More jelly beans! Yay! These are another variety on the market now for Easter that are based on a pre-existing candy and have taken the flavors and translated into jelly beans. The package is really attractive and even thought it uses the traditional SweeTart colors and design, it comes across still as very festive for the holiday.
The beans are about a normal size, like a chubby peanut. Right away I notice that the colors are odd. They’re pastel neon, if you can wrap your head around that, and are completely opaque. They do have the same faded “look” like the original SweetTarts. The beans are also not very shiny at all, which doesn’t make them as attractive as they could be. I’m reminded of wasabi peas when I look at the green one.
The texture of these are also pretty strange. The outer shell is crunchy and crumbly, and it dissolves almost immediately off the jelly center. It has this cool feeling to it and it melts away on the tongue.
Grape (lavendar): Very light in flavor, yet very sour. It’s dreadful, to be completely frank about it. It doesn’t taste like grape at all and it just reads as “medicinal” to me.
Cherry (pink): Flavor is very sour and tart. The taste exactly like the Flintstones Vitamins of my childhood.
Orange: Light creamy flavor that’s very mild. Think of it as a very watered down creamsicle.
Lemon: Nice and tart with a fake metallic edge to it. It tastes more like lime or bad lemonade powder to me.
Green Apple: This one is really well done. It’s not fake tasting at all to me, but very mild with fresh notes of apple and pear.
Blue Punch: Wow, a blue flavor that isn’t raspberry! It’s nicely mild, sweet and fruity. It’s very tropical and has that iconic fruit punch note to it. My favorite of the bunch.
These are great if you’re already a fan of SweeTarts, but since I’m not, I didn’t enjoy them. I wouldn’t even find them attractive in an Easter candy dish since the colors are so strange.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Wonka Webpage
Edible Easter grass was something that first appeared a few years ago. When I first heard of it, I thought that it was a cool idea. I mean really, why would an extra edible something in your Easter basket be a bad idea? I obviously didn’t think about this rationally, but more like the sugar junkie that I am. Oops.
I first saw the Easter grass in Target last year. It was in a very plain, non descriptive package and came in only two flavors: cherry and green apple. Not being a fan of either, I figured that cherry was a safer bet and used my courage to take the odd looking stuff home. I don’t remember too much after that, other than I tasted it and promptly spit it out.
This year I saw the edible Easter grass again, but this time in Wal-Mart (bad sign?) by a different company and in more flavors. The package is actually very attractive, with an eggs shaped window showing the grass inside and surrounded by butterflies and bunnies. “Imported from Germany” is printed in large yellow lettering on the front, and I’m curious as to why this should have any bearing on the actual product. If it’s foreign, maybe that makes it taste better? I don’t know.
I picked up the Orange flavor since out of all the options, I thought that this would taste the best. The grass is pretty to look at, it really does look and feel like Easter grass, even though it’s a little stiff. The ingredeitns read as such:
“Potato starch, corn starch, modified corn starch, artificial flavors, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, artificial color (yellow 5, red 40, blue 2)”
The strands are square shaped and are about ten inches in length. They smell lightly sweet. The texture is light and airy at first, then they get sticky and gummy as you start to chew. The flavor is so very faint, with only a slight orange flavor. The main flavor is of cardboard and starch, and I’m reminded of communion wafers. So they’re pretty bland, but not putrid like the cherry kind from the year before.
As stand-along Easter grass, it works fine, but the real thing is much cheaper.
Rating: Not Worth It
I noticed these in my local Wawa and just stopped dead in my tracks as soon as I saw them. Being so enthusiastic about candy, it’s rare to see something new, and these Zitner’s eggs were certainly something new to me. I scooped up all the flavors they had to take home to taste, giggling all the way.
After a little research I found that Zitner is a candy company local to Philadelphia, so it’d make sense they’d be carried by a local store like Wawa. Other than the fact they’ve been around for some time, they’re a bit of a retro/classic candy in that sense. The eggs are small, about 1 1/8 oz and have a wonderful vintage design to them that’s very appealing.
Butter Creme Egg: The chocolate is very dark and the shape is not egg like at all, more like a disfigured rectangle with rounded corners. It smells sweet and coconutty as opposed to chocolates or like butter. A good sign? The ingredients say it is dark chocolate or milk chocolate (real chocolate, yet it had milk fat in it, and it’s processed with alkali so no wonder it’s so dark) so I guess it’s a game to try and figure out which? Odd. The shell has a good thickness and makes a appealing “klock” noise in my mouth when I bite into it. It’s very sweet, but I do get notes of cocoa, so it’s all good, but sugar is definitely king here. The center is more of a creme, like the label says, yet I was still surprised since I was expecting that fluffy, nougat like creme found in the Russell Stover Eggs. This is much more akin to the Cadbury Creme Egg. It’s disappointing that I get no butter flavor from it at all, it’s just sweet. Granted, it’s a nice, overpowering sweet but it’s still sweet. I wanted me some butter flavor.
Butter Krak Egg: Firstly, very odd name, even with the misspelling. This also doesn’t look like an egg, and I wished it looked more like the Butter Creme egg, this one looks like a piece of nicely formed dog poo. I wish I was kidding. The surface texture is much more rippled, suggesting the coconut inside, and the chocolate is also very dark, almost black. The ingredients list also make it a dark/milk guessing game. So tasting is the only way to find out. The first bite of this was more crumbly, since right under the shell is a layer of chocolate and coconut shavings, then under that is the coconut creme center, which also has the coconut shavings in it. This one is much heaver and more dense. The flavor that dominates here is the sweetness too, but it’s cut by the slight saltiness of the coconut. The center is this one is much nicer, as it’s dense, coconutty and very rich. I get pieces of the chocolate, which I love, and the texture with the chocolate is really nice. I can see why everyone fusses over the Krack egg as opposed to the other flavors in this line, it’s is truly addicting.
Cocoanut Creme Egg: Yet again with the odd misspelling in the name. Interesting. The ingredients say that this egg uses dark chocolate, but I see milk ingredients listed. Unwrapped the egg looks more like a rustic mess more than an egg, just like the other two. The enrobing is uneven at best. The smell is rich and very coconutty. The texture is thick, wet and chewy. The coconut has a sweet creamy flavor that’s very floral. I’m reminded of suntan lotion, but in a good way. The chocolate is sweet and compliments the coconut well.
A fun trio of eggs for Easter and were a refreshing break from all the main stream candies around. If you see them, they’re worth a try. They’ve been a regional favorite for a reason!
Rating: Will Buy Again
In the the colorful Easter candy smorgasbord that I found in Wal-Mart where I bought the Gimbals jelly beans I reviewed earlier, I came across these beauties. There were a package in each color group, and I spent a good 15 minutes examining all the different flavors. The green package help sour apple and pear; the pink strawberry, cherry and watermelon; blue was blueberry and blue raspberry; orange was orange, tangerine and peach…I don’t remember exactly. Looking back on this I should have written them down.
As you can see, I chose the yellow bag with Lemon Meringue, and Pineapple and Buttered Popcorn flavors. It was the first two flavors that sold me on this assortment.
The bag smelled wonderfully fragrant of fresh lemons when I opened it. So appealing. I liked the originality of these sours. The shapes is so cute with the bunnies hunched over on all fours. The form is nice with bright colors and a nice coating of granulated sugar. Despite the fact there’s three flavors, I had a hard time telling them apart. One is much lighter in color and more opaque, and the rest all look the same. So I picked up a bunny to taste and let the flavor surprise me.
The texture is very thick and chewy. It’s a little hard to eat since it sticks to your teeth right away. It takes a bit of chewing and or sucking to get the candy to finally dissolve, so it’s very satisfying.
Pineapple: Wonderfully juicy and zesty and authentically pineapple. I get the sweet, fruity tropical flavors along with the zest of the pine. I felt like I was drinking the syrup out of a canned pineapples. the sourness is a perfect balance that is loyal to the real thing. So good.
Lemon Lime: Very tart and zesty, with the sweetness of lemon and that very bitter bite of lime. Authentic and wonderfully flavorful. The sourness does a good job of staying around for a majority of the candy’s lifespan in the mouth, only towards the end does pure sweetness show through.
Lemon Meringue: this is the whitish opaque one I discovered by process of elimination. It’s very much all lemon, with no bitterness to it at all, just fresh, sweet, zesty and very juicy. Lovely.
I really enjoyed these. My only beef with them is that the flavors assortments aren’t completely to my liking. There’s at least 1/3 of the package that I’m not interested in eating. That being said, if they were all magically sold together in one big mix, I’d be all over it.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Gimbals Website
There’s something about Easter Candy that I find irresistibly attractive. Like a candy siren, I cannot help be pulled in by whatever colorful design trick the package may be pulling on me. Chocolate rabbits stare at my from shelves whispering “buy me” as I walk past them. Despite the huge array of really respectable, and tasty candy I can find in stores, there’s always that call to try something, well, nasty. In 2007 I reviewed Brach’s Chicks and Bunnies which are like the rejects of the Circus peanuts. In 2008 my fancy was caught by these odd, large, brightly colored eggs, Brach’s Bunny Basket Eggs to be more specific. That selection was part fascination, as I’ve never encountered something like them before. This year, I found Atkinson’s version of the Bunny Basket Eggs. Which are very appropriately named “Hiding Eggs”.
Opening the bag I did notice that each egg is individually wrapped, which I think suggests they’re more meant for hiding for an Easter egg hunt than for eating. That’s the first warning sign I neglected to pay attention to. Secondly, these don’t feel nearly as heavy as the Brach’s ones did. The differences end there.
The eggs are smooth and the color is very saturated. The shell is thick for a candy shell, it’s like 1/8 of an inch, and it’s very hard and crumbly. Once you crack through, the insides are fluffy and grainy, like a mix of marshmallow and nougat. The flavor is horribly sweet and artificial. I selected a pink egg and I took a small bite and got a mouth full of bubblegum. Despite my instincts, I then took a bite of a green one and my taste buds were flooded with a bitter floor cleaning lime flavor. Eee-yuck.
I gave up after that. I couldn’t take more of this self torture. So bad I wish they were an April Fool’s joke. I am tempted to use them for their intended purpose and save them for photos in the fresh spring green grass.
Also be sure to check out Cybele’s hilarious review of them from last year.
Links Atkinson’s Website