Thank the God of Candy
These look like regular "holiday" m&m's, don't they?
Well, praise the Lord of All Tooth Decay, they are NOT! They are the famous and notoriously rare MINT m&m's, and I found them this week at my local Ralph's grocery store.
I love these m&m's so much I called Mars a few years ago to ask where the heck they were since I hadn't been able to get my hands on a bag for a 3-year stretch. Here is the transcript:
Operator (chuckling): Ah yes, Mint m&m's. Loads of people always call around this time of year looking for them.
Me: I can certainly imagine. Well, then... SHOULD THEY NOT BE ON STORE SHELVES AROUND THE NATION?!
Operator (slightly scared): Well, uh, probably... I like them too.
Me: Sorry. I'm on a sugar-low. Is there anything I can do to get some in my area?
(Pause here for another handful of chocolatey-minty goodness...) My communication with Mars today revealed:
1989 - Mint m&m's introduced during December holiday season only (in green, red, white holiday colors)
1990 - Mint m&m's added during Easter season (white)
1991 - Mint m&m's available year round (This is right around when I became a cult member.)
1994 - Mint m&m's phased out (DEAR GOD, NOOOOOOOOooooooooo!)
1995 onwards - Mint m&m's available only during Dec holiday season and only in random limited areas
Be sure to look for the Mark of Mint! You will not be sorry!