One of the many candies unique to Easter are the malted eggs. Many companies make them, each putting their own twist on the candy. I found these in the store and having never seen a variety made by Necco before, I was eager to try them. I wanted to mentally compare them with Robin’s Eggs, Brach’s Malted Eggs, and Jelly Belly’s Malted Eggs, just to name a few.
The Necco eggs come in different festive colors that are a little flat and matte looking. They come in white, pink, blue, purple and some are a mix of any two. They’re speckled with green, purple, and hot pink. Depending on the egg you find, it can either be really attractive or horrifying to look like. Good thing they all taste the same.
The eggs smell sweet and milky with a tang to them. The shell is smooth and cool to the touch, and feels a little greasy. Unlike the Jelly Belly Malted Eggs, the shell on these isn’t hard, instead a white mockolate. Under the mockolate coating there’s a thin layer of milk chocolate, then the very fresh, crispy malt center.
These taste…pretty darned good actually. The flavor is very similar to yogurt raisins; sweet and milky with a tang. The malt has a wonderful full, rich flavor that blends so nicely with the mockolate coating. I don’t taste the chocolate at all. The texture is a delight too, the malt is so crispy and crunchy and the outside contrasts it nicely with a smooth creamy feeling on the tongue.
I was surprised how much I liked these. I think I prefer them over the Jelly Belly ones, especially considering how much cheaper they are.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Necco Website
I found this gem in a very neglected dollar store in the middle of upstate New York. Sometimes, the places you find the candy is as interesting as the candy itself. These Haviland Wintergreen Patties sat on the shelf next to several candies that shouldn’t technically be sold anymore. We’re talking the likes of Marshmallow Take 5 and other candies from 2006. I was relieved to find a date, and a fresh one, on the back of this mysterious Wintergreen Patty. I decided to give it a home.
Another tidbit about my personal tastes: I’ve never been big on mint, peppermint, and spearmint. Especially when it’s mixed with other things, like chocolate. But wintergreen? I’m all over that stuff, I can’t get enough of it. So all the rules from my taste buds about minty things are out the window when wintergreen shows up. I love it that much!
I was perplexed why I hadn’t heard of this candy before, considering that I do make an effort to seek out wintergreen flavored things. Part of the answer is that Haviland is a subcategory of NECCO, which have a very interesting niche of products for the candy market. It immediately made sense in my mind; why it was so rare to find and of course in a place where people who’d remember it from childhood would possibly shop. I’d almost liken it to a regional candy in that respect.
When you open the package, you immediately you smell the wintergreen. The patty is large, 2 inches in diameter and about 1/3 inch thick. The chocolate is glossy and a nice rippled effect on top, like patterns on windblown sand. Breaking it in half, you can tell it’s dense as it has that thick “give” to it like a Mounds or Almond Joy. The center is an incredibly bright pink and it looks very striking against the dark chocolate.
Surprisingly the wintergreen smell doesn’t overpower the aroma of the chocolate, which is nice and sweet with notes of caramel. They blend beautifully together.
The wintetrgreen hits you right off in the first bite. It’s strong yet it’s not too much, and delivers that great minty, fresh, slightly spicy flavor. The taste does mellow and allows the chocolate to show the tastebuds some attention, and it comes across as nicely sweet and smooth with good notes of cocoa and a hint of coconut. I didn’t find this as off putting in terms of minty “fresh” intensity like a York Peppermint Patty, but this has a good level of freshness, sweetness, and then the chocolate to balance it all out. The texture is awesome as it’s thick and smooth with a slight graininess to it. It lasts a good time in the mouth if you just savor it slowly, which really adds to the satisfaction level.
So in conclusion: wintergreen+chocolate=YUM! Why isn’t there more of this out there?
Haviland Wintergreen Patties on the NECCO Website