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?


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...


  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!

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

  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.


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

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

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

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