The 'Raspberry Almond' variant aside my experience of the M&M's Premiums range has so far been resoundingly positive. With two variants left to try I will admit that I had been saving them both until last as they appealed to me the most. Today courtesy once more of **I SHOP 4 YOU 2** I gave the 'Chocolate Almond' variant a run through the ChocolateMission rating system.
By now I think we all get the picture that I am continually impressed with the aesthetic looks of the range. This particular variant was coloured with a stunning marine blue marble effect. The nuts and milk chocolate layers were consistently large and thick - very impressive. The 170.0g packet released a wonderful smell once opened. Distinct, forthcoming chocolaty nutty scents immediately let their presence known, presenting a very indicative insight in to the taste.
As with all the other variants the crispy shells of standard M&Ms were not present here. The outer coatings melted at a nice rate revealing the thick layer of milk chocolate. The chocolate was sweet and milky in it's flavour and had a silky smooth melt. The standard of the milk chocolate was by no means of the highest order but it did it's job well and provided a nice creamy, sweetness before the more savoury roasted flavours of the nuts. The almonds that sat at the heart of each M&M were consistent in both their size and freshness - they were all largish and brilliantly crunchy. Aside from adding a nice contrastive texture they also added a superb buttery, nutty taste that was long lasting, fulfilling and highly enjoyable.
Overall I am happy to be able to convey the message that Mars didn't completely screw up their 'Almond Premiums'. These 'Chocolate Almond' M&M's more than made up for the truly terrible 'Raspberry Almond' variant, and delivered on several levels. They looked, smelt and tasted fantastic ... you can't really ask for much more. I would be very hard pushed to pick a favourite between these and the 'Triple Chocolate' variant .... so I'm not going to :) ... not until I try the last 'Mocha' variant anyway. The original M&M's Almond were good ... these are even better, highly recommended.
8.5 out of 10
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