Monday, November 19, 2012

M&Ms White Chocolate Peppermint

M&Ms White Chocolate PeppermintLast year M&Ms introduced the first of their White Chocolate holiday M&Ms for Halloween called Candy Corn. Then earlier this year for Easter came the plain White Chocolate M&Ms in pastel colors. Proving that the Candy Corn was no fluke, the returned again this year. For Christmas this year we have the M&Ms White Chocolate Peppermint which are available exclusively at Target this season. (WalMart has another exclusive flavor, Milk Chocolate Orange M&Ms.)

I don’t know if they come in individual portion bags, the only size I saw at Target, in a large display on an endcap in the seasonal section was this 9 ounce bag. The design prominently features the Red M&M and a mostly red and white design (except for the brown of the M&Ms logo and the nutritional widget).

M&Ms White Chocolate Peppermint

The pieces are larger than regular Milk Chocolate M&Ms, like all the other special flavor varieties. I’m not sure why they’re beefier, but they’re consistently that way. They’re made with real white chocolate, it’s the first ingredient on the package (made from sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, milk fat, soy lecithin, salt and natural flavor). In this price range, it’s not easy to find real white chocolate, so that’s a big plus.

M&Ms White Chocolate Peppermint

I’ve noticed from the comments here that some people are not fond of Mars style of white chocolate. It’s quite fatty, with a lot of cocoa butter in it (and probably a fair bit of milkfat) and has a pretty clean flavor but can be a little greasy. They’re high in calories - a single ounce contains about 157 calories, more than standard chocolate which is usually about 135.

They’re sweet but not sticky or cloying. The mint is strong enough to leave a fresh taste in the mouth, but not so much that it blasts my sinuses. The overall effect is like Guittard Smooth n Melty Mints, those pastel drops with nonpareils on the bottom of them. Except these are made from real white chocolate, even Hershey’s abandoned real white chocolate in their Candy Cane Kisses years ago. I liked that most of mine were white, with only about a third of them red. The red had a little bitterness to the shell from the Red 40 food coloring, so I was able to mostly avoid them. I think it’s a solid product and I’d like to see it return next year. (But I’m still hoping for Egg Nog M&Ms.)

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Name: White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $2.89
Size: 9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Mars, Kosher, M&Ms, Mints, White Chocolate, 9-Yummy, United States, Target

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  1. I’m going to have to try the orange ones! I love orange and chocolate.

    Comment by Amy on 11/19/12 at 5:32 pm #
  2. I like these a lot (and I also said to my brother that they tasted like melty mints!). The orange ones from wal-mart are also pretty good, with a natural orange flavor.  Big thumbs up to M&M/Mars on these!

    Comment by Ruffy on 11/19/12 at 6:31 pm #
  3. Can’t wait to try these!  LOVE white chocolate!!

    Comment by Sal on 11/19/12 at 8:31 pm #
  4. I purchased the peppermint m&m’s today at the Target in Thousand Oaks, they are so good. I love them.

    Comment by amyb24 on 11/19/12 at 8:58 pm #
  5. I bought a bag of these today - I had no idea they were a Target exclusive!  I’m trying to hold out until closer to Christmas, but with your excellent review I don’t see these lasting until the weekend…

    Comment by Jane on 11/20/12 at 3:35 pm #
  6. Do you have any idea if/when/where these will be sold in the UK? They sound fantastic and I am having crazy holiday-junk-food cravings. I’m an American living in Edinburgh so this is nothing new, but if you have any information on when they would be available I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

    Comment by Bee on 11/20/12 at 6:24 pm #
  7. These are HANDS DOWN the BEST M&Ms; I have EVER had!! Love them! Went back to get more. Didn’t know they were just at Target. Couldn’t find anywhere (even target) and an employee at target told me I would have to spend the night camped out in front of the store and run to the candy aisle if I wanted to get anymore. :(

    Comment by Chelcie on 11/20/12 at 7:33 pm #
  8. Tried them today and they are fantastic!

    Comment by Sal on 12/01/12 at 11:34 pm #
  9. I want the Peppermint ones but having a terrible time getting them. WHY the HELL do they put out great stuff and then not have enough of it? I had a bad time at Halloween finding the Candy Corn ones and I could eat those ALL YEAR.. went back when they were on sale and bought all I could get for 2.79 on SALE..wasn’t discounted much at all.At least the Candy Corn ones were found in different stores. The products are great but just not enough of them.

    Comment by CDEE on 12/07/12 at 6:25 pm #
  10. The white peppermint would also be great for Valentine’s Day.  In fact I would eat them all year.

    Comment by Snowy on 3/04/16 at 8:06 am #
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