A couple of months ago, a fellow violist brought the fanciest and most delicious M&Ms to a concert for viola chocolate. In our viola section, there is almost always at least one person with a chocolate stash on hand for when things get a little rough or for when things sound great and we want to celebrate. It's always a good time for chocolate on our side of the stage, and it's gotten to the point where several of us try very hard to bring in chocolate that is so new and different that no one else has ever seen or tasted it before. On one occasion, I came to work with a bar of Bacon Chocolate (interesting, but not so delicious) that I found at Whole Foods.
Our principal violist has a daughter-in-law who works for Mars, so she sometimes has access to things that the rest of us have never even dreamed of. This was definitely the case with the three unmarked tester bags of very pretty M&Ms that she was kind enough to share with us during our run of Cinco de Mayo concerts. The section immediately dubbed them "bath bead M&Ms" because they were larger than regular M&Ms and they had a bit of a pearlescent quality. The bath bead M&Ms were unlike any M&Ms I'd ever had and I think they might be M&Ms answer to the fancy chocolate trend. Today while perusing the higher end chocolate aisle at Target, I was pleased to discover that the bath bead M&Ms (they're actually called M&Ms Premiums) are now available to the masses and they're on sale!
I immediately put a box of each of the three flavors I'd already sampled (Mocha, Triple Chocolate, and Mint Chocolate) into my cart. The other two flavors are Raspberry Almond and Almond Chocolate, but those didn't appeal to me as much as the ones I already knew to be delicious. So far I've opened the Mint flavor and they're just like the testers. The one thing they lack is the crunchy candy shell of traditional M&Ms, but I don't miss it. These M&Ms are just plain delicious and I, for one, hope they're here to stay and not some kind of sick, twisted Limited Edition. Have you ever noticed that many of the most delicious editions of popular candies are "Limited Editions"? I still miss the KitKat Dark.