Custom Printed M&M’s

Thoughts about food and technology by computer geeks who love to cook



October 4, 2006

I’ve always loved the idea of being able to buy M&M’s in nonstandard colors, such as . And you can do so at any of the M&Ms retail stores or online at . At some point within the past couple of years, they started offering —also, clearly, a brilliant idea for which I can think of any number of good uses. They can even print your

on the candies.

There’s just one problem, though—which is, unfortunately, unforgivable. You can only buy custom-printed Plain M&M’s. I am extraordinarily fond of Peanut M&M’s, and they pose a severe challenge to my self-control. In the right (i.e., wrong) frame of mind, I could probably eat an entire one-pound bag in a single sitting. (Note to self: Add this to life’s to-do list. And check on milk supply before beginning.) But the Plain ones just don’t interest me at all. I can eat a few, and I will if there’s nothing else made of chocolate available, but I just find them incredibly dull. I know the irregular size and shape of peanuts poses a challenge. But somehow, the manufacturer manages to get the letter M printed on Peanut M&Ms, so presumably they could figure out how to get a few more letters onto them too.

Of course, the same could be said of all the other varieties: Dark Chocolate, Almond, Peanut Butter, Crispy, and the

(cherry, mint, peach, and so on). But really: they should at least offer custom-printed Peanut M&M’s.

Here’s another oddity: Although the M&M’s

sells 22 different colors of Plain M&M’s and the new flavors (along with lots of other M&M’s merchandise), you apparently can’t buy Peanut M&M’s of any kind online—at least not direct from the manufacturer. (The M&M’s store in Las Vegas, by the way, does have the full range of colors in both Plain and Peanut varieties.)

What I’d really like, actually, is custom-printed, purple, dark-chocolate, Peanut M&Ms. Lots of them. Is that so much to ask?

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Mary said:

Sad but true….my boyfriend loves peanut m&m’s and when I saw an ad for custom printing I thought…I am set for Valentine’s Day!

No such luck huh?


Mary: Surely a public outcry is needed! Peanut M&M’s rule, and clearly custom-printed ones are essential to the future of civilization.

Mariana said:

I totally agree with you guys!!! they should really start making customized peanut M&Ms…. my boyfriend loves them and i also thought i was set for valentines but nope… grrr… it sucks….

Randi said:

I also thought I was set for a gift for my boyfriend since I eat his entire candy dish of peanut m&ms!! boo m&m!!

Dale said:

TGG, we support you!

Purple Peanut M&M’s are the fricking dream!!

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