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Candy Review: M&M’s Speck-tacular Eggs

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Speck-tacular Eggs

One of the all-time favorite Easter candies is also one of the simplest: a solid chocolate egg, coated, M&M’s-style, in a crisp candy coating. And, as is so often the case, it’s that deceptive simplicity that makes the Mini Egg so hard to duplicate: the subtle, yet unique flavors of the chocolate and shell are so integral to the Mini Egg experience that no other brand can quite capture it. Not that that’s stopped them from trying, though. In addition to Hershey’s Eggies and various no-name brands, Mini Eggs now have yet another imitator: M&M’s Speck-tacular Eggs.

In addition to that not-so “speck-tacular” pun in the name, there’s definitely something ironic about M&M’s competing with a product that is, in a roundabout way, a rip-off of M&M’s. It’s like when The Simpsons got more raunchy in order to compete with Family Guy, which itself started as a rip-off of The Simpsons… anyhoo, moving along….

The bag design is a little odd, with its tiny M&M’s logo and the name of the product printed even smaller than that. The yellow banner advertising M&M’s “Join the Hunt” contest is bigger and more eye-catching than the logo. What’s more important here? And I had to look at Red and Yellow there for a few minutes before I realized that they were coming out of an Easter bunny suit, and Yellow wasn’t just randomly carrying around a severed Easter bunny head. At least the eggs on the bag are printed nice and big, so there’s no doubt about the package contents.

When you open the bag, you get that instantly familiar M&M’s scent. The eggs themselves are pretty hefty, bigger than a Mini Egg, with a glossy M&M’s-style coat rather than a Mini Egg’s matte finish. The promised speckles are there, as well as the familiar “m,” if in blue rather than white. Other than their bright Easter colors, they look suspiciously like peanut or almond M&M’s, only minus the nut. (I wonder who the genius was who realized that if you make peanut M&M’s without the peanuts, you get an instant Easter egg?)

They taste, unsurprisingly, like giant M&M’s – bigger, more chocolate, and a thicker, crunchier candy shell. A single one is as filling as eating a bunch of the little ones. But in the end, these are still just M&M’s, no matter what shape they are, and you can buy M&M’s all year round. I like these well enough, but when it’s July and I’m jonesing for Easter chocolates, it’ll still be Mini Eggs I’m craving.

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