Snaps & Snippets: Centenary University chemistry students work with Mars Wrigley R&D team to find sugar content of M&Ms

Centenary University, based in Hackettstown, has found a sweet way for its chemistry students to learn … working with Mars Wrigley U.S., which has a major corporate facility in the Warren County town. The confectioner, which has its headquarters in Newark, helped the students determine just how much sugar is in a single M&M candy. 

The question, the university pointed out in a news release, has major business implications for the company, which first manufactured the iconic candy in Newark in 1941. After all, procuring sugar is a major expense. 

The project included nine seniors in an analytical chemistry class taught by Ahmet Kukrek, assistant professor of chemistry, and provided both a look at how scientific research leads to practical solutions for business … and hands-on experience in a lab for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

By the way, the answer: about 9/16 of a gram.