Wednesday, August 23, 2006

M&Ms Line

There’s a favorite candy here in the United States, it’s called M&Ms ... or maybe they’re called M&Ms, I’m never quite sure about how to make implied plurals singular.

M&Ms are not unique, they have a similar candy product in the UK and other former parts of the crown called Smarties. And of course there are plenty of knock-offs, including Hersheyettes, Jots, Rocklets, Sun Drops and Garfield’s Chocobites. There are quite a few legends about how M&Ms and Smarties were invented, but suffice to say that they exist and that’s the important part.


Milk Chocolate M&Ms
imageYear Introduced: 1940
Mascot: smart-mouthed Red one (once voiced by Jon Lovitz, now Billy West)
What is it: milk chocolate center covered with a thin candy shell with a lower case “m” mark

You’re not crazy, they were once called Plain M&Ms, but in 2000 they shifted their name to Milk Chocolate M&Ms.

A little bit of trivia and history. The Ms in M&M stand for Forrest Mars and R. Bruce Murrie. Forrest Mars left his fathers candy company and partnered with Murrie to create the M&M. It took some help, which came from Murrie’s father, who ran the Hershey Chocolate company at the time. The technology behind the manufacture of M&Ms and even the chocolate itself came from Hershey’s factories. In the 60s Mars starting making their own chocolate and no longer needed to order it from Hershey.

Red M&Ms were discontinued in 1976 because of a scare with a food dye called Red Dye #2 (which was not used in M&Ms). At that time the colors in the M&M pack were: Green, Orange, Yellow, Light Brown & Dark Brown. The Red M&M returned in 1985, at first as part of the Holiday color mix then in the regular mix.


Peanut M&Ms
imageYear Introduced: 1954
Mascot: the dim-witted Yellow one (once voiced by John Goodman now J.K. Simmons)
What is it: A whole peanut center, a layer of chocolate and a thin candy shell with a lower case “m” mark

Overwhelmingly consistent in size, which is a credit to M&Ms production line choosing peanuts that are all the same size. The crunchy candy shell and slightly smoky tasting nuts combine well but overshadow the chocolate a smidge. But the chocolate provides a mellow sweetness and a creaminess during the final stages of chewing. I do get a bad peanut every once in a while, but usually not one every bag.

M&Ms were not a blazing success when they were launched, though they were well received. The trick for Mars was to figure out how to reach both their intended consumers (children) and the decision makers (parents). M&Ms were initially sold to the military during WWII, but Mars thought they were the perfect kids candy. Kids loved them, they just couldn’t convince their parents to buy them. It wasn’t until they hit upon their slogan, “melts in your mouth, not in your hands” that parents caught on that it was a less messy chocolate candy for kids. The rest is history.


Almond M&Ms
imageYear Introduced: 1988 (seasonal) 1992 (permanent)
Mascot: Blue (who looks about as dim as Yellow)
What is it: A whole almond covered in milk chocolate then a thin candy shell with a lower case “m” mark

Really, this is the perfect M&M, as far as I’m concerned. They almonds might not be top notch as they’re often small, but they’re fresh and crunchy and provide a good backdrop to the very sweet and slightly grainy chocolate.


Peanut Butter M&Ms
imageYear Introduced: 1990
Mascot: Green (those boots are made for walkin’ )
What is it: a little sphere of peanut butter inside a shell of milk chocolate and then a thin crunchy candy shell with a lower case “m” mark

These are very nice and satisfying, but I find them a little greasy and smoky tasting.

One of the interesting bits of trivia about M&Ms Peanut Butter is that there was a large lawsuit between Hershey & Mars when they first came out. Hershey accused Mars of trying to make them look like Reese’s Pieces - the packaging was the same color, the format of the bag, the type was in brown, etc. Now you’ll notice that the color is slightly shifted away from the Reese’s Orange (tm) to a reddish color.


Crispy M&Ms
imageYear introduced: 1998
Mascot: Red and Orange
What is it: a rice-based crisp center covered in milk chocolate and a thin candy shell with a lower case “m” mark

The look of these is terribly inconsistent, which strikes me as a little odd since you’d think they’d have more control over how big the crisp centers are than peanuts. The colors also weren’t quite the same, the green was a little light and the red was a little thin looking. I wasn’t able to find the American Crispy M&Ms, so I bought some Canadian ones. So the chocolate on these is slightly more milky tasting, which is an interesting, malty complement to the crispy center. A little sweet, a little bland.

