Monday, April 2, 2007

Brach’s Fiesta Eggs

Brach's Fiesta Eggs PackageThe full name on these is Brach’s Pastel Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs which of course made me wonder if they have another product that is perhaps primary colors or just black and white. Malted milk eggs at Easter were a particular favorite of mine. They were one of those interactive candies, you can lick the shell and then color your lips with the coral pink or white chalky edible makeup. (That white lipstick was quite the look when I was very little.)

Now of course I’m much more interested in the “real milk chocolate” part of the wrapper. Brach’s has been owned by Barry Callebaut since 2003, so maybe they were teaching Brach’s a thing or two about chocolate. They don’t need to be taught how to make boiled sugar candy, they do that just fine.

imageThe Fiesta Eggs are big and bold. They make a satisfying clacking sound in the bag when you roll them around. They can be eaten whole (or applied liberally over the face) but I prefer to bite them in half and have a look. I don’t know what I expect to find, as it has always been the same ... malt center, chocolate layer and then hard colored shell. But you never know! (Actually, I’ve eaten very old malt balls before and every once in a while I’ve gotten ones with “melted” centers but shells that are intact or just a little dented.)

Fiesta Eggs smell like Easter. They’re sweet and have a slight vanilla hint to them. This bag was very fresh, the shells were super crisp and the centers were light and airy.

Unlike the normal chocolate covered malt balls, the Fiesta Egg is more about the combination of the texture of the hard sugar shell and the light crunch of the malted center. The chocolate layer provides a little bit of a creamy texture, but not much flavor. In the Brach’s chocolate, as far as I can tell, is too too sweet.

These still aren’t my ultimate malted egg. I’m not sure I’ve found it yet. I wasn’t blown away by the Jelly Belly ones either and I picked up some more vibrant colored ones (but I don’t know the brand) a the Sweet Factory a few weeks ago in the bulk bins. They tasted too much like food coloring and not enough like malt. Perhaps such a candy doesn’t exist.
See the previous review on Mighty Malts from Necco (and a photo of the Whopper’s Robin’s Eggs, for reference).

But you can be sure that I’m going to finish these! How do I look with lilac lipstick?

UPDATE: 3/30/2011 - The pastel ones are hard to find, but I did run across a white version. They say they’re made with real milk chocolate, but they’re still not very chocolatey.

UPDATE 3/2/2012: Another newer version has appeared on store shelves. They are much, much larger, but have a more flavorful malt center and perhaps better chocolate. Check out the new review here.

Related Candies

  1. Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs (2012)
  2. Whoppers Milkshake Strawberry
  3. Whoppers Sno-Balls
  4. Naked Chocolate Maltballs
  5. Villars Swiss Milk Chocolate
  6. Mighty Malts
  7. Malted Crisped Rice Squares
  8. Mars Maltesers
Name: Pastel Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Brach's
Place Purchased: Long's (Laguna Woods)
Price: $1.50 (on sale!)
Size: 7.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: Chocolate, Malt, United States, Brach's, Easter

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Comments
  1. What, you mean you don’t suck out the malted center after biting them in half? I thought that was the point!

    Comment by Tricia on 4/02/07 at 7:21 am #
  2. At the moment (literally), these speckled eggs are my favorite, but they must be everyone else’s, too, since I can never find them when I go out shopping.

    Melted malted milk balls always catch me by surprise and always squick me out, too.

    Comment by Russ on 4/02/07 at 8:13 am #
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    Comment by The Beauty Brains on 4/02/07 at 6:40 pm #
  4. Is there anywhere in LA where you like to get a malt—that is if you like ice cream?

    Comment by Tiffany on 4/02/07 at 8:12 pm #
  5. Okay. I love malted milk balls. They are probably my favorite candy. But GOOD malted milk balls are SO hard to find (as you clearly know) because there are so many factors going into one ball. The only ones I eat (and love) are from the Confectionery in Seattle. I have no idea what type they are - for all I know, they are regular nothing-special brand. But - the chocolate (dark OR milk) is always glossy and delicious and chocolaty, and even better - the malted center is crisp, sweet, a little grainy and malty, and crumbles in your mouth - what every malted milk ball should do. I have yet to find anything better, and feel (quite strongly) that there will never be a quality malt ball to be found in a grocery store. Rather, you have to get them fresh, and pay a little extra for quality chocolate.

    Comment by kristin on 4/03/07 at 12:42 pm #
  6. Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs are the absolute best! No other malted milk egg will ever take their place. I sometimes bite them in half to look at the inside before I eat them, and sometimes I suck on them for a while, then paint my lips with them, then I pop them back into my mouth and I continue to suck on them until they melt in my mouth. It would not seem like Easter if I wasn’t able to taste the special flavor of those delectably delicious Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs!!!

    Comment by Linda on 2/12/08 at 3:01 pm #
  7. I am going to point to this link on my own blog, since these are my favorite Easter candies. Not many places carry them (the jelly bean market has a strangle hold on shelf space these days).

    I will say, though, that unless you put the candy in your mouth and suck on it until the outer shell is soft, they don’t test that good. Here’s my process:

    1. Mouth the candy, and suck on it like a gobstopper until the shell is soft.

    2. Crack the shell with my tongue or cheek or both, and the chocolate is super melted and delicious.

    3. Suck away the chocolate and then work the malted until it dissolves away into a delicious finish.

    There really is no other good way to eat these and get all of that flavor.

    Comment by Ryan on 4/23/08 at 9:15 am #
  8. I would like to know where you can buy the brach’s malted milk balls that are covered with chocolate only - no pastel candy coated ones just chocolate?  Plus would love to know why you can only found them around Easter.

    Comment by Tammy Palmer on 2/24/09 at 2:25 pm #
  9. Yes. I love malted balls in my mouth.

    Comment by CadburyLvr on 2/24/09 at 5:16 pm #
  10. i’ve actually never seen the pastel ones.  i’ve only seen the fiesta malted milk eggs which are white with speckles. also i was never able to find them in the LA area.  i always had to have my mom ship me bags because they are so hard to find.

