Circus Peanuts History
Circus peanuts are a type of candy that have been around for over a century. They are shaped like elongated peanuts and have a distinctive banana flavor. The history of circus peanuts can be traced back to the late 19th century, when candy makers began experimenting with new flavors and shapes for their products.
The exact origin of circus peanuts is not clear, but they are believed to have been inspired by a popular vaudeville act called "The Happy Hooligan," which featured a clown character who wore a top hat and carried a cane shaped like a banana. Some candy historians speculate that circus peanuts were created as a novelty item to capitalize on the popularity of this act.
Circus peanuts were first produced on a large scale in the early 20th century by the Spangler Candy Company, which is still one of the leading producers of the candy today. The company originally marketed them as "Peanut Shaped Marshmallow Candy," but the name was later changed to "Circus Peanuts" to better reflect their unique shape and whimsical flavor.
Despite their enduring popularity, circus peanuts have faced some criticism over the years for their artificial flavoring and bright orange color. Nevertheless, they continue to be a beloved candy for many people, and their distinctive appearance and flavor make them a staple of candy aisles across the United States.
Circus Peanuts Memories
I remember when I was five years old and every Sunday my dad took me and my brother to church. After church my dad would take us next door to the church to the corner store which was built in 1898. Oh boy!!!! They had all sorts of candy, everything you named it was like paradise. But one candy, just took my eyes and there it was "Circus Peanuts", oh how I could just remember I thought I was the most special kid in the world.
The orange candy soft, full of flavor and yummy! The circus clown on the front of the bag , just put a smile to my face and a memory to remember. Today I still enjoy these circus peanuts. Believe me, if you try them , they would get you begging for me with your mouth drooling just thinking about them. ~ Linda from New York