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Even if you'd rather impulse buy another candy while at the register, one thing's for sure: few people on the planet can claim they dislike M&M's.
I mean, what's there not to like about them? They have a hard candy shell, that, when bitten into, blends the perfect amount of chocolate, peanut, almond, peanut butter and some other variations the treat have released.
And because we all enjoy them so much, we figured it'd be interesting to take an inside peek at exactly how they're made, with this video from CNN Money's YouTube helping us better explain things.
Founded in 1941 by Forrest E. Mars, Sr., M&M's actually became the first candy to ever make it to space, when, in 1981, they traveled out of orbit aboard the first shuttle mission with the United States.
Since then, M&M's have come in different flavors and even sizes, becoming the unofficial candy of, seemingly, every single office.
According to a This Is Insider piece from earlier this year—who toured the M&M factory and spoke with Leighanne Eide, the Mars Chocolate North America site director—there's still one thing that no one outside of the factory can see: how the "M" is stamped on each individual candy.
"Everyone always wants to know how we place the 'M' on each M&M, but that's still top secret," Eide explains. "For such a small piece of chocolate, M&M's are surprisingly sophisticated. We can’t share all of the details behind the production process because we want to keep the magic and mystery behind the 'M' alive."
The total time for a single bag of M&M's is 10-12 hours, per This Is Insider's piece, which seems like a lot of work for a bag that's going to be gone in about 30 minutes.