HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the first bags of fan-favorite M&M'S® Crispy Chocolate Candies begin to hit store shelves this month – with nationwide distribution available in January – fans in New York City received an exclusive first taste, with the help of a very special guest.
Vanessa Williams – television, Broadway and music superstar, as well as the voice behind M&M'S® Brand character Ms. Brown – joined the brand at M&M'S World® New York to celebrate the first batches of M&M'S® Crispy available on store shelves. Williams ceremoniously cut a ribbon across a special shelf stocked with M&M'S® Crispy, and handed out samples to lucky store guests, helping make the holiday season a bit sweeter. In addition, Williams unveiled new tubes on the famous M&M'S World® Candy Wall filled with M&M'S® Crispy, which allows guests to buy their favorite variety in bulk, and mix-and-match with other M&M'S® varieties and colors.
In October, Mars Chocolate North America announced that after a decade of petitions and pleas from fans, the company is officially bringing back M&M'S® Crispy. M&M'S® Crispy feature a delectable, crispy center covered in rich, creamy milk chocolate, enclosed in a colorful candy shell. This crispy, crunchy and delicious treat is featured in a new, eye-catching, bright green bag.
"The return of M&M'S® Crispy is a tribute to the incredible passion of our fans – and an opportunity to introduce this delicious product to a new generation," said Seth Klugherz, Senior Director, M&M'S® Chocolate Candies. "We're excited to partner with Vanessa for this next special moment, and look forward to continuing the momentum as fans get the beloved product in their hometowns."
M&M'S® Crispy will be widely available at retailers beginning in January 2015 in Singles (1.35 oz.), Sharing Size (2.83 oz.) and Medium Laydown Bags (9.9 oz.). M&M'S World® stores in Las Vegas, Orlando and Henderson, Nevada, will host special M&M'S® Crispy sampling opportunities throughout the month of December before product becomes widely available in January.
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars' first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a "mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders" – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® and LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.
About M&M'S World®
Offering a wide range of M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies and merchandise, the M&M'S World® stores reflect the huge popularity of M&M'S®, the world's most popular confectionery brand. The stores' merchandise includes apparel, kitchenware, plush, and glassware, as well as seasonal items and specially-designed M&M'S® branded items that reflect the personalities of the cities -- Las Vegas, New York City, Orlando, Henderson (Nevada), London and Shanghai -- where the stores are located.
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SOURCE Mars Chocolate North America