Lala & Linda as M&M’s…

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Originally made as a high-energy field snack for American soldiers, because “they melt in your mouth, not in your hand.” M&M’s were named after Forrest Mars and Bruce Murries, the inventors.

Red M&M’s were discontinued for 11 years from 1976 to 1985 after the FDA banned Red Dye No. 2, even though M&M’s did not contain this dye. They have always used Red #’s 3 and 40!

Many consumers protested, and a student at the University of Tennessee (Paul Hethmon, the photo editor on the student newspaper, the Daily Beacon) started a society for the Restoration and Preservation of Red M&M’s. Eventually the company relented and began producing it again. It was reintroduced it at about the same time as glasnost and the crumbling of the anti-Red scare. Focus groups were held to decide the correct proportions for the gradual reintroduction of the banned variety during the Christmas season of 1985.

The new proportions were 30% brown, 20% red, 20% yellow and 10% each of orange, green and tan for plain M&M’s.
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3 Comments

  1. Kay said:

    These are so funny. I made some for Bob, Delaney and me, but my system bombed when I was sending them so I have to try to make them again. Bummer.

    February 12, 2007
  2. La said:

    I looked and this is the closest shoe to a Croc. Try different styles cause they all fit differently.

    February 12, 2007
  3. Erin said:

    Very cute and funny… although I think Linda needs a pair of Crocs instead of the sneakers! How does she like her new ones? Are they comfy? I cannot find a pair that fit me for some reason… my size is slightly too tight and the next size up too big. Guess they were not meant for me.

    February 12, 2007

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