What Is It About the Green Ones?
Sep. 23, 2001: The good folks at Mars Inc., makers of a plethora of chocolate confections including the ever-popular M&Ms, have apparently decided the old adage "Sex sells" applies to candy, too. After 30 years of mostly ignoring the inexplicable urban legend to the effect that green M&Ms have aphrodisiacal powers, the company has rolled out new magazine and TV ads unabashedly exploiting the candy's sexy reputation. In addition to the ads, which feature teasers like "What is it about the green ones?" and "You'll melt in my hands," specially-marked packages will contain green M&Ms stamped with the sultry, trademarked face of the candy's animated spokesmodel.
Given that the bulk of contemporary folklore about companies and products is notably more negative, I don't expect urban legend tie-ins to become a major trend in advertising. Among the ad campaigns you won't see any time soon:
- Procter & Gamble: "Palmolive Liquid, Dish Soap of Satan"
- McDonald's: "McEyeball Sandwiches"
- Taco Bell: "La Cucaracha Soft Tacos"
- Mountain Dew: "A Contraceptive and It Tastes Good Too!"
- M&Ms Chocolate Candies Get a Face-Lift (Market Wire, September 2001)