Flying Saucers at Tiger Sweets

Flying Saucers sweets are probably our favourite

And we have thousands of them, stacked high ready for you to order.

So, we offer them in various sizes.

        We once heard of some University Students who started a challenge to see who could eat a whole tub of 500 in the shortest time (we do not recommend doing this), so Flying saucers are sweets that have always had a ‘fun’ element to them.

        Actually I know that sounds terribly irresponsible (hey they’re university students) but maybe it’s not so bad. I suppose we should be grateful they didn’t have a competition to see how many they could stuff up their noses in one go. Perhaps better to not think about that.

        Moving on…

        Nutrition and ingredients (typical values)

        Nutritionally speaking flying saucers are sweets that are not horrendously bad.

        Why? Because if you eat 10 of them you rack up just 40 calories.

        So, yes they only contain 4 calories per saucer.

        I suppose they could still be consumed if you were watching your waistline with those kind of stats.

        The ingredients are fairly straightforward too.

        Sugar, Maize starch, Dextrose, Acid (E334), Water, Acidity regulator (Sodium hydrogen carbonate); Flavourings, Colours: E100, E132, E162.

        Typical Values per 100g
        Energy 1532 kj
        361 kcal

        Fat 0.1 g
        of which saturates 0.1 g

        Carbohydrates 89.7 g
        of which sugars 52.7 g
        Fibre 0 g
        Protein 0.1 g
        Salt 0.88 g

        *please note these are typical values depending on the manufacturer, in this case the information pertains to Astra flying saucers.

        Have you ever wondered how they came into being?

        Well the truth is that flying saucers are sweets invented by a company who made the little ‘communion’ bread wafers for use in church.

        The story goes that they were originally invented around 1900 with the specific purpose of delivering horrible tasting medicine to patients, later there was a downturn in demand in the 1950’s at the company called Belgica which caused them explore other ways to use their rice paper wafers. [source] [source]

        So they eventually caught on to the Space Race Craze at the same time the very first satellite (Sputnik) was launched in 1957 and caused a great stir.

        This event captured the imagination of the public and hence the space race started. It also spawned an explosion in popular cult fiction and storytelling in various media, including movies, radio and television.

        Out of that came these fizzy sweets which sometimes are known as UFO’s.

        The rice paper got a little pastel colour and some fruit flavour and a cavity was formed to hold some sherbet.

        Tada! Flying Saucers.

        Hugely popular here in the UK they are also a national favourite in Belgium.

        Make your own

        As I’m writing this I’m wondering how hard it would be to make them yourself at home. Advantage of that of course is that you could put all kinds of things inside, like popping candy or rainbow crystals or even extra sherbet.

        I suppose you would need a method to make the rice paper, that way you could add colour and flavouring, but then you need it to set in the dish shape.

        Once dry you could add your choice of filler and place the second half on top.

        Maybe I’ll save the project of making flying saucers for myself for a rainy day in November.