    Comment by ness on 3/13/09 at 8:55 am #
  11. The Fiesta Milk Eggs are to die for.  I buy them for the year and it has become more difficult finding them until tonight.  Even the big stores aren’t stocking them like they used to.

    Comment by Michelle C Brecht on 3/18/09 at 6:42 pm #
  12. please let me know where i can find these in San Antonio Texas.  Thanks, SD

    Comment by Sharon Davault on 3/19/09 at 5:59 am #
  13. I would love to tell you but I am having trouble with OKC and I no nothing about San Antonio.  Sorry!

    Comment by Michelle C Brecht on 3/19/09 at 6:02 pm #
  14. Live in Houston, where can i find these yummy candies, MY FAVORITE!!! HELP, MUST FIND! smile

    Comment by CC on 3/23/09 at 9:52 am #
  15. where can I buy the Fiesta Malted Milk eggs—I can’t find these anywhere in our area

    Comment by Lynne Krizek on 3/30/09 at 10:12 am #
  16. Fiesta is used to describe the colored ones.  There are also white ones with the same flecks of color.  They taste the same, but I still like the colored ones best.  There also the ones that are just chocolate covered like the balls.  Some years they are impossible to find and some years they cannot be found at all.  We have better luck at Walmart or Kroger’sSupermarket—however not always in the same year.  This year it is the colored ones at Kroger.  About the white on the lips—was very popular in the ‘60’s in junior high when white lipstick was also popular.

    Comment by LinRae BecMar on 4/02/09 at 6:58 pm #
  17. These were my very favorite this year! And I love all you people who write about candy. This is like snuff for me.

    Your post took me down memory lane. My best friend and I had a job together at a bank working the Friday night drive-thru window (before ATM’s were all the rage). It was our Friday night tradition to buy candy and indulge our sweet teeth inbetween the rare customers. Right before Easter we bought a bag of malted milk eggs, but the really garishly colored ones. We proceeded to use them as hilarious lipsticks just like the author…you can imagine the vivid blue lips. Then, out of the blue we had a walk-up customer at the window who was very amused. I wonder if he still remembers us and tells our story?

    Anyway, this Fiesta bag of malted goodies are just terrific! I loved them and at a whole bag in one night because I just could not stop. Just the right combo of crunchy, flaky and malty. Mmmmm. I felt I had found a treasure. Around these parts there were plenty of little bags of tiny malted milk eggs but I knew those wouldn’t have the correct ratio.

    I am a fan of regular malted milk balls, but I like the candy coated eggs much better because the balls usually have a waxy finish on them. YUCK.

    Comment by Denise on 4/19/09 at 3:37 pm #
  18. Has anyone noticed a difference in the chocolate covered Malted Milk Balls? It doesn’t seem to have the creamy chocolate that I have loved and recommended to people for over 30 yrs. Even the malt tastes different.  I have heard that they changed the recipe just on Malted Milk Balls. Can this be true?  The last two bags I bought tasted like Whoppers. I can’t even eat the last bag I bought. Please bring back my Malted Milk Balls!

    Comment by Lorraine on 4/25/09 at 4:33 pm #
  19. I just sent an email to the Brach’s company regarding how hard it is to find Brach’s Malts, their name for malted milk balls.

    They are simply the best!!  Why does most every store carry Whoppers (fake chocolate - yuck!) but not Brach’s malts?

    I suggested they hold a taste test—Brach’s vs. Whoppers.  Brach’s would surely win!

    Maybe if more people contact them, more stores will carry Brach’s Malts.  They are amazing!

    Comment by Michele on 4/30/09 at 8:26 am #
  20. Brachs has changed the formula of their once delicious malted milk balls as of March 2009. The bag now says “Brach’s Malts” on the front—NOT “Brach’s Chocolate Malts - Chocolate Covered Malted Milk Balls.” The word “Chocolate” no longer appears on the bag because they are no longer covered with chocolate. The “new and improved” version taste just like Whoppers - which are truly vile! Brach’s Malts are covered with something brown, but it is not chocolate and it tastes like wax. And it most definitely does NOT melt in your mouth. They are absolutely hideous! I shipped the entire 12 oz. bag off to their Minnesota headquarters and told them they had made a BIG mistake.

    Comment by Carolyn on 8/15/09 at 11:33 am #
  21. Carolyn,
    You are soooo right; they are hideous!  After I posted this I purchased some allegedly chocolate malted milk balls and was horribly disappointed!  How could Brach’s have allowed their name to be put on such a disgusting product?

    Comment by Michele on 8/15/09 at 1:46 pm #
  22. Cybele's avatar

    I’m looking for the Brach’s malted milk balls! I check out a couple of stores today but could only find the bridge mix. I’ll keep looking, it definitely deserves its own post.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/15/09 at 1:48 pm #
  23. Cybele,
    they are hard to find but that is a good thing!
    they really are horrible now and do not seem to contain anything resembling chocolate anymore :(

    Comment by Michele on 8/15/09 at 1:52 pm #
  24. Just recently I’ve started to see the “Brach’s Malts” in more grocery stores. Stores that hadn’t carried “Brach’s Malted Milk Balls” before. Believe it or not, “Menards” is where I use to buy mine.
    Why did they change the chocolate on just the malts, and not “Bridge Mix”?  I need my malt fix!

    Comment by Lorraine on 8/15/09 at 4:53 pm #
  25. Is the brown coating on the bridge mix still chocolate?  The stuff on the malts is now terrible and waxy.

    Comment by Michele on 8/15/09 at 5:04 pm #
  26. The New Fiesta Eggs for 2010 are Horrible….PLEASE bring back our childhood favorites!