Dovetailing with the earlier issue with Reese’s & Peanut Butter M&Ms, you’ll notice that the Crispy M&Ms are positioned to rival the Nestle Crunch Bar, which is really all they are, a little Crunch bar in a shell. The light blue and use of the Red M&M echoes the Nestle Crunch colors.


Dark Chocolate M&Ms
imageYear Introduced: 2006
Mascot: Green (voiced by Cree Summer in commercials - she’s reclining in this package)
What is it: darker chocolate center covered in a thin candy shell with lowercase “m” mark and sometimes “m dark”

These have a smoky and darker flavor than the milk M&Ms, but also a little note of coconut. The ingredients also list skim milk, milkfat and lactose, so I’m not sure how they’re considered “dark chocolate.” They’re gorgeously shiny and consistent, so consider me tempted when they’re sitting in front of me. There’s currently an additional reward of 2 million Dark M&Ms being offered for the return of The Scream.


White Chocolate M&Ms “Pirate Pearls” (Limited Edition)
imageYear Introduced: 2006 (limited edition)
Mascot: Green (with black boots)
What is it: white chocolate covered in a thin candy shell with a lower case “m” mark and sometimes a little pictogram worked into it (cannon, crossed swords, ship, spyglass, skull and hook) that come in special colors (white, aqua, light yellow, cream)

Yup, white chocolate in a candy shell. They’re nice enough, but just too sweet for me. They’re okay when you eat them in combination with other M&Ms (especially the Dark ones), but I’m not sure I’ll buy these again and I won’t protest if they don’t end up as a permanent item.

Other versions of M&Ms over the years: Dulce de Leche (2001), Mega (still around), Minis (still around), Spec-tacular Eggs (seasonal), Mint (seasonal) and of course many color promotions and movie tie ins. Then there are other M’azing things done with them that I’ve never gotten on board with.

There has never been an M&Ms gum ... but I’m not saying it won’t happen.

Have you had enough of M&Ms? If not, check out these scans of knock-offs, Brad Kent’s wrapper collection (you’ll have to search for M&Ms to find them all), how they’re made, some more history, Candy Critic’s M&M Destruction Project, a Century of Candy Bars (there are pictures of M&Ms wrappers through the years) and if you’re still obsessed, join the M&M Collectors Club (they collect the merchandise, not the actual candies).

The product line gets a 9 out of 10. I might not like every variety, but they’re a great product and really do make snacking fun.

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  6. Darth M&Ms

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  1. I SO SO wish they’d bring back the Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s, that they did for Star Wars Episode III, the Dark side of the force . . .

    I’m not usually a dark chocolate gal, but these . . . oooh la la, they were HEAVEN, and I could NOT stop eating them were they set in front of me.  The stronger taste of the chocolate helped it so the peanut didn’t overwhelm it, like it does in the milk chocolate version.

    Perfecto!  I WANT THIS CANDY!  Lol.

    Comment by Sara on 8/23/06 at 7:39 am #
  2. Talk about back to basics, that would make the perfect permanant intro to Candyblog. Speaking of the crunch bar, what did you think of the M&M’s ‘Mazing’ bars?

    Comment by GTO on 8/23/06 at 8:00 am #
  3. Isn’t it “M&M’s” with an apostrophe?

    Comment by Travis on 8/23/06 at 8:18 am #
  4. i saw the dark chocolate m&ms; back in a store the other day, but dangit, i can’t find the white ones anymore! i am going to have to stockpile if i find any…

    fortunately (for wedding-related reasons) i emailed m&ms; last year to ask how long they last if you don’t open the bag (and don’t freeze them) and they said a year.

    Comment by Pam on 8/23/06 at 9:42 am #
  5. Dark choco with peanuts!  Oh I pray they bring them back.  They were the best!

    Good work on all those reviews, too!  Can you believe, I was non-plussed by the almond ones, but maybe I should try them again.

