Mars’ upcoming Creamy Snickers Bars replace the crunch of nuts that Snickers bars are known for with the creaminess of nut butters.
The new candy bars feature a thick layer of freshly ground, creamy nut butter on top a layer of caramel, all of which is coated with milk chocolate. Three varieties will be available — Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, and Maple Almond Butter.
The new bars won’t be hitting shelves until January 2019, but they’ll be available nationwide. When they do come out, they’ll be available in Single (1.4 ounce), Share (2.8 ounce), and Stand Up Pouch (7.7 ounce) sizes.
Hitting shelves right now are the new Limited Edition Taco Bell Diablo Tortilla Chips. Well, right now, they’re exclusive to 7-Eleven’s shelves through October 31. But after that they’ll be available at other grocery and convenience stores through November.
The new flavor joins the other Taco Bell Tortilla Chip varieties – Fire, Mild, and Classic – that were released earlier this year.
According to Taco Bell, the crunchy, spicy snack features the distinct flavor of the beloved Diablo sauce packet, a kick of hot peppers and a hint of lime. The chips are black in color, which is created by using natural vegetable juice.
The Limited Edition Taco Bell Diablo Tortilla Chips will be sold in 3.5-ounce bags.
Mars’ upcoming M&M’s Chocolate Bar line is the company’s third attempt in the U.S. at making a chocolate bar that features the iconic candy-coated chocolates.
The bars will be made of milk chocolate and contain whole M&M’s Minis visible throughout. They’re available in a large sharable bar format and come in five varieties — Peanut, Milk Chocolate, Crispy, Almond, and Crispy Mint.
But don’t imagine them having Crispy M&M’s Minis, Peanut M&M’s Mini, and so on. The crispy bits, peanuts, and almonds are separate from the M&M’s Minis.
While the bars will be new to Americans, Australians have had them since April 2017. Down Under, they’re called M&M’s Block Chocolate and come in six varieties — Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, Crispy, Crispy Mint, and Strawberry.
But as I mentioned at the beginning, this isn’t M&M’s first chocolate bar rodeo.
For those of you who haven’t followed Mars’ dive into including M&M’s in chocolate bars in the U.S., its attempts began in 2004 with the release of Peanut Butter and Crunchy M-Azing Bars, which came in two flavors — Peanut Butter and Crunchy — and were around for a while.
The company’s second try was the Milk Chocolate M&M’s Chocolate Bar in 2013, which, I think, is still around. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. But I swear I’ve seen it out of the corner of my eye while waiting in line at Safeway.
The new M&M’s Chocolate Bars will be permanent additions to the brand’s lineup and available nationwide starting December 2018.
Last year, Mars announced Caramel M&M’s and how it developed a new production process to create them. When I read about it, my imagination ran wild with all the possible creamy ingredients the candy company could stuff into an M&M’s center.
I’ll admit my imagination went a bit too far when mayonnaise popped into my head. But before I got to that extreme, hazelnut spread came to mind.
Well, Nutella to be exact. But the popular hazelnut chocolate spread ending up in M&M’s is as unlikely to happen as Mayo M&M’s since it comes from a competing confectioner.
Hazelnut Spread M&M’s features a hazelnut spread center (duh!), covered with milk chocolate, all of which has a colorful candy coating. The new variety is making its debut in the U.S., but there was a Hazelnut M&M’s introduced in the U.K. last year with a nutty center.
Unfortunately, while Mars has announced the new flavor in September 2018, it won’t be available until April 2019. So I guess for now you’ll have to settle for dumping regular Milk Chocolate M&M’s into a jar of Nutella and digging the candy out of the hazelnut spread with a spoon, like it’s some over-the-top sugary breakfast cereal.
Mmm. I just thought of that while writing this post, and I can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet.
When it’s available, Hazelnut Spread M&M’s will come in a number of package sizes — Non-Share Singles (1.35 oz.), Share Size (2.53 oz.), and Sharing Size Stand Up Pouch (8.3 oz.).
Dunkin’ Donuts Shot in the Dark line is a new ready-to-drink beverage from the donut chain. It’s the first canned coffee drink from the brand, and it follows the bottled iced coffee line it released about two years ago. Like the bottled line, the Coca-Cola Company will manufacture and distribute the canned coffee.
Shot in the Dark features Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee with a touch of cream and sugar that’s combined with espresso. The line has three flavors –- Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla. Each variety comes in an 8.1-ounce can that has 80 calories and 13 grams of sugar.
For you caffeine-heads, the caramel one has 134 milligrams of caffeine, while the mocha has 128 milligrams, and vanilla has 127 milligrams.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Shot in the Dark line is available now at select retail locations. It will continue to expand through 2019 at convenience and grocery stores across the United States.