Chocolate is a complicated and confusing thing. Take these Peanut M&Ms for instance. M&M’s are quintessentially American, of course. In fact, they were only introduced into the UK in the 1990s. Yet they’re a thoroughly British invention.
During the Spanish Civil War, Forrest Mars saw soldiers eating Smarties, a colourful, flat, spheroid chocolate with a sugar coating to stop it melting in in your hand. Mr. Mars thought this was a great idea and together with Bruce Murrie, they bought the American rights to Smarties.
Only one minor problem – in the US, there was already a candy called Smarties. So Forrest and Bruce did what anyone would do in a similar position – they named the chocolates after themselves. Thus, M&M’s were born.
To complicate things further, in the UK, these Peanut M&M’s were known as Peanut Treets until 1990. We also had Toffee Treets, but I’m fairly sure there have never been “Toffee M&M’s” anywhere.
Fast forward to the present day, and Dom goes into his local shop and buys a small bag of Peanut M&M’s. The main reason for this is that he has reviewed everything else in the shop already. Dom also enjoys talking about himself in the third person, but this has little to do with M&M’s – peanut or otherwise.
Ah yes, nearly forgot. This was meant to be a review, wasn’t it?
To be honest, there’s very little to say about Peanut M&M’s. They’re chocolate coated peanuts with a brightly coloured sugar shell. Simple.
I found the peanuts to be decidedly average in quality. They weren’t bad, but they didn’t have a great deal of flavour and were a little dry. I’ve definitely tasted better nuts.
The chocolate was OK, but there’s so little of it, it’s difficult to make a judgement either way. The sugar coating was crispy. And the colouring came off in my hand, somewhat annoyingly.
Average. That’s the best description I can come up with for these. They’re not bad, but they’re hardly spectacular either.