You Won’t Believe What Food And Gadgets Were Invented During War Time

Did you know some items you’ve used since childhood don’t have such innocent beginnings? Just think for a moment what school would have been like without ballpoint pens. Or what Halloween would be like without fun-size of M&Ms! Some of our most used tools and favorite snacks wouldn’t exist without war. Do you want to know what other modern conveniences were created during times of conflict? You won’t believe what invention made mass produced guacamole possible!

M&Ms Were First Sold Exclusively To The Military

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Photo Credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

In 1941, M&Ms were invented, but civilians wouldn’t experience the joys of the rainbow-colored chocolate candy until years later. The sweets weren’t originally developed for the military, but sugar was not available to the public during WWII, so Frank Mars and his son shipped the iconic treat to the troops overseas.

After the war sugar rations were lifted, M&Ms reached consumer shelves and instantly became popular. The candy is so loved that today 400 million of them are made every day. That’s a lot of sugar!