I'm guessing you might be asking yourself--Nello Ferraro? Who is that? Well, let me answer that for you. Nello Ferraro was the creator of some of the greatest candies known to taste-buds around the world. He was a candy genius who recently passed away at the age of 93 [proof that eating candy is good for longevity!]. When I was told of his demise a few nights ago by a female hipster as I purchased a giant box of Lemonheads to snack on before SJ and I caught a late-night performance at Upright Citizens Brigade, I informed the clerk that the world had lost a great man and that flags should be lowered to half-mast to pay tribute to Mr. Ferraro. The hipster just stared at me blank-faced, unable to crack a smile as hipsters are sometimes prohibited from doing.
Ferraro seems to have gotten the idea of the name "Lemonhead" due to his difficult child birth and being told by his dad that his head was shaped like a "lemon" when he was born. The name of Atomic Fire Ball comes from an equally surprising place. Ferraro was stationed in Japan during WWII and coined his delicious little hot candies after the atomic blasts that devastated two Japanese cities and ended the war. The logo for the Atomic Fire Ball has changed, but the original logo, with mushroom cloud and desolate landscape is about as awesome a candy logo that I've ever seen. I'm going to go right out and by a bunch of 25 cent boxes of Ferrara Pan candies and go crazy at the next movie I see. I might even experiment with some new ratios of candy mixing in hopes of discovering a new great formula.
Mr. Nello Ferraro, rest in peace.