Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Circus Peanuts

Circus Peanuts • this painting is sold

Circus Peanuts are a peanut-shaped marshmallow candy invented in the 1800s. Although the most popular variety of mass-produced Circus Peanuts today is orange-colored with an artificial banana flavor, confectioners originally distributed an orange-flavored variety that were only available seasonally due to a lack of packaging capable of preserving the candy; in the Springtime, five-and-dimes sold Circus Peanuts as penny candy.

Over the years, confectioners have also offered Circus Peanuts colored yellow, pink, and white. Many include multiple flavors as well. The leading producers of Circus Peanuts are Melster Candies, Spangler Candy, and Brach's Confections.

In 1963, General Mills Vice President John Holahan inventively discovered that Circus Peanuts shavings yielded a tasty enhancement to his breakfast cereal. General Mills formalized the innovation and created Lucky Charms, the first breakfast cereal to contain marshmallow bits (or "marbits").

This painting was a commission and therefore the 'Oh God Candy' label. That is what they called them in their family.

If you would like to purchase this 6" x 6" oil painting on stretched canvas, please email me. This painting is priced at $100.00 plus s/h.


Thank You!


Anonymous Denise said...

I love love love circus peanuts!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Chuck Law said...

Great Subject!
I love them too, although most of my friends and family think that they're totally gross. I also found them to be Very challenging to paint, so I can appreciate how well done these are...
Good Going!!

6:16 PM  

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