Go Bananas for Circus Marshmallow Peanuts

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 by Jon
Marshmallow Peanuts are one of the oldest candies and few people know that the flavor is banana!

Marshmallow Peanuts are one of the oldest candies and few people know that the flavor is banana!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 2

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 9

Overall: 5

Also known as a circus peanut, this orange peanut shaped marshmallow became one of the first penny candies after it was introduced in the mid 1800s.

To be honest, I never understood why everyone liked these things so much. Yes they have a good texture, and yes they are a classic, but what I don’t understand is why the peanut shaped marshmallow taste like artificial banana. It just doesn’t make sense.

 If you are a fan of marshmallows that taste like bananas, then this candy might be your calling. Unless you are trying to relive memories from the past, this almost sickeningly sweet confectionary won’t leave you very satisfied.

In 1963 man named John Holahan discovered that the shavings of the circus peanut are a delicious addition to breakfast cereal. Mr. Holahan was coincidentally the vice president of General Mills and these marshmallow shavings were the influence to creating the first cereal with marshmallow bits (marbits) and one of everyone’s favorite cereals, Lucky Charms.

For some reason the Lucky Charms marshmallows were created without that banana flavoring. If only the Lucky Charms’ marshmallows were enlarged to the size of the circus peanut… now that would be profitable product.

(You can get them individually wrapped too!)

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2 Responses to “Go Bananas for Circus Marshmallow Peanuts”

  1. Deidre Engler says:

    Hi,
    I am the mother of 4, ages 24-12. My children all grew up with circus peanuts. My now 85 year old mother gave them to the kids and still does to this day. We have a question though. What is the triangle shape on the end of the peanut? One child said it was the opening to the circus tent and the peanut itself was the tent. Of course the others won’t agree that he is correct. Do you have an answer?
    Thank you,
    Long line of Circus Peanut eaters!

  2. BryM says:

    These things are NASTY!!! I don’t believe the flavor is banana though….I think it’s really melted tire rubber!! X-D

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