Flying saucer (confectionery)

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Flying saucers (also known as "UFOs") are small spheroidal capsules of sherbet-filled rice paper.[citation needed] 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, an account confirmed by Astra, the company which now owns the Belgica brand. Flying saucers are officially registered as a traditional product of Flanders.[1] They remain a popular sweet in Belgium and the United Kingdom, with a 2004 survey naming them as the most popular sweet of all time,[citation needed] while a 2009 survey ranked them as the 12th most popular sweet in the United Kingdom.[2]


  1. ^ Traditional products of Flanders (in Flemish)
  2. ^ Alex Renton (10 September 2009). "Humbugs, mints, gums and our Top 20 sweets". The Times. London. Retrieved 25 January 2011.