Monday, February 27, 2012
Brach’s Chicks & Rabbits Marshmallow Candy
Easter is my favorite candy holiday. It has a large number of candies that are unique to the holiday, so I tend to look forward to this time of year the most. Some of these seasonal candies aren’t exactly my favorite, but I know some other folks like them and I should probably give them a try.
I picked up Brach’s Chicks & Rabbits Marshmallow Candy which features their new logo and package design. It promises that this is An Easter Basket Favorite on the front and on the back of the package it says that This chewy, banana flavored candy is perfect for sharing with family and friends.
They come in two shapes and three colors: orange, yellow and blue. The Rabbits look like grey aliens, with their large vacant eyes. The Chicks (not pictured) look like some sort of fetal creature. At first I thought I just got a bad handful, but I dumped the whole bag out and they all looked like that. So I’ll stick with the Rabbits.
They’re Circus Peanuts. Pretty much the same shape and size as Circus Peanuts with the same artificial banana flavor (a cross between fingernail polish remover and yellow cake. They’re achingly sweet and only slightly “marshmallowy.” They’re airy and light, but not bouncy like most marshmallows, it’s like a cross between a mellocreme (candy corn) and nougat (3 Musketeers). There’s quite a bit of grain to the sugar and a chemical scent that I can only describe as “solvent” that has that same cooling effect on the tongue and lung choking caustic burn. You know, artificial banana. The orange ones had a horrible aftertaste, I’m guessing from the artificial colors, so I liked the yellow ones better.
These were soft and fresh, but I usually prefer my Circus Peanuts a little firmer and slightly tacky so they’re quite chewy. But my interest level in these is not high enough to invest in the preparation required (leaving them out with the bag open) to get them that way.
These marshmallow type candies are the pre-cursor to the marbits found in sweetened breakfast cereals, so you can always cut them up with some scissors, let them dry in a warm oven and add them to your plain Cheerios or Chex for an added boost. Otherwise, I recommend using the bunnies as decorations and possibly using the chicks for experiments (they’re just so ugly).
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