    Comment by Julilla on 8/23/06 at 11:26 am #
  6. I’ve always loved M&M’s but was THRILLED when the Peanut Butter ones came out. When I was little, there was a peanutty candy called “Oompa’s” (?) that were made by Willy Wonka. I don’t know whatever became of those but the Peanut Butter M&M’s are similar enough to make me happy. I also enjoy the Almond M&M’s. I’m still wishing for a mixed bag of all the flavors. Maybe not the Crispy ones. I don’t care for them at all.

    Comment by Suzanne on 8/23/06 at 12:56 pm #
  7. I’ve had some Dark Chocolate ones sitting in my candy box for over a month, thinking I’d write about them. I felt a sort of sense of duty about the whole thing, but just couldn’t get excited enough about them to say much.  I mean, they taste just fine, but not different enough to warrant a “new product” as far as I’m concerned.  Thanks for picking up the slack…

    I can’t even honestly say that I’d be able to tell them apart from the original milk M+M’s in a blind taste test.  What GIVES with the adding of milk to “dark” chocolate?  Why can’t they be truly DARK chocolate?  Would that be such a crime?

    Comment by joanna on 8/23/06 at 1:54 pm #
  8. The Peanut Butter ones are my favorite! I’d say “Plain” (yes, I like calling them “Plain” better…I also liked it when they had light brown instead of the ugly blue color) or Almond.

    Great review!

    PS: Thanks for the tootsie pop help btw.  smile

    Comment by Sera on 8/23/06 at 5:11 pm #
  9. Did you ever get a chance to try the caramel M&Ms; they had about four years ago?  They only sold them in a limited number of places, I got mine in Florida, they were really good, I wish they had decided to market them more widely.  They weren’t caramel like a Milk Dud, it was more like caramely flavor mixed into the chocolate, very good.

    Comment by Anne-Marie on 8/23/06 at 5:15 pm #
  10. We get M&Ms; in the UK too. But only the chocolate, peanut and crispy varieties.

    Personally I love the Almond and Peanut Butter varieties. But we don’t get those. So I have to get people to bring them over for me. Fortunately my father-in-law spends a lot of time travelling back and forth, so I’m rarely without a fix….

    Comment by Andy on 8/23/06 at 9:28 pm #
  11. Superb review.  I love the almond and peanut butter ones.  I wish that mint was available year-round.

    Comment by Dave on 8/23/06 at 10:44 pm #
  12. I initially read the title as “M&Ms; Lime” and thought, “Hey that sounds different!” But then read the first review and thought, “Well i guess she’s doing the regular varieties first.” Got to the end and DISSAPOINTMENT. That’ll teach me to read more carefully.
    I think i tried the peanut butter ones once (they were imported). I’m sad to say i can’t remember much about them. I was eating some reece cups at the time and i remember they didn’t compare favourably. But i’d really like to try them again!

    Comment by leigh on 8/23/06 at 11:04 pm #
  13. I’m going to china.  Any chocolate I should try?  I might try to find a green tea kit cat

    Comment by janet shum on 8/24/06 at 3:23 am #
  14. fab post. of course. he he. i love m&m’s. i thought they were a very ‘level 1’ kid type candy but now [at the old age of 25] i love them. it’s b/c they’re so small and easily portable smile also i think whites were my fav but i can’t find them anymore - off to the 99 cent store :D and i think i’m the only one who likes crispy. :I *chomp*

    Comment by sunny on 8/24/06 at 6:49 am #
  15. i found the white ones yesterday (after commenting above) at target on “clearance”. (don’t you love their 15% off “clearance” prices?) oh well, i was happy to get them!

    Comment by Pam on 8/24/06 at 8:11 am #
  16. “Did you ever get a chance to try the caramel M&Ms; they had about four years ago?”

    Those must be the Dulce de Leche.

    I love the dark chocolate ones.

    And “S&M’s” is pretty funny.

    Comment by Scott on 8/25/06 at 6:53 am #
  17. Cybele's avatar

    Sara & Julilla - I never got to try the dark peanut M&Ms;, but now I’m really sorry I didn’t.

    GTO - I tried the M’azing bars about a year ago, I bought a bunch of them on clearance thinking that they were discontinued. After I tasted them, I thought for sure they’d discontinued them. Yet I still see them in store.

