A new M&M flavour has been announced to the joy of candy-lovers - and it's inspired by everyone's favourite spread.

On Tuesday, Mars Inc. revealed it will be releasing M&M chocolate bars as well as a hazelnut spread M&M. The best-known hazelnut spread is Nutella.

The new flavour will be incorporated into the classic version of the candies - combining the milk chocolate M&M with a hazelnut spread centre.

The news has been met with excitement on social media - where chocolate fans are praising the collaboration.

“Anything with Nutella and M&Ms is a winner,” one person wrote.

Another said: “OMG. This should be the lead on every news channel.”

For those who can’t get enough of the candy giant’s beloved hard-shelled candies, the new milk chocolate bars, available in December, will contain whole M&M minis - and come in peanut, milk chocolate, crispy, almond and crispy mint flavours.

The new products join the three other M&M flavours released this month - English Toffee Peanut, Mexican Jalapeno Peanut and Thai Coconut Peanut.

Of the decision to introduce Nutella-inspired M&Ms, senior brand director of the M&M’s brand Allison Miazga-Bedrick said: “The industry is changing and consumer tastes are evolving.

“We’re continuing to recognise and anticipate demand.”

Unfortunately, the new hazelnut candies won’t be available until April 2019.