Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today's Trivia - The M&M in M&Ms

No doubt you’ve had sleepless nights wondering what the M&M in M&Ms stands for. Well, toss and turn no more, dear readers, because here is the answer:

In 1941, Forrest Mars Sr. (of the Mars candy company) teamed up with Bruce Murrie (the son of Hershey president William Murrie) to develop a hard-shelled candy with chocolate at the center. So...the two Ms are the first letters of two surnames. Woopty-do, right? Kind of anticlimactic, isn’t it?

Anyhow...

Forrest Mars Sr. got the idea for this candy in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War, when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, preventing the candies from melting.


When operations were started, the hard-coated chocolates were made in five colors: red, yellow, brown, green, and violet. They were served in a cardboard tube (similar to Smarties). During World War II, the candies were exclusively sold to the military and were part of a United States soldier’s rations.

By the way, the “M” printed on the M&Ms was originally printed in black. This was changed to white in 1954.

So, now that you have the answer, you can finally get some sleep...

7 comments:

  1. M&M's have always been one of my favorites. Right behind a 3 Musketeer. I had no idea they were part of a soldiers rations in WWII. You always see them handing out chocolate bars in the movies but never M&Ms!

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  2. You've cured my insomnia -- bless you! Now I'm off to buy some M & M's.

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  3. @WebDebris: I had no idea either; I ran across that info while searching for what the M&M stands for. It's very interesting.

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    @Debra: I'm glad you're finally going to get some sleep...LOL...

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  4. Fascinating and thanks - I'm really looking forward to a good night's sleep!!

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  5. Jane, what would you do without me and all this useless but interesting trivia? LOL

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