What is the answer to the old song: War, what is it good for? The answer: Good for tasty M&M’s.
Forrest Mars, Sr., the founder of the Mars Company, got the idea for the M&M’s chocolate in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, preventing the candies from melting.
Forrest Mars received a patent for his own process on March 3, 1941 and production began on the same year in a factory located in New Jersey. Their popularity and their shell were so popular that they, in turn, were used by U.S. soldiers during World War II. During the war, the candies were exclusively sold to the military.
What a violent origin!