    Travis ... um, yeah. But I don’t feel like going through and fixing it. Can’t we just call it an artistic liberty?

    Suzanne - I remember the Oopma Loompas - they were half & half. One half was peanut butter and the other milk chocolate. They were kind of big too, not quite the size of a Mega M&M but definitely bigger than the current Peanut Butter M&Ms;. Wonka got out of the chocolate business pretty quick and concentrated on the sugar candies for a long time.

    Joanna - perhaps we should storm Nestle & Mars and ask them why they think that their lame “dark” chocolate isn’t milk chocolate!

    Sera - I really miss those light brown ones too. They just looked so chocolatey ... blue is NOT a chocolate flavor. Not even a color I want to eat.

    Anne-Marie - I was wondering if there was a caramel too and I only found notes about Dulce de Leche (like Scott mentions) and I think that’s what they were. I only had them once and wasn’t really thrilled with them.

    Andy - why on earth wouldn’t they sell the Almond ones over there? I understand how peanut butter is kind of a North American fascination, but Almonds are global!

    Dave - now I’ve got a hankering for the mint ones. I’m sure if I scoured the local 99 cent and clearance stores I could find some leftovers (and then be sorely disappointed).

    Leigh - mmm, citrus M&Ms;. I think orange M&Ms; could be pretty good. I know that UK Smarties have orange flavored ones ... but the Canadian ones I’ve had don’t. Key Lime & White Chocolate might be nice.

    Pam - hooray for finding them!

    Janet - I know nothing about Chinese chocolates, but you should definitely try White Rabbit milk taffy, it’s pretty good! Let me know what they have over there.

    Sunny - grab the white ones while you can! I have a feeling they’ll bring them back every once in a while. I would probably buy them at Easter if they decided to do a seasonal mix.

    Scott - yeah, I think you’re right about the Dulce, or maybe they gave them a different name in different parts of the country.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/25/06 at 7:14 am #
  18. Yeah, within a week of the Star Wars Episode III Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s debuting when they did, we had a REAL hard time finding them at the store, and only managed to if we got there within half a day of them restocking . . . people apparently LOVED them.  Like me!

    Comment by Sara on 8/25/06 at 8:49 am #
  19. Peanut M&M’s are my favorite! Those white chocolate M&M’s are disgusting. We bought some and not even the kids liked them.

    Comment by Andrea Feeser on 9/01/06 at 7:05 am #
  20. I live in tacoma washington,
    I am trying to sell my entire collection.
    I have been collecting for more then 10 years,
    not looking to get rich just looking to sell whole colletion,over 1000 pieces,
    email me at hoquiam34
    have my name in subject line please.
    thank you

    Comment by Curtis on 9/01/06 at 3:29 pm #
  21. In 1985, M&M’s released HOLIDAYS Chocolates, which, as we all know, are red and green for Christmas.

    However, when they debuted, they had Christmas symbols on them, instead of the trademark “M”. Who made the decision to change the symbols to the M, as well as the decision to discontinue marketing/making HOLIDAYS?

    Comment by John Lee on 9/08/06 at 1:21 pm #
  22. Also, I’ve done a search, and can’t find out why the Mint M&M’s aren’t part of their product line, even though they DO make them (Meaning there are 6 flavors in their product line, not counting the Minis or Baking Bits: Milk Chocolate, Peanut, Peanut Butter, Almond, Crispy, and Mint), and as far as I know, the Mint comes out only during the holiday season. So, why did they leave out Mint in their product line on the M&M’s website, even though they DO make it?

    Comment by John Lee on 9/08/06 at 2:01 pm #
  23. M&Ms; do not taste the same as they used to because IN THE YEAR 2O00 THEY WERE CHANGED TO USING SKIM MILK / MILKFAT and they taste like crap now because of it!! (They used to use regular milk which gave them BETTER FLAVOR.)

    The company lied to me for 1 year trying to say “We didnt change anything but the wrapper”,but if you look @ the ingredients and taste them,you know they did!!!! (All thier candy tastes like crap now due to this!!)

    SKIM MILK IS GARBAGE and thats why they taste bad…... I have been trying for MANY YEARS to get them to change it back…...

