Filed by Steve Barrett
Well, ask a silly question, get a bizarrely complete, well-researched answer.
Jane Greig does a Q&A column for the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman newspaper. For reasons of random stupidity, I e-mailed her thusly:
I abhor those orange, banana-flavored, Circus Peanut marshmallow candies. Where can I find the person who invented them?
Apparently missing my veiled though tongue-in-cheek threat of retaliation against the inventor of the loathsome treat, Ms. Greig published my question in her column. It was sandwiched between inquiries about tattoo removal and the legality of spreading the cremains of a loved one over the Mississippi River from a gambling ferry. (The answer to the latter question is yes, its legal, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas law.)
Anyhow, Ms. Greig proffered the following response to my question about the inventor of Circus Peanuts:
A: I do not know, and neither does the maker, Spangler Candy Co. Many folks made this candy in the 1800s. It is difficult to imagine more than one person wanted to put banana flavoring, orange coloring and marshmallow in a peanut shape. (If you ask me, its difficult to imagine even one person doing so.)
This confection was a seasonal item until the invention of polyethylene film for wrappers in the 1940s. Order them from Spangler at (800) 628-2639 or www.spanglercandy.com, or pick up a bag at Family Dollar Store, 5301 Stassney Lane.
Unexplained is why I would drive to Texas to buy a product I despise with every fiber of my plentiful being.
E-mail Steve Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.