To my recollection, candy started taking on a larger presidential profile during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980’s. President Reagan was a fan of a brand of jelly beans that were relatively unknown at the time – Jelly Belly. Soon the stories of his appreciation for those gourmet jelly beans hit the evening news – and a confectionery hit was born. We can assume that Jelly Belly’s initial success owes a good deal to our 40th President’s sweet-tooth.
Dating back to the term of George H.W. Bush, M&M-Mars has produced special editions of their M&M products that are reportedly kept on Air Force One and the White House.
These Presidential M&M’s have special boxes complete with the Presidential seal, as well as the signature of the President they were made for. Because of their notable status, they are often saved, and a collection of them can be assembled with relative ease.
Here’s the Peanut M&M’s box that was available during the term of the 42nd President of the United States – Bill Clinton: