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Flying Saucers
Sweets and Toffee

Flattened spheres, about 1¼ins diameter and ½ins deep of thin rice paper or similar edible board, filled with dry sherbet.

Although often presented as a particularly English sweet they are also known in the USA, but may originate in Belgium. With enormous thanks to Debbie, who passed on the following information to us; "Flying Saucers as a candy may have originated as a medicinal item, created in 1900 by a company called Belgica in Belgium. Belgica invented a flat, round starch-shell capsule to hold pill powder in, to make unpleasant-tasting medicines easier for patients to swallow. The Astra Sweets company of Belgium, which bought out Belgica in 1992, claims that this was the predecessor of the candy.
See: www.astrasweets.com


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