July 4, 1995 in Nation/World

So What About All Those Tan Fans?

The Washington Post

If you find a blue M&M; in your candy package, you will not get a tour of the factory with Willy Wonka.

So don’t even ask.

The new color, picked in a nationwide color contest sponsored earlier this year by M&Ms;’ maker, McLean, Va.-based Mars Inc., replaces tan in bags of plain M&Ms.;

Although the company does not expect the new blend to be widely available until September, some packages with the blue M&Ms; already are in stores - primarily those that sell large quantities of the candy.

“People are calling in saying, “I have a blue already, can you confirm I am the first one?’ said Marlene Machut, spokeswoman for the Hackettstown, N.J., division of the company.

Probably not.

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