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Mar
31



Cadbury Mini Eggs

It seems in the world of Cadbury’s Easter, there’s only two schools of candy: CCE’s and Mini Eggs. You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em. I know so many people who prefer the Mini Eggs over the CCE’s. I never belonged to that group though, as I always wanted the cream center as opposed to the pop-able size and crunchy candy shell.

This year I’ve realized that it’s been some time since I even had the Mini Eggs, much less reviewed them. So here I am, giving them a second try. I was happy to find these in little single serving size bags. I know they come in larger bags for you addicts out there, but this size suits me perfectly.

The mini eggs are indeed tiny, a tad larger than hazelnuts and egg shaped. The colors are matte and pale in blue, pink, white, and yellow. Some have speckles on them, others don’t. They do remind me of small robin’s eggs.

A note, even those these Mini Eggs are Cadbury products, it’s manufactured by Herhsey’s here in the US . Interesting. I wonder if that will change now that Kraft bought Cadbury.

The shells is hard and smooth on the tongue, and lightly vanilla flavored. You can either suck on them to dissolve it slowly, or crunch down on them. I tried both and they were equally satisfying. The chocolate is sweet and creamy, and has a really heavy yogurty tang to it that’s so typical of European milk chocolate. The eggs are addicting and extremely “popable”, you want to keep tossing them into you mouth.

These were tasty, but I still prefer my CCE. Some preferences die hard.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links Hershey/Cadbury Website


Mar
29



Peeps Chocolate Packages

Peeps, that signature chick-shaped marshmallow treat of Easter, is always coming out with something new it seems. This Easter season is no exception. For years Mom and Pop candy stores have been taking Peeps and dipping them in chocolate, and now Peeps are officially dong it themselves. There’s two kinds: Milk and Dark chocolate. The milk is in a yellow package, and dark in a blue. Both feel very bright and cherry and well, full of Easter.

Taking the Peep out of it’s colorful package, it’s larger than a regular peep. It like you took one and smooshed it sideways cartoon-style with a steamroller. The peep silhouette is clear, and the peep even has a bump for the eye, so the candy kinda stars at you. Creepy cyclops Peep. Interestingly, the dark doesn’t have an eye. Odd.

 

Peeps Milk Chocolate Naked

The Milk Chocolate Peep Was nice to bite into because was curious as to what the texture would be like. The chocolate shell isn’t thick, so it cracks easily, much like the Russell Stover marshmallow eggs. The Peep inside is yellow, which strikes me as odd because Peeps have colorless innards. The marshmallow tastes sweet and lightly of vanilla, and the chocolate adds a tiny bit of depth to it with nice cream and chocolate flavors. Overall it’s unremarkable. I mean, the funny crispy coating on the peep is absent, the shape is different, and I lose the funny starchy flavor of the Peep, so this hardly feels accurate.

Peeps Chocolate Bitten

The Dark Chocolate Peep has a much smoother and cleaner looking chocolate shell than the milk peep. The chocolate smells more like chocolate and less creamy than the milk, and has a nice coconut flavor to it. This peep is also all yellow on the inside, and I get the same lack of flavor to the marshmallow. The chocolate adds a tad of sweetness to it and a more grounding earthy flavor, but it also gives a dry edge to the texture and it’s kinda strange. I’m not sure quite what to make of it.

These are tasty, and worth trying if you’re a Peep fan. Myself, I’d rather reach for a Russell Stover marshmallow/cream eggs, a CCE or just a plain peep!

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links Peeps Website


Mar
26



Candy Swap #4: The Whole Swag

This is some of the candy I got in one of my many candy swaps with a good friend of mine. Most of these were limited edition Japanese candies from back in 2006. Some of them were really good and I wish they’d get brought back.


Mar
24



Brach's Speckled Jelly Bird Eggs

As I spread my range of trying all the Easter jelly beans that I can find, I decided it was time I tried out this “classic”. I call these Brach’s Speckled Jelly Bird Eggs that because, well, they’re a candy that I always remember seeing around, yet I’ve never had them. I assume someone s buying them, because I see these return year after year. From the looks of them, they appear to be pectin-styled jelly beans to be more egg shaped and speckled like bird’s eggs. A very common and fun style for most springtime candy. I love how these appeal to both “Easter” candy and “spring” candy, as the shaped can be associated with both events, yet at the same time separately from each other.

