The Great M&M Depression Of The 1980s

The ’80s were a real low point for the M&M.

1. These are the M&M’s we know and love:

Delightfully chromatic pieces of chocolate joy.

2. But did you know that in the 1980s, M&M’s had a different look?

8. BUT THAT’S IT. Which means that M&M’s looked something like THIS* in the 1980s:

*Minus the reds, if you can even imagine a more dreary combination of candy-coated sadness.

9. Thankfully, someone realized that spiraling into a Thanksgiving-hued vortex of despair isn’t what you want when you tear open a bag of M&M’s.


So they nixed the tans, reintroduced the reds, and added blue.

10. And everything was right with the world.


Never change, M&M’s!

11. But HOLD UP. Why would they ever discontinue purple?

12. They should FOR DEFINITELY bring these babies back!

(But they can keep the tans…yeeck).

Check out more articles on!

  Your Reaction?

    Starting soon, you'll only be able to post a comment on BuzzFeed using a Facebook account or via our app. If you have questions or thoughts, email us here.


    Now Buzzing