Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet M&M's | Gourmet Makes | Bon Appétit

  • Published: 11 September 2019
  • Join Claire Saffitz in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen as she attempts to make gourmet M&M's. M&M's are available in just about every color known to man, but there is one color that is objectively the best: green. Scientists have puzzled over this curiosity since the inception of M&M's in 1941. MIT Professor of Cognitive Sciences Dr. Bertrand Mathers has dedicated the entirety of his postdoctoral studies to this conundrum, labeling it the Green M&M Dilemma. With the dedicated assistance of researcher Loretta Marshall, Mathers has finally unveiled his ultimate theory on the subject. “After more than fifty years of sleepless nights, proposed and rejected ideas and quite a few cavities,” Dr. Mathers read from a lectern at an August 15, 2019 press conference, “My life’s work has finally reached its culmination. I have found the solution to the Green M&M Dilemma.” Dr. Mathers, never one to skimp on dramatics, spun around to face a chalkboard covered by a red velvet curtain. Pulling it aside, he revealed his grand solution: ‘The color green is the best color, so therefore green M&M’s are the best M&M’s.’ A stunned silence in the crowd was quickly following by a standing ovation lasting over five minutes. Finally, as the applause died down, Dr. Mathers, red-cheeked and clutching a bottle of celebratory champagne, added: “And now we begin our studies into why blue M&M’s are definitely the next best M&M’s!”
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  • Bon Appétit
    Bon Appétit   2 months back

    Get an iconic Claire shirt here:

    • Anna Marcum
      Anna Marcum  2 weeks back

      York peppermint patties!!

    • Anna Marcum
      Anna Marcum  2 weeks back


    • Anaïs Damper
      Anaïs Damper  1 months back

      Please make Werther’s Original

    • Tanyo Peev
      Tanyo Peev  1 months back

      Okay, bud!

    • Christopher Cross
      Christopher Cross  2 months back

      I rlly want to see Claire try and make cow tails or caramel creams.

  • Heather Ch-ree'
    Heather Ch-ree'  5 hours back

    why didn't someone get her a rock tumbler?! Poor Claire

    • Sarah W
      Sarah W  6 hours back

      Claire needs to mix in additional cocoa butter into her tempered chocolate like on the channel HowToCookThat
      Edit: she needs one of those children's rock tumblers to make them smooth

      • seymour butz
        seymour butz  14 hours back

        Me: how do people watch Shane Dawson? His videos are too long!
        Also me: watches a 40 minute BA video on making m&m’s

        • Scott Crosby
          Scott Crosby  14 hours back

          Anyone else noticed that Rhoda is really pretty??

          • Johnny Hernandez
            Johnny Hernandez  1 days back

            best mnms are the almond mnms

            • Florentine Overko
              Florentine Overko  1 days back

              As it is approaching Christmas season, Claire should try and make a terry’s chocolate orange! It’s the sign that Christmas is here when I see them in stores.

              • Victoria Grochowaski
                Victoria Grochowaski  1 days back

                I would have dyed the royal icing and left out the powdered sugar and airbrush. Very nicely done though. Bet they're delicious!

                • dramsa41710
                  dramsa41710  2 days back

                  The pretzel m&m is the best in my opinion and I'm very sad you didnt dig into them lol

                  • Cedric Junor
                    Cedric Junor  2 days back

                    Rhoda is our unsung hero

                    • Dana Vargas
                      Dana Vargas  2 days back

                      I love how Brad always looks like he's perpetually on his way to go drink a Bud Light Lime.

                      • whits water
                        whits water  2 days back

                        Claire- I commend you and your perseverance, and your dedication!

                        • AFK Gaming
                          AFK Gaming  2 days back

                          That typhoon centrifugal air mover though..

                          • Better Worse
                            Better Worse  3 days back


                            Are people ever going to figure out soy is a biological weapon?

                            • Salil Barua
                              Salil Barua  3 days back

                              What's better than Pastry chef Claire?

                              Ponytail Claire...

                              • Emily Shih
                                Emily Shih  3 days back

                                Make Hi Chews next!!!

                                • JM C
                                  JM C  3 days back

                                  what about a modified rock tumbler for a panning machine?

                                  • sarah
                                    sarah  3 days back

                                    29:21: your christian mom when you misbehave

                                    • Yo Ba
                                      Yo Ba  3 days back

                                      one M for each tower

                                      • Abby
                                        Abby  4 days back

                                        can you make candy to gourmet like all of the candy

                                        • tiffany marie
                                          tiffany marie  4 days back

                                          claire is so pretty

                                          • B DRAGON
                                            B DRAGON  5 days back

                                            Clare looks like she is not receptive to constructive criticism lol it appears that she is that coworker who is sarcastic and wont take your good suggestions into account.

