A statistician got curious about M&M colors and went on an endearingly geeky quest for answers

Mar 15, 2017 - Quartz

Troves of Internet literature document the things that engineers and scientists do when left alone with candy. To this compendium we can now add a definitive investigation of M&M colors.

Patented in 1941 by candy kingpin Forrest E. Mars, Sr., M&Ms were a shameless rip-off of UK treat Smarties, which Mars may or may not have seen British soldiers eating during the Spanish Civil War. (Debates on the relative merits of Smarties and M&Ms are also a big Internet thing, but that’s a separate i...