In 2006, a year after I began working at Borders, M&M's introduced White Chocolate M&M's, to coincide with the Pirates of the Caribbean Sea movie. If you could have seen me when I heard the news, it would be one of the few times I've "fangirled" over something (the latest being the trailer for The Mysterious Cities of Gold, 2nd season.) Squealing with delight, I went to multiple grocery stores trying to find the elusive pieces of white heaven. For it's the ironically named "White Chocolate" that is the greatest of candies. Having tasted it first as a white chocolate fudge at the Cafe in Stone Mountain a long time ago, and letting it melt down my throat in explosions of creamy goodness (yep, I fangirled), it became seared into my memory as the best thing to experience at the big granite rock.
So it was with ginormous displeasure when I realized that White Chocolate M&M's were inferior and not worth getting. I doubt I finished the sack I bought. Here's why. White Chocolate, when properly made, has a much lower melting point than regular chocolate. It doesn't do well in shipping in large trucks, even when refrigerated. So, most white chocolate foods are made and sold during the winter months. If you recall the White Chocolate covered Oreos that are always around Christmastime (which, by the way, are equally disappointing for a totally different reason. Oreos are meant to be dunked in milk, and yet the white chocolate covering prevents the cookie from dissolving inside the milk. Thus, the Oreos are useless. I actually threw the mostly uneaten container of WCC-Oreos away). The WC
M&M's were sold in July, and Mars company realized the issue. They put some sort of chemical inside the white chocolate that prevented it from melting. Wonderful..... except.... it didn't "Melt in your Mouth" either. It wouldn't dissolve at all, leaving the flavor of the chocolate from covering every millimeter of my taste buds. It was a major let down.
Now, I'm happy to announce, they've got it right!! White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M's, for the Halloween season, are great! They added a little honey flavor to the sugar coating, and reconfigured the make up of the white chocolate in the middle. Great job Mars!!! But good luck finding them!
For the Christmas season, I got creative and made a Book Tree for the Friends of the Library Bookstore at the Nancy Guinn Library here in Conyers, GA. Got the idea off the Internet, looking for things to do with old Law Books. Here is the result: