chew up the sugar shell though. Overall, a very nice rendition of minted chocolate in candy. It does remind me quite a bit of Peppermint Bark. It’s much less sticky tasting than the milk chocolate variety. I’d definitely chose the Dark Chocolate over Milk Chocolate. So much that I’d kind of like to downgrade the Milk Chocolate variety.

M&Ms Mint Dark Chocolate

They’re also satisfying. M&Ms, by design, are engineered to be unsatisfying. You eat some, and then you want some more. Otherwise folks wouldn’t keep eating a whole bag and then buying more. The dark chocolate variety has a lot going for it with the textures, but the mint is light and reminds me (because I still taste it in my mouth) that I just had some and that I enjoyed them. So no need to keep shoveling them into my maw.

Mars made Premium M&Ms for a while, they were M&Ms without the shell, instead something more like a thick layer of latex paint (okay, it was really just food coloring and edible wax). The flavor that seemed to make it the longest on store shelves was their mint version, and this hard shell variety does emulate that flavor profile quite well.

Last week Mars introduced a new M&Ms character, Ms. Brown. She’s voiced in the current campaign by Vanessa Williams (Ms. Green is voiced by Cree Summer) and characterized as a bit brainy (because she has glasses) and chic. It seems odd that all the M&Ms are “candies of color” in name only, their arms and legs are actually rather pale and lead me to believe they’re Caucasians. None of this has anything to do with Mint Dark Chocolate M&Ms, I was just thinking about it over the weekend.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mints
  2. Marich All Natural Holland Mints & Chocolate Jordan Almonds
  3. Dove Peppermint Bark
  4. Hershey’s York Pieces
  5. Mint Chocolate M&Ms
  6. M&Ms Premiums
  7. 3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate

Name: Dark Chocolate Mint M&Ms
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Target (WeHo)
Price: $3.39
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Candy, Mars, Chocolate, Kosher, M&Ms, Mints, 8-Tasty, United States, Target

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  1. the arm color never made me think they were Caucasian. In fact, I thought Ms. Brown was definitely supposed to be black, and Ms. Green and Yellow may be as well.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 2/07/12 at 7:05 am #
  2. A lot of the local newsstands/bodegas in my neighborhood are now carrying the regular-size bag.

    Comment by Stephanie on 2/07/12 at 8:54 am #
  3. Super Yummy!!

    Comment by Curt Heywood on 2/13/12 at 5:01 pm #
  4. Mint m&m’s out year round, White Chocolate m&m’s returning for Easter - with my two favorite flavors currently available, this a great time to be an m&m’s fan!

    Comment by dan on 2/20/12 at 6:09 pm #
  5. I just bought a 1.5 bag of the mint dark chocolate M&M’s this week (3/12) at Bed Bath & Beyond for 99 cents. They were delicious! They are a bit larger than the regular M&M’s and came with 3 different shades of green. I’d like to find large (bulk) bags as I’m making party favors with them for St. Paddy’s Day. Will check Target, but if anyone knows where else to get large bags, I’d sure appreciate it. Thanks smile

    Comment by Moe on 3/05/12 at 8:41 am #
  6. at first i was kind of spiffy about trying these. but they are yummy.

    Comment by tren on 7/31/12 at 12:12 pm #
  7. Did you ever find them in bulk?

    Comment by lisa on 11/08/12 at 2:27 pm #
  8. I just found these at store, I made 3 separate trips each time getting a new bag. This is the best candy ever! so delicious not like anything else. **I love m& m mini dark chocolate mint, new favorite!

    Comment by kelly on 3/26/13 at 7:27 pm #
  9. I am a mint M&ms; fan.  They are hard to find though.  However I did find them on sale at walgreens last week for 49 cents, and bought all 14 bags…Hope you keep them all year around.  I am not a candy fan, but I am a chocolate mint fan….Love em.

    Comment by stori clement on 8/21/13 at 5:53 pm #
  10. these are great!!

    Comment by Kathy wand on 12/28/13 at 6:04 pm #
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