National M&M Day is a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite candies! On this day, people all across the country enjoy eating M&Ms and sharing their love for this delicious treat.
Where did M&M’s originate?
M&M’s were first introduced in 1941 by Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie. The candy was originally designed to be a convenient and fun snack for soldiers during World War II.
M&M’s (stylized as m&m’s) are multi-colored button-shaped chocolates, each of which has the letter “m” printed in lower case in white on one side, consisting of a candy shell surrounding a filling which varies depending upon the variety of M&M’s. The original candy has a semi-sweet chocolate filling which, upon introduction of other variations, was branded as the “plain, normal” variety. Peanut M&M’s, which feature a peanut coated in milk chocolate, and finally a candy shell, were the first variation to be introduced, and they remain a regular variety. Numerous other variations have been introduced, some of which are regular widespread varieties (peanut butter, almond, pretzel, crispy, dark chocolate, and caramel) while others are limited in duration or geographic availability. M&M’s are the flagship product of the Mars Wrigley Confectionery division of Mars, Incorporated.
The candy originated in the United States in 1941, and M&M’s have been sold in over 100 countries since 2003. They are produced in different colors, some of which have changed over the years. The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) to carry chocolate in warm climates without it melting. The company’s longest-lasting slogan reflects this: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.” A traditional milk chocolate M&M weighs about 0.91 grams / 0.032 ounces and has about 4.7 calories (kcal) of food energy (1.7 kcal from fat). Despite commonly reported misinformation online, each colored M&M does not have a different flavor and all possess the same chocolate taste.
What are the different flavors of M&M’s?
There are many different flavors of M&M’s, including:
And many more!
How can I celebrate National M&M Day?
There are many ways to celebrate National M&M Day. Here are some ideas:
1. Buy a bag (or two) of M&M’s and enjoy them throughout the day.
2. Make your own M&M’s at home using this recipe.
3. Share your love for M&M’s on social media using the hashtag #NationalMMDay.
4. Attend an M&M-themed event or party.
5. Give someone you love a gift box of M&M’s.
6. Dress up as your favorite M&M character for the day.
7. Go to an M&M’s World store and stock up on your favorite candy.
8. Learn more about the history of M&M’s and share your favorite facts with others.
9. Make a delicious M&M dessert to enjoy with family and friends.
10. Have a fun-filled day with family and friends eating, playing games, and watching movies featuring M&M’s.
So whether you like your M&Ms plain, peanut, or with a little bit of everything, make sure to celebrate National M&M Day today!