Percent of Color in M&M Bags
How Many of Each Color Are In the Bag?
We set out to solve this intriguing question.
And you can participate in this 'scientific' experiment, adding your real world knowledge to what, undoubtedly, will become one of those eternal questions we all ask such as, "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll lollipop?"
We encourage you to go out into the big world and buy yourself or your beloveds a bag of M&Ms, sit down in a nice comfy spot, tear the bag open, sort them into color, and resist immediate consumption for the good of all humanity.
The Origins and Genetics of this Epic Journey
One day, I was minding my own business when I was suddenly confronted with an outlandish claim for the percentage of blue M&Ms in a bag of the notorious candies.
This led to much discussion between friends over the next couple of weeks, and yet we did not pursue debunking the figures I had seen.
Until yesterday when, on the way past a Dollar General store, doing errands, we got an insatiable craving for M&Ms which were at a pretty darn good deal that day.
Upon arrival at our destination we took the time to sit at a table in the shade and proceeded to do intensive investigation concerning this matter.
I am pleased to report that the first of many gatherings of data are going to be reported in this lens. I am hoping that if all of America pulls together, we can answer this burning question, once and for all.
What percentage of blue M&Ms actually is delivered in the final packaging that the global population receives?
Plain or Peanut? That Is the Question.
Well, the 'other' question, anyhow.
Do you prefer the smoothness of plain, or the crunch of peanut?
If only the whole world saw things my way, the universe would be at peace. Here is why plain, peanut, or "Give me both lest I die!" is the only serious choice.
June 4, 2011. Large bag. Peanut. 178 total candies.
October 16, 2011. Small bag. Peanut Butter. 27 total candies. (Thanks, Aquavel!)
November 11, 2011. Medium bag. Plain. 409 total candies.
How Can Something So Sweet Cause A War?
How to Contribute to this Worthwhile Study.
1. Purchase a bag, be it small, large, plain, peanut or other.
2. Find someone you love to share the experience with, or set up a distraction for them so they can't eat any of the data.
3. Open the bag.
4. Pour them all out.
5. Eat the fragments. If one is whole but just has a chip off, don't eat that, but anything less than about 75% whole doesn't count.
6. Count the entire number and record the total.
7. Sort them into piles by color.
8. Count each color and record the data.
9. To find the percentage that each color is of the whole, get a calculator.
10. Divide the number of a color by the total of all the candies, then multiply that by 100. round off the result to two decimal places.
For example - in our bag we had 178 total whole candies. There were 16 brown. So the formula is this. 16 divided by 178 (0.0898876), then multiplied by 100 (8.98876), then rounded off to become the final percentage which is 8.99%.
Please post your results below, recording the type of M&M you purchases, the total number of whole candies, and the percentage of each color in the bag.
- Have an M&M Merry Christmas
1930s and 1940s:Forrest Mars, Senior founder of the Mars Company, got the idea for the candies during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
Type of Candy.
Total number of Candies.
Percentages by candy color.
Go. Save the world.
Excellent! Aquavel, has gone bananas with her peanut butter M&Ms. This is important news! Go give her a huge thanks for being an M&M hero at Going Bananas!