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Food: M&M’S

Milk chocolate M&M'S (nee plain) were created in 1941, but because of their slow-melting nature, were only sold to the military. The world became a better place when peanut M&M'S came along in 1954. Uploaded by just-for-jack.com.

I couldn’t decide whether to make this post about plain or peanut M&M’S. I love them both. I vacillated. Plain. Peanut. So, what the heck. They’re both great.

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Named for the company’s founders (Mars and Murrie), M&M’S are made by Mars, and have been around since 1941. Back then, however, you couldn’t purchase them across the counter – because they resisted melting, they were sold only to the U.S. military. Peanut M&M’S made their debut a little later, in 1954, and were only available in tan at first. Speaking of color, there’s been a lot of mythology surrounding this candy’s colors, and they’ve changed over the years.

M&M’S can now be personalized with your own message. And they’re available in a bunch of different flavors, like peanut butter and pretzel. Yeah, yeah. Whatever. They can make them in caviar and truffles, but they won’t improve the originals. And if you’re beyond a certain age, you probably will never forget their former advertising slogan: “M&MS milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hands!”

Food: Snickers

Peanuts, nougat, caramel, and chocolate in a candy bar that's sold more than any candy in history. Uploaded by donstuff.wordpress.com.

Here’s one of those rare topics where not much needs to be said. If you like candy bars, especially if you like peanuts, you love Snickers.

It’s ranked as America’s fourth-favorite candy, behind M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Great American Things, March 14, 2010), and Hershey chocolate bars. Snickers is the best-selling candy bar of all time, largely because it has been popular ever since its introduction in 1930.

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Made by Mars, Inc., Snickers was named after the Mars family’s favorite horse. And while you can now buy Snickers ice cream, Snickers dark chocolate, and dozens of other extensions, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as the thick chocolate and nougat and peanuts in the original.

One good way to enjoy Snickers is to buy an extra bag of the miniatures for Halloween. Then when the kids don’t show up, you have the bag for yourself!

Food: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

According to Business Week magazine, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are America's second favorite candy. Uploaded by sugarstand.com.

Peanut butter and Hershey’s milk chocolate. It’s not a complicated thing. Two very popular ingredients that came together to become one of America’s favorite candy treats.

Remember the commercials from the 70s and 80s? Two people would collide, and then, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!” Then they tasted the result, and had a Eureka! moment.

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Well, the product didn’t quite develop that way. H.B. Reese lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania and worked for Milton Hershey as a shipping foreman. Reese had the idea for a new candy, so he quit and started making his new creation in the basement of his house. He combined specially blended peanut butter with Hershey’s milk chocolate in a number of ways, but the creation that caught on was peanut butter cups. The H.B. Reese Candy Co. continued to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups throughout its founder’s life. Only after his death was the company purchased by Hershey’s.

Since then, the Reese’s name has been branded on a wide assortment of food products, from Reese’s Pieces to actual Reese’s Peanut Butter. But America still loves Mr. Reese’s original cups best of all. Peanut butter and Hershey’s milk chocolate. It’s not a complicated thing.

Food: Whitman’s Sampler

Photo courtesy of Flickr, posted by Cinnamoroll and Roll

Photo courtesy of Flickr, posted by Cinnamoroll and Roll

I know, I know…someone already took the great dark chocolate ones , and you never get the chocolate-covered cherry (the “cherry cordial” in Whitman’s-speak). And even though there’s a diagram showing what each piece of candy is, there’s a greater thrill in hoping you get a nougaty, nutty treat instead of one that tastes like it’s filled with toothpaste.

Whitman’s Samplers come in a variety of sizes, from 1.75 ounces all the way up to 40 ounces. (Though, let’s be honest, the four pieces in the smallest box is hardly deserving of the title “sampler.”) In addition to the traditional “Assorted Chocolates” box, you can also get Nut, Chewy & Crisp, Dark Chocolates, Pecan Crowns, Milk Chocolates, Chocolate Covered Nuts, and Sugar Free varieties.

Most Samplers are sold at Valentine’s Day (surprise!), but quite a few are given for Mother’s Day gifts as well. Just remember this simple etiquette lesson. There’s no shame in taking a bite, and discreetly throwing the rest away if you don’t like what you got. But it’s never acceptable — never — to put the half-eaten piece back in the box.

Are you reading this Uncle Richard?