The best thing about having a house full of stinky men is their appetites.
Scott’s Florida friends are staying at our Kansas house for a few days while they deer hunt.
The guys and I gorged ourselves on leftover Halloween candy. One of the guys, Tim, mentioned he’s been searching for a specific candy. No one seems to remember it but him.
Little did he know, I am the candy queen. Stump me.
Tim: Ok, they’re little red hots but they were not red. They were black and orange in a clear package. They didn’t have a name. They were the same size as red hots. And they tasted like red hots.
YES! I remembered them.
And they were delicious.
I went to my go-to people on halloween candy – my mom and sisters. One sister remembered them and said they were gross. The other sister told me didn’t remember them at all because she was just a baby burrito during my trick-or-treating days. Her baby burrito mouth really missed out. My mom said she didn’t think she ever bought something like that.
Uh, but she did. I know she did.
I need to find this candy because my mouth is watering. Little black and orange red hots. I spent a quick 15-minutes on the internet searching for “black and orange red hots.” I got one legitimate hit. I found another woman looking for the same thing on some message board. Most people didn’t remember them but a handful of people did. There are no pictures on the internet of this candy. The only picture this lady could find was in an old ad for Brach’s.
You. You exist. Brach’s.
Someone ended up writing Brach’s to bring them back and this was Brach’s response:
…Brach’s did manufacture Cinnamon Imperials that were orange and black in individual treat packs for Halloween. It appears that these candies were discontinued in mid-1990.
We are happy to hear you enjoy our products! Due to the high cost of production for specialty items and the lack of sales, we simply cannot justify the manufacturing of this item at this time. The cost to the consumer would not be in line with other items currently available. However, we do appreciate your comments! …
** Update: September 25, 2017: The orange and black cinnamon imperials were definitely better than the red ones. I remember this clearly now. I swore the black ones were a tiny bit hotter than the orange ones too. I am writing Brach’s to see what kind of response I get and maybe, just maybe, they’ll make a come back.
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