    Comment by Connie on 2/13/10 at 1:42 pm #
  27. I agree. I just bought a bag of the Fiesta Eggs and they are horrible. The bag consisted of mostly “melted” malt centers that were hardened rather than the delicious center I’m used to. Does anyone else experience sickness from eating the flattened, melted ones or could it just be that the texture disgusts me so much that I just feel ill?

    Comment by James on 2/20/10 at 3:44 pm #
  28. Thank you.  I came so close to buying Fiesta Eggs just today,just in case they were okay.  I decided not to waste my money. God, I miss my malted milk balls!
    I think what you got were just old eggs.

    Comment by Lorraine on 2/21/10 at 11:01 am #
  29. Sadly, Brach’s was sold to a new company.  This new company does not believe in real chocolate, but uses a terrible waxy replacement instead.

    I will never buy Brach’s again.

    Comment by michele pautsch on 2/21/10 at 12:14 pm #
  30. Ahhh…the end of an era.

    Comment by Lorraine on 2/21/10 at 1:10 pm #
  31. Brachs Fiesta Eggs have been a part of my family for over 45 years!!!! My mom would go to Montgomery Wards to the candy counter and buy a “quarters” worth every spring..once my sister and I arrived on the scene the tradition continued. No easter basket was complete without them. As I got older and moved to Chicago it became a contest of who could find them first! The winner would buy several bags and ship them to the others. Imagine my excitement when I found them this weekend at Jewel grocery store..now imagine my disgust when I bit into one today and discovered that the recipe has been tampered with! SHAME ON YOU!! Why bother buying a company if you are not going to continue to make the well know quality products they were known for. Just change the name…because right now you are false advertising my memories..you can never fool a candy lover-save your money and NEVER buy these products again.

    Comment by jennifer on 2/23/10 at 2:19 pm #
  32. You said it all!!
    I sent an email to the company that makes the so called “malted milk balls.”  Hope to get a reply soon.  Everyone that hates the new ones should email them.  Let’s get our original recipe back!

    Comment by Lorraine on 2/23/10 at 2:27 pm #
  33. I also just emailed the candy company urging them reconsider and to go on-line and do a little research to see the mistake they are making. I am also looking for any blogs to update with how HORRIBLE the new candy is.

    Comment by jennifer on 2/23/10 at 2:42 pm #
  34. I wrote to them and this is their reply as of January 27, 2010:


    Thank you for writing Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. regarding Brach’s? Malts.  Hearing from our consumers better enables us to continue to provide quality products and services.  Consumer feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.

    Farley’s & Sathers made an adjustment to this product formula.  We have continued to monitor consumer response to an initial formulation change that has occurred with this product. Based on the consumer feedback, Farley?s & Sathers has updated the formulation of the product. You will need to note the change in ingredients for the new Malts. The first ingredient will be milk chocolate.”

    Now, I’ve been scouring the city looking for these things to no avail so far… hopefully, they’ll turn up soon!

    Comment by Big Girl on 2/24/10 at 11:28 am #
  35. I’ll believe it when I taste it.

    Comment by Lorraine on 2/24/10 at 1:14 pm #
  36. I agree.  They won’t happily go back to spending more money on quality ingredients!

    Comment by michele pautsch on 2/24/10 at 4:36 pm #
  37. Hmmm.. looks like Farley & Sathers really have no idea what they are doing…my response on the exact same product says “no formulation change has been made on this product” REALLY???? After 30 years of eating the same candy I am not supposed to taste the difference? More importantly why did another consumer get a response noting that YES they did change the formula…amazing that so many people now can taste a differance..get your story straight Farley… Big Girl..may I please ask for the name or code number for the customer service rep from the company..I plan to follow up on this…thanks!

    Comment by jennifer on 2/24/10 at 4:36 pm #
  38. I just ordered 3 - 5 lb bags of Pastel Fiesta and White Fiesta eggs from Candy Favorites.com for about $116.00 after scouring LA - Ralphs, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Gelsons, etc. I hope they taste the same. I will be so disappointed if they don’t. These are my favorite candies ever. I buy pounds and pounds every year. My mom even finds them for me in South Carolina and mails them to me.

    Comment by kymber on 2/25/10 at 9:35 am #
  39. I am so upset that the Farley & Sathers Changed the formula.  I took 20 bags back to Meijer this year. I always mail them out to my sisters who can not find them. Thanks allot Farley for Making my chldhood favorite candy go away!

    Comment by Kristine on 2/28/10 at 3:27 pm #
  40. Cybele's avatar

    Thanks to everyone for the heads up that the product has changed. I’ve been searching high and low here in Southern California for Fiesta Eggs - when I find them, I’ll be sure to grab some and do a re-review. Definitely send your comments directly to the new owners of Brach’s - Farley’s & Sathers.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/28/10 at 3:47 pm #
  41. I feel bad that it will be an Easter without Fiesta Eggs.

    Comment by Lorraine on 2/28/10 at 3:59 pm #
  42. kymber- please let us know if they were good.  My sister and I were just about to buy some from the same website you just did so I am curious as to your findings.

    Every year we look for the infamous Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs and for the past 2 years they have become harder to find.  They are so much a part of our Easter tradition that I can’t imagine Easter without them!!!!!  I hope that Farley changes back to the old recipe and with repeated complaints maybe we will be heard!!

    Comment by Terri on 2/28/10 at 7:25 pm #
  43. Here’s the skinny on the Brachs Bridge Mix which of course, contain the malted milk balls. What Farley is passing off as Brach’s Bridge Mix is NOT Brach’s Bridge Mix. I’m 56 years old and have eaten Brachs candy since I could walk. The last bag of Bridge Mix I bought was absolutely terrible!!!!
    Farley’s is one of those so-called candy factories like Palmers that make their nut off shoving piles of cheap candy up on shelves during Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. One those days pass the Farley’s disappears.
    It may say Brachs on the package but it isn’t. It’s not even close.
    What Farley’s has done to the Brachs name and product is sinful and deceptive. It’s like taking the Corvette name and putting a Briggs and Stratton 2 stroke engine it and selling the name Corvette. People may buy it once but not me.
    I mailed the package of bridge mix back with a note.

