There are certain moments in your life where your mettle is tested. Dealing with a bully. A car accident. Asking a gorgeous girl out on a date. But at eight years old, such challenges are not really there. That’s not to say, however, there aren’t tests, that there aren’t things to prove indeed at an early age you’re a man. I was raised in a small town where nothing really happened, so I didn’t have to grow up too fast and therefore my early test of manhood was a seemingly innocent one: the Atomic FireBall.
A small, jawbreaker-sized red ball of candy, the Atomic FireBall has the heat of an entire box of red hots, taking the flavor of sinnamon to maximum levels of tolerance. Pop one in your mouth and there is an instant heat, which make your entire face feel warm and actually sweat a little. Keep the FireBall in your mouth and it lets up a little, but that’s because I think the makers obviously know that people eating Atomic FireBalls do their best to suck on them all the way to their cores.