Do You Know Where M&Ms Got Their Name?

The popular chocolates have been around since the 1940s, but many people have no idea where the name “M&M” came from.

You may know how delicious M&Ms taste in your mouth, but do you know where their name came from? It seems as if most people don’t know, but a group of fans who learned the secret is blowing the whistle.

M&Ms have been around since 1941 and since that time, they have become one of the most beloved candies in existence. You can try out any of the colors that you like and sometimes, they may even have a surprise color available temporarily.

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As far as the name is concerned, some people thought it was because of the yummy “mmm” sound that someone may make when eating chocolate. That sounds good, but it is not on target.

As it turns out, the name is actually a representation of two individuals who are in the candy business. As shared by some internet sleuths on Reddit, the candy was named after Bruce Murrie, who was the son of the president of Hershey’s chocolate at the time, and the founder of Mars, Forrest E Mars senior.

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They used to work together but eventually, things went south. Accordin to History, in 1932, Mars went to England to manufacture the candy bars that bear his name.

Interestingly, in England, he saw volunteers eating small pieces of chocolate that had a hard sugar shell on them. The shell kept the chocolate from melting and that sparked an idea.

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What if they could produce some chocolate candy that could be transported in the heat without melting? Mars decided to approach Murrie with the idea and they decided to make it happen. They used the “M” from both of their names to come up with the candy name; M&M.

When people learned about the reason why the name came about, they were amazed. They were also thankful that they learned something they didn’t know before.

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