How to Microwave M&M's

Microwave Your M&Ms
(c) Elizabeth LaBau

You might think it's hard to improve on M&Ms candy. They’re tasty, portable, come in approximately a million different variations, from classic milk chocolate to creative seasonal flavors, and have a wide variety of different sizes and textures to choose from. There’s something for everyone, it seems, in the M&M family. So why mess with perfection?

Well, as it turns out, there’s one simple trick you can do to make your M&Ms even more fun and more delicious.

As the popular slogan says, “M&M’s melt in your mouth, not in your hand.” But what happens when you intentionally melt those M&M’s, just a little bit?

M&M’s don’t just melt in your mouth—they also melt in the microwave. And when you melt them in the microwave, the results are amazing. The shell remains intact, so you have a satisfying crunch on the outside, but the inside is full of smooth, warm, melted chocolate, like all the best parts of a chocolate chip cookie. It’s immensely satisfying and turns even plain, standard M&M’s into a special treat.

How to Microwave M&M’s

I recommend starting with plain M&Ms, or a plain variation, instead of some of the filled M&M's, like peanuts or pretzels. Remove them from the packaging and place them on a small microwave-safe plate. Set the microwave for 40 seconds. This should be enough for a regular package of M&M's, but you might need a few more seconds, depending on the microwave and the quantity of M&M's.

The first few times you do this, it will be a matter of trial and error to find your perfect melting time.

After the M&M's are finished in the microwave, you might notice that some of the candy shells have cracked, but that's okay. As soon as you bite into them, the shell cracks open and a flood of warm melted chocolate comes pouring out.

The combination of crunchy shell and liquid chocolate is really good. This method of microwaving your M&M's can elevate even relatively unexciting candies, like plain M&M's, into delicious treats.

After you’ve tried plain M&M’s, try other flavors! Seasonal varieties, like butterscotch, mint, and candy corn, are fun to play around with. And peanut M&M’s take on a whole new texture when the chocolate that surrounds the peanut is melted! Give it a try—you may never go back to regular M&M’s!