Produced by Mars, Incorporated, M&M’s are those delightful colorful button-shaped candies that are popular for the young and old alike. These chocolates started in the United States in 1941 and are now sold in over 100 countries worldwide.
But have you ever wondered what do the Ms on your favorite M&M’s stand for?
The two Ms represent the names of Forrest Mars Sr., founder of Newark Company and the son of the founder of the Mars Company Frank Mars, and Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey’s Chocolate president William F.R. Murrie) who has a 20-percent share in the product. The younger Mars got the idea for the candy during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell made of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, thus preventing the candies from melting.
The arrangement between Mars and Murrie allowed the candies to be made with Hershey chocolate which had control of the rationed chocolate during that time.