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M&M's, Since 1941! - A Short Candy-Coated History
While the idea for M&Ms came about in the 1930, when Forrest Mars, Sr. saw soldiers in the Spanish Civil War eating chocolate pellets that had a tempered chocolate shell, it wasn't until 1941 that Mr Mars was granted a patent for his own process to make the candies. The first M&M's candies were made with Hershey chocolate due to war rationing and came in five colors: red, yellow, brown, green, and violet. They were sold exclusively to the military.
In 1950, the candies were printed with a black "M", which was changed to white in 1954. Peanut M&M's were introduced the same year but only came in a tan color. It wasn't until the 1960s that Peanut M&M's were produced in red, yellow, and green. Health concerns during the 1970s found the red color removed from the process and replaced with orange, until the red was later returned in the 1980s and orange became a standard color. Currently, M&M's come in brown, yellow, green, red, orange, and blue.
M&M's also come in different flavors, such as Almond, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, and Pretzel. M&M's have been featured in various promotional tie-ins with movies, and are the official candy of NASCAR. There is a variety of premium flavors, M&M's Premiums, which feature mint chocolate, dark chocolate, raspberry almond, triple chocolate, and chocolate almond. Customers can also create M&M's with personalized messages or pictures at mymms.com.
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Red is the unofficial leader of the M&M's spokecandies. Most often he is seen with Yellow, in television spots or print ads. He's the straight man to Yellow's clueless-ness.
Originally Red was voiced by actor Jon Lovitz but voice actor Billy West is now the voice of Red. A little cynical and a lot sardonic, Red is the mascot for M&M's Candies as well as represents the plain/milk chocolate variety.
Yellow is the clueless and happy but loveable spokecandy who represents the peanut variety of the M&M's candies. He is often seen alongside Red. Yellow is a bit gullible and tends to take Red's sarcasm at face value.
Originally Yellow was voice by actor John Goodman but is currently voiced by actor J. K. Simmons.
Green, the only female spokescandy, is seductively sweet and just bit sassy. She reps the peanut butter, dark chocolate and coconut varieties of M&M's candies, as well as the M&M's Premiums.
Green is voiced by actress/musician Cree Summer. She is usually seen wearing white gogo boots.
Known as the "cool" spokescandy, Blue is the adventurous and partying M&M's candy. He originally represented the almond M&M's candies.
Blue was originally voiced by the late actor Phil Hartman. He's been seen riding motorcycles and playing the saxophone.
A little paranoid and most certainly neurotic, the Orange spokecandy reps the crispy and pretzel varieties of M&M's candies. He is also convinced everyone is trying to eat him.
Orange is voiced by Eric Kirchberger.