    Comment by Bob on 3/01/10 at 5:24 pm #
  44. You may remember that the company sent a letter to “Big Girl.” I received the same one, saying they updated, their formula.  They said, in the new product the first word in the ingredients would be the word “milk chocolate.”  I saw them today.  Couldn’t bring myself to buy them.  I just don’t trust them.  Any guinea pigs out there?  If you try them, and they are our old favorite, please let us know.

    Comment by Lorraine on 3/01/10 at 5:48 pm #
  45. You would think with all the unhappy candy addicts that Farley/Sathers would actually send a sample to prove that they are making the effort to change back to what quality products Brach’s would make. From the Fiesta Eggs, to the Malt’s to Bridge Mix…you have really jacked up a great family brand…change your recipes and ingridients back to what they were…QUALITY & DELICIOUS

    Comment by louis on 3/01/10 at 6:21 pm #
  46. I just sent an e mail to Farley and Sathers complaining about the Fiesta malted milk eggs. I thought I am 56 years old and I am whining about my favorite candy getting screwed over!! Then I decided to google the candy and I found this. YAY!! I’m not alone !!!!!!! I love it!! Oh, I bought a bag of the “new” candy this past weekend at BILO. The shell on the outside was nasty. The food coloring was bitter enough to make me wonder if the candy had been tampered with. I’ve always loved the white mess you get on your lips when you eat them.. but these new ones dont have that.  I like the post Ryan made 4/23/08 about how to eat the Easter eggs. That is exactly how I do it and it is the best way to get all the flavors. But no more.. now the shell is no better than the cheap Palmer’s crap. The chocolate and malted milk are not that far off now. But the bad shell ruins it. I would be sick to know I just spent over 100.00 for huge bags of the stuff. What happened to Brach’s? Please get back into the candy business!! I can’t get my malted milk Easter egg fix any more because I’m not buying that Farley stuff again.

    Comment by Sharron on 3/02/10 at 7:17 pm #
  47. Here is the letter I got….....See where they say they made adjustments.

    Thank you for writing Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. regarding Brach’s® Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs Pastel.  Hearing from our consumers better enables us to continue to provide quality products and services.  Consumer feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.

    Farley’s & Sathers made an adjustment to this product formula.  We will be evaluating consumer reactions and responses to the changes in this product on a weekly basis in an effort to determine consumer impact.  Your feedback is important to us, and the information you provided will be considered as we review and evaluate the changes to this item.

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your inquiry.  Please visit our website at http://www.farleysandsathers.com for additional information about our products and services. Also, check out our new online e-store to purchase apparel and gifts featuring your favorite brands. Visit our online store directly at http://farleysandsathers.corpmerchandise.com\.

    Sincerely,

    Jean Travis
    Consumer Relations


    000053110A

    Comment by Kristine on 3/03/10 at 5:22 am #
  48. I agree with everyone here.  I have enjoyed Brach’s malted eggs for over 40 years.  Every year at this time I begin my search… usually eventually finding them at Target or Walmart.  Well, after a week of searching I finally found them at Kroger today.  I noticed they were much smaller, but I went ahead and bought 5 bags.  Needless to say, I will be returning the remaining unopened 4 bags.  How disgusting!  They taste just like the cheap, nasty stuff I avoid buying.  The texture, consistency, taste… none of it came close to the original Brach’s eggs.  It crossed my mind, also, that perhaps I got hold of a ‘bad batch’.  After examining the wrapper and seeing that Farleys and Sathers are now the owners, I realized my worst nightmare has come to pass…  no more Brach’s malted eggs for me!

    Comment by Karen Taylor on 3/04/10 at 7:56 pm #
  49. I just read my reply from Farley and Sathers. It is the same reply Kristine above got. It was in my Spam folder. I guess that means they are sending these letters out in droves! Maybe with all of us complaining, they will either make them better or let someone else give it a try. I hope for the latter!!

    Comment by Sharron on 3/04/10 at 8:34 pm #
  50. I am a 50 something woman and have the same sentiments that the previous bloggers write.  Have enjoyed the fiesta eggs every Easter and actually start the hunt very early for the eggs.  Unfortunately had the chance to try them yesterday-they are horrible!  Have another 4 bags to return as one of the previous bloggers.  Sure feel sorry for the person that spent over $100.00 on the things.

    Comment by Kathy on 3/06/10 at 7:30 am #
  51. I was reading the back wrapper trying to figure out what Farley/Sather did to ruin this traditional easter candy…looks like they are making all kinds of budget cuts..because a proof reader would have caught that they spelled vegetable as “vegtable” !!!!!!! Way to run a first class operation- do us all a favor take the name brach’s off your candy packaging. I think I speak for all of us here when I say it is NOT Brach’s quality…Give some respect to the original owner and don’t try to peddle low quality candy with a high quality name…looks like the “Fiesta” is over folks :(

    Comment by caroline on 3/06/10 at 6:21 pm #
  52. Wow! Was I ever surprised to find this blog and comments. I am 54 and have bought the White Fiesta Easter Eggs for many many years. Well after looking in our Publix and Walmart stores and not finding them I found Fiesta PASTEL Malted easter egg candy by Brachs at Winn Dixie and bought 5 bags, thankful I had found them.
    WHEN I OPENED AND ATE THE FIRST FEW, I THOUGHT EITHER WINN DIXIE HAD HELD THEM OVER FROM LAST YEAR OR THEY WERE A BAD BATCH!! They had a horrible, horrible, chemical type tatse and smell to them on top of being much smaller and the chocolate being less and horrible too!!
    I wrote the company about it and received the canned response as others above. I had told them I saw on the Candyfavorite.com site (mentioned also above by kymber) that they had anasterisk and statement in small print about the formula change, it was NOT on the Fiesta ones only on the Pastel Fiesta ones. They wrote back saying yes both had been changed. I had asked them “if it ain’t broke why fix it” and they ignored that and said they would be monitoring consumers feedback. Which we all know is a bunch of BS…they have no intention of making it back to RIGHT!! So sad, to say, I brelieve the product will be done away with because of the HORRIBLE chnage they made, ruining a once favorite candy!I told them I literally gave away the rest of my bags. I don’t get why other old time candies are still the same recipe and still selling without change and taste compromise but yet this stupid company screws up a once perfectly good candy to the point of alomst for sure, extinction! And doesn’t give a damn either!!!!

