Ferrara Candy Company

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The Ferrara Candy Company (formerly Ferrara Pan Candy Company) is a candy company that makes a variety of candies. Their confections include Lemonheads, Jaw Busters ("The Original Jaw Breakers"), Atomic Fireballs, Chewy Fireballs, Peanuthead Original Boston Baked Beans, Grapeheads (formerly Alexander the Grape), Apple Heads (formerly Johnny Apple Treats), Punch Heads, Orange Heads, Cherry Heads (formerly Cherry Clan and/or Cherry Chan), Chewy Lemon Heads & Friends, Tropical Chewy Lemon Heads & Friends and Red Hots.

According to the Ferrara Candy Company website, the company was founded in 1908 by Salvatore Ferrara, Salvatore Buffardi and Anello Pagano. Originally, Ferrara Pan developed and sold sugar-coated almonds or confetti as they are called in Italy. The original manufacturing facility was located at 2200 W. Taylor Street in Chicago.

In 2012, Ferrara Pan merged with Farley's & Sathers Candy Company to form Ferrara Candy Company.[1]


Atomic Fireballs[edit]

Atomic Fireball

Atomic Fireballs (known as Atomic FireBlast in the UK) are a round, cinnamon-flavored hard candy invented by Nello Ferrara (1918–2012) in 1954.[2] They are a form of jawbreaker. The outer layers of the candy are a bright red color while the interior layers are white.

When initially introduced by Ferrara Pan, the company had a manufacturing capacity of 200 cases per day but demand quickly rose to 50,000 cases per day.[3] "The spicy flavor and the exceptionally long lasting candy was instantly popular (coupled with the popular culture obsession with all things atomic at the time).[4] The outside layer of the Fireball is quite mild. After a moment in the mouth, the smooth ball of hard candy releases an intense spicy cinnamon flavor. Capsaicin is the ingredient found in the Atomic Fireball that causes the burning sensation.[5]

They are made with the hot panned process with ingredients of a single grain of sugar, syrup and flavor. The hot pans tumble the ingredients around until the fireballs snowball into the appropriate size. The process lasts for about two weeks. By the end of the process the fireball consists of at least one hundred layers. The fireballs come in two sizes, a pea size and the more popular full-size (2.3 cm in diameter) that come individually wrapped.

Original Boston Baked Beans[edit]

Original Boston Baked Beans

Original Boston Baked Beans are sugar-coated peanut candies.

The serving size of Original Boston Baked Beans is 11 pieces or 15 g. One serving contains 70 calories (290 kilojoules) and 20 calories (80 kJ) from fat.

"Peanuthead" now appears on the packaging for Original Boston Baked Beans, in the same respective font as Lemonheads (a marketing gimmick to align with Lemonheads, etc.).

Red Hots[edit]

Red Hots candy

Red Hots are small cinnamon-flavored candy created and trademarked by the Ferrara Pan Candy Company in the 1930s. They are used in some apple sauce recipes and as confectionery decorations.


  • Grapehead (Formerly called Alexander the Grape)[6]
  • Cherryhead (Formerly called Cherry Chan and also Cherry Clan)[7]
  • Melonhead (Formerly Mr. Melon)[8]
  • Applehead (Formerly called Johnny Apple Treats)[9]
  • Lemonhead
  • Orangehead
  • Jaw Busters
  • Sour Cherries


  • Imperial Fruit Cocktail


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