We all have out favorite candy, but what is the treat most kids want this Halloween?

Bussinessinsider.com did a survey to find out what the favorite candy in every state is, and they discovered that it is M&M's in the mitten state!

M&M's are an American original, making their debut in 1951, and are now sold all over the world. According to Wikipedia.com

"The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers to carry chocolate without having it melt. The company's longest-lasting slogan reflects this: "Melts in your mouth, not in your hand."

If you have ever wondered what the "M" on each treat stands for, it's really kinda cool. The son of the Mars Company, Forrest Mars came up the idea for the candy and used Hershey Chocolate for the treat. The man who ran Hershey Chocolate at the time was William Murrie. Both gentlemen had last names that started with the letter M, so they decided to use the M' as a the trademark. The chocolate was first stamped in black in 1950, then in 1954 the "M" was changed to the color white.

Over the years different varieties of the candy were introduced, as well as different colors.

  • Brown
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Violet
  • Tan
  • Blue

Due to health concerns red "M&M"'s were eliminated in 1976. Wikipedia.com explains it best.

"Concerns over the dye amaranth (FD&C Red #2), which was a suspected carcinogen, and were replaced with orange-colored candies. This was done despite the fact that M&M's did not contain the dye; the action was purely to satisfy worried consumers. Red candies were reintroduced ten years later, but they also kept the orange colored M&M's. "

Many famous people have served as the voice of the candy....

The Red Candy Character was voiced by actor Jon Lovitz (1995-1996)

The Yellow Candy Character was actor John  Goodman (1995-1996)

The Blue Candy Character was actor Phil Hartmen (1995-1998)

The Candy Character Ms. Brown and Gold were voiced by actress Vanessa Williams

So if you want to the cool house on the block, hand out "M&M"'s.


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