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/14/10 at 12:00 pm #
  53. After years of eating Brach’s- I was disappointed by the new fiesta egg recipe. I got a replacement voucher, and I will not buy this brand again.
    I loved Brach’s eggs, and now my beloved is gone.
    Rest in peace, delcious Brach’s products!!!!!

    Comment by Kathy on 3/19/10 at 10:56 am #
  54. they should keep the voucher and put the money towards making a quality product again!

    Comment by jennifer on 3/19/10 at 5:46 pm #
  55. After having read through all your recent responses regarding the Brach’s Fiesta eggs, I suppose I should be happy I can’t find them, but I’m really sad that I’ll be missing them this year.  Even if I do get some sent to me, I now know that the recipe has been tampered with, so what’s the point…no sense in having any if they aren’t going to be the goodness I remember.  How Sad! I hope that Farley/Sather gets the message and brings back an Easter tradition.

    Comment by Rebecca on 3/20/10 at 11:38 am #
  56. Trader Joe’s has chocolate-covered malted milk eggs in cardboard milk-carton style containers this year.  They are a bit uneven in the panning, and it’s not Fiesta Eggs, but the taste is wonderful.

    Comment by Malt Fan on 3/22/10 at 1:16 am #
  57. I have been back for my second box of the Trader Joe’s Eggs.  The melt in your mouth. And Organic too!
    I think it may be seasonal.. By the Easter candy over the frozen food in my section:)

    After blogging this I should head out and stock up before the good news goes too far:)

    Enjoy

    Comment by kristine on 3/22/10 at 6:17 am #
  58. BOYCOTT BRACH’S!!!!! I am willing to try Trader Joe’s as a new contender for the malted eggs…thanks for the tip!

    Comment by jennifer on 3/22/10 at 5:35 pm #
  59. I am boycotting Brachs- Trader Joe’s is very malty, with very smooth real chocolate….no pastel shell to use as lipstick, though, but all in all, a really good egg.

    Comment by Kathy on 3/22/10 at 5:42 pm #
  60. The closest Trader Joe for me is in another state, Georgia:(
    I don’t see a way to order online either….??

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/22/10 at 6:58 pm #
  61. Cybele's avatar

    Debbie - I should have a review of the Trader Joe’s later this week.

    As for ordering online, they don’t have any way to do that, but sometimes folks put it up on eBay.

    For an inexpensive version try Albanese Confectionery. Jelly Belly makes a nice Easter version but they’re hard to find and expensive (about three times the price of Albanese).

    Comment by Cybele on 3/22/10 at 7:03 pm #
  62. Thanks for the info Cybele!! I will check into both and ebay. I saw some Fiesta Eggs on Ebay, wrote the person asking if they were Farley and Sather’s and, yep they were. The person was selling them for 4 plus dollars and 6 plus shipping for one to two bags. Poor people who buy them are going to be ripped off and unhappy when they taste them and see the price they paid for the “crap”!!

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/22/10 at 7:10 pm #
  63. Let’s have a moment of silence in honor of a fallen comrade.  Brachs Malted Easter Eggs filled many years with great memories.  Goodbye friend.

    Comment by Connie W on 3/25/10 at 1:28 pm #
  64. WOW!  So glad I found this blog.  I just happened to email Farley/Sathers today concerned that I have not been able to locate their Pastel or Fiesta eggs anywhere.  I sounds like its a good thing I have not found them.  These were always my favorite Easter candy also. So sad.

    Comment by Mary Catton on 3/28/10 at 4:56 pm #
  65. And the new winning malt egg award goes to…..TRADER JOES! I bought a carton this weekend..no artificial flavors etc.. rich chocolate wrapped around a delicious malty egg..Way to go Trader Joes! I think I need to pick up a few more before easter is gone..and so are they smile YUMMY!

    Comment by jennifer on 3/29/10 at 5:56 pm #
  66. Cybele's avatar

    For those following along, here’s Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Eggs.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/29/10 at 5:59 pm #
  67. Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.  The Brach’s malted milk easter eggs have been my favorite for 35 years.  Although there were tweaks along the years that I wasn’t crazy about (less malt flavor, thinner chocolate coating, less crunchy candy outer layer), they still were the best.  I bought one bag this year, unsure because they were a beige color, rather than white.  A classic favorite candy has been *destroyed.*  In trying to make a cheaper product and increase profits, they’ve forgotten the real purpose of business:  to provide value to the customer.  It’s not to try to make one’s product as cheaply as possible and hope your customers won’t notice.

    Comment by Former Malted Milk Egg Lover on 4/01/10 at 8:11 pm #
  68. I would even pay a little more for the malted milk balls and fiesta eggs if they would just return to the original recipe!

    Comment by lorraine on 4/01/10 at 8:26 pm #
  69. I think I will buy the recipe from the ‘old Brach’s’, and have these eggs recreated the original way.

    Comment by Kathy on 4/02/10 at 9:03 am #
  70. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED!I found two bags at my local Kroger about a month ago.  I vowed to wait until Easter Sunday to indulge.  Then, I read this blog and find that I have nothing to look forward to tomorrow.  Even though I have not went through the taste test, I plan to complain also.  This was the best of the best of Easter candies, and they ruined it for us all.  Not only were these a rare find and always sold out, they were worth every penny I paid in gas and effort to find them, and nevermind the fact that it never mattered how much they cost because I was definitely buying them if I found a bag.  If they don’t return to the old formula, they might as well not make them anymore.  I’m bummed…..

