Forest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie were the creators of the M&M.  The idea was inspired by the Spanish Civil War soldiers who snacked on chocolates with hard candy shells which allowed the treats to travel easier in the heat.

The first M&M’s went into production in Newark, NJ in 1941.  Forest Mars was the son of the founder of the Mars Company, and Murrie was the son of a Hershey president.  And that’s the rest of the story.


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