Saturday, October 13, 2018

M&M's PARTY COOKIES: Retro Ad & Recipe for National M&M's Day!

Today is National M&M's Day! Here are 5 fun facts about M&M's:

1. From 1976 to 1985, there were no red M&Ms
2. Blue M&Ms were introduced in 1995.
3. M&Ms were taken along on the first space shuttle voyage in 1982.
4. There are 340 million M&M’s produced daily.
5. And they are GOOD!!!

From Wikipedia:
M&M's are "colorful button-shaped chocolates", each of which has the letter "m" printed in lower case on one side, surrounding a filling which varies depending upon the variety of M&M's. 

The original candy had a milk chocolate filling which, upon introducing other variations, was branded as the "plain" variety. "Peanut" M&M's, which feature a peanut coated in milk chocolate, and finally a candy shell, were the first variation to be introduced, and they remain a regular variety. Numerous other variations have been introduced, some of which are regular widespread varieties (such as "peanut butter", "almond", "pretzel", "crispy", "dark chocolate", and "caramel") while others are limited in duration or geographic availability. 

M&M's is the flagship product of the Mars Wrigley Confectionery division of Mars, Incorporated. The candy originated in the United States in 1941,[2] and are sold in over 100 countries, since 2003.[1] More than 400 million individual M&M's are produced every day in the United States.[3][4] They are produced in different colors, some of which have changed over the years. The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers to carry chocolate in warm climates without having it melt. The company's longest-lasting slogan reflects this: "Melts in your mouth, not in your hand." 

So to celebrate M&Ms Day here are two retro ads from 1963 (Color Cookies) and 1964 (Party Cookies). Same recipe just renaming the cookies.

PARTY COOKIES aka COLOR COOKIES
Easy color cookie recipe with m&m’s! Happiest new cookie idea in years! Only Crisco and m&m’s Plain Chocolate Candies offer you this delicious new cookie. Kids really go for crisp, fun-to-eat “Color Cookies.”

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon water
1 egg
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup M&M’s Plain Chocolate Candies

Directions
Blend Crisco and sugars. Beat in vanilla, water and egg. Sift remaining dry ingredients together and add to the sugar and egg mixture. Mix well. Stir in M&M’s Plain Chocolate Candies.
Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes about 3 dozen 2 1/2 in cookies.
For additional color, press extra M&M’s Plain Chocolate Candies into cookies before baking. Some candies crack slightly in baking, adding texture and interest to the cookies.

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