REVIEW: Holiday Mint M&M’s

I’ve finally accepted it. Pumpkin spice has officially been pronounced dead. Once a Thanksgiving superstar, I recently saw all of the pumpkin spice products moved to an end cap adjacent to toilet paper, of all things, with the word “CLEARANCE” mounted above them. I lowered my head, shed a tear from my eye, and paid my respects to pumpkin spice before Thanksgiving even arrived. I got over it pretty quickly when I got to the next end cap filled with a bunch of peppermint crap for me to grieve with. Peppermint = Christmas (!), and my love for the Holidays can get me through anything. Even if you don’t care for peppermint, you should be joyous and merry because it signals a season full of friends, family, probably some alcohol, and constant anxiety over what gifts to get all of these idiots for the holidays.

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Holiday Mint M&Ms are not a new product. They were introduced back in 2013 as a seasonal variety and have reappeared every year since. Let’s begin by clearing any confusion in the marketplace. You might be aware that Mint M&M’s (green bag) exist year-round. Those M&M’s are made with dark chocolate. You may have also encountered White Peppermint M&Ms, which are made with white chocolate. These Holiday Mint M&M’s are differentiated from those two by the use of milk chocolate and a color palette that will have you singing “Jingle Bells” (or the Hanukkah Song) to your dog involuntarily.

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Holiday Mint M&M’s are larger than your standard M&M, making them a great way to ensure you put on as much weight as possible before you begin your New Year’s Resolution to drop some weight. Munching on a few, I’m immediately impressed by something. If you ask any notable food blogger (anyone but me), you will often hear that limited edition M&M varieties fall flat because the chocolate base overpowers whatever the advertised flavor is. Not the case with these Holiday Mint M&M’s. These are peppermint city. The mint flavor isn’t too different than your standard red & white peppermint hard candy, so you must be a fan of those candies as a prerequisite to enjoying these Holiday Mint M&Ms’s.

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I will say this. The peppermint is so huge that the flavor profile lands firmly on peppermint without a poignant chocolate node. My first bite had what felt like the right dosage of chocolate, but the peppermint builds as you eat more until the chocolate is almost absent. In that sense, they have the polar opposite issue that other limited edition M&M varieties have. But you know what? It does work. The milk chocolate makes the peppermint more creamy and more snackable than rival peppermint candies. I enjoyed these more than I thought I would, but I didn’t find myself wanting to eat a whole lot. Probably for the best. But I know just what to do with any leftovers. The next time I go to the bar, I might just stuff my pockets full of Holiday Mint M&Ms in case I end up kissing anyone.

How Many People Will Want to Kiss Me At the Bar Rating: 1 out of 10
Especially After I Mention My Junk Food Blog Rating: 0 out of 10
Overall Rating: 6.5 out of 10

 

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