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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 10 - Easter Favorites

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In episode 10 of Candyology 101, Maria and I review our lists of the top Easter candies and talk about the iconic chocolate rabbit.


You can also download the MP3 and don’t forget to visit Candyology101.com to get all our show notes.

Cadbury - Dove - Bliss Bunnies

 

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:42 am     CandyEasterHighlightRadio InterviewsComments (0)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Russell Stover Lemon Cake Egg

DSC_8720rbRussell Stover Lemon Cake Egg is a new egg for Easter. Though Russell Stover has some other new eggs, most of those are just reshapes of novelties from other seasons.

Like the other Russell Stover eggs, this one is one ounce. I found mine on sale for 39 cents, though they’re usually two for a dollar and sometimes as much as 59 or 69 cents each. 

The Lemon Cake Egg wrapper is just a touch confusing. The picture on the front shows a nice yellow cake with white frosting. But this egg is lemon cake filling with a dark chocolate coating. Not a big deal, but it seems like it would be easy to make it a lemon cake with chocolate frosting in the picture ... or perhaps a white chocolate coating on this egg.

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It’s very lemony. Even just opening the package, the zesty lemon scent is strong. Biting into the egg, the yellow center is quite bright, like a cream made from highlighters.

The chocolate shell is bittersweet, which is a nice complement to the lemon cake. Like the other dessert-themed eggs, this is a paste type filling made from actual cake mix. The consistency is thicker than batter and thinner than cookie dough. Though there’s wheat flour in there, it doesn’t taste raw like some cookie dough items do.

The lemon flavor is very well balanced, there are a lot of citrus peel notes, so much that there’s a light bitterness to it, which might also come from the chocolate. The whole thing is far less sweet than some of the other cake-themed eggs, like the Birthday Cake and Red Velvet. It’s rather refreshing, less cloying. I wish there was just a little more of a vanilla note, like a rich pound cake. But I do give them credit for trying something a bit out of the ordinary.

The eggs contain wheat (gluten), milk, soy and actual eggs as well. They may also contain traces of tree nuts and peanuts.

Related Candies

  1. Russell Stover Big Bite Coffee
  2. Party Cake Peeps
  3. Russell Stover Eggs: Carrot Cake, Birthday Cake and Wedding Cake
  4. R.M. Palmer Cake Batter Cup
  5. Birthday Cake M&Ms
  6. Russell Stover Cookie Dough Egg
  7. Russell Stover Red Velvet Santa
  8. Mike and Ike Alex’s Lemonade Stand


Name: Lemon Cake Egg
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Russell Stover
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.39
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Candy, Easter, Russell Stover, Chocolate, Cookie, 7-Worth It, United States, Walgreen's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:40 pm     CandyReviewEasterRussell StoverChocolateCookie7-Worth ItUnited StatesWalgreen'sComments (8)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Just Born Teenee Beanee

DSC_8783rbJust Born is best known for their Peeps line of marshmallow candies. Easter is high season for Peeps, which now come in all known colors visible to the human eye. So all that’s left is the extension of the brand into other areas. Target had a nice display of the Peeps brand line, including some Peeps lollipops in various colors and two different shapes. (They came in a Peep shape, which was a little less attractive than the bunny one.) The candies were on sale, your choice of two for $3. I thought $1.50 was a bit steep for a lollipop, but the Just Born website lists them for $2.50 each.

They also had matching tubes of the Just Born Teenee Beanee Jelly Beans to go with the pops. The packaging was spare but appealing and the flavor for this set: Indian River Orange sounded very appealing.

The Lollipop was interesting in that it was not only shaped like a Peeps Bunny, but it also had a sugar crust on one side. The texture of the candy was fantastic, it’s more of a barley sugar candy, which usually has few voids and a milder sweetness. Think of it like a less intense Jolly Rancher, the texture is a very light dissolve that becomes pliable when the piece is small.

The orange flavor was delicate, no tart bite, just the orange zest note. I loved the dissolve, but I admit I didn’t care for the grainy textured side of the pop, which meant that the pieces were rough when I bit them off. The size was good at 1.2 ounces, quite a bit of candy, but not so much that I could finish it in an afternoon at my desk. There was a fresh, citrus aftertaste that lasted quite a while.

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Though it’s tempting to think that these were just cheaper Jelly Belly, but they’re not. Teenee Beanee are pectin beans, which means that they use both starch and fruit pectin to get the jelly center just right. They’re just a little bigger than Jelly Belly but not nearly as large as traditional jelly beans. The color is a little inconsistent, as some were more translucent than others, but I found this variation very attractive.

The orange flavor is vibrant and mostly zest-based. There was only a light hint of juicy tartness around the margin of the shell, but not at all like a Jelly Belly.

The tube holds 5 ounces and for $1.50 I thought that was a pretty good deal for a more premium bean. I liked them quite a bit, but part of it was that I just like orange jelly beans and the fact that I didn’t have to pick them out of a mix was good. The tube is easy to open and stays closed, and is pretty minimal overall. It also featured a real cloth ribbon bow, which is a nice touch if you’re going to put these into an Easter basket or make it part of a hostess gift.

The jelly beans were made in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat and soy. They use a confectioners glaze so are not considered vegan. Teenee Beanee tubes also come in La Jolla Lemon, Napa Grape, Chesapeake Cherry, Savannah Strawberry and Laredo Lime tubes with matching lollipops.

