Mars introduced M&M's Mega, a new M&M product size that is twice as large in diameter as plain milk chocolate M&M's and contains three times as much chocolate. The new size is offered in plain milk chocolate and peanut varieties and is available in two packaging sizes -- a 1.48-ounce single pack and 11.4-ounce "medium" bags. The company produces more than 400 million M&M's a day.
Russell Stover Candies is distributing coupons for chocolate bars to students in Abilene, Kan., who reach their reading goals. The company also offers fundraising programs that give schools and other organizations 10% of proceeds from purchases during a set time frame.
Research by Unilever is looking at how smell, appearance, texture and sound relate to the taste of food. Researchers are finding that perceptions of sweetness and saltiness decrease as background noise gets louder.
Research, funded by Mars, reveals a nearly complete map of the DNA for the cacao tree. The discovery, which will be available to the public, is expected to lead to improvements in cocoa sustainability, flavor and healthfulness. Researchers at Penn State, with the support of Hershey, are working on mapping a sequence on another variety of cacao, according to The New York Times.