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Mar
28



Brach's Jelly Chicks & Rabbits Bag

I really love the candies that Brach’s makes for the Easter candy season. I think they have the biggest variety of candies out of all the candy makers out there. The have fruit jelly beans, spice jelly beans, licorice jelly beans, malted milk eggs, marshmallow chicks and rabbits just to name a few. I was super excited to find these Jelly Chicks & Rabbits, since these are new for me and I thought I’ve tried (yet not blogged) most of what Brach’s has to offer.

 

Brach's Jelly Chicks & Rabbits

The jellies come in one of two shapes, either a rabbit or a chick. The bag is an assorted mix of flavors and colors, so it’s a nice rainbow inside the bag. The jellies are large, a tad larger than a quarter. The chew is think and dense, but thankfully not sticky. 

Grape: Starts off very juicy flavor of grapes and “purple”. Its slightly medicinal, with a bit of thet grape cough syrup flavor. It’s not a bad grape, I actually kinda enjoyed it.

Lemon: This is bright and tart, with an excellent hint of zest to it. It’s a lovely lemon flavor that has a slight sweet side to it which balances out the zestiness to it.

Apple: Starts off very floral and perfumey. It reminds me of a scented candle. The the “apple” flavor blossoms, and you get this jolly rancher sour apple type flavor that I didn’t like. It tasted too much like a candle still to me.

Orange: Immediately tastes bright and juicy, with a great play of sweet and tart. Really nice orange flavor.

Strawberry: This tastes so “pink” and perfumey. It took me a moment to figure out if I should eat it or spit it out just because it tastes so floral. It kinda comes across as inedible at first. Disappointing, since strawberry is usually the “safe” flavor of the bunch.

Cherry: The cherry surprised me a lot. It is not overly bitter or strange tasting. It’s actually quite nice. The flavor is very fruity, jammy and “red”. It’s not bitter or too fake.

After trying all these candies, I felt a bit let down. The flavors I was expecting to love I really didn’t, and the flavors I thought I wasn’t going to like were just “meh”. Still, if you’re into this kind of candy I suggest giving them a shot. Since I am more of a chocolate and jelly bean person shouldn’t let me turn you away from something you know you enjoy. Either way, they’re pretty to look at as they’re colorful and cute!

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Brach’s Website


Mar
26



Swedish Fish Eggs Box

I took a candy hunting trip to my local Target in search of good Easter fodder for this blog. I found a lot of options, too many in fact. It can be so hard to choose! This move theater sized box of Swedish Fish caught my eyes right away. I saw the word “Eggs” on it and knew that it was something new that I hadn’t tried before. I wasn’t sure how Swedish Fish eggs would work, but I was curious and had to find out.

The box is very colorful. It’s filled with springtime colors and a basket full of Easter eggs. “What, you never heard of candiar?” says the red Swedish fish sporting a pair of bunny ears. This package reminds me of what people say a bad acid trip is like.

The candy in the package is a mix of the candiar and small classic Swedish fish.

 

Swedish Fish Eggs

The red Swedish fish taste totally familiar. A bright, sweet cherry flavor. It has notes of bitterness, but they are rounded out with more fruity “red” flavors, so it’s hard to find them completely medicinal tasting. 

The “candiar” is little round half domes. One side is flat so they can sit nicely on a surface without rolling around. The come in four colors: teal orange, chartreuse and yellow.

The teal colored ones taste…hard to say. They’re sweet, and fruity, but not really of anything specific. The yellow ones are clearly lemon. It’s a great lemon flavor that’s both sweet and zesty at the same time. I’m reminded of a lemon Starburst. The chartreuse candiar is lime. It is sweet and zesty, but it has a slight floor cleaner taste to it. The orange is, well, orange. The flavor is sweet with a slight tart note to it, and I’m’ reminded of tangerines. The size of the candiar is nice, and they’re very “poppable” My fiance and I couldn’t help but to keep popping them in our mouths.

Both my fiance and I really liked these. They’re a fun variation on the classic fish, and it’s nice to have so many flavors in smaller shapes. We plan on going back to Target to get more of these, we found them to be super yummy. 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Swedish Fish Website


Mar
21



See's Rocky Road Egg Box

I will start off saying that this egg from See’s Candies is big. Really big. 9.5 oz of chocolate, marshmallows, walnuts and sugar big. 1200 calories big. Larger than than my hand in a fist big. I think you get the idea. I know over sized chocolate eggs are big during Easter. I see them every year. Yet, I have never really had one. I think it’s the sheer size of them. I can’t imagine myself eating something that big. I’m happy with the smaller, more “normal” portions of candies. Still, I was definitively excited when I got this egg as a sample from See’s. This is my first time to try one of these over sized eggs, and I’m pumped to do so.

