M&M's, NPH unveil the new Brown in town

Jan. 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM ET

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Neil Patrick Harris hosts the unveiling of the 6th M&M'S Character, Ms. Brown, at The Grove on Jan. 30, 2012 in Los Angeles.

The unveiling of the new M&M’s character Ms. Brown on Monday leaves us with a sadly nostalgic taste in our mouths. Maybe it's the lighting, but doesn’t she look like the discontinued tan M&M of yesteryear (it made its final appearance in 1995, after which is was replaced with blue)? 

But, we digress. We’re talking about brown now!

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In this photo released by Mars, a 10-foot statue of the latest M&M'S character, Ms. Brown, is unveiled at the M&M'S World Store, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 in New York. Ms. Brown will make her debut during a commercial that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday.

Neil Patrick Harris was on hand to introduce Ms. Brown at an event in Los Angeles, leading up to an M&M’s promotion during the Super Bowl. Described by The New York Times as “an intelligent woman with a sharp wit who finally decided to reveal herself after working for decades behind the scenes as 'chief chocolate officer,'” Ms. Brown joins the other characters – Blue, Green, Yellow, Red and Orange – as the second female in the candy crew (now Green will have a sister to bond with).

“She’s kind of feminine, she’s smart, savvy,” NPH explained to The Globe and Mail. He added that Barney Stinson, his lustful “How I Met Your Mother” character, would “peel her to her chocolate core.”