Although the popular chocolates have been around since the 1940s, many people are unaware of where the name “M&M” originated. You may be aware of how delicious M&Ms are in your mouth, but do you know where their name originated? Most people appear to be unaware, but a group of fans who discovered the secret is blowing the whistle…
M&Ms have been around since 1941 and have become one of the most popular candies in the world. You can try on any of the colors you like, and they may occasionally have a surprise color available for a limited time. Some speculated that the name was derived from the delicious “mmm” sound that one might make when eating chocolate. That sounds good, but it’s not correct.
As it turns out, the name is a representation of two people who work in the candy industry. According to some internet sleuths on Reddit, the candy was named after Bruce Murrie, the son of Hershey’s chocolate president at the time and the founder of Mars, Forrest E Mars senior. They used to collaborate, but things eventually went south. According to history, Mars traveled to England in 1932 to manufacture the candy bars that bear his name.
In England, he noticed volunteers eating small pieces of chocolate with a hard sugar shell on them. The shell prevented the chocolate from melting, which sparked an idea. What if they could create chocolate candy that could be transported without melting in the heat? Mars approached Murrie with the idea, and they decided to make it a reality.
They combined the “M” from both of their names to create the candy name M&M. People were astounded when they learned the origins of the name. They were also grateful for the opportunity to learn something new.