    Maybe you guys could help also

    Just fill out that form with your comments about not liking the new taste!! (We all know skim milk is crap compared to regular milk) (They changed in 2000 .. Thats the only change!!)

    God bless you all….....Nice site!!

    Comment by The Dude on 10/13/06 at 2:11 am #
  24. Any idea where I could order a lot of Crispy M&Ms; as a gift? I’m desperately looking for them, and I don’t mind paying shipping from the UK or from Canada - wherever I can find them!

    Comment by Laura on 10/18/06 at 8:13 pm #
  25. please tell me what web site i could order from

    Comment by lily herbert on 12/16/06 at 7:12 am #
  26. Are the colors of M&Ms; in each bag random or do all bags have the same number of greens, blues, etc?
    Thanks from Pat

    Comment by Pat on 2/05/07 at 2:42 pm #
  27. =[) heh, as I can see the “Dulce De Leche” Flavor isn’t here… but then again, I had it so long a go, I dont remember what it tastes like any more… oh well

    Comment by Bobby Lemain on 2/09/07 at 3:27 pm #

          TAHNK YOU Melanie Underwood

    Comment by melanie on 2/14/07 at 5:46 am #
  29. Hey Guys!
    I just wanted to jump in here to say how much I love Peanut M&M’s. I think as a child you really take advantage of the taste of candy and don’t take the time to sit and really enjoy the sensation of eating a candy coated chocolate covered peanut. Even just saying that alliteration makes my mouth water. So I hadn’t had Peanut M&M’s for awhile, then one day while on a regular trip to my local 711 I glanced at a pack and it was like, “Hello old friend. It’s been awhile” so I bought that pack, and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life. I love the progression of biting into the candy coating then the chocolate then finally reaching the highly anticipated perfectly salted peanut. Just writing about this puts my mouth into a frenzie. I don’t know how I went so long before without these amazing creations in my life. I certainly can not imagine my life being fulfilled without my daily candy coated chocolate cover climax.

    Signing off,

    J. Geremia…. wait that is too obvious
    Julie G.

    Comment by j.g. on 3/02/07 at 1:03 am #
  30. I am doing an experiment using the M&M candies.  I would like to know if all bags contain the same amount of M&M ‘s, and the same number of each color.  Please let me know.

    Comment by Richard Rodriguez on 3/05/07 at 1:28 pm #
  31. Richard,  I think your “experiment” would begin and end when you go to the store, buy two packs of M+Ms and find that they do not.  Do at least a little bit of legwork, man.

    Comment by jo on 3/05/07 at 1:36 pm #
  32. Cybele's avatar

    Richard -  If you look on the M&Ms; official site they have breakdowns of the average proportion of colors:

    (Click through to the other products and they have different color proportions.)

    It can vary, of course. As experiments go, it might be interesting to pick up the actual bags and check. I’d love it if you reported back on your real-world findings.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/05/07 at 2:07 pm #
  33. Yes, our class will investigate what I am inquiring about, but like all experiments conducted in the classroom, a little reseach must be done in order to make a hypothesis.  I did find some information about the quantities in each bag. On March 8, 2007 we will do the actual investigation, create a graph, and compare four bags of M&M’s from 4 different stores. Gladly get back with you on the results

    Comment by Richard Rodriguez on 3/06/07 at 5:18 am #
  34. This is my list of Ranking of M&M’s.
      Best- Almond (Nice taste)
      2.- Peanut
      4. Peanut Butter
      5. Milk chocolate (these r overrated and 2 chocolatey)
      6. Dark Chocolate (Overrated not that great. Worst Flavor. Dark chocolate with peanuts wasnt bad though)
    White Chocolate ones r pretty good, mint chocolate are good. I wish I had been alive to try the Caramel Ones I’m 14 years old and born October 1992. Sniff. By the way anyone know what happened to the Crispy ones. It’s been like a year since I’ve had them and I wanted to try them atleast once more before they could be discontinued. Anyone know the scoop on Crispy M&m’s in America?

    Comment by kyle c. on 3/25/07 at 1:55 pm #
  35. You were wondering how to pronounce M&Ms;. Most people say the name like this, “M n’ Ms” so it’s not really M and M, more the the n’ is a short way of saying and or something.