                                            • DankDa Gank
                                              DankDa Gank  5 days back

                                              It's like the first time me and Claire don't agree on a food.
                                              I'm not trying to be racist or ignorant but it seems like, white people like peanuts... A lot.

                                              • DankDa Gank
                                                DankDa Gank  5 days back

                                                "Where'd you get it?"
                                                "I bought it...?"
                                                Lol classic

                                                • Mr Ching Chong
                                                  Mr Ching Chong  5 days back

                                                  Who else is watching while eating M&Ms??

                                                  • diamondflaw
                                                    diamondflaw  6 days back

                                                    For what it's worth, I remember having a biology professor tell me that the innermost layer of the candy coating of M&Ms is actually diatom powder used to help the candy adhere to the chocolate and stabilize it like a primer. That's why when you dissolve a M&M it'll still have a thin layer that doesn't melt away with the rest of the candy.

                                                    EDIT: Also, caranuba wax for the shiny polished surface.

                                                    • Emily Cook
                                                      Emily Cook  6 days back

                                                      Rhoda is the supportive mom we all need

                                                      • MittyWitty
                                                        MittyWitty  6 days back

                                                        I cant have nuts

                                                        • Rachael Self
                                                          Rachael Self  6 days back

                                                          The almond ones are my favorite

                                                          • ze ching chong army was here

                                                            omg i always thought i was the weird one that ate m & m’s like that, THANKS CLAIRE! uvu

                                                            • kVnCaMp0z
                                                              kVnCaMp0z  6 days back

                                                              Am I the only one that would drop down on one knee and as Claire to marry me? 🤷🏻‍♂️😂

                                                              • Cesar's world
                                                                Cesar's world  7 days back


                                                                • Kelly Kothmann
                                                                  Kelly Kothmann  7 days back

                                                                  With all this peanut M&M hype, I've never been sadder to have a nut allergy :(

                                                                  • Dane Roberts
                                                                    Dane Roberts  7 days back

                                                                    do a gourmet makes fun dip!

                                                                    • Hana Saeki
                                                                      Hana Saeki  7 days back

                                                                      ooh, I want Claire to do umaibo (うまい棒)

                                                                      • Jum Nunyobeezwax
                                                                        Jum Nunyobeezwax  7 days back

                                                                        I remember seeing a "how it's made" video of Jelly Bellies and I'm pretty sure that they way they got that shiny smooth texture to the outside was that they placed them in tumblers and spun them until they were polished. I wonder if some sort of similar technique would have worked here.

                                                                        • Kimmy Nelson
                                                                          Kimmy Nelson  1 weeks back

                                                                          A rock tumbler could possibly help with sugar coatings!

                                                                          • Brien Elwood Washburn
                                                                            Brien Elwood Washburn  1 weeks back

                                                                            Weird, peanut butter is the default m&m for me, no question, but they didn’t even have a bag in the opening shot let alone make them. Are they not as common as I think?

                                                                            • Rayane Barhoun
                                                                              Rayane Barhoun  1 weeks back

                                                                              okay but why is no one talking about gaby at 2:39??? she's the cutest i can't

                                                                              • RUSTY
                                                                                RUSTY  1 weeks back

                                                                                thats how much sugar iam eating ...😲

                                                                                • Chevy Corcoran
                                                                                  Chevy Corcoran  1 weeks back

                                                                                  The caramel m&ms are the best

                                                                                  • Serendy Alarcon
                                                                                    Serendy Alarcon  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Could watch Claire salt the peanuts all day

                                                                                    • Lucas Claudio
                                                                                      Lucas Claudio  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Claire: I wanna make a drum...
                                                                                      Brad: Have fun!... A Drum?!?
                                                                                      Claire: a candy drum...
                                                                                      Brad: Yea 5 o'clock on a Friday, lets do that!

                                                                                      • Ben
                                                                                        Ben  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Quickly dropping in to say that you should make Dunkaroos. PLEASE

                                                                                        • Nour Bekheet
                                                                                          Nour Bekheet  1 weeks back

                                                                                          i have two exams tomorrow and i haven’t even strated studying wtf am i doing here

                                                                                          • Gonzalo Diaz
                                                                                            Gonzalo Diaz  1 weeks back

                                                                                            making M&M should not be sooo complicated...

                                                                                            Claire: old my beer...

                                                                                            honey imaging that M&M company should use your procedures to make his products...
                                                                                            plz keep it simple

                                                                                            • di butler
                                                                                              di butler  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Can we all just agree that Rhoda is the soldier of BA? She pulls everyone's butts out of the fire, she always there to find something, hold something, and play amateur psychologist and motivational coach.
                                                                                              I'm calling it, Rhoda is BA's MVP.

                                                                                              • shana bananazzz
                                                                                                shana bananazzz  1 weeks back

                                                                                                Strange.. I really don't like peanut m&m.. but may favorite candy is the classic one's distance second is the crisps.. that's just me😏