- I tried 24 kinds of M&M candies, including five bars, and ranked them from worst to best.
- White-chocolate peanut M&Ms, mint M&Ms made with dark chocolate, and orange vanilla creme M&Ms were some of my least favourite flavours.
- Many variations of peanut M&Ms earned a place toward the top of the list.
- Overall, peanut-butter M&Ms were my favourite, since each candy had a perfect blend of peanut butter, chocolate, and candy shell.
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Since they were introduced in 1941, M&Ms have become an iconic candy with quite a range.
When peanut M&Ms came out in 1954, Mars could’ve called it a day, kicked back, and lit cigars rolled with $US100 bills in an office made of tempered chocolate.
Instead, the company continued to innovate new flavours and varieties. And so, I decided to try a bunch of them to see how they stacked up.
As a writer for Insider, I was sent 24 different M&M candies to review from Mars Wrigley. Although the packages were free for review purposes, a typical sharing-size bag can cost around $US3, a party bag can cost around $US10, and a bar can cost $US2.
Keep reading to see my first impressions and review of all 24 M&M candies, which I’ve ranked from worst to best.
I am not optimistic about white-chocolate peanut M&Ms.
First impression: I’m curious about who set the market for these. Who keeps asking for white-chocolate anything? I don’t get it, and I don’t like it.
If Mars ruins the near-perfect peanut M&M with this chocolate impersonator, I will be upset.
I am just as disappointed by these as I thought I’d be.
Review: These had an odd taste and I didn’t enjoy these at all.
How did Mars ruin a peanut M&M? They’re so good that it just doesn’t seem possible. If you like white chocolate, you may enjoy these, but it’s hard for me to say.
For me, the worst part is that these look like a regular peanut M&M, like some sort of wolf in candy coating.
Mint M&Ms made with dark chocolate don’t seem to have very high potential.
First impression: I really don’t have very high hopes for these. Don’t get me wrong, mint and chocolate can be great, but that’s why I’m nervous.
If these were that amazing, I think they’d be famous by now and right up there with the York Peppermint Patty.
Ultimately, these candies smell extremely minty, but I don’t buy it.
These were quite mediocre.
Review: These reminded me of the candies you get when you pay the check at some restaurants.
You think they’re going to be mints, but then they’re actually a minty sort of chocolate that leaves you thinking, “This isn’t the worst thing, but I could’ve gone without trying it.”
I struggled to approach orange vanilla creme M&Ms with an open mind.
First impression: Man, I just don’t know about this flavour. It has the same weird appeal as sticking your hand into a dark, rocky crevice. I know nothing good can come of it, but there’s still a bizarre pull to try it.
Orange isn’t my favourite flavour but, more than that, these are made with white chocolate, which I already mentioned my passionate dislike for.
These were not exactly good, but they were kind of fun to eat.
Review: These were really good and tasted like an orange ice pop … until I got to the white chocolate. The texture of these is a bit odd, too, which threw me off.
Still, they weren’t my least favourite since I think these have a genuinely interesting flavour and I support taking chances like this.
In theory, hazelnut-spread M&Ms should be the best thing ever.
First impression: Unfortunately, I have a hazelnut allergy, so I had a guest tester try the hazelnut M&Ms for me and relay their thoughts. I’m ready for them to be blown away, though, because these sound pretty tasty.
First impression from Guest Taster: “I’m thinking these will be sweet, rich, and nutty, like hazelnut spread in a small chocolate shell. They should have a luscious texture in the centre, kind of like the peanut-butter M&Ms. I’m excited to try these.”
These did not live up to their high expectations.
Review fromGuest Taster: “I didn’t like these as much as I thought I would. For starters, the filling is nothing like the mainstream hazelnut spreads that I’m used to – it’s way too sweet, and not nearly as luscious as it should be. Also, I got no hazelnut notes whatsoever. These taste nothing like hazelnut, and just like too much sugar.”
The fudge brownie M&M seems pretty indulgent.
First impression: The concept of these sounds pretty great since I like fudge brownies and I love M&Ms – but why would I need both at once?
These were OK, but I can’t see myself shoveling handfuls of them into my mouth.
Review: These are good, but not extraordinary. Because these are so chocolaty, I couldn’t see myself “accidentally” eating a whole big bag, which is honestly something I want in an M&M.
Eating these feels like the equivalent of trying to speed read a Charles Dickens novel – not ideal, just too dense.
I think these would be better in an ice-cream sundae to help break up the heaviness a bit.
I don’t think I’m the target audience for the red, white, and blue mix of milk-chocolate M&Ms.
First impression: M&Ms come in white. Cool. Don’t let it fool you, though. This is basically just two of the five classic M&M colours with white added.
Unsurprisingly, these just like regular M&Ms.
Review: If you grab a handful of these at a Fourth of July party in the dark, you won’t know what colour they are because they taste the same as the regular M&Ms, so who cares.
