Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fannie May Pixie

Fannie May PixieI know some folks may have been worried that I wasn’t going to give Fannie May another chance after the disappointing Mint Meltaway yesterday. Well, no worries, as I also found the Fannie May Pixie at Walgreen’s on the same trip.

Again, it’s a pricey piece of candy - at $1.39 for a 1.5 ounce candy billed as Crunchy pecans in smooth caramel, drenched in rich milk chocolate. But a careful shopper might notice that Pixies go for $22.99 per pound on the Fannie May website yet these individually wrapped pieces work out to $14.83 per pound. (But they’re also available in dark chocolate on the website.)

Fannie May is famous for these turtle-like candies and I’m a huge fan of turtle-like candies. The ingredients look much better. There’s real chocolate, 50 fewer calories and no trans fats make it into the listing. (There is some hydrogenated vegetable oil on the list, but it’s very far down.)

Fannie May Pixie

Honestly, it’s a huge turtle. Far larger than I’m accustomed to. The ratios are a bit off from smaller ones, as far as I can tell. There’s a lot of caramel here and what seems like a lot of chocolate and not a lot of pecans.

The crunch of the pecans at the base is good, they’re crisp and fresh without that trace of fibery chew or rancid oily taste that some drug store turtles can get. The chocolate is creamy, not terribly milky but has a good snap to it and stays on the caramel center well. The caramel has a nice buttery flavor. It’s not quite a stiff chew but still has a good stringy pull and smoothness.

So while I thought it was a bit too large at first, I had no trouble finishing it (though I did it in two sittings).

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Name: Mint Meltaway
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Fannie May (1-800-FLOWERS)
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.39
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Nuts, United States, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:43 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Have you ever tried Sweet Georgia Browns by Purdy’s Chocolates?  They are delicious turtle type candies.  The distinguishing factor for me is that the pecans are roasted/salted before being introduced to the caramel & chocolate base.

    Comment by Delfi on 11/19/09 at 1:35 am #
  2. I have been extremely dissatisfied by Fannie May Candy of late. Both the quality of their candies and their service through their website has gone downhill. Candies arrive damaged, crushed, broken and not consistently fresh.

    Comment by Rick Rockhill on 2/05/11 at 1:05 pm #
  3. I differ in opinion about Fannie May chocolates. Perhaps some are better than others. Yet, I found the dark chocolates far inferior in taste to other gourmet chocolates. The chocolate tasted chalky like coco power and was overly sweet inclusive of the fillings.

    I gifted a box to my roommate who is a chocolate fanatic. He ate two or three pieces from the one pound box that now sits on the coffee table for visitors. He never leaves chocolate to share with anyone. I would not recommend Fannie May nor would I buy their chocolates again.

    I’m so disappointed—I wanted to brag to my roommie about good American-made chocolates. These definitely do not deserve any type of praise.

    Comment by Joe W on 12/28/13 at 2:11 pm #
  4. I bought Fanny May Pixies and Meltaways from Walgreens. What a disappointment, they were old and turning white when I opened the boxes. I will be returning them tomorrow.

    Comment by Karen L Ludwig on 1/09/14 at 8:41 pm #
  5. I just bought a whole box of pixies for my prego wife and it almost did not make it home.  This is a fantastic candy that is available almost everywhere.

    Comment by VinD on 5/04/14 at 8:28 am #
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