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Chocolate Enthusiasts Surprised After Discovering What 'M&M's' Stands For

The taste of M&M's used to amaze first-time eaters, but now the chocolate's origin has gone viral on social media.

Claire Dinhut, an American TikToker living in London, revealed that M&M's stands for Mars and Murrie, named after chocolate heirs Bruce Murrie and Forrest Mars Sr., who were business collaborators.

Bruce was the son of Hershey executive William Murrie, while Forrest was the son of Mars founder Frank C. Mars.

She shared a story on TikTok that received 9000 likes, in which she recounted the falling out between Forrest E. Mars and his father, who was the original founder of Mars.

She stated, "My most fun candy history fact is M&M and why it is called M&M, basically there is so much family drama here and it's so juicy, it's so good. The Mars company was started before Hershey's by this guy, and his son was really good at coming up with chocolate bars."

According to her, the son had been traveling in Europe when he noticed people enjoying chocolate covered in candy.

As he had already had a falling out with his father, he didn't inform him about this idea. Instead, he approached their arch-rivals, Hershey's.

The History Behind M&M's Name Is Quite Interesting- And Illuminates A Culture Of The 1930s

Claire mentioned, "He goes to Hershey's and he's like I am the son of Mars but I don't want to give it to my father, let's just work together. The guy who is running Hershey's, his last name is Murrie, he was like sure but you have to work with my son. So they worked together and created these little candies."

As Forrest and Murrie's son had collaborated to create the candy, they opted to name the brand after themselves.

She remarked, "They called them Mars, like the first guy's last name, and Murrie the second guy's last name, M&M. The reason it all popped off is they created it right before World War II, and in World War II they made this deal with the government that in every soldier's bag were M&M's."

The official website of History TV also provided an explanation, "After the US entered the war, the candies were exclusively sold to the military, enabling the heat-resistant, and easy-to-transport chocolate to be included in American soldiers' rations. By the time the war was over and the GIs returned home, they were hooked."

Do You Know What The Different Colors Stand For?

It is interesting to note that M&M's candies are not only differentiated by their colors but also have a specific symbolism associated with them, along with unique flavors.

The Red M&M, which can be either milk chocolate or dark chocolate peanut butter, is known for its crispiness and represents high intelligence and physical strength.

Yellow M&Ms, which come in the flavor of peanut and dark chocolate peanut, were one of the original colors. The Blue M&M, with its raspberry, almond, or dark chocolate flavor, was introduced in 1995 as the new branding color for the candies.

The anthropomorphic Green M&M is known for its undeniable beauty.

Orange, on the other hand, represents Crispy M&Ms and Pretzel M&Ms as their spokescandy. It is often depicted as paranoid and nervous, perhaps due to its perceived deliciousness making it a likely target to be eaten first.

Brown M&Ms belong to Ms. Brown, one of the newer colors and spokescandies.

While there are rumors that it represents the original milk chocolate flavor, the official website states that it has flavorings of fudge brownie.

In the beginning, M&M's candies did not feature their iconic M stamp until 1950 when customers were asked to look for it in every piece as a way to ensure authenticity.

This fascinating piece of information has garnered interest on social media.

One individual commented, "Oh boy was I invested."

Another user went on to comment, "Love food history."

And finally, a third user stated, "Now this is history I'm interested in."