Melts in Your Mouth


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.

m&m war

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.

Fun Facts:

-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

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  1. Tom Threadgill

    I used to work with a woman who wouldn’t eat the light brown (tan) M&Ms because they “tasted funny.” Seriously. Oh, and you’re probably too young to remember when they pulled the red M&Ms off because of fears that red dye #2 caused cancer. Uh-huh. And we all know what green M&Ms do, right?

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I don’t remember the red ones being pulled, but I did read about it while writing this post. Some people and their crazy health concerns. Just eat them and be happy like the rest of us. The color makes no difference to their delicious taste though I tend to save the red or blue for last. Favorite colors.

  2. Kathleen Rouser

    J’nell, I didn’t know any of these facts about M&Ms and still they’re one of
    my favorites. Though I can be a chocolate snob and prefer dark chocolate,
    I’ll take my M&Ms any way–milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut, peanut butter
    or almond, though I think my favorites are the original milk chocolate. And I
    don’t think any of the colors taste funny. This is why I can’t keep them around
    the house, though I make an exception for holidays. 🙂

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I like all the flavors too, though I do get a little more excited with the peanuts. Try the milk chocolate ones cold. They’re delicious!

  3. Shellyk

    Love peanut M&M’s they are my go to travel food and my family knows this! How do I know? Well, my son (22 yrs old) just went to stock up his college snacks before leaving tomorrow for his final semester & came over to me upon his return with 2 things in his hand…a Hershey’s Special Dark & a bag of peanut M&M’s 🙂 Mmmmmm….Mmmmmmm…

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I was just saying to Kathy that peanut m&ms hold a special place for me. Except when you get a bad one. You know what I’m talking about. Your son sounds like a good man to bring his mom, or any woman, chocolate!


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