Related Candies

  1. David’s Signature Beans Jelly Bean Sampler
  2. Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans
  3. Ferrara Pan White Hot Red Hots Jelly Beans
  4. Peeps Peepsters (Milk & Dark Chocolate)
  5. Russell Stover Pectin Jelly Beans
  6. Hot Tamales Spice Jelly Beans
  7. Peeps Chick & Bunny Candy
  8. Lifesavers Jellybeans


Name: Indian River Orange Teenee Beanee
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Just Born
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $1.50
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Candy, Easter, Just Born, Jelly Candy, 7-Worth It, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:09 pm     CandyReviewEasterJust BornJelly Candy7-Worth ItUnited StatesTargetComments (0)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Koppers Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs

DSC_8736rbEaster is the best candy season. The qualities that make a good holiday candy are hard to pin down, but most of us know it when we see it. One quality that’s unique to Easter is the morselization of treats. Part of Easter is the presentation of candy within a basket. Sure, you can put packaged candy in there, but it sure is appealing when the Easter grass sports read-to-eat morsels. The jelly bean is a perfect example of this, since they started as spice drops but eventually someone gave them a more durable shell so that you can put them out in a candy dish.

I bring this up because today’s candy is a great version of a year-round candy getting a unique holiday treatment. Koppers Chocolate Easter Spring Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs come in a box, but you can easily dump them out into a bowl or nestle them in a basket.

The candy construction is simple, though actually rather unique. It’s a small marshmallow at the center, a thick milk chocolate shell and a thin pastel glaze on top.

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These have been around for a few years, I first had them in 2011 and posted a photo. That version was a robin’s egg version with a little thicker shell, but otherwise the same.

The box was on the expensive side at $7.99 for 6.5 ounces. It’s a flat, clear box that holds a single layer of the candies. They come in a variety of pastel colors with speckles: green, white, pink and yellow.

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They’re ridiculously sweet, which is not ordinarily an appealing element. But at Easter, all bets are off. I go for white chocolate, I eat the super sweet things and I always give the marshmallow items a try.

The sugar shell is extremely light, so much that it doesn’t really give any crunch to the confection. The marshmallow core is soft and foamy and every once in a while I catch a little bit of vanilla from it. For the most part the morsels are just a lot of milk chocolate. The milk chocolate has a good dairy component to it and a very sweet, cool to the tongue effect. It melts readily but doesn’t have a very strong cocoa note, more like a hot cocoa morsel (with the marshmallow) than an intense milk chocolate.

This kind of candy, of course, could be done for other holiday and year-round treating occasions. It seems that there are other opportunities to mix them up as well with, perhaps, a flavored marshmallow (mint, perhaps) and different colored shells, dark chocolate ... even change the shape a bit.

Related Candies

  1. Brach’s Chicks & Rabbits Marshmallow Candy
  2. Peeps Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows
  3. Campfire Mini Marshmallows
  4. Russell Stover Marshmallow Rabbits
  5. Princess Marshmallow Eggs
  6. Russell Stover Eggs
  7. Head to Head: M&Ms vs Koppers Milkies
  8. See’s Scotchmallow Eggs


Name: Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Koppers Chocolate
Place Purchased: Gelson's (Silver Lake)
Price: $7.99
Size: 6.5
Calories per ounce: 135
Categories: Candy, Morselization, Easter, Koppers, Chocolate, Marshmallow, 8-Tasty, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:07 pm     CandyReviewEasterKoppersChocolateMarshmallow8-TastyUnited StatesComments (0)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Russell Stover Peanut Butter Egg

DSC_8802rbRussell Stover is best known at Easter for their little one ounce eggs that come in over a dozen varieties from the classic strawberry creme to the trendy wedding cake and cookie dough. One of the other items that’s a little harder to find are Russell Stover’s version of Cadbury Creme Eggs that come in chocolate creme and caramel (review).

One of the newer varieties, or at least to me, is the Russell Stover Peanut Butter Egg. Russell Stover first introduced their little foil wrapped eggs in 2008, they came in some interesting varieties like Marshmallow & Caramel and Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Creme.  I picked mine up on sale at 2 for 99 cents. The plain blue foil wrapping doesn’t say much other than the fact that it’s peanut butter in milk chocolate.

DSC_8806rbThe center is a combination of peanut butter, sugar and corn syrup. So it’s more like a peanut butter frosting than just a plain old peanut butter filling.

The egg is 1.2 ounces and is molded to be completely ovoid, not one of those flat-bottomed enrobed eggs. The design on the shell is very simple, with just a few embellishments.

Oddly enough, Russell Stover uses this same mold throughout the year. They have some sports themed hollow chocolates they sell, including a football, which makes lots of sense when covered in a brown texture-look foil. The odder part of that set of chocolates though is that the same shape is used for baseballs, soccer balls and basketballs.

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The filling is not a peanut butter, as I mentioned, instead, it’s more like a peanut butter caramel frosting. The texture is smooth, but not quite chewy like a caramel. If you gave me a cupcake with this as the icing, I’d be pretty happy. The milk chocolate is very sweet, but goes well with the filling. The peanut butter flavor is muted by the sugary sauce its within, but it still works.

It’s not quite my thing, but it stands as unique take on this candy genre. I actually might buy these again and would probably include them in an Easter basket for kids if I put something together this year.

Related Candies

  1. Russell Stover Cookie Dough Egg
  2. Twix Egg
  3. Cadbury Chocolate Creme Egg
  4. Russell Stover White Chocolate Peanut Butter Rabbit
  5. Russell Stover Eggs (2009 edition)
  6. Reese’s Enigma & Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs
  7. Russell Stover Eggs
  8. Peeps Mash Ups


Name: Peanut Butter Egg
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Russell Stover
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.49
Size: 1.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 130
Categories: Candy, Easter, Russell Stover, Chocolate, Peanuts, 7-Worth It, United States, Walgreen's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:19 pm     CandyReviewEasterRussell StoverChocolatePeanuts7-Worth ItUnited StatesWalgreen'sComments (2)

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