If you were going on a long trip, somewhere far away and unfamiliar, is there a special candy you would take with you? How about one that melts in your mouth and not your hand? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking about the glorious little M&M’s. The candy that helped defeat Hitler. Sorta.
During the Spanish Civil War, the head honcho at the Mars Company noticed soldiers chowing down on chocolate pellets covered in a hard shell of tempered chocolate that kept the candy from melting in high temperatures. Teaming up with Hershey, the little candy was put in C-rations for the GIs who gobbled them down by the tube load. The brown packet we know today didn’t come about until 1948. During the war, M&M’s were exclusive to the military.
Ok, so M&M’s didn’t exactly take down Hitler, but they were enough to boost the morale of tired and homesick troops and that’s just as powerful.
-M&M stands for Forrest Mars Sr the founder of the Mars Co., and Bruce Murrie the son Hershey’s Chocolate Co
-In 1950 a black ‘m’ was printed on one side, but changed to white in 1954
-Mars was once accused by Hershey of trying to recreate Reese’s Peanut Butter when they came out with the peanut butter M&M. They changed the package to reddish-orange to signify the difference.
-At first, peanut M&Ms came only in tan color
-Different flavors include: raspberry, wild cherry, white chocolate, dulce de leche, cinnamon, birthday cake, red velvet, and pineapple