The maker of M&Ms, Mars, is considering taking its candies out of McDonald's McFlurry and other treats to lower the sugar content, a source tells Reuters. Fred Katayama reports.
M&Ms and McFlurrys go together like ham 'n cheese, but the maker of those iconic button-shaped chocolates is considering taking them out. And not just out of that McDonald's ice cream dessert, but also taking them out of Dairy Queen's Blizzard and its Snickers out of Burger King's Snickers pie. An industry source tells Reuters Mars has been in talks with McDonald's and other partners about its candy mix-ins. Mars is concerned that desserts featuring its candies exceed in one serving the U.S. government's daily dietary guideline for sugar. It conflicts with Mar's stance that sweets are best enjoyed in moderation. A Mars spokesman said, "We are now working alongside our suppliers to bring this commitment to life." Public health attorney Michele Simon called Mars' qualms "silly," saying, "This is all junk food." But Mars has been progressive on health issues. It was the first confectionary maker to list calories and sugar on its products, and it has stopped selling king-sized candy bars.