One of the best things about M&Ms is that they just keep on smashing it with consistently well-executed new flavors.
By now, we’ve all tried (and fallen in love with) the original, milk chocolate variety; but there are also mini, peanut, peanut butter, almond, crispy, pretzel, coffee nut, and more M&Ms out there, ready to be savored.
And now, for the first time in M&M’s 75-years of history, CNN reports that a caramel filling is breaking in to the M&M scene, and is slated to become a permanent flavor of the M&M family beginning in May 2017.
The new offering will be called M&M’s Caramel, with each bite-sized candy coming filled with a soft and chewy caramel center encased in milk chocolate. Predictably, the chocolate will be coated in a crunchy, colorful shell.
According to the vice president of research and development of Mars Chocolate (M&M’s parent company), Hank Izzo, this new creation has been a long time coming.
"Caramel is extremely trendy,” he told CNN. "It's a $2.2 billion flavor segment and the fastest growing segment in food right now. We want to be part of this category.
"It was a big technological challenge for us," Izzo continued. "We never before had a M&M lentil with a true soft center, so we had to figure out how to not make the chocolate too sticky or too soft that it could collapse."
"Because it is a brand new production, we're still in the process of finishing the manufacturing setup for the caramel M&M's," finished Izzo.
We cannot wait for May of next year, but in the meantime, we’ll just have to satisfy ourselves with watching this mouthwatering preview of the candies below: