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Final Analysis

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After weeks of testing during this Christmas season I have concluded that there is no taste difference between the red or green peanut M&M’s. The sampling was conducted on a 16 oz bag of M&M’s called the Holiday Mix (the green bag). There were found to be noticeable color differences, the sizes of samples varied widely, but it seems the taste has always been the same. It was even noticed on some samples where the letter “m” was missing (a quality control issue) and also found no taste differences. So, the final analysis is they all tasted the same from the one 16 oz. bag. I believe no further testing required this season. 🙂

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve and day. May the coming year be full of surprises and wonderful blessings! Hugs!


Written by Monte Stevens

December 31, 2009 at 12:00 am

Posted in Art/Design

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  1. I believe testing is required year around!

    Ray Ketcham

    December 31, 2009 at 12:25 am

  2. We were recently testing the peanut version. A worthwhile endeavor.

    Chris Klug

    December 31, 2009 at 1:40 am

  3. Monte, Best wishes for the New Year. BTW, we just returned from a journey to Boston – I don’t know how you fly for a living, it’s got to be extremely difficult!

    Steve Skinner

    December 31, 2009 at 10:07 am

    • some times I don’t either. I am doing this because of the people and the places I do get to see. I do not consider it a career and not sure how much longer I will be doing it. The life style requires a nomadic spirit.

      Monte Stevens

      January 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

  4. Since all test samples were from one bag that means they were from the same lot. I believe you’d need to test at least another bag with a unique lot number to be sure there’s not difference. 😉

    Happy New Year!


    December 31, 2009 at 10:47 am

    • You are right, to make a valid test we would need to sample more bags. I guess one more bag wouldn’t hurt.

      Monte Stevens

      January 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

  5. I’m with Earl. Just to make sure that you have good quality control, you need to test another bag from a different store! That ought to do it!

    Paul L.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:28 am

    • I can sure tell you and Earl have that engineer gene. We want data to make an accurate analysis, We’ve had way too many statistics classes in college!

      Monte Stevens

      January 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

  6. Brought a smile to both our faces (Em and I). May your new year be exactly what you desire.


    December 31, 2009 at 11:45 am

  7. I mostly love the almond ones. This is the first year we found them in red and green. Big difference in taste from those and the “premium” almond m & ms.


    December 31, 2009 at 12:06 pm

  8. Happy New Year Monte, keep sampling.


    December 31, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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