    Comment by Rosalind on 4/03/10 at 12:39 pm #
  71. Well my little Easter Chicks…the Easter season is now upon us. The BIG question is will Farley /Sather candy company take note of all the complaints and bring back our beloved Easter treat? I sent an email to inquire today if the recipe has changed..no sense in doing the egg hunt for the cheap candy they tried to pass off last year. I will keep you posted.

    Comment by jennifer on 2/20/11 at 6:28 pm #
  72. I would like to alert everyone to a facebook page for Brach’s Malted Fiesta Egg’s. Please take a moment to visit and share any feedback for Farley. Archway cookies had a similar experience when they discountined a holiday traditional cookie..guess what happend? So many people complained that the company had the good sense to listen to what their customers want. They are putting the cookie back in rotation for 2011. Please help us fight for our delicious easter treat!

    Comment by louis on 2/20/11 at 6:50 pm #
  73. Great Louis, please let us know if you receive a response!!!

    Comment by Debbie on 2/20/11 at 7:45 pm #
  74. Oops, sorry I meant Jennifer, not Louis.

    Comment by Debbie on 2/20/11 at 7:46 pm #
  75. I am so sad that Easter is nearing, I have seen the Fiesta egs in stores, and know I will not buy any. I will not get the satisfaction and joy I used to from these special treats.

    Comment by Kathy on 2/21/11 at 2:30 pm #
  76. To have the best candy around back to its original recipe, I would gladly pay more.

    Comment by lorraine on 2/21/11 at 4:01 pm #
  77. Louis I am not finding the facebook page about Fiesta Eggs you mention in your above post. What is the exact title?

    Comment by Debbie on 2/22/11 at 5:58 am #
  78. Hi All,

    The Facebook listing is under CandyFavorites.com
    Click on the drop down for discussion board and you will see Brach’ Eggs.

    Still no word yet from Farley!

    Comment by Louis on 2/22/11 at 5:02 pm #
  79. Thanks Louis, I’ll go check it out..hopefully others will too!!

    Comment by Debbie on 2/23/11 at 12:33 pm #
  80. The End of an Era!!!!

    Dear Brachs friends,
    It is with much sadness that I provide you with the following update. have a response from Farley Candy with an update on the candy formerly know as Brachs Fiesta Malted Eggs. Please read below and keep in mind..my real question was did they change the formula back to the original one created by Brachs & loved by Millions.

    “I apologize for the confusion. There was a formulation change made to Brachs Fiesta Malted Eggs last year. However, there has been another change made this year, the product now has 100% chocolate.” 

    Well folks, let me tell you my concerns:

    #1 Why don’t they market the candy under a new name? I mean if you are going to change the candy..change the name!

    #2 Why not mark the bag to read that the Brachs formula is not being used? Would save everyone time and avoid poor feedback from us “old timers”

    #3 If you felt the Brachs name was valuable enough to invest in and keep on the packaging..why not keep the candy the same?

    #4 I don’t feel like they are ever truly answering my specific questions regarding the changes. It appears as “oh..did we not tell you?”

    P.S. I tried the new candy and shared it with my family. The taste is worse this year than last year…if that is even possible. Save your time & money but PLEASE email or call Farley to complain:

    Toll Free# 888-247-9855

    I probably should mention they also sent me a customer survey online and guess what? The link would not work..just like their new strategy to promote a classic candy with cheap flavors… it does not work!

    Comment by jennifer on 2/24/11 at 6:19 pm #
  81. Well- There you have it!
    Let’s see if we can help please visit the facebook page above.

    Say no to Farley products!

    Comment by Louis on 2/24/11 at 6:35 pm #
  82. This is so disappointing, and now falsely advertising a once tasty product to still be is a shame. I agree, if they are going to change the product they should also change the name.

    Comment by Rosalind on 2/24/11 at 6:40 pm #
  83. Thanks for the SAD update Jennifer. I think we should all boycott their candies and do not buy the Fiesta and spread the word to everyone you know. I can’t imagine people liking it anyway and or buying a 2nd bag. The only way to really hurt them is to hit them in the pocket, bring down their sales…..DO NOT BUY ANY OF THEIR CANDY!!  I will call them and let them know my decision also…unless and until they change the recipe back to ORIGINAL, then I will spread the word and not buy from that company!!

    Comment by Debbie on 2/24/11 at 6:41 pm #
  84. Brach’s Fiesta Eggs have always been so hard to find that I haven’t had any in a few years. So I was shocked to read here about the Farley buyout and the big decline in quality. Thanks for the info.

    By way of consolation, I’ll offer that Jelly Belly makes a fine candy-covered chocolate malt egg. Here’s the link:
    http://www.jellybelly.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=98358

    They also package these in a round shape at Xmas—I think they call them ‘Christmas Balls.’ I often find them marked down at Marshall’s, and they’re delicious. Happy Easter!

    Comment by tigerstripes on 3/17/11 at 11:41 am #
  85. Thank you for that info. I just put in an order and will keep my fingers crossed that they are what I hope for:)

    Comment by Debbie on 3/17/11 at 1:56 pm #
  86. Plain and simple They still suck! Don’t waste your money.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Kristine on 3/17/11 at 3:55 pm #
  87. Kristine, which brand are you referring to? Hopefully not the Jelly Belly brand, I just ordered!

    Comment by Debbie on 3/17/11 at 8:08 pm #
  88. Debbie,
    Sorry I should have said the Fiesta Eggs. Tried the new improved bag.  And they are even worse then last year.

    Kristine

    Comment by Kristine on 3/18/11 at 6:56 am #
  89. I remember the Brach’s malted milk balls as not having a hard candy shell. When I was a kid, they were all white with specks and had a powder coating that would come off on your hands and lips…..absolutely the BEST. Those are the ones I’d like to have again.