Liked I expressed before, this this is big. Because of that, I didn’t really know where to start with this thing. Should I just pick it up and chomp on it? Take a knife and cute it like a block of cheese? Such questions ran through my mind. The egg is very beautiful though, with a nice chocolate shell and pretty decorations on it. A ring of swirled white frosting circles the top of the egg, and yellow roses spread across the top.

 

See's Rocky Road Egg

It smells very lightly sweet. I try to break off a rose to nibble and I find the frosting is very hard. Rock hard in fact. It crumbles in my mouth like sugar rocks. It’s a pleasing texture.

I decide that a knife is the best way to get into this chocolate rocky road egg. I try to slice off the bottom edge, but find that the frosting and the walnuts make it somewhat hard to cut. Still, with more force I manage to slice off a chunk. The inside is big, sticky, fluffy marshmallow and generously sized walnuts. Eagerly, I take a bite.

The chocolate is sweet, and comes off nice as creamy as eat it. The texture is very exciting, as you get the smoothness of the chocolate, the spongy marshmallow and the crunchy walnuts. The walnuts are fresh and deliver that wonderful, nutty flavor. The marshmallow is just sweet, and because of the walnuts and chocolate it’s hard to tell if it has any flavor of it’s own. Overall the flavor is really good, and I have enjoyed this so fay way more than any Rocky Road ice cream I’ve ever had.

For any fans of Rocky Road, I think this egg is a must. I think it incorporated everything Rocky Road should be. I was impressed with this egg, as I am with most See’s products. I can imagine this would delight anyone on Easter, as giant Easter eggs are, well, fun. And I think this egg is very fun! 


Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Links See’s Candies Website


Mar
19



See's Orange Cream Lollypops

I first heard about the See’s Orange Cream lollypops last year when I saw Cybele’s review of them on candyblog.net from last year. I had made plans with my fiance to run to the nearest See’s store over the weekend to look for these lollypops, when I was thoughtfully sent samples during the week. They somehow read my mind! Thank you See’s!

You can find these Orange Cream lollypops in stores and online. They retail for $5.55, which isn’t a bad price as each package comes with 8 lollypops. They come in a compact little baggie that’s tucked into a decorative sleeve with the candy’s logo and information on it. It’s a nice cheerful orange color.

These lollypops are very similar to all the other lollypops that See’s makes. They’re large and square, and come on a sturdy stick with the the See’s logo printed on it. The orange foil wrapped on there pops are pretty. Once unwrapped the lollypops are a slight beige color.  The smell slightly sweet.

 

See's Orange Cream Lollypops

The flavor is certainly creamy, which is always nice in a lollypop. You can immediately taste the flavors of vanilla and orange in here, and I am reminded of a creamsicle. It’s a I was expecting the flavor to have more intensity, since orange and vanilla are such powerful flavors. It it still very flavorful, but it’s just not a hit in the face like the root beer and cinnamon lollypops were.

I really liked these lollypops. They’re a fun way to have the “creamsicle” flavor without having the cold ice cream part. I also find the flavor very appropriate for Easter, it’s light and reminds me of spring. Due to their substantial size, they’re treats that will last a good long time, so it’s easier to savor it. What could be better on Easter Sunday than savoring a nice treat?

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links See’s Candies Website


Mar
14



Ferreo Eggs Hazelnut

I have been seeing these bags of Ferrero eggs on the shelves in a lot of places this year. They come in a small bag like the Lindt Lindors but in a fun, pastel colored package. They are described on the front as “crispy eggs with a creamy hazelnut filling”. I like the “European” feel of these, they remind me of a Kinder Bueno, but in egg shaped form. I’m really drawn to that sort of thing, so I nabbed a bag for the blog.

The bag holds a lot of eggs. So I felt like I got a good deal for the price that I paid for them. The eggs are small, and I’m trying to think of a size comparison. They’re smaller than a golf ball, but bigger than the mini Cadbury creme eggs you see this time of year. I’d say they’re around the size of a kumquat? I think I’ll go with that.

Each egg is individually wrapped in foil, with a gold top and bottom with a colored band with the Ferrero logo on it. Unwrapping the egg, it has a beautiful medium brown color. It smells very sweet and milky. I get intense notes of cream and caramel in there. The aroma is just heavenly.

My first bite reveals that there’s a wafer shell just inside the chocolate covering, so you get this nice crisp when you break into it. The texture contrast is really nice. The hazelnut interior is creamy and delicious. It’s like Nutella on steroids. It’s intensely flavorful and nutty, with a great chocolate flavor. Overall with the chocolate shell and the wafer, this little egg packs a whollop in the flavor department.

They’re so flavorful and luxurious, I find that I can only eat one of these at a time. They’re heavenly with a cup of coffee in the morning. I can see these as being a nice little addition to Easter Brunch. I managed to try the other variant of these, the chocolate filled egg, thanks to a co-works candy generosity. It was good, but it wasn’t chocolately. I certainly think that the hazelnut is the better flavor of the two.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Links Ferrero Website


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