National M&M’s Day celebrates the famous colorful candy-coated chocolate morsels made by Mars Company. You might recognize the slogans “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands” or “Look for the ‘m’ on Every Piece.”
M&M’s were first created in 1941 by Forrest E. Mars, son of the Mars Company founder. He partnered with Bruce Murrie, the son of Hershey executive William Murrie, to ensure a steady supply of resources for M&M’s for possible shortages during WWII. “M&M” was named for “Mars and Murrie.” M&M’s were used as military rations in WWII. M&M’s signature hard-candy shell prevented the chocolate from melting.
Since then, M&M’s have expanded into a variety of flavors and types, including mini, peanut, white chocolate, and personalized. In 2016, M&M’s celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Here are some fun facts about M&M’s
M&M’s were originally in cardboard tubes. In 1948, M&M’s were re-packaged in brown paper pouches, its now signature packaging.
In 1950, M&M’s were stamped with the signature “M&M” marking in black. The color later changed to white in 1954. The stamp was used to differentiate the product from cheap imitators.
In 1960, Red and Yellow M&M’s were introduced as the M&M’s “spokescandies.”
Between 1976 and 1987 red M&M’s had been discontinued due to public concern that Red No. 2 dye was linked to cancer. Red M&Ms were re-introduced in 1987 when Red No. 2 was found not to be carcinogenic.
In 1976, orange M&M’s were introduced to replace red.
M&M’s was the first candy to go to space in the 1980s.
In the 1980s. M&M’s also went global.
In 2004, M&Ms offered personalized message M&M’s.
In 2008, M&M’s offered image-personalized M&M’s. M&M’s fans could upload a picture of their face or even their dog to create custom M&M’s.
M&M’s launched “M&M’s Flavor Vote” in 2016. Coffee Nut won in 2016. In 2018, Crunchy Mint won the most votes.
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M&M’s Day is the perfect excuse to buy and eat delicious M&M’s.
Try these fun M&M’s inspired activities:
You can vote for the 2019 M&M’s flavor on M&M’s website. The choices are international M&M’s flavors Thai Coconut Peanut, Mexican Jalapeño Nut, and English Toffee Peanut. Buy the flavors in store and pick your favorite! You could win a trip abroad.
According to Ranker, here is a list of every M&M’s flavor ever made:
• Milk Chocolate
• Dark Chocolate
• White Chocolate
• Peanut Butter
• Mint Dark
• Birthday Cake
• Coffee Nut
• Dulce De Leche
• Milk Chocolate Cherry
• Wildly Cherry
• Candy Corn White Chocolate
• Cookies and Screem
• Hazelnut Spread
• Hot Cocoa
• Triple Chocolate
• Honey Nut
• Mint Crisp
• Carrot Cake
• Candy Apple
• Pumpkin Spice Latte
• Pecan Pie
• English Toffee
• Fudge Brownie
• Peanut Dark Chocolate
• Strawberry Nut
• Chili Nut
• Toffee Peanut
• White Chocolate Peppermint
• Holiday Mint
• White Chocolate Marshmallow
• Coconut Peanut
• Orange Vanilla Cream
We’re sure there are more M&M’s flavors than the ones listed above due to international varieties. Can you think of more? How many have you tried?
To celebrate M&M’s Day, hold an M&M’s party for friends and family!
Try to find as many M&M’s flavors as possible and conduct an M&M’s taste test. Which one is your favorite? Your guests?