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M&M's Have Harnessed Caramel Technology

'Soft and chewy' M&M's are coming next May

(Newser) - “After years of development, M&M’s now has the proprietary technology to enter the soft and chewy category," Mars executive Hank Izzo tells Fortune . Thanks to our nation's hardest-working candy scientists*, M&M's with caramel centers will hit store shelves next May. After years of... More »

Making a 'Natural' Blue M&M Is Tougher Than You Think

Candy giant Mars struggling to find alternative to artificial dye

(Newser) - Quick, aside from blueberries, name a food that is naturally blue. Even those blueberries are problematic because they're closer to red when mashed. And thus is the predicament of the scientists at food giant Mars as they struggle to create a naturally blue M&M, writes Malia Wollen in... More »

M&Ms Might Save This Endangered Ferret

Vaccine-laced candies to protect its food source

(Newser) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to save endangered ferrets with a "glorified gumball machine" that shoots M&Ms. Beginning in September, government scientists say they'll use a drone armed with a device that shoots candies in three directions in an effort to stop a plague in... More »

Petitioners to M&Ms: Ditch Those Artificial Dyes

They're linked to hyperactivity, says group

(Newser) - Just in time for Halloween: a Change.org petition calling for M&Ms to get rid of its artificial dyes—especially the yellow and red ones—in favor of natural coloring, reports the International Business Times . The group behind the petition, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says... More »

Mars Slims Down Candy

Snickers, Twix, M&Ms to top out at 250 calories

(Newser) - Kiss your king-size Snickers goodbye. Mars Inc., the maker of Snickers, Twix, and M&Ms, among other confections, has announced that it will stop selling chocolate products containing more than 250 calories by the end of next year. A spokesman for the Virginia-based company says the switch is part of... More »

Australia Clears Red M&M of Bullying Charges

Aussies let candy off hook after prolonged ethics probe

(Newser) - After what could be history's most prolonged ethics investigation of a piece of candy, advertising authorities in Australia have decided that the red M&M is not a bully. The ad bureau—after a 2-month investigation—rejected complaints from viewers that the M&M's behavior in TV ads... More »

Trick-or-Treat ... Mr President

Obamas open White House doors to 2000+ area schoolkids

(Newser) - The leader of the free world may have been masquerading as a frumpy suburban dad and handing out dried fruit, but it was still a pretty cool treat for a couple thousand DC-area kids who went trick-or-treating at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave last night. With the first lady dressed as a... More »

Blue Food Dye May Help Treat Spinal Injury

M&M coloring, if taken in time, could reduce paralysis, study finds

(Newser) - A dye used to color blue M&Ms and Gatorade may have a higher calling: Scientists say it could help treat spinal-cord injury, ScienceBlog reports. After a spinal injury, a chemical called ATP, usually key to cells’ health, rushes to the site and kills cells, worsening paralysis. With more research,... More »

Kraft, Mars, Cadbury Hit by Chinese Tainting Scandal

Melamine concerns prompt recall, probe

(Newser) - Kraft and Mars are investigating claims by the Indonesian government that products including Oreos, M&Ms, and Snickers imported from China are tainted with melamine, PerthNow reports. The company notes that the products tested melamine-free elsewhere in Asia, and suggests that they could be counterfeit. Still, the firms are supporting... More »

M&M's Maker Countersues Naked Cowboy

NYC tourist fave can't own topless look, company says

(Newser) - The maker of M&M's isn’t sitting still while the Naked Cowboy tries to serenade his way into its corporate pocketbook, the New York Post reports. Yesterday Mars Inc. fired a copyright-infringement suit at the musical cowpoke, a fixture at Times Square who had sued Mars, saying the company... More »

Naked Cowboy to M&Ms: See You in Court

Street performer says Times Sq. billboard is trademark infringement

(Newser) - The New York street performer known as the Naked Cowboy can sue Mars Inc. for trademark infringement, a judge ruled today, over a singing blue M&M wearing his signature costume on a Times Square billboard, Reuters reports. In seeking $6 million in damages, Robert Burck "plausibly alleges that... More »

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