    Comment by Ladybird English on 3/21/11 at 12:13 pm #
  90. Hi Debbie, I think you will be pleased. Here’s a review from Candy Addict that seems to feel the same way I do:

    http://candyaddict.com/blog/2007/03/15/candy-review-jelly-belly-malted-speckled-eggs/

    She notes that the outer candy shell is slightly fruit flavored. As I recall, they are, but very, very faintly. That would be the only difference for me from the old Brachs’ eggs, besides being a tiny bit smaller.

    Let me know what you think about them. 8^)

    Comment by tigerstripes on 3/23/11 at 3:16 pm #
  91. Good news, just purchased 2012 Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs. They have a new package but they have brought back the old formula. I was afraid to buy them after how horrible they were last year but i did and they are delicious again! They also got the jelly beans fixed too. So in case anyone finds this blog wanted to share the good news for all Brach’s Easter Malted Milk Balls fans. Sounds like they actually listened to their consumers…so good job! ps, I’ve bought them at both Target and Hyvee

    Comment by SMB on 2/27/12 at 5:58 pm #
  92. If that is true SMB, then I will go and buy 1 bag tomorrow to see, and only one, until I try it out, no more tricking us the consumer with similar looks and appearances as in the past!!
    I am so hoping you are right. What state are you in? Thanks for the post also….I hope:)I had just thought about them a few days ago, realizing Easter is coming and then remembered the candy was no more for me with the bad recipe they have been using. I will post tomorrow after I try them, if I find them I should add.

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 2/27/12 at 8:44 pm #
  93. I ran to the store after I read the last review.. Took my baby in our pj,s.. Bought a bag.. Opened them in the parking lot and placed one in my mouth.. My true honest belief the are worse then last year… Dont’t waste your time…

    Comment by Kris on 2/28/12 at 6:23 am #
  94. Went to our Publix and they do not have any still. How can it be that one thought it was back to the good old recipe and the other disagreed?  Do you think they are shipping both in order to get rid of the old crappy ones?  Does anyone else who has tried them have an opinion on them this yr, 2012…?? Btw what stores have you found them in? I am in Fl.

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 2/28/12 at 11:39 am #
  95. Yes, in Target last Saturday, I actually found Brach’s Eggs. There were only three bags left on the shelf, so I snapped up all three. Also, they were white eggs, not the pastel colors. I haven’t seen the white ones in a long time.

    I was going to wait until Easter to try them, but I’ll eat one tonight and comment tomorrow to let you know what I think.

    Comment by tigerstripes on 2/28/12 at 12:30 pm #
  96. Cybele's avatar

    I found the current “real milk chocolate” white ones at Target. No luck at Rite Aid, CVS or Walgreen’s for the pastel ones. I’ll photograph them and do a full write up soon.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/28/12 at 2:47 pm #
  97. Great thanks tigerstripes and Cybele….we will wait with baited breath:) We have no Target and our Walmart I just got back from had only Brachs jelly beans.

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 2/28/12 at 6:22 pm #
  98. They have them at my local Target-SAVE your money! They still continue to try to pass off “imposter” eggs as “real” milk chocolate.
    Do not waste any money on these!!!!

    Comment by veronica on 2/28/12 at 6:27 pm #
  99. Oh no, that is 2 negative review and 1 positive….not looking like anything has changed and that Farley is still trying to pass off their crappy version of Brachs Fiesta Eggs:(

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 2/28/12 at 6:31 pm #
  100. So, I ate a few, and am back to report. First, the good news: the inside is great. The malt center has a great flavor, is light, crisp and melts on the tongue. The chocolate is a little too thick, but other than that, fine.

    Now the not so good: The outer white shell is much too thick, and its beginning flavor is peculiar. After a bit that odd flavor disappears and then it’s as nice as I remember. Maybe the initial flavor is some sort of polishing layer, like carnauba wax?

    Finally, the worst. The size and shape of the egg has changed. The old Brach egg shape was about a 1” symmetrical oval. This new Brach egg is actually egg-shaped, with one end wider than the other, and is 1 1/2” long and 1” in diameter. I could barely fit it in my mouth, much less roll it around comfortably to suck off the white coating. I even tried to put it between my cheek and teeth on each side, which was kinda painful.

    I’ll still enjoy them, but as a person who lives alone, I worry about them as a choking hazard. Those of you with kids will need to keep an eye on them while they’re eating the new Brach Fiesta eggs.

    Comment by tigerstripes on 2/29/12 at 2:55 pm #
  101. Thanks tiggerstripes….my question is, are these the Brachs original recipe (old,good)or the Farleys 2nd crappy tasting recipe?

    Cybele is doing a review soon also….so we can see what the consensus is thus far:)

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 2/29/12 at 9:05 pm #
  102. Debbie, I’d say these new Brach’s eggs, though distressingly large, are as good as I remember them being, in terms of flavor and freshness.

    Although there were years when I couldn’t find any Brach’s malted eggs to buy which may overlap with the poor Farley’s recipe, I never met a Brach’s malted egg I didn’t like; and I remember getting them way back when at the Sear’s candy counter.

    Comment by tigerstripes on 3/05/12 at 9:46 am #
  103. After reading mixed comments for the new Brach’s Fiesta Eggs I was a bit skeptical. We were in Target so I decided to see if they had some.  They were very difficult to find and the packaging was not the same.  However, the eggs are pretty close!!!  Definately BIGGER, but almost as good.  Well worth it…

    Comment by Terri on 3/05/12 at 3:10 pm #
  104. Thanks tigerstripes and Terri, now at least that sounds promising:) Does anyone know if any other stores sell them? We do not have a Target, closest is over an hour from me. We have checked our Publix twice as well as our Walmart and Walgreens. They all are selling the brachs jellybeans (which I don’t eat anyway). We do not have a Sams or Costco either. Thanks again for giving your insights!

