Monday, December 7, 2015

M&Ms Cafe Mocha

M&Ms MochaTarget’s newest seasonal edition of M&Ms is a rather nonseasonal but welcome classic: M&Ms Milk Chocolate Cafe Mocha.

They’re far more expensive than regular M&Ms. At Target they were on sale 2 bags for $6, but the regular varieties were larger bags. Milk Chocolate M&Ms come in an 11.4 ounce bags. For Halloween picked up the Pumpkin Spice Latte in a 9.9 ounce bag. The same is true for the returning Peppermint White Chocolate M&Ms, they’re now in an 8 ounce bag.

M&Ms Mocha

They’re larger than standard M&Ms, basically puffier. If you eat them carefully by cleaving them in half you can tell that the milk chocolate center is created in two layers. It’s like they took a regular M&M and then gave it another chocolate coating and then a candy shell. I’m not sure why the Limited Edition flavors are all this shape, but they are. It’s interesting to note that the Walmart exclusive flavor of Hot Chocolate M&Ms does have a different center. I have to wonder if this is because the manufacturing process is re-purposed from the failed M&Ms Premiums line from 2008.

The shells are green or red. My bag contained mostly green, it was tough to find reds to populate the photos, they’re less than a third of the package. There’s no actual coffee listed in the ingredients.

M&Ms Mocha

They don’t smell like much in the bag, a little less like chocolate but not fully like coffee. The bite is not at all soft, the chocolate is a little chalky and fudgy. The melt gives off a lot of sweetness and a little note of bitterness at first as well as a good whiff of coffee. The chocolate is okay, not great but the bitterness of the coffee notes, the roasted and woodsy aspects kind of cover for the milk flavors. It’s not really a latte flavor, its more of a coffee with milk and cocoa. It might have been fun to see them try this with a dark chocolate, but I’m patient. This is their first try at coffee M&Ms since the Premiums line. (And there will be another version of coffee and peanuts next spring.)

Mars does a great job with their coffee flavors, it’s well rounded without too much of a fake flavor note to it (like some other buttery things they’ve done). I’d love to see these come back as a seasonal tradition, but at all stores. I’ll pick up more bags soon, just in case they don’t.

Related Candies

  1. Milk Chocolate M&Ms Pumpkin Spice Latte
  2. Russell Stover Big Bite Coffee
  3. Dove Mocha Latte & Dark Chocolate Swirl Promises
  4. Ritter Sport Coffee and Hazelnuts (Winter Edition)
  5. Lindt Hello Coffee Blast (Limited Edition)
  6. Meiji Corot & CoffeeBeat
  7. Javaz - Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
  8. M&Ms Premiums
  9. KitKat Mocha

Name: M&Ms Cafe Mocha
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $3.00
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Mars, Chocolate, Coffee, M&Ms, 8-Tasty, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:13 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChristmasMarsChocolateCoffeeM&Ms8-TastyUnited StatesTarget

  1. Hi Cybele,
    Do you know if the hot chocolate M&Ms; are a Wal-Mart exclusive?  I went to WalMart after reading The Impulsive Buy link, and I couldn’t find any.  Any thoughts?

    Comment by Makai on 12/09/15 at 1:56 pm #
  2. pretty sure the hot cocoa m&ms; are wal-mart exclusive, like the mocha m&ms; are target exclusive.  if the wal-marts around here are any indication, the hot cocoa m&ms; are tucked in a single box on the bottom shelf, definitely no fanfare

    Comment by Ruffy on 12/10/15 at 3:08 pm #
  3. Thnx Ruffy!

    Comment by Makai on 12/10/15 at 5:00 pm #
  4. They do the chocolate coating over the normal M&M center so they don’t have to make many different (or “lentil”) flavors! It’s much easier to flavor a tank of chocolate for panning and wash it out between batches than to do the same for the molded lentil centers process.

    What’s different about the Walmart Hot Chocolate centers from the centers of the other special seasonal flavors? I don’t think I tried the Hot Chocolate ones.

    Comment by Ginny on 12/18/15 at 1:02 pm #
  5. These reminded me of eating the chocolate off a chocolate-covered coffee bean. It had that harsh, raw bean flavor instead of brewed coffee. Fairly disappointing.

    Comment by Sheila on 1/03/16 at 1:38 pm #
  6. I truly addicted to these, hope I don’t have to wait until xmas to have them again

    Comment by Gina on 1/23/16 at 4:02 pm #
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