Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Brach’s Robin Eggs (Solid Milk Chocolate)

Brach's Robin Eggs - Solid Milk ChocolateEaster is all about eggs. It’s all about making classic candies available in the format of little ovoids.

Brach’s Robin Eggs are a beautiful version of this. They’re simply a solid milk chocolate egg covered in a crunchy candy shell. They’re light blue, about one inch long and speckled to look like a real robin egg.

I found mine on sale at Long’s for only $1.99 for the 7.5 ounce bag.

Brach's Robin Eggs - Solid Milk Chocolate

Upon opening the bag I found that they smelled a lot like most other sweet Easter candies - like sugar & milk, fake vanilla & cereal. Not much chocolate scent, but then again, a candy shell can do a good job of sealing in the chocolate goodness.

The ingredients didn’t really give me a lot of confidence though.

Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin), Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavor, Carnauba Wax, Confectioner’s Glaze, White Mineral Oil, Beeswax.

Mostly what I was disappointed about was how far down on the list of the chocolate ingredients the actual chocolate liquor was. But cocoa butter being ahead of milk (and whole milk at that) had me intrigued.

The shell is nice and crunchy, with a good snap to it. The chocolate inside is immediately sweet and has a slight nutty flavor to it, like peanuts or sunflower seeds. The melt of the chocolate is a bit grainy, as milk chocolate can often have that fudgy grain and this obviously has a lot of milk in it.

But it lacked a chocolate punch. I’m not saying that I didn’t find them edible and interesting, certainly better than the fake chocolate in the Whoppers Robin Eggs (made by Hershey’s) that I’ve been chowing down on for the past week.

Hershey's Candy Coated Milk Chocolate EggsMy guess immediately was that I was expecting something else. And part of that is that my ideal egg-shaped candy shelled chocolate candy is the Hershey’s Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs (original review).

As harsh as I am on Hershey’s as a brand, part of it is because I love some of the products so much.

So I picked up some of the Hershey’s Eggs, not just for this comparison but also to give them a check since Hershey’s has been mucking around with so many of their formulas & packaging.

The package is redesigned from the previous shoot that I did. I can’t say that it’s better, but at least they’ve finally given the candy a name. (Before they were just Hershey’s Eggs, but so were the foil wrapped eggs.)

Hershey's Eggs & Brach's Robin EggsThe Hershey’s Eggs are smaller than the Robin Eggs. According to the packages a single Hershey’s Egg weighs about 6.33 grams and a single Robin Egg weighs 8.60 grams.

The Hershey’s Eggs obviously come in an array of solid pastels and the Brach’s Robin Eggs are this blue with speckles.

In the package the Hershey’s Eggs smell like Kisses, a tangy, fudgy aroma. The Brach’s Robin Eggs don’t give away their chocolate insides.

Given a choice between the two, I’m going to have to go with the Hershey’s. The Brach’s just lack a distinct & pleasing flavor to them. I think they’re lovely, and the aesthetics of them certainly tips in their favor. The price is good, there are also certainly folks who would wish to purchase from someone other than Hershey’s at this time with the backlash over the Mexican move of some of the manufacturing. (The Eggs are still made in the US.) However the Brach’s Robin Eggs are made in the US and Canada.

I think it all goes to personal taste at this point. There are a few options for this type of candy (though Mars stopped making the Mega M&Ms which were rather close in size to the Hershey Eggs) so go with what you like.

Related Candies

  1. Godiva Easter Eggs
  2. Brach’s Fiesta Eggs
  3. Runts Freckled Eggs
  4. See’s Scotchmallow Eggs
  5. Cadbury Royal Dark Mini Eggs
  6. Brachs Bunny Basket Eggs
  7. Cadbury Mini Eggs
Name: Robin Eggs Solid Milk Chocolate
    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 (Farley's & Sathers Candy Co.)
Place Purchased: Long's (Laguna Woods)
Price: $1.99 (on sale)
Size: 7.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 125
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Canada, Brach's, Farley's & Sathers, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:43 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Did you try these in a melted state, by any chance?  That treatment works wonders for other candy-coated milk chocolate egg products.  (Such as cadbury mini eggs, the best easter chocolates ever.)

    Comment by JJR on 3/03/09 at 2:25 pm #
  2. hey this comment is for the cadbury mini eggs / well not really a comment its n idea um i know i probley wont get nothing out of this so here it is id like to see the mini eggs not changed but put a bit of caramel in side   e-mail me with ur comments

    Comment by Alexander Daniel Hillier on 3/03/09 at 7:32 pm #
  3. I wouldn’t eat an egg that smells like vomit. Yuck. But the robin eggs look so artificially blue. An egg should be a very light blue colour if it’s a bird egg…everyone knows that…except brachs.

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 3/03/09 at 8:21 pm #
  4. I wonder if the Hershey’s Eggs are the same thing as the Hershey’s Eggies that we have here in Canada?

    Comment by Allison on 3/04/09 at 1:58 am #
  5. I find that Brachs candies are just fake tasting. I avoid them at all costs.  I love Cadbury mini eggs, I think they are the best out there.

    Comment by CandySnob on 3/04/09 at 3:51 am #
  6. I would love to grab this delicious treats!

    Comment by Soapstone Woodstove on 3/05/09 at 6:01 am #

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