Red Hots - Cinnamon Imperials
Red Hots are small hot cinnamon flavored candies that are sometimes called cinnamon imperials.
Red Hots History
Red Hots, also known as Cinnamon Imperials, are a popular spicy candy known for their fiery cinnamon flavor. Here's a brief history of Red Hots:
Red Hots were first introduced in the late 1930s by the Ferrara Candy Company, a confectionery manufacturer based in the United States. The candy was originally marketed as "Cinnamon Imperials" and gained popularity for its intense cinnamon taste and bright red color.
The candy's name, Red Hots, was later adopted to reflect its vibrant appearance and the fiery sensation it delivered. The small, round candies were coated with a layer of red cinnamon-flavored candy, providing a burst of spicy flavor.
Red Hots quickly became a popular choice among candy lovers, particularly those who enjoyed spicy and cinnamon-flavored treats. The candy's distinctive taste and eye-catching color made it stand out on store shelves.
Over the years, the Ferrara Candy Company has continued to produce and distribute Red Hots, expanding their availability to various markets. The candy is often enjoyed on its own as a spicy snack or used as a flavorful ingredient in baking and confectionery recipes.
Red Hots' popularity has grown beyond the United States, and they have become a recognized cinnamon candy in many countries worldwide. Their unique combination of sweetness and spiciness makes them a favorite choice for individuals who appreciate the bold and fiery flavors of cinnamon.
In addition to their original form, Red Hots have also been used to create other cinnamon-flavored products, such as cinnamon-flavored chewing gum and cinnamon-flavored beverages. These variations allow consumers to enjoy the distinctive taste of Red Hots in different formats.
Today, Red Hots continue to be produced and enjoyed by candy enthusiasts of all ages. Their unmistakable cinnamon flavor and ability to provide a spicy kick have made them a timeless and beloved candy option.
Red Hots Memories
Red Hots were such a part of my childhood! In the 1950s and early 1960s, my siblings and I would eat Red Hots by the sticky handfuls and laugh at each other's red tongues. We would have contests as to how many we'd jam into our mouths at a time. And if our red mouths and tongues did not give us away to parents and teachers, then our red, sticky palms would!
And even my mother and her homemaker friends found uses for Red Hots. What birthday cake was complete without an outline of Red Hots around the perimeter of the pink iced homemade cake, often spelling out the birthday recipient's name? And if you were lucky, you got the piece of cake with the satisfying 'crunch' of Red Hots alongside the sweet, smooth icing. And come Christmas, the Red Hots made a very nice decorative touch on the gingerbread houses. ~ Bebe from Alabama