Every weekday until Halloween, I'll be offering up trivia treats about sweets you're likely to encounter on October 31st. Today we're giving away facts about M&M's.
1) M&M's stands for Mars & Murrie's, after founders Forrest Mars, Sr., and Bruce Murrie "“ son of Hershey executive William Murrie. (The younger Murrie would eventually quit the company in frustration; it would seem Mars only needed Bruce for his family connections.)
2) Company legend goes like this: During the Spanish Civil War, Forrest Mars, Sr., encountered soldiers who were keeping their energy up by eating bits of chocolate encased in sugar. The sugar casing stopped it from melting (melts in your mouth, not in your hand, you know).
3) Red M&M's were taken out of the lineup in 1976 when red dye #2 was suspected to be a carcinogen source. Red was quietly re-added in 1987 using a different type of red dye.
4) It could have been M&M's instead of Reese's Pieces in E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial. However, Mars turned down Steven Spielberg's offer, so he approached Hershey instead. Too bad for Mars "“ Reese's Pieces sales increased 80 percent after the movie came out.
5) Types of M&M's have included milk chocolate (plain), peanut, peanut butter, almond, Dulce de leche caramel, mint, white chocolate, crispy, Razzberry, dark chocolate, cherry, peach and orange.