    I just realized the dark chocolate M&Ms; have lactose in it too, and I’m lactose intolerant. :O
    I figure the amount of lactose in it must be substantially less than the amount that would be in milk chocolate. So far I haven’t had any of the typical lactose side-effects I get.

    I use dark chocolate to help me sleep since I’m an insomniac. They say at Wikipedia it has tryptophan in it, as well as flavanoids which are good for you. So I figure it’s a good natural way to sleep. I’ve tried sleeping pills, and they were not good for me.

    Comment by Jackie on 5/04/07 at 12:23 am #
  36. I just read The Dude’s post about them using skim milk vs whole milk. As someone who has lactose intolerance, I think they changed over to skim milk so more people could enjoy their product. As in, a wider audience.

    I just want you to consider that if they went back to whole milk, there would be thousands of lactose intolerant people not able to enjoy M&Ms;. So think of them..perhaps you could just suggest they make whole milk M&Ms; as a product on it’s own.

    Comment by Jackie on 5/04/07 at 12:28 am #
  37. I thought you’d be the one to know—have Mega M&Ms; been discontinued? ALL of the stores around here in Gettysburg have put them on clearance.

    Comment by Bobbie Laughman on 6/16/07 at 7:39 am #
  38. i like the original milk chocolate mms best and those dark choclate ones are NASTY!

    Comment by sheesh on 9/11/07 at 11:29 am #
  39. Hey,

    Does anyone know if the Crispy M&M’s have been discontinued? They don’t have them anymore on the US M&M’s site.

    Comment by John Lee on 9/11/07 at 2:17 pm #
  40. does anyone know what the red M&M is called?

    Comment by Paula & Shell & Mel & Laura on 10/16/07 at 1:23 pm #
  41. Good question about the crispy M&Ms; - those were good!

    Does anybody remember an M&M with cookie in the middle?  I believe I saw it last year around Halloween or the holidays, but I haven’t seen it since.  (It also might have been a Reese’s Pieces line, but I’m pretty sure it was M&Ms;)


    Comment by Jonathan Reiss on 11/20/07 at 8:45 am #
  42. I LOVE the Pirate Pearls. As a matter of fact, Grocery Outlet still has a large supply. I guess they just made to many and are still getting rid of them…

    How long do M&Ms; last?

    Comment by amy jane on 12/31/07 at 3:49 pm #
  43. my fav. candy in the world was crispy m&m’s. i sooo wish they would bring those back. I know they sold a lot of them so i dont know why they stopped making them~~~~ plz bring them back

    Comment by magan on 1/17/08 at 5:27 pm #
  44. Anyone know where I can get CRISPY M&M’s? Is there a way to get them from Canada or England?

    Comment by Joe on 2/07/08 at 4:33 pm #
  45. i love m&ms; they are the best candies in the world lol i neva knew there were soo many diff flavors!! smile

    Comment by alex on 2/20/08 at 4:51 am #
  46. Upon purchasing a 1.69oz package of M&M?s today and counting the, Reds (15 each) & Blues (4 each).

    But over all in the past four weeks of ?polling?, the Blue?s are holding the lead.

    Makes me ask, is Master Foods usa, a division of Mars incorporated trying to influence the election.

    Your findings and views ?

    Comment by joe on 2/20/08 at 7:09 am #
  47. weird is this like a m&m fan club wow
    ok so read my comment k

    and i just thought i would say to you chocolate lovers out there!! who eat like pigs!
    it makes you fat!! er espesiiallly when you sit on your lazy but all day!
    dont put pain on the scale!

    Comment by bella on 2/22/08 at 10:14 am #
  48. hey ilove m&m’s they rock!!!!lol

    Comment by jenna on 3/04/08 at 10:40 am #
  49. i really wish i could get crispy m&ms; again !!! they are the best!!! where can i buy them?

    Comment by Toni on 3/18/08 at 3:10 pm #
  50. I know I’m showing my age a bit, but I remember when the plain M&Ms;were the only ones available. When they were contemplating making the peanut variety there would be a SINGLE peanut M&M;in the plain bags. It was individually wrapped all by itself in a little yellow M&M;package.
    Thanks for the post on these…brought back a lot of memories that were collecting cobwebs!

