Post reporter taste-tests the newly released peanut M&M's and reviews them. 

There’s a new election for people to follow, and it doesn’t involve Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Instead, it involves candy.

Mars, Inc. has recently launched the “Vote for Your Favorite Peanut Promotion” to coincide with the presidential election. The promotion is capitalizing on the success of Frito-Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” campaign, which allows consumers to purchase new flavors of potato chips and vote for their favorites.

From now until June, people will be able purchase, taste and vote for one of the four flavors of Peanut M&M’s: Original Peanut, Honey Nut, Coffee Nut and Chili Nut.

Honey, coffee and chili seemed like odd M&M flavors, so I was doubtful that any of the newcomers would outlast the Original Peanut flavor. As a fan of M&M’s (and because I’m a sucker for fun food promotionals), I decided to see for myself if any of the three new flavors were tasty.

Honey Nut


When I opened the bag, my nose was met with a delightful fragrance of honey and chocolate, but this aroma was savagely deceiving.

At first, the Honey Nut M&M's tasted almost identical to Peanut M&M's, but as I continued to eat them, it became obvious that they were sweeter. The best way I can describe it is if somebody spilled way too much sugar into a batch of M&M chocolate. After a few handfuls, the sweetness became incredibly off-putting, and I felt like I wanted to brush my teeth.

The Honey Nut M&M’s were not good. If they weren’t so sugary, maybe they wouldn’t have been so bad, but the overly sweet taste ruined the experience. Those didn’t even come close to the Original Peanut.

Score: 1/5

Coffee Nut


The aroma emitted from the bag was quite nice. It definitely smelled of coffee, but unlike the Honey Nut M&M’s, the candy tasted decent.

When I first popped the M&M into my mouth, I was like, “Whoa, coffee!” As I continued to chew, though, the coffee flavor began to develop into something different: buttered popcorn. Yes, that’s correct, the Coffee Nut M&M’s had an undertone of buttered popcorn flavor.

Even I didn’t necessarily expect to taste buttered popcorn in the coffee flavored M&M’s, I still somewhat enjoyed the candy. The unique flavor was strangely pleasant, and I would consider purchasing those again, but the Original Peanut M&M’s are still better.

Score: 2/5

Chili Nut


The Chili Nut M&M’s were totally unusual. They looked, smelled, and for brief moment, even tasted like ordinary peanut M&M’s.

As I continued chewing, however, the heat from the chili flavoring began to ever-so-slightly creep up on my tongue, and by the time I reached for another handful, my mouth had a distinct spicy aftertaste. It wasn’t too spicy, but the modest burn was noticeable. At first, the sweet to spicy transition seemed odd, but as I continued to eat them, they began to grow on me.

The fiery afterburn from the Chili Nut M&M’s made them rise above the rest. Not only were they the most original, but eating the spicy chocolate candy was unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

Out of the three new flavors, the Chili Nut M&M’s were my favorite. Were they better than Original Peanut, though? Nope. Original Peanut M&M’s for the win!

Score: 3/5


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