The other day the fate of Spangles crossed my mind. I’ve no idea why because as a youngster I didn’t much care for them. Hard little sweets with uninteresting flavours I thought. One crunch and they were gone.
Spangles was a brand of boiled sweets manufactured by Mars Ltd in the United Kingdom from 1950 to the early 1980s. They were sold in a paper packet with individual sweets originally unwrapped but later cellophane wrapped. They were distinguished by their shape which was a rounded square with a circular depression on each face.
Amazing to look back on the junk we consumed as youngsters, but we didn't become fat on it. I quite enjoyed Flying saucers for some reason, probably the obvious connection with aliens from outer space. Didn't know about the connection with communion wafers though - not until I looked it up.
The first flying saucers were produced in the early 1950s when an Antwerp based producer of communion wafers, Belgica, faced a decline in demand for their product. Astra Sweets now owns the Belgica brand and continue to make the product.