    Comment by chip on 4/03/08 at 8:29 am #
  51. Hey, <u>does anyone know if there is a place to turn in empty M&M;?s wrappers for gifts</u>?
    Years ago, an M&M;?s rep told me that there was going to be a catalog and payment was in wrappers, I thought that was a cool idea.
    Maybe they can do a campaign and ?sell? m&m;?s merchandise, promo it good for one year grin

    Comment by Nan on 5/14/08 at 8:37 am #
  52. How come you didn’t mention anything about the disappearance of the light brown M&M;‘s?

    Also, the dark ones give me a terrible headache (something in them is giving me an allergic reaction I guess) so I can not eat them. Makes me wonder what they put in them as I have never gotten a reaction from chocolate before.

    Comment by Banner on 7/29/08 at 10:46 am #
  53. PLEASE tell me that Mega Peanut M&Ms;haven’t been discontinued!  These were such awesome candies.  Often I went to one of the few stores where they were sold, they were sold out; someone other than me was aware of them.  I think if they didn’t sell well, it’s because of poor marketing because they were awesome.  BRING THEM BACK!


    Comment by Mega M&Ms; on 9/12/08 at 8:49 pm #
  54. mmm
    the white chocolate and crispy tastes really good
    i relly wud like to try the peanut butter and the dark ones as well

    Comment by tusah on 10/06/08 at 12:27 pm #
  55. Hello…...I would like to retry Cadbury’s Shortcake snack, I use to sell them in Los angeles in high school.  Respectfully
    Gary D. O’Dell

    Comment by Gary O'Dell on 10/26/08 at 8:28 am #
  56. do your m and ms contain any animal ingredients and/or are they rated halal.
    thank you

    Comment by hira on 11/11/08 at 4:13 pm #
  57. looking for “carob”  M & M’s   bought them once at a store a while ago cant find now…much better for you than choc…...!!!!!!  where can i get them?? might think about making them this way also and selling them

    Comment by rick on 12/01/08 at 5:23 pm #
  58. Hi I am trying to find a limited bag of wildly cherry, does anyone have any?

    Comment by Jamie Fox on 12/06/08 at 8:29 am #
  59. I found a brown peanut M&M;today with a strange marking on it…looks like some sort of a Aztec pyramid with a small “m” underneath…any ideas what this is? Just wanted to make sure I didn’t win some contest before eating the sucker. thanks!

    Comment by Bob Oh on 12/09/08 at 9:43 am #
  60. Bob - M&Ms;did a version as a tie in for the Indiana Jones movie over the summer that had little icons on them like that.

    Comment by cybele on 12/09/08 at 9:47 am #
  61. I miss light brown M&M;‘s!!! I refuse to eat the blue ones! I thought I could buy some on the custom M&M;‘s site, but no dice.

    Bring back the old school!

    Comment by Megan on 12/17/08 at 7:04 am #
  62. Has anyone ever heard of 2 peanuts sharing one green shell?

    Comment by Melissa on 6/02/09 at 10:26 am #
  63. I don’t like chocholate so tanks for making white chochoclate m&m’s!

    Comment by Andrew Darey on 6/07/09 at 10:38 am #
  64. The coconut M&M’s are by far the best ever!

    Comment by Krystal Patterson on 8/05/09 at 4:31 pm #
  65. Have been look for M & M Mini Baking bits in every store in my area. Can’t find have you stopped making them.


    Comment by Carol Maxwell on 8/20/09 at 3:49 am #
  66. i have a question not a comment
    well both
    i like how you have all the information up there about all the different kinds of m&ms;
    my question is
    why don’t the mars co. put the same amount of m&ms; in all the packs?
    i was just curious because we have a bio test tomarrow and i wanted to know the answer, just in case my teacher askes that question.
    nice job with the information. :D

    Comment by ruchita patel on 9/24/09 at 2:21 pm #
  67. you can email me the answer back on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by ruchita patel on 9/24/09 at 2:23 pm #
  68. Orange flavored M&M’s exist now! I don’t know if they are in the US, but I found them in Taiwan and they were exported from Australia, and I’ve read that they are available in Russia too. I haven’t tried them yet(waiting for them to firm up in the fridge- chocolate tends to get soft/melty here in Taiwan due to the humidity and heat and I like my chocolate hard/crisp), but they sure smell good- you can smell they right through the bag.

