In M&M's 75-year-long history many flavours have come and gone but now a new flavour is set to join the M&M family - permanently.

According to money.cnn.com, from May next year, caramel fans will be able to get their hands on a new range of the bite-sized candies, which will feature a soft caramel center covered in milk chocolate and, of course, the brand's signature colourful shell.

While you may have tried the likes of M&M's coconut or chili flavours, the new permanent addition introduces a fourth "soft and chewy" category to the range of "crispy" (pretzel), "smooth" (milk and chocolate) and "nutty" (peanut) M&M's.

It's yet to be confirmed as to whether the caramel range will be available on New Zealand shelves next year too.

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M&M's wartime origins

M&M's were initially developed during World War II. The chocolate candies made for a handy snack for soldiers in the field thanks to their ability to "melt in the mouth, not in the hand."