Circus peanuts are an old time candy favorite. A orange marshmallow treat in the shape of a peanut and fat free too. Circus peanuts are one of those candies that taste just as good hard and they to soft. Don't worry our circus peanuts are fresh, once you start eating them, well the whole bag will be gone before you know it.
Circus Peanuts were first invented way back in the 1800's, now this is definitely and old time candy.
12 oz bag of Circus Peanuts by Spangler Candy Company
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|Circus Peanuts look like a giant, orange, fluffy peanuts. They have a texture and a flavor, however, that are unique. People either can’t get enough of them or can’t get far enough away. What candy could possibly have such an effect? Circus Peanuts.|
Circus Peanuts have been on the market since the 1800s, typically found in five-and-dime stores. They were available in bulk with the other penny candies, which may account for their rather strange consistency—a candy sitting out in a bulk bin for months at a time (circus peanuts were considered a seasonal, springtime candy) wouldn’t stay very soft for very long.
So even though they are often termed “marshmallow” candies, they really don’t have the same texture as a marshmallow, which would harden in just hours left in the open air. Nor do they contain peanuts as the name implies. Instead, they are made up of various sugars, artificial color and flavor, and gelatin. Presumably, the gelatin is what gives the Peanuts their unique texture. The special taste of Circus Peanuts comes from the banana flavoring.
The reason for this odd combination of orange color, peanut shape and banana taste is lost; the origin of Circus Peanuts is unknown. David Templeton recounts the rumor that the introduction of banana flavoring actually stemmed from an experiment with the use of banana oil in the candies. The flavor was simply a happy side-effect.
Circus Peanut haters may be vocal, but lovers of the candy purchase enough to make up for the noise. The Spangler Candy Company makes about 32,000 pounds of them per day, and Circus Peanuts make up about 5% of the company’s candy sales.
But Spangler is not the only company manufacturing Circus Peanuts today;Melster, Brach’s and Farley’s do, as well. And Spangler is experimenting with the formula to try to draw new candy lovers into the fold. New flavors and colors include a white vanilla, a lemon yellow, and a pink cherry to join the traditional orange-colored banana. Rumors abound that more special shapes and colors are in the works for seasonal treats at Easter and Christmas.
Certainly, time will tell if these new concepts bring in more sales, but it seems unlikely many current Circus Peanut fans will be thrilled with the variety. Among them, debate currently rages about what kind of Peanuts are the best and how they should be eaten. Some say they must be fresh while other prefer them stale. Luckily, there appears to be a fix for both: Spangler says that Circus Peanuts that have sat out too long and gotten hard can be returned to their former selves by putting them in the microwave for a few seconds. And of course, leaving an opened package on the counter for a few days will toughen them up a bit.
The vehement Circus Peanut haters will always be loud, so many of the Circus Peanut lovers will continue to hide their passion, thinking they are alone in their attachment. But Spangler’s sales are already growing. Even without any new converts, the number of fans promises to keep Circus Peanuts around for another 200 years.