When Forrest Mars, Sr., son of the founder of the Mars Company, lived in England during the Spanish Civil War and saw British soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a colored shell (Smarties), he wanted to develop a similar product that would be able to resist melting in high temperatures since chocolate sales typically dropped off in the summer months due to lack of air conditioning. Mars, who wanted to ensure a steady supply of chocolate, approached Bruce Murrie, son of the Hershey’s Chocolate president, to join him in the new business venture. Murrie was given a 20 percent stake in the new product. So the name, M&Ms, represents Mars and Murrie.
Forrest Mars, Sr. received a patent on his manufacturing process and production began in 1941. The brown, red, orange, yellow, green and violet coated candies were originally sold in cardboard tubes. After the United States entered World War II, the candies were exclusively sold to the military, enabling the heat-resistant and easy-to-transport chocolate to be included in American soldiers’ rations. When the war was over, the soldiers were hooked and after the wartime quotas ended, the candies were again sold to the general public. Forrest Mars then bought out Bruce Murrie’s shares and took sole ownership of the M&M brand.
In 1948, the familiar brown packaging was introduced and 1950, the candies were imprinted with a small black M, which was changed to a small white M in 1954.
Tips for Selecting and Financing Your Next Vehicle, Tue at 7p
At some point in your life, there will come a time when you need to get a new car. There are so many choices today: leasing, buying new, buying used. Should you buy from a dealer or a third party? At this workshop, Chris Dlugozima and Scott Kantor will explore these questions plus the best time of year to get a car, how to decide on financing and how to choose the best auto insurance to meet your needs. Registration is required.
Food for Thought Lecture Series: News from Nowhere Presented by Arthur Aldrich, Thur at 7p
Our Town publisher Arthur R. Aldrich presents an analysis of the evolution of TV news from Edward R. Murrow to present day social media and what it means in terms of public dialogue and information. There will be an open question/discussion with audience participation during this time period. Registration is required.
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