These small and spherical candies known as Satellite Wafers are really unique and not that many people know about them in the US. They are very popular in the UK and in Belgium and they got their start when the space race was first attracting a lot of national attention in many countries. Science Fiction was very popular at this time as well, which helped to promote the candies
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If you love Sherbet ice cream, you will love the flavor of these little treats that are made with sherbet filling inside a rice paper shell. In the US, they are more commonly known as Flying Saucers but in other markets, they are always sold as Satellite Wafers. No matter which market they are sold in, you will be getting the same candy with the same crunchy pearl interior and pastel exterior.
Satellite Wafers History
The first of these little candies were made in the 1950s. At the time, an Antwerp-based producer was making them as part of their product line which included more practical items. This company also made communion wafers, which is a clear contributor to the Satellite Wafer’s rice shell. This company, Belgica, found that demand for all of their products was falling off and they sold to Astra Sweets.
Astra Sweets bought all of the products that Belgica was selling and they are still the maker of this candy today. The candies are actually an officially registered product of Flanders and they have remained solidly popular in the UK since the 1960s. The wafer market fell off and did not return for the company, but the Satellite Wafer market has been successful for years.
When the Space Race really took off and attention in the UK and the US was fastened specifically on this technology race between the US and Russia, Satellite Wafers got a new boost in sales. Science fiction was also really popular at the time and this helped to promote the candies too. Saucers were included in everything from building design to toys and food items of all kinds. The space craze led to many different products in this category during the 50s and 60s.
These candies are made with a rice paper outer shell that is delicate and a little crispy and that melts in your mouth. The interior is made with sugary beads of powder that have just a little hint of tartness to them. There are not many other candies on the market that are like these little wafers and certainly not many that have a filling like this inside a papery exterior.
The interior candies are colorful and they are like their own unique little treats. You might think that the candy inside the wrapper would be powdery and loose but this special product instead uses these little candy beads to provide the interior flavor of the treat. This is a unique design that makes it possible to enjoy the product in two stages. You can eat the wrapper and the flavor beads as unique items or you can enjoy them as one bite-sized flavor experience.
The original motivation for creating the candies was more about trying to craft a sweet that would be able to handle the heat of summer. Before the days of climate-controlled interiors in homes and businesses and a lack of refrigeration, candies that had chocolate as part of their components would melt in the summer months. Candy companies needed to be able to sell year-round at this point, especially with the increasing popularity of the movie theater.
Summertime movies needed durable snacks that could hold up to the heat of summer and this little candy was perfect for this need. This candy was also affordable to make which was unique at the time. Candy making was costly when working with chocolate and other ingredients in more complex candies.
The candy was first sold in Belgium and the UK but later made the transition to American markets. They are still sold in the US but they are not as common in places like theaters or mainstream candy stores. These are items that you usually have to order online to be able to try and enjoy them.
Some people report that these candies are surprisingly tangy and sweet at the same time and that the crunchy nature of the interior pearls often surprises people as well. This candy is not like any other candy on the market and it has always been unique enough to speak for itself without much marketing or other support. Despite the fact that the space race has long ago become a thing of memory, there are many people who love these little candies and enjoy them whenever they can buy some.
These little candies are gluten-free and non-GMO which makes them a great choice for those with food allergies. They are not vegan because they do contain beeswax. Honey bees count as a source of animal protein to most vegans and that makes this candy, not an acceptable food source.
This candy is the most popular in the UK and Ireland and they are still sold in Belgium with great success. Britain consistently ranks them in their top sweet lists as well. In 2014, BBC did an article about the lasting popularity of this little candy and covered the influence that the little saucer-shaped candies have had in the UK over the years.
Eating Satellite Wafers
This candy can be enjoyed in various ways. You can simply pop them into your mouth and enjoy them as a single bite, or you can suck on them and let them dissolve slowly. Some people like to bite the side of the candies and pour the filling into their mouths. There are people who liken the inside of the candies to a combination of Pop Rocks and Fun Dip which can make eating them in this way very fun.
The candies are usually sold in a bag so you will have plenty of sweets to enjoy when you order them. There are many candies like this that are sold in smaller bags or batches which is not as much fun. Satellite Wafers are definitely popular in part because they are sold in such large bags.
What do Satellite Wafers Look Like?
These candies are pastel in color and they are like small pressed discs that have a spherical shape to them. There is a rim around the puffy center of the wafers that are made when the candies are pressed to be sealed shut during manufacturing. They have always been made in these colors and the shape and the manufacturing process have not changed much in the years since they were first made.
The bags are usually yellow and have a picture of the sun on them. The bottom of the bag is made with clear cellophane that shows the discs inside. The old-fashioned lettering on the bags is reminiscent of candy treats from the 50s as well. You will not have to guess that this candy has been around for a long time and the simple design and presentation are as charming as the candies themselves.
Satellite Wafers Logo
Satellite Wafers Candy
Ingredients in Satellite Wafers
From the Amazon entry:
- Sugar Pearls (Sugar, water, beeswax, vegetable oil)
- FD & C
- Blue No 2
- Corn starch
- FD & C yellow No 6
- FD & C Red No 4
- FD & C Blue No 2
The packaging proudly states that these candies have been sold in American markets for more than 40 years and that they are really popular even today. This is an accurate claim and you will find that this candy is well worth ordering if you have never enjoyed it before.
Satellite Wafers Nutrition
|Serving Size:||30 pieces (40g)||% Daily Value*|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories from Fat||4.5|
- * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Taste tests are the most common way that people find out about these candies these days and these kinds of videos are everywhere online. You can find taste tests for these candies that have been made in many different countries now. If you want to know how popular these candies are, you just need to look at how many different YouTubers in different countries have reviewed them on their site. Not every candy has made the jump to so many countries with such ease.
Most of these videos are ASMR to be prepared for up close and personal eating of the candy in these videos. This is not a video style that is for everyone, but Satellite Wafers lend themselves to this trend because they are both crunchy and soft. You will find that you can see the colors, style, and interior of the Satellite Wafer quite clearly in these videos in case you were wondering what they looked like.
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