Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs

Brach's Fiesta Malted Milk EggsOne of the classic elements of Easter candy is the fact that it’s egg shaped and isn’t usually individually wrapped. This nestling quality applies to jelly beans and marshmallow eggs (the candy shell version).

Back in 2007 I reviewed the pastel version of Brach’s Fiesta Eggs. The only difference between the original review and this one is that these are white with speckles and those were pastels. What prompted me to pick them up again is the fact that so many readers were commenting on the original review because Brach’s seems to have changed their formula.

When I first reviewed the eggs Brach’s was owned by Barry Callebaut, a global chocolate giant based in Switzerland. In late 2007, Callebaut sold the American candy company to Farley’s & Sathers of Minnesota. In the Callebaut days I was hoping that they’d make the chocolate products from Brach’s better. In the Farley’s & Sathers days, I’m just hoping that the chocolate products stay real chocolate instead of going to some mockolate substitute like they did with the bulk malted milk balls. (Supposedly they went back to the real chocolate coating, but I have yet to find them in stores, they angered so many people I’m guessing the buyers for the chain stores are afraid of them.)

Brach's Fiesta Eggs

I prefer the white eggs because they have less of the artificial colorings on the shell. Those can sometimes interfere with the desirable flavors. (Red is a problem for me often.)

The eggs are large. Some are over an inch tall though others are as small as 2/3 of an inch. They sound substantial and clack and clunk together well. All were nicely shaped and had no cracks or broken spots. The shells are thick and crunchy but the chocolate layer beneath is rather thin and unremarkable. The chocolate is sweet and doesn’t taste like much at all, probably more like malt than chocolate. It’s a little grainy and fudgy so it’s hard to say that it’s real except for the fact that the label tells me it is.

The center is what I’m after though, the crisp malted milk center. It’s a fine malt, not terribly grain with a moderate level of malty-ness. It’s not overly sweet or salty ... it could use just a little more punch for me, especially since the shell is so sweet.

I can’t argue with the construction, my only real complaint is that the chocolate is so lackluster, and perhaps even out of balance. With better chocolate that layer could be thicker.

As far as widely available Malted Milk Eggs for Easter, these beat out the Necco Mighty Malts and Whoppers Robin’s Eggs in my book. But that’s not much of a recommendation.

I’m picky about my malted milk balls in the sense that I want specific ratios, texture of the center and high density of malt, but I’m not so picky that I won’t finish any malted milk ball placed in front of me.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Eggs (Plus a Bonus)
  2. Brach’s Indulge Almonds: Coconut & Caramel
  3. Brach’s Robin Eggs (Solid Milk Chocolate)
  4. Whoppers Sno-Balls
  5. Brach’s Fiesta Eggs
  6. Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix
  7. Mighty Malts
  8. Bulk Balls

Name: Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs
Brand: Brach’s
Place Purchased: Target (Glendale)
Price: $1.99
Size: 7.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: Candy, Easter, Brach's, Farley's & Sathers, Chocolate, Malt, 6-Tempting, United States, Rite Aid

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  1. This is the only brand I like too but I haven’t been able to find the bags with all white ones this year. This is a candy to enjoy while it’s in season. Sometimes the malt doesn’t stay firm after a bit.

    Comment by Bonney on 3/30/11 at 4:18 pm #
  2. I am quite fond of the Robin’s Eggs, so I will keep an eye out for these.

    Comment by Kat on 4/01/11 at 12:28 pm #
  3. i wish they would bring back the ones they made when i was a kid the ones you use to get would get all over your lips we were color our lips with them ,, the best kind in the world

    Comment by tonya on 2/18/12 at 11:30 am #
  4. I was so excited when I read the review that these were good.. I am now convinced that the people placing positive reviews must work for brach’s.
    I bought a bag today at Target.  The are worse then last year, I ate one and was so made that I feel betrayed by the positive review and spending 2.49 here in Michigan I returned the open bag.  These have a horrible outer shell shiny and hard. they also have a funky after taste.  I am done with looking up reviews on these they are not going to change.
    Brach’s was such a great company.. Now it is just cheap candy..

    Comment by Kristina on 3/02/12 at 11:24 am #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Kristina - wow, those are some harsh allegations. First, I’m shocked at your reading comprehension because you think that a 6 out of 10 is a “positive” review. There are a lot of caveats in this write-up, including the fact that I love malt and only eat them because I have no standards. You obviously do have standards that are strong enough to return at product.

    Also, they’re obviously different from last years, so you didn’t purchase the same product.

    New review is going up today.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/02/12 at 11:55 am #
  6. so very frustrating. these are the only malt balls i like and they only come out once a year and they are so very hard to find.

    Comment by nancy on 3/08/12 at 9:12 am #
  7. I’ve tasted homeless men’s balls that are better than Brachs. I’ve also pushed eggs out my poooop shoot that taste better than these. Whoever made these changes should their nuts beaten with a flyswatter.

    Comment by dave on 4/08/12 at 10:31 pm #
  8. Dave I think you could save your personal issues for your own blog.  These are my favorite malted eggs.  I love them!  I can only allow myself one bag and can’t shop for three weeks after Easter for fear that I will find them half price!

    Comment by MaryGE on 4/12/12 at 9:53 am #
  9. What did you do to the Easter malted milk balls they taste like crap now! I will no longer buy them,I am so dissapointed.

    Comment by Mary Jo on 3/04/15 at 12:12 pm #
  10. I just purchased a bag of Brach’s Chocolate Malted Fiesta Eggs.  They are horrible!  Nothing at all like the ones Brach’s used to make.  What a disappointment.  Will never buy them again.

    Comment by Lynn O'Neal on 3/13/15 at 1:35 pm #
  11. Brach’s have changed the formula this year and now they are horrible. They used to be my favorite Easter candy but now I will not even eat one. Please change them back to the delicious candy they used to be.

    Comment by Marcia on 4/05/15 at 5:41 pm #
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