Warheads is a brand of sour candy manufactured by Impact Confections and proved to be very popular, especially with children in 1999.
Their strong sour flavor is derived primarily from malic acid which is applied as a coating to the outside of the small, hard candies.
The intense sour flavor fades after about 20 to 40 seconds. The hard candy itself contains the somewhat less sour ascorbic acid and citric acid.
At the center of the hard candies is a small pocket of more malic acid.
Warheads are marketed as an “extreme” candy.
The name “Warheads” comes from the notion that the sour taste of the candies is akin to a real warhead going off in one’s mouth and the brand’s mascot, Wally Warheads is depicted as a boy with puckered lips and a small mushroom cloud emanating from the top of his head.
A driving force behind the candy’s popularity were informal competitions among schoolchildren to determine who could withstand eating the largest number of Warheads at once.
A warning is now included on Warheads packaging, as follows:
“WARNING: Eating multiple pieces within a short time period may cause a temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths.”
Cheap as chips, one Warhead candy was sold for 5cents at the corner store.
My friends and I would dare each other to eat the “HOT” Torture Sorchers, dumbest idea ever!