[3-Pack Review] Chili Nut, Coffee Nut, and Honey Nut Peanut M&Ms

Well everyone, it’s officially election season. Mars is celebrating by holding its own vote for the next flavor of Peanut M&M. The three new contenders are Chili Nut, Coffee Nut, and Honey Nut.

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Interestingly, the voting page on Facebook (super official) also includes the original Peanut variety, meaning we might be inaugurating a brand new M&M this summer. Let’s take a look at the candidates.

First up, the radical one: Chili Nut.

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This seems to be the one that most people are skeptical about. Besides the fact that “heat” and chocolate isn’t a go-to combination for everyone, M&Ms are made to be eaten by the hundreds (right?), and who wants to mindlessly eat spicy junk food? Three words, haters: Flamin’. Hot. Cheetos.

I couldn’t help but smirk when I first bit into the Chili Nut M&M. It tasted exactly like a plain Peanut M&M. Then, the more I chewed, this intense wave of heat sucker-punched me right in the back of my throat. These things are the candy equivalent of those trick birthday candles your parents buy just to get a cheap laugh at your expense. You think they’re going to be a good time, and then they just end up pissing you off. I thought these Chili Nut M&Ms were okay–definitely a good amount of heat, but there’s not much going for them in terms of flavor. Sorry, Chili Nut…there’s always the next election.

Item: Chili Nut M&Ms
Overall Score: 5 out of 10

Next on the ballot is Coffee Nut.

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There’s no coffee aroma emanating from these M&Ms, which was a bit worrisome. How could I trust this Coffee Nut guy if he didn’t even smell like coffee? I should probably check his paperwork to make sure he’s not a phony.

After biting into a Coffee Nut M&M, all of my concerns went away. These M&Ms have a great coffee taste right off the bat, which gets even stronger as you eat them. If you like coffee, you’ll love these Coffee Nut M&Ms (but be warned–if you’re not a coffee drinker, these may be too much for you). The full flavor of a cup of joe is all here: the bold coffee taste, the depth of flavor from the peanut, and even a “cream and sugar” flavor from the candy exterior. The chocolate layer mixed in well, too. I like you, Coffee Nut, but I’m not ready to put your bumper sticker on my car quite yet.

Item: Coffee Nut M&Ms
Overall Score: 8 out of 10

Finally, we have Honey Nut.

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This is easily the most moderate candidate of the three. I really wasn’t convinced that it would noticeably differ from original Peanut M&Ms, but when I opened the bag, I picked up a slight honey aroma. Maybe these would be different from the Peanut we’ve had for the last 62 years after all (apparently M&Ms don’t have term limits).

These Honey Nut M&Ms have an immediately distinguishable honey flavor. In an odd way, the honey seemed to bring out a deeper peanut flavor in the M&M. This subtle difference essentially made it taste like a fuller-flavored Peanut M&M, which is by no means a bad thing. The taste of the honey, while noticeable, is still tame enough that these Honey Nut M&Ms could be snacked on in larger quantities, and it actually provides a boldness that original Peanut M&Ms lack. Coffee Nut put up a good fight, but Honey Nut ultimately gets my vote.

Item: Honey Nut M&Ms
Overall Score: 9 out of 10
Our friends at Junk Banter also reviewed these M&Ms flavors. Check it out!

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All packages were purchased at Walgreens for $1.29 each. Each pack is 1.74 ounces.

Chili Nut M&Ms nutritional information (serving size-1 pack): 250 calories, 120 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.

Coffee Nut M&Ms nutritional information (serving size-1 pack): 250 calories, 120 calories from fat, 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.

Honey Nut M&Ms nutritional information (serving size-1 pack): 250 calories, 120 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.

 

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    1. Thanks! My personal favorite M&M flavors are either Peanut or Peanut Butter (I prefer those to Reese’s Pieces), but I’ll admit I haven’t had the recent limited edition flavors. Having said that, I would say Coffee Nut could be a nice complement to the existing Peanut flavor, and Honey Nut could even replace it entirely.

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