    Comment by Trish on 10/12/09 at 2:18 am #
  69. is there a gray mm? an if so do u have a contest going on about it?

    Comment by maxine on 12/10/09 at 2:06 pm #
  70. Do you guys have caramel flavored M&M’s?

    Comment by Max Luckenbach on 12/23/09 at 5:00 pm #
  71. PLEASEEEEEEEEE tell me it’s true… that Coconut M&M’s will become available again soon.
    They are wonderful!!!!

    Comment by connie on 1/11/10 at 10:36 am #
  72. “I just read The Dude’s post about them using skim milk vs whole milk. As someone who has lactose intolerance, I think they changed over to skim milk so more people could enjoy their product. As in, a wider audience. “

    Yes this may be BUT THEY SHOULD KEPT THE ORIGINAL RECIPES GOING!!! (And labeled this new crap: DIET CANDY (M&Ms;,milky ways,etc))

    I used to love them all until they went skim milk!!

    Comment by The Dude on 4/20/10 at 11:22 am #
  73. I’d like to make a very valid suggestion, caramel m&ms;. I would pre-order those.please make them.

    Comment by Courtney Boyea on 7/26/10 at 3:59 pm #
  74. My husband was an M & Ms candy “tester” in the first grade for the Mars Candy Company, Newark, NJ, circa 1943.  He was paid,  big $$$, at the time, with other first graders from Colombian Grammar School in East Orange, NJ. for a period of approx. 2 months during WWII when M & Ms were only going to the troops, not the public.  Looking for other testers, if still alive.  People love this story, especially since hubby is a practicing pediatrician/allergist who was allergic to chocolate as a child. Where are those other kids??????

    Comment by Still loves M & Ms! on 10/24/10 at 8:37 pm #
  75. where did the light brown M%MS go???? I want them back!

    Comment by M n M Loverrrrrrrr on 11/17/10 at 3:46 pm #
  76. I saw a coupon in the All You magazine that I picked up at Walmart. It was for white chocolate candy corn M&M’s. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me where I might be able to tell me where I could purchase them.

    Comment by fran on 9/08/11 at 6:17 pm #
  77. red m&ms; r made out off bug poop -.-

    Comment by bellia on 8/06/12 at 6:58 pm #
  78. Cybele's avatar

    bellia - that is incorrect. They use Red 40, which is made from crude oil.

    I believe you’re referring to carmine or cochineal, which is made from whole bugs, not their excrement. That’s considered a natural dye, though not vegetarian.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/06/12 at 7:09 pm #
  79. I bought a 6 pack of peanut M&M’s and one of the 6 was completely empty :/

    M&Ms; are and have been my favorite for a long time.. I don’t know which is my favorite.. regular, peanut or dark.. I don’t venture outside of those 3 very often.. but I have tried the peanut butter and the pretzel ones.. they were good too.. but I stick to what I know most of the time wink

    Comment by Angela Damron on 7/29/13 at 5:44 pm #
  80. I had krackle mnms b4 where would i find them again? Not the crisp ones. It said krackle mnms on the bag

    Comment by Kirk on 1/31/14 at 6:12 pm #
  81. Why did they stop selling Almond M&M’s at stores? I can’t find them anywhere.

    Comment by Marko on 8/26/14 at 7:00 am #
  82. I loved carmel M &M’s gotten in a bus stop vending machine in 2002/2003 in Tampa FLA. Do these exist any where ? They were so good we bought them out and brought them back with us very time but never saw them anywhere else.

    Comment by Corrie on 1/29/16 at 7:09 pm #
  83. The Crispy is not discontinued, it comes in a green bag, I got an unopen 9.90 oz bag I bought at the local walmart in the town I live in last week, I also buy the small bags of Crispy at the check out lines.

    Comment by robert anderson on 5/15/16 at 3:02 pm #
  84. Cybele's avatar

    Robert - this post is 10 years old, so it was true at the time. In fact, it was true until Mars re-introduced Crispy in January 2015. They’re actually different now, here’s the review.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/15/16 at 3:30 pm #
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