The Origin of Brand Names

By Emily Wolter

Munch, munch, munch. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a little chocolate that makes late nights typing away on those long, tedious lab reports so much more enjoyable. Well, that and a healthy dose of tunes. Let’s pretend that our chocolate snack of choice for today is M&M’s®.

Have you ever wondered where M&M’s® were first introduced? How many moons ago did someone dream up those colored little candies and how did they make their way into the mainstream candy market?

I had never thought much about it until I went to check my email the other day and stumbled upon a video on Yahoo addressing just that. Not only does it detail where the name M&M’s® came from, but it uncovers the mystery behind some other popular brand names. And, in case you just can’t wait, “the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand” was introduced in 1941 by Forrest E. Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie for those fighting in World War II. The soldiers brought them home…and the rest is history!

What are your favorite go-to snacks? Any ideas of the origin behind the product?

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