How M&M's Are Made

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I found an article that explains where M&M's come from and how they are made and how the 'M' gets stamped onto it


It's no great mystery that M&Ms are hugely popular. But the methods behind their crunchy candy shells are less well-known.

First, the milk-chocolate centers are formed in a machine and tumbled into a rounded shape. The various flavored M&Ms get a nut or other center with chocolate added around it. Then, the centers are coated in a process known as "panning," where they're rotated in a revolving pan while a coating made of sugar and corn syrup is added.

Finally, the delicate "m" imprinting happens. According to Mars Inc., maker of M&Ms, a specially designed machine stamps the "m" on each piece of candy. The machine is carefully calibrated so it won't crack the thin candy shells. The company calls the procedure "similar to offset printing."

The ink used for the "m" is made of food-grade ingredients. You can even get M&Ms custom printed with your own text, although the "m" will appear on the other side. In 1940, the original M&Ms didn't have any printing on them. The "m" was introduced a decade later, in honor of creator Forrest Mars Sr.. Originally, the "m" was in black ink, but it switched to white in 1954.

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