Today’s letter is the letter “M.”
Have you ever looked at the “M” on an M&M and wondered, moments before a mouthful of delicious chocolate and color, how exactly that got there?
According to mental_floss, the “M”s are applied via a method similar to offset printing. They run down a conveyor belt and are individually stamped with a vegetable-based dye. This printer allegedly stamps around 2.5 million m&m’s an hour, but occasionally it misses due to small variations in the candies.
The “M”s are made of a wax-like substance that floats in water – if you drop one of the candies M-side up in a bowl of water, the M will slowly peel off and float to the surface.
Creating something like this:
A little terrifying…reported to still be delicious.
What do the “M”s stand for? The original founders of the M&M brand were Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie, both sons of other famous and successful candy makers. From their initials they derived the name “M&M”. The partnership eventually dissolved (much like in the picture above) – not so “sweet” for Murrie. The name, however, stuck.
Read more about it here:
- What are some instantly recognizable logos? Why are they recognizable?
- Why are so many candies colorful?
- What do M&M’s represent in pop culture?
- If “M” is a word – what kinds of connotations does it have? (Suggested, not literal meaning.)
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