Do the New Hazelnut Spread M&M’s Actually Taste Like Nutella? We Investigate

When M&M’s announced their new Hazelnut Spread flavor on Tuesday, the crowd went wild, with fans spreading the news on Facebook by the droves (our own post has over 18,000 shares and counting!).

But why? This is certainly not the first new M&M’s flavor to hit shelves—they are perhaps rivaled only by Oreo in the category of snack innovation. But the intersection of two cult dessert favorites, Nutella and M&M’s, seemed to strike a chord at an unprecedented level.

The new candy is not officially affiliated with the Nutella brand, hence the generic name, though there’s no doubt it was inspired by the original chocolate-hazelnut spread (which is so popular it once sparked riots in French grocery stores.) Given this fact, many have already been asking if they will be able to live up to the hype they’ve already created.

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Though they don’t hit shelves until April 2019, we received an advanced “Sharing Size” bag and got to tasting in order to answer this question. The verdict is sure to calm some nerves: They are very Nutella-esque. That familiar nutty flavor hits you almost immediately—perhaps packing even more of a hazelnut punch than the actual stuff.

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Beyond that, the M&M’s scored high marks across the board among PEOPLE staffers, with many remarking upon the delightful textural contrast that is not present in the classic version. The creamy filling is the perfect foil to the hard outer shell, and the layer of milk chocolate in the middle acts as an intermediary between the two.

Overall, we give the Hazelnut Spread M&M’s a solid A rating, something we do not hand out lightly—just ask the Orange Vanilla Cream and Crunch Raspberry flavors.

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Kelly Clarkson Gives Her 3-Year-Old Daughter Her First Taste of Nutella — and She Is Clearly a Fan!

She’s created a monster! Kelly Clarkson‘s daughter River Rose, who turns 3 in June, enjoyed her first taste of Nutella – and she’s all smiles through the chocolate spread on her chin!

In the video she shared on Instagram, River dances in her seat while munching on her toast with mom, and says she likes the taste when mom asks.

“River’s first Nutella experience. It should have been via crepe but toast was easier 😜 #nutellagoodness #australiagoodness,” Clarkson, whose younger son Remington “Remy” Alexander turns 1 in April, wrote.

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This isn’t the first time the “Piece by Piece” singer has shared an adorable moment with her daughter on social media. In October, she shared a sweet video of River dancing to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”

“This is totally inappropriate for a 2-year-old!” Clarkson yells jokingly as she and River dance around to the hit ’80s song, doing their part to raise awareness about the fact that an American is diagnosed with diabetes every 23 seconds.

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Clarkson is also stepmother to husband Brandon Blackstock’s 14-year-old daughter Savannah and 10-year-old son Seth.

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