M&M's Chocolate Candies are candy-coated pieces of chocolate with the letter "m" inscribed on them, produced by Mars, Incorporated. Several variations of the candy exist, including milk chocolate, peanut, cherry cordial (available primarily during the Christmas season), dulce de leche, toffee, crispy, almond, peanut butter, white chocolate (with and without peanuts), mint flavor, and dark chocolate (with and without peanuts). The candies were originally manufactured in brown, yellow, orange, red, green, and violet. Violet was replaced by tan in 1949, which was replaced by blue in 1995. Mars also launched a competition to have a new color between purple, pink, and turquoise sometime around 2002. Purple became the extra color, but it eventually disappeared.