ATLANTA -- Atlanta's peach will share the New Year's Eve spotlight with a giant peanut M&M.
VIDEO | Watch the M&M join the big peach
In December, Mars Chocolate North America and Underground Atlanta announced the company is the official sponsor of the 25th annual Peach Drop. While the event is still called "Peach Drop 2014", organizers are also calling it the "Year of the Peanut".
Roy Benin, chief consumer officer for Mars, said, "Only one in 100 peanuts is lucky enough to find its way into a bag of M&M's Peanut, so we think it's only fitting that we kick off our exciting 2014 campaign in what many people consider the Peanut capitol of the U.S."
Do you like or dislike the addition of the M&M to the Peach Drop?
Monday morning, as crews started their annual set up and test, a giant yellow peanut M&M sat perched at the top of the peach drop tower. Organizers said the M&M would reveal a surprise at midnight. The traditional peach drop will go on as usual and will still feature the giant fiberglass peach. Since the "secret" test went on in the middle of the day in the middle of downtown Atlanta, photos quickly spread on social media. Organizers were quick to point out the peanut M&M was not replacing the peach, just joining it for the New Years Eve celebration.
"We're happy to have them" Underground Atlanta representativeMichelle Lawrence said. "Georgia is known for its peanuts as well as its peaches. So it's a good fit, and we're thrilled."
Some Georgia natives who walking by the display Monday morning were not as thrilled.
"I think people will be hoping for [M&M's owner] Mars to distribute peanut M&M's instead of celebrating the peach drop like we always have," said Decatur resident William Harbour.
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