Besides, I’m not feeling very patriotic lately so I can’t really put these too high on the list.
I already know that I’ll like the red, white, and blue mix of peanut M&Ms more.
First impression: Pretty much the same as with the other red, white, and blue mix, except I love peanuts.
These were good, but more on peanut M&Ms later.
Review: I will leave my thoughts on this for the later entry on the classic peanut M&Ms. Stay tuned.
Just know that these did not earn any favour for their patriotic colouring.
I couldn’t decide how I felt about the English toffee peanut M&Ms.
First impression: I was sceptical, but then I opened up the bag and got a whiff. These M&Ms smelled almost like maple syrup – as if someone was tapping a tree in front of me.
This flavour won the Flavour Vote in 2019, meaning fans chose this variety out of a few others to become part of Mars’ typical lineup. Let’s see if my taste buds align with the masses.
The flavour had a lot of potential but ultimately didn’t succeed.
Review: I liked these, but there was just too much going on.
The toffee smell was more potent than the toffee taste, and that only took away from the peanut.
It was like trying to listen to the unmixed version of your favourite album or watching a movie that hasn’t been colour corrected. They’re nice and you see where they’re going, but they’re not there yet.
Due to my previous experience with the mint candies, I was wary about M&M’s crispy mint and Minis milk-chocolate candy bar.
First impression: I’m just not sure about this one. I’m really not sold on the mint aspect, and if there’s a lot of it in the chocolate, I don’t think it will be for me.
Crisps and M&M Minis are great, but I just don’t know if that can carry this bar.
The crisped rice actually took this bar to another level.
Review: I actually enjoyed this bar a whole lot more than the regular mint candies.
The crisped rice was delicious, and it cut the flavour well. This tasted sort of like somebody melted down a bunch of mint chocolate chip ice cream and then just collected the chips.
Do with that what you will.
I don’t think dark-chocolate M&Ms will be as good as the original kind
First impression: I like dark chocolate, but it’s not my favourite. Maybe it’s just because I was raised by a woman who would sometimes buy cacao beans and just snack on those. Milk chocolate was a treat, so I always gravitate toward it.
With that said, I respect the classy direction that Mars is taking here, and have decently high expectations.
The chocolate was good, but ultimately these were too heavy.
Review: I think for true fans of dark chocolate, these are a great choice.
The chocolate itself was decent quality, which was a pleasant surprise. For me, though, these were too heavy to eat too many at a time.
Caramel M&Ms have so much potential.
First impression: A few years ago, I remember being really excited to try these before a movie.
I snuck them into the theatre and was so unimpressed by them that I almost went out and bought a different candy from the concessions stand.
That’s not to say they were bad, but this could be such a good flavour with the right caramel, and Mars kind of missed the mark.
These are pretty tasty, but I think they could be better.
Review: This might be a “hot take,” but I don’t really think chocolate is the best complement to caramel. They’re both too savoury, and I prefer a contrast.
With that said, these are decent, but the flavours overpower each other. I can’t enjoy the caramel or chocolate as much as I’d like.
M&M Minis are fun and small.
First impression: These are the original, milk-chocolate candy but smaller. On the one hand, they’re so small and cute.
On the other, why would I want less M&M in every bite when I could have more?
The Minis have the potential to make quite a mess, which lowers their score in my eyes.
Review: It’s satisfying to eat a bunch of these at once, but they also scatter pretty easily.
After reaching an age where keeping a clean house is important to me, that’s annoying. These are fun to eat when they cross my path, but not my favourite.
Can dark-chocolate peanut M&Ms be better than the original peanut ones?
First impression: The dark chocolate could improve an already excellent combination, or it could overpower things the way it does for the regular cacao.
I also want to know why this bag of dark-chocolate M&Ms is 49% cacao and the other is 50%. Did the peanuts force a percentage of the cacao out? Or is this some sort of magic recipe?
These were very good, but ultimately they couldn’t top the original peanut M&Ms.
Review: These were very good, but I’m comparing them to the original peanut M&Ms, and they weren’t better than those.
The M&Ms Minis milk-chocolate candy bar could be, dare I say, too much chocolate
First Impression: Personally, I’m afraid that this combination of chocolate and Minis may compromise the integrity of the M&M.
Milk chocolate is excellent – but, on its own, an M&M achieves a balance that I don’t want to mess with.
It’s delicious, but it doesn’t feel like there are enough M&Ms here.
Review: Delicious, but it doesn’t have the full impact of an M&M.
It just tastes like great chocolate to me with a little bit of crunch from the Minis. If you want a chocolate bar, I recommend this. If you’re craving an M&M, have something else.
The M&M Minis and almonds milk-chocolate candy bar sounds incredible.
First impression: I think I’m going to like this one. As far as I’m concerned, there has never been a bad chocolate and almond combination.
I also think the Minis are going to nicely tie all of the flavours and textures together.
This bar was great, but I felt cheated by the lack of almonds.
Review: It’s delicious, but I’d like some more almonds – this bar just had a few slivers. I felt a little bit cheated in that respect.
It was like watching most Philip Seymour Hoffman movies. The guy was so good, why couldn’t Paul Thomas Anderson have given him like two more scenes?
I think these Crispy M&Ms are going to be fantastic.
First impression: I think crunchy candy bars are highly underrated and believe these will be, too.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the crunch works with the shell. I could see there being too much somehow.
Also, how does Mars do it? Is it just more puffed or crisped rice?
Even though these weren’t my favourite, they were probably the most fun to eat.
Review: These are really fun to eat, and they kind of taste like the chocolate rice-cereal treats.
Even though these are great, they’re more fun to eat than they are to taste. There are just too many crunchy bits for me to rank them higher.
I already know I like the classic, milk-chocolate M&Ms.
First impression: How funny would it be if I’d never tried M&Ms before?
These are delicious and it’s easy to eat a lot of them at once.
Review: This is just a great candy, and I can eat the whole bag before realising that I opened it.
The way the milk chocolate works with the candy shell is superb – the crunch is part of the experience. It’s a complete classic that launched an empire.
I’m excited for this M&M’s Minis and crisp rice milk-chocolate candy bar.
First impression: I feel I always enjoy the crisp rice, and this candy bar seems like a good place for the Minis.
This bar achieves optimal levels of crunchiness.
Review: This bar was excellent. The Minis really added just a little extra crunch to the rice, which was even better than crispy M&Ms.
Also, can I just say that M&M’s milk chocolate is severely underrated? I think it ranks up there with Ghirardelli and Hershey’s.
Almond M&Ms are incredibly underrated.
First impression: Unlike the mint-flavored M&Ms, I could see these being a well-kept secret.
Almonds just feel more expensive than peanuts, and I could imagine how Mars wouldn’t want people to get hooked.
Anyway, I’m a big fan of almonds, and I’m a big fan of M&Ms.
These are great, but they might benefit from the addition of a coconut flavour.
Review: These are excellent, and they reminded me of one of my favourite coconut-almond candy bars. Maybe almond M&Ms would be better with a touch of coconut.
That aside, the chocolate-covered almond with a nice, candy shell is a great combination, and you can’t go wrong if you come across these.
They also just taste high-class. For some reason, eating them makes me feel like I’m in a knockoff pistachio commercial.
I’m positive the bar with Minis and peanuts is going to be great.
First impression: I think the peanuts are going to be really good in this chocolate because I already know that peanuts are really delicious in chocolate.
… And it was.
Review: This was pretty darn delicious. There was more peanut here than there was almond in the almond bar, which I enjoyed.
That said, the peanut-to-M&M ratio isn’t as ideal as if I were to just eat peanut M&Ms.
In theory, Mega peanut M&Ms should be bigger and better than the regular-sized ones.
First impression: I’ve never wanted less candy, so I’m excited about these.
These didn’t quite live up to my high expectations.
Review: I still like the classic peanut M&M a little better since it has the perfect amount of peanut and chocolate.
Some of these candies just have too much peanut.
I love Pretzel M&Ms, but pretzel can be difficult to get right in a candy.
First impression: Pretzel and chocolate is a great combination, and there’s something to be said about the classics.
I remember liking these every time I’ve had them, but I also know that pretzel is kind of hard to get right when it comes to snacks.
I’m convinced this is the best pretzel-based candy in the world.
Review: This is how you nail a pretzel in candy. The pretzel bit is a tiny bit dry but the chocolate moistens it up. These have the perfect ratio of sweet and salty.
Peanut M&Ms are what you’d call a classic.
First impression: This is my go-to when I buy M&Ms. I’m not sure if it’s because having a peanut makes me feel healthier, or more full, or if I just like the taste better.
There’s just something about this particular combination that’s undeniably delicious.
Review: It’s almost an obsession to keep popping these in my mouth. The shell works great with the peanut because it adds an extra crunch.
The peanuts themselves seem to be unseasoned, which I never thought I’d prefer, but it really helps highlight the incredible candy and chocolate flavours.
Peanut-butter M&Ms sound dreamy and like they simply have to be good.
First impression: Peanut butter and chocolate? A combination that can’t lose – unless you’re a dog who can’t eat the latter.
I love everything peanut butter so I have incredibly high expectations for this one.
These were so smooth that they made me want to go dancing.
Review: There’s just a little dollop – the perfect amount – of peanut butter in each M&M.
First, you get hit with the chocolate, and you go, “Oh, that’s good.”
Next, you get hit with the peanut butter, and you go, “Oh, that’s really good.”
Then, you’re left saying, “Man, that was great. I’d like another.” And repeat.
I can’t believe this flavour isn’t more popular and that I haven’t seen these in more grocery stores and vending machines.