Atomic Fireball

Atomic Fireball

About Atomic Fireball

Atomic Fireballs are a round, cinnamon-flavored hard candy invented by Nello Ferrara in 1954. They are a form of jawbreaker. The outer layers of the candy are a bright red color while the interior layers are white. When initially introduced by Ferrara Pan, the company had a manufacturing capacity of 200 cases per day but demand quickly rose to 50,000 cases per day. According to the company, approximately 15 million Fireballs are eaten weekly. 'The spicy flavor and the exceptionally long lasting candy was instantly popular (coupled with the popular culture obsession with all things atomic at the time). The Atomic Fireball is made by using the hot panned process. Fireballs are made from a single grain of sugar, syrup and flavor. The hot pans tumble the ingredients around until the fireballs reach the appropriate size. The process lasts for about two weeks. By the end of the process the fireball consists of at least one hundred layers.