LemonHead is a tart candy about the size of a gumball. LemonHead was first invented in the year 1962, and has become popular for its sour and sweet taste. LemonHead is vaguely shaped like a lemon, and is yellow in color. LemonHead’s pack a strong lemon flavor, but are not overpowering in their taste. This is a fairly hard candy, but it is not rock-hard, and contains a sugary layer around a hard center.
LemonHead Candy History
Lemonhead is a bright yellow candy that has a tart, sour and sweet lemon flavor. Lemonhead candy hit the American market for the first time back in 1962, and has become quite popular in the United states. LemonHead is produced by Ferrara Candy Company. Nello Ferrara, the company’s executive and son of the founder of the company, is said to be the one who introduced the world to Lemonheads. The name of the candy, Lemonhead, has its own story.
Nello Ferrara decided on the name of the candy when he saw his son, Salvatore II, just after delivery. After seeing his grandson for the first time, he realized that the shape of the face of the child resembled that of a lemon. Subsequently, he ended up naming a newly introduced candy of the Ferrara Candy Company “Lemonhead”.
As the name suggests, the candy is lemon-flavored but has a sweet coating on the outside. However, there are other varieties of this candy produced as well. Other flavors of LemonHeads include apple, grape, and cherry. The names of the different flavors of LemonHead were originally Johnny Apple Treats, Alexander the Grape and Cherry Chan respectively. However, between the 1980s and 1990s the company, Ferrara Pan, decided to change the names of the different flavors to an identifiable range of the same brand. Thereafter, the names of the candy were changed to Appleheads, Grapeheads, and Cherryheads respectively. These varieties of the Lemonhead candy were introduced in 2007. Other than these, Chewy Lemonhead and Lemonhead Gummies were introduced later.
The company claims that Lemonheads are, to date, prepared with the same processes since 1962. It employs a unique cold-panning method using real lemon juice. Moreover, it is fat and gluten free. With real lemon juice as its ingredient, the company’s slogan stands as “Real Lemon Pucker Power”.
While the candy is impressively popular among children and teenagers, there have been certain controversies that the brand has experienced. A class action lawsuit, led by Plaintiff Thomas Iglesias, was filed against the Lemonhead candy maker. It came as the company allegedly kept the boxes of the candy partially empty, deceiving customers into believing they were completely filled. Lemonhead candy is packed in opaque boxes, which didn’t allow customers to visibly judge whether the box was full of candies. Therefore, the company was accused of violating the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, False Advertising and Unfair Competition Laws of California. However, the company took exception to the allegations and decided to settle the lawsuit with a payment of $2.5 million in order to avoid expenses on ongoing litigation.
Regardless of certain incidents, Lemonhead candy maker Ferrara Candy is one of the top sugar confectionery firms in the United States. It has reached a retail value sales of 5.7% of the total market sales in its niche. This puts the company in the fourth position in the American market. As a non-chocolate candy manufacturer, the company is at the very top of the market as of 2019. LemonHead has been a lesser known but important product to the company since the 1960’s, and the company have successfully managed to market the product.
The company has engaged in a limited degree of advertising over the years for the product. Several television commercials have appeared for the product, one in the 1980’s, and one of the most recent a video on Ferrara Candy’s Youtube channel. The company has also produced a video showing some of the production process of LemonHead. The candy has also appeared alongside other candies by Ferrara in magazine advertisements.
The Company That Makes LemonHead
The company that produces LemonHead is the Ferrara Candy Company. The company is an American candy manufacturer owned by Ferrero SpA, an Italian manufacturer of chocolate and confectioneries.
How LemonHead Got Its Name
LemonHead candy got its name when Nello Ferrara, the son of the founder of the company, had his own son. (Whom he named after his father, founder of the company). When company CEO Nello Ferrara’s son was born, it was said that his son’s head looked like a lemon, and this inspired the name of the candy.
The Year LemonHead Was Invented
LemonHead was invented in the year 1962. Its inventor was Nello Ferrara, CEO of the Ferrara Candy Company. Nello Ferrara passed away at the age of 93 on February 3rd 2012. He passed away 50 years after LemonHead was first made.