Flying saucers or UFOs are a small puffed disk of wafer (unkindly called cardboard by non fans), filled with a tangy sherbet.
Even amongst the staff here at the Lolly Shop Wangi, we have those who love and those who detest the humble UFO.And there are a number of techniques for the correct consumption, however, my preferred method is to place the UFO completely into your mouth, let your saliva dissolve the outer covering and then enjoy the sherbet fizz.
UFOs are sold individually and contain sugar, dextrose, maize starch, tartaric acid, sodium bicarbonate, flavourings, colours.They are suitable for soy, dairy, nut, gluten free and vegan intake.
UFOs are often considered an English confectionery but are made by the Belgian company Astra. Although we get a container of mixed colours, Europeans can order one colour casings – particularly popular for lolly buffets and colour themed celebrations.
At this years international trade show in Cologne, the Astra stand was made completely from huge bowls of UFOs. I had to get a photo just for one of my staff who would live off them if he could!
A coloured and flavoured mallow confectionery, these morsels look just like a miniature ice cream cone with flavoured ice cream sitting on top.
You will get 32 in 100g and they contain sugar, wheat glucose syrup, acid, wheat and tapioca starch, gelatine, vegetable oilo, flavours, colours. They are not suitable for allergy restricted diets.
The colour of the ice cream section sometimes bleeds into the cone but this doesnt detract from their charm. My grandson came up with the best line about these a few years back. Looking at the bag of lollies he had, he said “Look, the ice cream is melting I better eat them all straight away”…..and he did (before his mother or I could stop laughing).
With that in mind, here’s a few “ice cream” jokes:
What did the cake say to the ice cream?
What did the ice cream say to the birthday cake?
Hey, what’s eating you?
What do ghosts serve for dessert?
Chicos are a chocolate flavoured jelly baby very popular with one of our locals here at Wangi. He, like many of his generation, calls them “black babies” and will happily start eating them before I even get them into a bag.
Our Chicos are made by Allens and you will get 24 in 100g. They contain glucose syrup, sugar, thickener, gelatin, full cream milk, butter, cocoa, salt, flavours and are suitable for nut free diets. They are also 98% fat free!
Once again the available history of naming of these lollies is mixed in with the history of a Spanish/American confectionery. The word “Chicos” in Spanish translates to the English word “kids”.
In doing the research for this post I came across a discussion about whether the name of theses as Chicos would be considered racist along with Redskins. No definitive answer and I’m not going to start the debate again here..