M&M’s Vending Machine

Spotted! M&M Vending Machine in Netherland. Our favorite chocolate.

M&M originated in the United States in 1941, inspired by a method used to allow soldiers in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) to carry chocolate in warm climates. The company’s longest-lasting slogan reflects this: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.” 

Actually, Mars’s first big customer was the U.S. Army, which saw the invention as a way to allow soldiers to carry chocolate in tropical climates without it melting. During World War II, the candies were exclusively sold to the military.