Thursday, December 1, 2011

An Intriguing Blend Of Salty And Sweet, The Pretzel M&M’s Are Deliciously addictive!

The Good: Taste good, Awesome mix of salty and sweet flavors, Inexpensive, Decent bulk package
The Bad: Serving size is unfortunately small!
The Basics: Pretzel M&M's surprised me by being such a good snack, even if there aren’t that many in a package!

Lately, it seems that M&M’s chocolate candies have been coming my way and as a natural result, I end up reviewing them. Not very long ago, my wife picked me up a bag of Pretzel M&M’s and I have been waiting for the right time to try them. That time has come now!

The verdict is simple: Pretzel M&M’s chocolate candies are a yummy, weird salty snack . . . and there are not enough of them in a pack!


M&M's Pretzel are now available year-round and are a bagged M&M's product, designed to appeal to all consumers. The 1.4 ounce bag is blue with a picture of an M&M character (Orange) looking nervous about being eaten. Inside, the round chocolates are the standard M&M’s colors: blue, brown, orange, yellow, red and green. The Pretzel flavored M&Ms are a little larger than regular M&M's and more closely resemble malted milk balls. At 5/8” in diameter, each Pretzel M&M’s candy is a thin chocolate M&M’s shell surrounding a pretzel sphere!

Ease Of Preparation

These are candies that have been made by the fine folks at M&M's/Mars and as a result, preparing them is as easy as opening the bag and removing the chocolates and putting them in your mouth. It does not need to be any more complicated than that! M&M's Pretzel come ready-to-eat and require no preparation save removal from the bag.


The Pretzel M&M's smell vaguely chocolatey. The aroma that comes from them is very mild, but it prepares the consumer for a chocolate experience.

Sucking on a Pretzel M&M’s candy is like having pretty much any other M&M’s candy. The hard candy shell protects the center, which in this case is a pretzel bite. What is absolutely incredible is how delicious these are compared to how little chocolate they actually possess! The pretzel is surrounded by a very thin layer of chocolate before giving way to the salty, crunchy pretzel center. The Pretzel M&M’s are delightful and sweet, but have a salty kick that makes them unlike any other M&M or mass-produced chocolate!

Part of what is so delightful about Pretzel M&M’s is that when one has a handful of them and bites through them, they are rewarded with a very different taste experience. When one actually consumes these M&M’s, in bulk, they get a sweet crunchy experience that accents the chocolate flavor! Despite the salty taste of the Pretzel M&M’s, I was astonished by how they did not leave an aftertaste or leave my mouth dry!


Obviously, these are candies and the folks at M&M's/MARS do not intend for consumers to live on them. They are a snack and not an overly nutritious one at that. A serving is considered 1.14 oz. which was less than twenty M&M’s in my bag! With the standard recommended serving size, the candy has only 5 grams of fat! That's 8% of the RDA of fat, with 15% of the RDA coming from the three grams of saturated fat! While there is 2% of the RDA of calcium and two grams of protein, there is no denying that this candy is not good for you and one ought to use it as a dessert occasionally, salty snack frequently and not ever as a meal .

The lack of health benefits ought to be obvious from the ingredients list, which includes a bunch of artificial colors and dyes. Even so, the main ingredients are milk chocolate, pretzel and salt. These are made on machines which may also work on peanuts and almonds, so those with allergies are duly warned.


Just as with the preparation, M&M's Pretzel candies are low stress when it comes to storage and cleanup. Storage is simple when the candies are kept in their bag at room temperature or cooler. Kept cool and out of direct sunlight, these confections have an indefinite shelf life (there is a production code, but no expiration date on my package). Resealed properly and kept cool, they ought to remain good.

M& M's were made famous by the catchphrase "melts in your mouth, not in your hands" and the M& M's Pretzel seem to live up to that. As a result, they should not require any cleanup as they are very clean to eat. However, should one melt clothing one is wearing, consult a fabric guide for what removes chocolate from that type of garment. Otherwise, melted Pretzel M&M's should wipe right off non-porous surfaces with a warm, wet cloth.


Pretzel M&M's may well be one of my new, favorite salty snacks. The chocolate flavor is hardly rich enough to bowl me over into considering these as a legitimate sweet snack, which makes them a nice divergence from the standard M&M’s. In fact, the biggest complaint I have after opening my bag of Pretzel M&M’s is that there were nowhere near enough to leave me satisfied!

For other M&M’s candy reviews, please visit my takes on:
M&M's White Chocolate Candy Corn
Coconut M&M's
M&M's Premiums Mint Chocolate


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