M&M's were my first favorite candy and Red has always been my favorite color. So naturally, three year old Train was quite horrified when M&M's decided to pull Red from it's color lineup in 1976 and replace it with Orange.

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For ten long years my childhood was spent pining for Red M&M's and come to find out, the red dye that M&M's used was perfectly healthy all along. Red M&M's were never dyed with Red Dye #2 but the apparently "The Great Amaranth Scare" of the 70's was so intense that the candy maker ditched it for ten long years.

I thought it's be a great idea to recreate what M&M's looked like in the early 80's by process of elimination but made another shocking discovery, look for yourself to see if you can see whats missing.

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Anyone born before 1990 is probably saying "Hey where's the Blue ones?" and anyone born before 1980 is saying "Hey where's the Tan ones?" Yes, millennials, prior to 1995 there was no Blue and for the older folks like myself, Tan was ditched in favor of Blue in 1995. Oh the humanity.

Just so we all can live peacefully, let's show a picture of the current spectrum of M&M's as it is way more aesthetically pleasing than the retro version. Who really liked Tan in the first place? My bet is that the "Bring Back Tan Movement" will never take hold.

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Post Script:  I was going to add Advil in an attempt to replicate Tan but the caplets are now oval shaped instead of round and the failure to recreate retro M&M's would have gone from just a plain "fail" to one of epic proportions.

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