Opening the bag I get a very generic fruity aroma from the beans. Pouring a few out I can identify a set of flavors, but even amongst the varieties there’s lots of variation in the color and size. Take for example the orange egg; where some were more white and hardly speckled and other were so speckled that they were almost no base color showing.

Popping one of the beans into my mouth, I found the texture is very soft and chewy. The coating gives a bit of a starchy chew, and the center is grainy and dissolves easily. Since I really had no clue as to what any of the flavor were, I just dove right in.


White with pink spots:
Starts of sweet, then like cough medicine which transforms into a bitter, medicinal cherry. Ugh, awful.

Yellow with dark yellow spots: Immediately sweet and brightly of lemon. The flavor gets more bitter as you chew it, then it fades away gradually.

Light blue with dark blue spots:
Sweet and floral, like berries. The flavor doesn’t grow or fade like the others, but deliver an even taste.

Light orange with dark orange spots: A bright orange flavor. Very sweet.

Purple with dark purple spots: Starts off tasting like perfume, then soap….then, kinda sweet and kinda like grapes.

Overall, ew. These were not what I was hoping for at all. The good flavors were mediocre, and the bad ones were awful. I’d think eating potpourri out of a bowl would taste better than those. So I can’t really recommend these jelly beans, unless you like self torture, that is.
Rating: Not Worth It

 

Not Worth It

Links Brach’s (Farley’s & Sathers) Website


Mar
22



Jelly Belly Fruit Snacks Bag

I had heard wind of these Jelly Belly Fruit Snacks for some time now, as I see photos of them every so often from someone who was able to visit their factory in California. Fruit snacks are one of those candies that I’m not quite sure if they’re really candy or not. I mean, yes, they’re basically gummis that have fruit juice in them and are sort of sold as “healthy” snack items. I remember having them in my lunch packs, or at least on a lucky day, when I was a kid. They come in a all shapes and flavors, so it’s hard to really pin a certain kind down. Since Jelly Belly, a well known candy maker is creating these, I feel more confident reviewing them as candy. I found them in a Wegmans the other week, and I was pretty excited to see them being sold in normal stores now.

Opening up the bag, it smells of that generic fruity punch flavor. The front exclaims that it’s made with 7 different fruit juices! Pear, apple, strawberry, orange, cherry, raspberry, lemon are all listed in the ingredients list. Pretty impressive for a fruit snack, but not so for Jelly Belly as they use real fruit in all their jelly beans to begin with.

The texture of these are the same as the fruit snacks I remember as a kid. Very chewy and a bit sticky, and I’m left picking at my teeth afterward.

 

Jelly Belly Fruit Snacks

Orange: Strong, authentic, sweet tart flavor. Very true to life and it’s terribly yummy.

Cherry: A deep “red” flavor that quickly turns medicinal. Not to my liking, but I know many who’ll enjoy this.

Lemon: This one is immediately tart and lemony, this tastes exactly like the lemon fruit snacks of my childhood. Awesome.

Green Apple: This one tastes like red licorice at first, then the fake-y, sour green apple flavor slowly comes forward. I can taste a lot of pear in here, but I don’t see the point of making this apple “sour”. I think they were going for more of a tart granny smith taste, but it is just strange here.
Berry: Immediately flavorful and tastes just like raspberry jam. Full of juicy, berry and floral notes. It’s quite lovely.

Strawberry: Light, floral, berry like and jammy in flavor. Not as good as the raspberry, but still pretty tasty. Doesn’t exactly read as strawberry to me, more like generic “berry”.

These are really nice fruit snacks, but even though my memory is fuzzy as to who other fruit snacks taste, I can’t compare really. I do know these are more expensive then other brands, but they’re worth a try if you’re really into this kind of thing or you’d like to joggle your memory like I did.
Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Jelly Belly Website


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