The 13th of October is M&M’s Day.
Some people view today as a good excuse to indulge in a bit of candy while waiting the final stretch for Hallowe’en. And speaking of which, have you ever had Hallowe’en M&M’s? They are usually available this time of year!
What’s your favourite flavour of M&M’s? Regular milk chocolate? Caramel, peanut butter, dark chocolate, almond, brownie, pretzel? And do you have a favourite colour?
Have you ever been to a M&M’s World store? Do you have any M&M’s memorabilia, such as socks, mugs, figurines, or even underwear?
And speaking of oddities, have you ever tried M&M’s mixed in with popcorn? Some movie goers swear by the combination.
To celebrate M&M’s Day, some businesses or organizations may give out free packages of M&M’s, and in the past, the mms.com website often offered discounts in the lead-up to today.
Pro tip: And yes, even though in English a plural is *never* formed with an apostrophe, in this case the makers of M&M’s decided to trademark the name with an ‘s.
See also: Mars Family
Activities for today
- Organize an M&M’s inspired fundraising bake sale;
- have friends over for dinner and serve a dessert with M&M’s in it;
- have your dinner guests wear a shirt of the colour of one of the M&M’s characters: orange, red, yellow, blue, green or brown;
- if you go out for dinner, choose a restaurant serving M&M’s desserts today;
- bring some M&M’s into work for the work gang to enjoy;
- make a dessert — maybe some cookies — with M&M’s in it to bring into work or share with the neighbours.
In 1996, there was a mention of “National M&M Day” being observed on the 13th of September:
“Howells Community Catholic School primary students and their teachers, Jean Rocheford, Mary Jo Kampschnieder and Gayle Wragge, celebrated National M&M Day on Sept. 13. They gathered in the school basement for M&M activities during the last period of the day. Red, brown, yellow, blue and green M&M circles were hung around the room.” — Students learn about chocolate. Schuyler, Nebraska: The Schuyler Sun. Thursday, 19 September 1996. Page 7B, col. 4.
The first print media mention of an M&M’s Day that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 2019 in Florida:
“As if eating these candies wasn’t always a party, Sunday is National M&M’s Day, a celebration of the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand (or so the slogan says, as the idea at M&M’s creation in 1941 was to let soldiers carry chocolate without having it melt in the heat.)
If you want to be prepared for M&M’s Day, go to mms.com, where you can get 20% off your order. Just use code CHOCTREATS20 at checkout.
This discount is available online through Saturday.
If you’re in Orlando and looking for another way to celebrate the holiday, you could always head over the M&M’s World Store (open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, No. 1132, in Orlando; mms.com).
There you can shop for more than 7,000 products themed for the candy, enter the M&M’s scanner to discover your color mood and more.” — Fraser, Trevor. Stock up on chocolate ahead of National M&M’s Day. Orlando, Florida: The Orlando Sentinel. Friday, 11 October 2019. Page A2, col. 1.
Fraser, Trevor. Stock up on chocolate ahead of National M&M’s Day. Orlando, Florida: The Orlando Sentinel. 11 October 2019. Accessed September 2021 at https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-et-discount-national-m-ms-day-20191011-dqj67fgm6fhklknvfklyqyb2s4-story.html
Hernandez, Jorge. Three of Atlanta’s Best M&M Topped Desserts. Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta Eats. 11 October 2018. Accessed September 2021 at http://www.atlantaeats.com/blog/three-of-atlantas-best-mm-topped-desserts/
McFoy, Thomas. National M&M Day. Oxnard, California: Citizens Journal. 9 July 2021. Accessed September 2021 at https://www.citizensjournal.us/events/event/national-mm-day