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History of popular M&M's candy that will shock you

History of popular M&M's candy that will shock you What does the name M&M mean (photo: Getty Images)

M&M's are popular chocolate candies produced by the American company Mars since 1941. Today, these sweets are sold in more than 100 countries, but few people know the history of their creation and the meaning of their name.

What does the name M&M's mean

M&M's is actually the flagship product of the Mars Wrigley Confectionery division of Mars, Incorporated, which was founded in America in 1941.

The confectioners were inspired to create these sweets by the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The idea was to design the candy so that soldiers could carry it in warm climates without it melting. This is where the famous slogan "Melts in your mouth, not in your hand" came from.

M&Ms are made by Mars, Inc. so it's obvious that at least one of the M's must stand for Mars.

And the other "M" actually stands for Murry, so the full name of M&Ms stands for Mars and Murry. William Murry is the man who helped develop the iconic chocolate candy with Mars.

Interesting facts about M&Ms

Forest Mars (son of the founder of the company) received a patent for his own production process on March 3, 1941. William Murry received a 20 percent stake in the product. The agreement allowed him to produce candy from Hershey chocolate.

The company's first major customer was the US Army, as soldiers could eat these candies even in the rainforest. During World War II, the candy was sold exclusively to the military.

The demand for candy led to an increase in production, and the company moved its factory to a larger neighborhood, later opening another factory. Today, about half of M&M's production takes place at the New Jersey factory and half at the Tennessee factory.

History of popular M&M's candy that will shock you

This is how M&Ms looked like in 1954 (photo: Wikipedia)

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