My favorite part of eating Peanut M&Ms is the gambling aspect of the candy. Will I get a good piece, crunchy then creamy? Or will I get a blackened, rotten peanut, and wonder why I am eating this unreliable candy in the first place? I love chocolate covered peanuts, and adding a candy coating to them, or indeed to anything at all, is seldom a bad idea. Candy-coated lettuce being one such bad idea. I do wish they used dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for the peanut M&Ms. It’s bad enough the chocolate is in a super-thin shell around the nut, giving it a stronger taste by making it darker would only help matters. Yes, I know that dark chocolate peanut M&Ms exist. I guess I’m just wondering why anyone would prefer the original to these good idea in a wrapper. There’s something to be said for familiarity, I suppose. And market saturation.
Peanut M&Ms are another of those candies that I have spent my entire life eating. Unlike Skittles, where the color actually means a difference in taste, in Peanut M&Ms it only serves to add a splash of variety to a candy that hasn’t changed ever. Same ultrathin, crispy candy shell, same tiny padding of chocolate, same softened peanuts in the middle. Biting into the last one in the bag is exactly the same as biting into the first. What I’m trying to convey is how incredibly boring Peanut M&Ms can be. Even eating them in novel ways is discouraged, due to their small size, the hard candy shell making any purchase for the teeth unnecessarily difficult, and the fact that the candy shell crumbles easily, leaving a rainbow of crumbs everywhere in a sweet, melty mess. This is why the roulette aspect becomes so fascinating to me. It’s just enough to shake up the bland predictability. Though I will admit this gamble does not speak well for the candy in question.
In fact, this entire review doesn’t paint this particular candy in a good light. Which isn’t just what I’m trying to convey here. Sure, there are lots of ways that this candy may improve, and numerous issues with it as it currently stands. But it’s still good enough for me to have eaten it for years, long enough to grow bored with it. Despite its many flaws, it’s still a stable, solid candy, which is why it’s still in every single grocery or convenience store I’ve looked for it in. Don’t take this for a recommendation, there are still a lot of finer candies out there. But if you can’t find any of them, you’ll still find Peanut M&Ms. And sometimes, that’s good enough.