For decades, people all over the world have enjoyed munching on these button-shaped, chocolate-filled treats with an “m” distinctively printed on each of their candy shells. But what most people don’t realize is just how wildly popular M&M’s really are. Bloomberg actually lists the Mars-produced goodie as “The World’s Best-Selling Candy,” with its sales in 2013 amounting to over half a billion dollars in America alone. And while the usually brown-bagged delight is a permanent fixture in stores located in over 100 countries, a lot is still not widely known about it.
Here are ten M&M’s facts that you probably aren’t aware of:
10. What the M’s in “M&M’s” Represent
As Forrest was working with his father, he wished to expand, but Franc did not, so he eventually opened his own candy business. Then, when Forrest was ready to develop M&M’s, he partnered with Bruce Murrie, the son of William Murrie, an executive at Hershey. Bruce came up with additional capital for the production of M&M’s, while Hershey provided the ingredients and the technology for the candies. Eventually, however, when the war ended in 1945, Forrest bought out Murrie and became the sole owner of the M&M’s brand. Then, when Franc Mars passed away, Forrest took over the family business and merged M&M’s with Mars Inc.
9. Created With Soldiers in Mind
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7. Stunning Variety
6. M&M’s Blamed for the Strangest Things
Then there’s the case of former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher who in 2013 entered anaphylactic shock and nearly died after eating a blue peanut-filled M&M. Fortunately, the then 40-year-old singer was successfully treated at a nearby hospital. Of the incident, Gallagher reflected, “I’ve done some stuff over the years, but never… Never did I think a f–ing blue M&M would be the thing that could have killed me.”
5. Boycotted by PETA
4. Sued by a Naked Cowboy and People With Cracked Teeth
Then there were the lawsuits filed by people who claimed that M&M’s cracked their teeth: in 2012 by a male prison inmate in Florida, in 2013 by a Brooklyn housewife, and in 2013 by a man in Chattanooga.
3. Red Was Once Discontinued
2. Commonly Eaten in Outer Space
1. Van Halen Required M&M’s Backstage… But With No Brown Ones
As expected, when the public learned of the strange provision, all sorts of speculations about why such a demand was made (including to have one more reason to cancel a gig or go on a destructive rampage) came up. However, the actual motivation for the stipulation was more practical — the band’s frontman, David Lee Roth, revealed in his autobiography that the bizarre requirement was a means for gauging a producer’s faithfulness to the technical requirements of the band. “If I saw a brown M&M in that bowl… well, line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you’re going to arrive at a technical error. They [the producers] didn’t read the contract.”