Ever Wonder How They Make… M&m’s
Reveals the clever process by which these candies are made.
Red, brown, yellow, orange, green and blue chocolate pebbles filled with peanuts, almonds or peanut butter. Which of us doesn’t recognize the description of the popular M&M? Generations of Americans have snacked away on the bite-sized candies since 1940.
But have you ever paused to wonder how M&M’s are made? How they make them such a perfect shape? Whether the signature “m” is printed on or if the candies are sprayed with color while the “m” is a protected area? Find out below the entire manufacture process of this popular candy.
First, liquid chocolate is poured into molds to make the centers (for the peanut or almond filled variety, the chocolate is poured over the nut). Before they are allowed to harden, the candies are tumbled about to ensure a perfectly smooth rounds.
Then the hardened chocolates are carried to to the coating area for a process called “panning”. During panning, the chocolates are rotated in large cylinders while being sprayed with a candy syrup made of sugar and corn syrup. Several coatings ensure a uniform coating on each piece. A final coating of colored syrup is applied.
Next, several different colored batches are combined and trays of the candies transported via conveyor belt to the “m” stamping machine. The trays are specially made with indentations into which each candy fits snugly. The trays pass under the rubber etch rollers of this machine which gently imprints the letter without cracking the candy shell.
Finally, the candies are bagged, heat sealed and packed into cases, ready to shipped to retailers worldwide.
So there you have it, the simple yet clever manufacture process of M&M’s, candies that have been famous around the world for decades.
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