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/05/12 at 8:07 pm #
  105. Here in Northern Michigan found them at Meijers.

    Comment by Mary Catton on 3/06/12 at 4:17 pm #
  106. Thanks Mary, just checked their store locator….they are only in some northern states.
    Thanks for the info though. Gosh wouldn’t you think they would supply Walmarts with them if they do Targets. I don’t quite get that gist.
    Debbie

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/06/12 at 6:52 pm #
  107. I found mine at king soopers in Colorado.  they only had the colored ones but I thought they tasted great, way better than the last few years.  only thing I noticed is that they are huge!  Totally a choking hazardd if you have little ones.  but the taste, texture and flavor are old school:)

    Comment by Rebecca on 3/06/12 at 8:15 pm #
  108. Thanks Rebecca, but none of those here in Fl either. One of my daughter’s and her hubby are moving to Colorado the 17th, if that is a good store I’ll let her know….funny how we don’t think or realize all the geographical store differences until something like this comes up:)

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/07/12 at 5:24 am #
  109. Have any of you received the review and 2 comments posted recently dated 3/3 and 3/9 and the review cybele did on 3/9 from this link I just happened upon?? I did not get these and also all the posts from this page back from 2007 are not on the new link to this blog I found, only the 2 posts you will see from a Rodzilla and Mary D…..CHECK IT OUT! I also have not received any emails about these 3 at this link as I always did from you alls posts above…here is the link I found out: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/fiesta_malted_milk_eggs_2012

    Note the ending of the url is 2012 not a part of this url on this original posting page.

    Here is what I posted on that new page at the link I just put here for you all…here is my post there: What happened to the thread about Brachs Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs….with the 108 posts up to and including 3/7/12 at this link: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/brachs_fiesta_eggs

    The 2 posts above from Rodzilla and Mary D. WERE NOT ON THE ORIGINAL THREAD and now this thread is a different link:http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/fiesta_malted_milk_eggs_2012

    Why did you do away with all the posts (108)of them, on this candy dated as far back as 4/2/2007?????????????


    And CYBELE, why did you put your write-up post here on 3/2/2012, when at the original link listed by me above is where you have your other write up review and also you posted there on 2/28 you would be trying the candy and then doing a review…..now I find your review on this page and not on the original page and link, what is going on. I never received emails about the 2 posts above by Rodzilla or Mary D. as I had been receiving the 108 posts from the other link and page….which also means none of the others are receiving the posts either…what is going on?

    Also Cybele never posted her review on this page for us to see…on the new link page she did on 3/2.  What do you all think that’s all about? And note the BIG BLUE G to the right side of our posts now too.
    Debbie

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/10/12 at 2:48 pm #
  110. From: Debbie
    Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 5:49 PM
    To: Debbie
    Subject: Brach’s review pages on the candy blog


    What happened to the thread about Brachs Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs….with the 108 posts up to and including 3/7/12 at this link: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/brachs_fiesta_eggs

    The 2 posts above from Rodzilla and Mary D. WERE NOT ON THE ORIGINAL THREAD and now this thread is a different link: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/fiesta_malted_milk_eggs_2012


    Why did you do away with all the posts (108)of them, on this candy dated as far back as 4/2/2007?????????????

    And CYBELE, why did you put your write-up post here on 3/2/2012, when at the original link listed by me above is where you have your other write up review and also you posted there on 2/28 you would be trying the candy and then doing a review…..now I find your review on this page and not on the original page and link, what is going on. I never received emails about the 2 posts above by Rodzilla or Mary D. as I had been receiving the 108 posts from the other link and page….which also means none of the others are receiving the posts either…what is going on?


    Have any of you received the review and 2 comments posted recently dated 3/3 and 3/9 and the review cybele did on 3/9 from this link I just happened upon?? I did not get these and also all the posts from this page back from 2007 are not on the new link to this blog I found, only the 2 posts you will see from a Rodzilla and Mary D…..CHECK IT OUT! I also have not received any emails about these 3 at this link as I always did from you alls posts above…here is the link I found out: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/fiesta_malted_milk_eggs_2012

    Note the ending of the url is 2012 not a part of this url on this original posting page.

    Here is what I posted on that new page at the link I just put here for you all…here is my post there: What happened to the thread about Brachs Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs….with the 108 posts up to and including 3/7/12 at this link: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/brachs_fiesta_eggs

    The 2 posts above from Rodzilla and Mary D. WERE NOT ON THE ORIGINAL THREAD and now this thread is a different link:http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/fiesta_malted_milk_eggs_2012

    Why did you do away with all the posts (108)of them, on this candy dated as far back as 4/2/2007?????????????


    And CYBELE, why did you put your write-up post here on 3/2/2012, when at the original link listed by me above is where you have your other write up review and also you posted there on 2/28 you would be trying the candy and then doing a review…..now I find your review on this page and not on the original page and link, what is going on. I never received emails about the 2 posts above by Rodzilla or Mary D. as I had been receiving the 108 posts from the other link and page….which also means none of the others are receiving the posts either…what is going on?

    Also Cybele never posted her review on this page for us to see…on the new link page she did on 3/2.  What do you all think that’s all about? And note the BIG BLUE G to the right side of our posts now too.
    Debbie

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/10/12 at 2:48 pm #

    Comment by Debbie Lai on 3/10/12 at 2:51 pm #
  111. I just finished my last bag of 2013 Fiesta Eggs yesterday! I thought they were better than last year. The reduction in overall egg size is much appreciated. I noticed the ‘Real Milk Chocolate’ printed on the bag, which is always good to see as well as taste. The proportion of shell to chocolate to malt center was perfect! So good. 8^D

    I bought three bags at Target, but wanted to buy seven. They’re still so difficult to find, I looked at least five times, and they turned up about a week before Easter. Still, having gone without them many a year, I’m just happy to be able to buy them at all. Wish I could get ‘em year-round!

    Comment by tigerstripes on 4/14/13 at 8:56 am #

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