There exists a candy category called “junk drawer candy.” This category refers to treats you might find expired and long forgotten, in the dusty corner of a cluttered snack pantry. Junk drawer candy is also found in that black hole of a drawer; the one that serves as a hidden catch-all, including rubber bands, unidentifiable cords, 3D glasses, expired coupons.
Junk drawer candy includes a divisive variety; there will always be a certain someone (or someones) defending candy corn, white chocolate bark, candy canes, gelatin-based “salads” and peanut brittle.
Peanut brittle, a concrete slab of a candy capable of chipping molars and sticking semi-permanently to the insides of your mouth, isn’t all that bad anymore … that is, when you’re eating it as M&M’s.
Peanut Brittle M&M’s have made their way onto shelves in time for the holiday season, and word in the junk food aisle is that they’re actually pretty tasty. Pictured below, M&M’s latest holiday flavor found at Target featuring one frozen “Yellow” wearing a Santa hat and not much else to keep frostbite from reaching his peanuts.
Avid food blogger Junk Banter also spotted M&M’s latest holiday candy flavor and was taken aback by the surprisingly delicious side to an otherwise “junk drawer candy.” “Nutty, slightly caramelized, roasty, and other words that I can make up on the spot. Very crunchly,” the food blogger wrote.
As Junk Banter pointed out, the M&M’s are not actual brittle but taste much different from regular Peanut M&M’s: “The sweetness in Peanut Brrr-ittle M&M’s is a deeper, darker one like brown sugar,” he wrote, noting the likeness to Pecan Pie M&M’s.
“Junk Male” had his own peanut brittle reservations, as we did too, but he chalked up the brittle candy’s crummy reputation to “improper footing,” which is arguably true. According to the blogger, brittle was invented in the 1890s by way of careless candy-making or lack of bifocals. Brittle lady had confused baking soda for cream of tartar in a recipe for taffy. Wrong footing, indeed. Peanut Brittle M&M’s are definitely worth a shot.