Lemonheads are small panned candies with an tart lemon flavor, one of the first sour candies made.
Lemonheads were invented by Ferrara Pan Candy Company. The formula was developed in 1962 using the same method as Red Hots, another Ferrara Pan candy product. Both of these candies are made using the cold panned process.
This process involves building candy pieces from candy centers and tossing them into revolving pans while adding flavor, color and other candy ingredients. The process continues until the pieces become the desired size. The Lemonhead was created in an attempt to make a round sour candy using a similar process as the Red Hot.
When I was in high school, we had vending machines in one of the hallways. Each day, I would buy a bag of Lemonheads and secretly eat them during class even though there was a "no eating" rule. I absolutely loved them and didn't think anyone had noticed that I was eating them every day. I found out that someone had taken notice on Valentine's day.
One of my classmates, Matt, approached me just before I was about to purchase my daily stash. He told me that he had noticed how much I liked Lemonheads, and that he wanted to do something nice for me for Valentine's day. He handed me a bag, grinned, and said he hoped I had a nice day.
Of course, that is a strange gift to get for Valentine's day, but it was special to me because it was my first Valentine's gift ever. I am 31 years old now and have received much more extravagant gifts since that bag of Lemonheads, but I still have the empty bag he gave me. It's tucked away in my memory book and always brings a smile to my face when I see it. ~ Lisa from Alabama