Why M&Ms are Better Than Reese’s [Opinion]


By Ivy Lowery, North Star Writer

Everyone has seen the bright, colorful, and seasonal advertisements and begged their parents for these candies at some point. Whether it’s chocolate bars or fruity sugar pellets, people of all ages love candy. Two of the most popular in sales and flavor come down to be evaluated by a candy enthusiast. M&Ms by the candy company MARS, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by the arguably most famous chocolate company, Hershey’s. Who will win?

Why should someone buy M&Ms instead of Reese’s? Other than the exceptionally smooth chocolatey taste, the price for each unit is a great amount lower than Reese’s. In a typical $5 candy bag for Halloween, there are 14 units of one piece Reese’s cups, and 21 packs of Fun Size M&Ms with 17 candies, 357 in total. This comes out to three and a half ounces worth of Reese’s Cups and a whopping 11 ounces of M&Ms. By buying M&Ms, you get more than triple the candy for your money.

As well as getting more sugar filled delights, MARS offers more variety of M&M flavors such as the classic milk chocolate, hazelnut, almond and more. Unfortunately, Reese’s doesn’t have much variety: only various chocolates and Reece’s Pieces Cups. With more choices, the combinations and possibilities of flavors are endless. For some, the classic M&M cookie filled childhood memories with mouth-watering smells and smiles all around. With all these M&M flavors, you could make endless varieties of these cookies with M&Ms. What cookies or recipes can you make with Reese’s?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups blend the taste of peanut butter and chocolate seamlessly, but have you ever come back to your car and had melted peanut butter and chocolate all over your seat or console? M&Ms were designed to prevent this very problem. Forrest Mars, Sr. came up with the idea in 1941 after seeing soldiers during the Spanish Civil War eating chocolate pellets with a hard candy casing. The candy was made with hard casing so the soldiers could carry them around during warm weather. So thanks to Mars’ great observation, you no longer have melted chocolate in your beautiful car.

Although M&Ms have many benefits, both M&Ms by MARS and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by Hershey’s are great candy in their own ways. The smooth pure taste of the classic chocolate candy is a beautifully crafted recipe, and is severely underrated.