Circus Peanuts: Marshmallow Candy
Spangler Circus Peanuts have been a favorite for decades. These fun, peanut-shaped marshmallows are orange-colored and banana flavored but contain no peanuts! Spangler Marshmallow Circus Peanuts are a delicious fat-free candy.
Marshmallow Circus Peanuts were invented in the 1800's. Circus Peanuts have been produced by many confectionery manufacturers over the years. They were originally introduced as Spring candy items in the then dominant 5-cent and 10-cent variety stores. Many other unwrapped penny candies were available. The product at that time was considered a Spring seasonal item. However, with the development of polyethylene film in the late 1940's, it became possible to offer Circus Peanuts on a year-round basis.
Circus Peanut Recipe: Use Spangler Circus Peanuts to make a gelatin treat that everyone will love!
You will need:
- 7 ounces (about 30) of Spangler Circus Peanuts
- 1-6 oz package of orange flavored gelatin
- 1-16 oz can of Mandarin oranges, drained*
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 1 3/4 cups of Mandarin orange syrup and cold water
- 2 cups of whipped topping
*You may substitute 16 oz of canned crushed pineapple, drained
Cut the Spangler Circus Peanuts into small pieces
Dissolve the orange gelatin in the boiling water
Add the pieces of Spangler Circus Peanuts, stirring until dissolved
Drain the syrup from the Mandarin oranges, adding enough cold water to equal 1 3/4 cups
Add to gelatin; chill until partially set
Stir together the Mandarin oranges and whipped topping; fold into the gelatin mixture
Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 inch pan
Chill until firm
Yields approximately 18 - 3 oz servings