"In the early 1930's, Ferrara Pan Candy Company created the famous Red Hot using the cold panned candy method. The idea of a piece of cinnamon hard candy was developed prior to the production of Ferrara Pan's Red Hots. The name "cinnamon imperials" is a generic name used by the candy industry to indicate a piece of cinnamon hard candy. The cold panned process involves building candy pieces from candy centers and tossing them into revolving pans while adding flavor, color and other candy ingredients. This process continues until the pieces become the desired size. Red Hots are a registered trademark of Ferrara Pan Candy Company."