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Apr
03



Zitners Eggs

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

 

Will Buy Again


Apr
02



Gimballs Sour Bunnies

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.

 

Gimballs Sour Bunnies

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

 

Will Eat Again

Links  Gimbals Website


Apr
01



Atkinson's Hiding Eggs Package

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.

 

Atkinson's Hiding Eggs

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.

Rating: Inedible

 

Inedible

Links Atkinson’s Website


Mar
31



Just Born Fruit Flavored Jelly Beans Package

Just Born makes a lot of fun Easter candy, most notably the Marshmallow Peeps. They’re also the sweet masterminds behinds many jelly beans that I find around, like the Hot Tamale Spice Beans and ones that are sold as is, like the kind I am reviewing today.

I find that even though these beans aren’t associated with a specific brand, Just Born still makes the packaging appealing and festive. The rabbit tossing back a few beans in utter delight is a nice illustration and touch.

These jelly beans are lovely to look at. They’re the same size as the Hot Tamale beans: about the size of chubby peanuts. They have a beautiful sheen and the overall color scheme of the assortment is beautiful, festive and eye catching.

The texture is nice and chewy, and only slightly sticky. The beans last a good length of time in the mouth too, so they don’t dissolve too quickly, which is something I really appreciate.

 

Just Born Fruit Jelly Beans

Green Apple: Immediately tart with bright zesty notes and a rush of fruity flavor. It reads more like lime than apple to me. Very strange.

Cherry: Sweet, fruity and bitterly metallic. It tastes like a cough drop to me.

Pineapple: I’ve looked forward to this one so much! The flavor is very intense with sweet, juicy authentic flavors with that hint of pine.

Lemon: The flavor smacks you right away with a fresh lemon flavor. However, it lacks that zestiness I love in lemons. Instead it’s mild and sweet.

Orange: Like the lemon, this also lacks that zest I love in citrus fruits. It’s a smooth flavor with a mild presence.

Grape: This is very juicy, fake and metallic. It’s also strikingly sour.

Strawberry (pink): Very bright, fruity, and lightly perfumey. It reads as a delicate strawberry flavor, yet it wasn’t as jammy as I hoped.

Licorice (black): I love licorice beans and this one is no exception. It’ sweet with strong herbal and molasses notes to it.

What can I say, as odd as this mix may come off to some, it’s just perfect for me. It contains most of my favorite flavors and the texture is just spot on. This just might become my favorite Easter jelly bean mix.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Just Born Website


Mar
30



Gobstoppers Egg Breakers Package

A Gobstopper brings a few things to mind for me. Firstly, I think of the Everlasting Gobstoppers that Roald Dahl, one of my favorite childhood authors, wrote about in his book Charlie ad the Chocolate Factory. Secondly, I think of the candy, which are now made by Wonka (owned by Nestle) and are another name for jawbreakers. Jawbreakers are a hard candy consisting of many layers, some of which can be different colors and flavors, and are sucked on until they are completely dissolved (which is quite a task, especially if you have a large one).

I found these Gobstopper Egg Breakers in time for the holiday and couldn’t help but give them a try. I’m unsure how faithful these are to the regular Gobstoppers as I haven’t had them in years. These are unique not only in packaging, but the actual candy is egg shaped. They’re very pretty as the shape is very fitting for jawbreakers. Inside the main package, these Egg Breakers are in individual packets of six eggs each. Great idea for stuffing into baskets and use for hiding. I like how these are appropriate for form and function (hiding and eating!).

In terms of eating technique, I find after about two or three layers (depending on how impatient I am) I like to crunch these, and found that the hard outsides were relatively thin (after sucking on them for a bit of course) and inside there’s a slightly tart grainy center that quickly dissolves on the tongue. Are normal Gobstoppers like this? It seems further research on my part is needed, and I’ll soon oblige.

 

Gobstoppers Egg Breakers

Blue: The top blue flavor is horribly perfumey. It tastes of artificial lavender and other strong floral flavors. The second layer was lime. Then I couldn’t help but crunch and got the grainy tart center.

Pink: Tastes fruity, but not of anything specific. The second layer was lemon.

Purple: A nice tart grape. The second flavor I drew a total blank on…it was fruity….sorda. I took it out of my mouth to see that it was a blue color. Hmm, not helpful.

Yellow: A delicious sweet/tart lemon. I crunched down on this one before I got to the second flavor. Oops.

I liked these, but I never found myself drawn to jawbreakers much. Thankfully my sister really enjoys these and will find the remainder of my package in her Easter Basket.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Wonka Webpage


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