Little orange and black cinnamon imperials.

The best thing about having a house full of stinky, men in camo is their appetites.

Scott’s Florida friends are staying with us.

The guys and I were gorging 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.

Little red hots, that were the color of 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! The second he described them, I remembered them. Vaguely at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I was sure he was right.

And they were delicious.

I went to my go-to people on halloween candy. One sister remembered them and said they were gross. One sister did not remember them at all. My mom didn’t think she ever bought something like that. But she did! I know she did.

I need to find this candy. Like now. 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. A handful of people did. There are no pictures on the internet of this candy. The only picture she could find was in an old ad for Brach’s.


They are under the candy corn, slightly to the right, on the table. Clear packaging.

Someone ended up writing Brach’s to bring them back and their response was this:

…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! …

AH!!! Now I’m writing Brach’s. My childhood self is pouting. These need to come back. They were better than the red ones.

12 thoughts on “Little orange and black cinnamon imperials.

  1. icky says:

    I have been looking for these too! Even a picture! No one I talked to seemed to remember them either. Thanks for the photo link to the Brach’s ad! 🙂 Every Halloween I got these in my bag. They seemed a little less hot than the reds.. I loved them!


  2. Elaine Paulsen says:

    Haha! The last time I had these was around 1993. I have looked for them every year since then. Sad to hear that they were discontinued but at least now I know I wasn’t making them up in my head!! They were so cute and were my favorite candy to get as a kid!


  3. Donna says:

    Yes!!! Finally some folks who remember those cool orange and black cinnamon Halloween treats we got as kids. My brothers and I have looked for Beach’s to bring them back for Halloween for years. They were so cool to get in our trick or treat bags. And yummy too. PLEASE Brach’s!!!! Bring them back!!! 🙂


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