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Flying Saucers: A Favourite Childhood Treat throughout the Ages

Posted by Justin P Thompson on

There are many sweets and candies that bring us back to our childhood. Perhaps one of the most well-known of these candies is the Flying Saucers. For those who are unfamiliar with these candies, flying saucers are basically dimpled discs made from edible rice paper. They are filled with sherbet, a fizzy candy powder usually eaten by dipping a lollipop or liquorice. Sometimes, sherbet is consumed as is.


The Story of Flying Saucers

Flying saucers are usually two inches or five centimetres wide. Apart from rice paper, foamed corn starch is also used for their outer shell, which is often coloured but otherwise flavourless. Each flying saucer weighs only about 1 1/3 grams. They are sold unwrapped in boxes in candy stores like All Sweets and Treats.


The first flying saucers were said to be produced in the 1960s. However, some believed that they were manufactured originally as a medicinal item. In 1900, a Belgian company called Belgica invented a flat, round starch-cell capsule that could hold pill powder in. This was to make taking medicine, especially those with unpleasant taste, much easier for patients.


The Astra Sweets Company of Belgium, which acquired Belgica in 1992, confirmed this report. It claimed that this capsule was indeed the predecessor of the flying saucers the candy.


In the United States, flying saucers go by a different name. They are often called "Satellite Wafers." Instead of the usual sherbet powder, some Satellite Wafers have tiny, hard candy balls in them that are usually unflavoured.


Apart from the US, flying saucers, particularly the sherbet filled variety, are quite popular in the United Kingdom. In fact, a 2004 survey named them as the most popular sweet of all time, while a 2009 survey ranked them as the 12th most popular sweet in the country. Flying saucers are also well-loved in Belgium, Canada, France, and Germany.


How People Enjoy Flying Saucers

People across the globe have different ways of savouring the unique taste of flying saucers. Some like to bite off an edge before fishing out the powder with the tip of their tongue. Others, meanwhile, just put the whole candy in their mouth and wait for it to dissolve and experience that burst of flavour.


Some food companies decide to replicate the success of flying saucers and incorporate them into their own products. For instance, the Carvel Company have their own Flying Saucer Ice Cream Sandwiches. These ice cream sandwiches have two chocolate biscuits and soft ice cream between them.


Feeling Nostalgic?

If you're feeling a bit nostalgic and you want to taste that candy reminds you of your childhood, we can help. At All Sweets and Treats, we offer a wide range of confectionery and candy products. We stock a variety of international candies, particularly UK sweets like flying saucers. We also have products made by candy companies based in the United States, New Zealand, and Holland. Of course, we proudly offer products made by local candy and candy manufacturers, too.


Give us a visit and find candies that will take you back to your childhood.

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