Friday, March 1, 2013

Hershey’s Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored Eggs

Hershey's Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored EggsWhen Easter rolls around, I usually spend my discretionary calories on new holiday candies. One candy that I do purchase year after year, though, are the Hershey’s Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs. The shell is thick and crunchy and the fudgy Hershey’s chocolate center soothes me in a way that high quality chocolate cannot.

I was interested to see Hershey’s newest item in their growing category of candy coated items. Hershey’s Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored Eggs were on sale. Last year Mars introduced the White Chocolate M&Ms as an Easter item (still an exclusive at Target this year), so it’s natural that Hershey’s would want to be in the white game as well.

The big thing to note is that this is white chocolate flavored, not fully-accredited white chocolate. Instead of using only cocoa butter and dairy fats, Hershey’s has added all sorts of other vegetable oils.

Hershey's Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored Eggs

Hershey’s is capable of some wonderful white chocolate, the Cookies ‘n Creme bar used to be spectacular. Here’s the ingredients list for the white eggs:

Sugar, vegetable oil (cocoa butter, palm, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil), nonfat milk, corn syrup, milk fat, contains 2% or less of the following: cornstarch, artificial color (yellow 5, blue 1, red 40 and yellow 6), soy lecithin, resinous glaze, gum acacia, carnauba wax, vanillin, tocopherols (preservative) and PGPR.

The sized and shape are the same as the Milk Chocolate Eggs, in fact, I bought some at the same time just to compare.

Hershey's Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored Eggs

The shell is quite thick, very hard and crunchy. Though there is quite a list of artificial colors in the ingredients, they’re only splattered with color so it’s not much to get in the way of the pure flavors. And by pure, I mean the sugar and the artificial vanilla and the milk.

It tastes artificial, like fake vanilla or instant pudding. It’s a wonderful shorthand for the smell of Easter, it’s like an Easter Basket in a candy shell. It’s certainly not for those who don’t like their candy sweet.

Compared to the new White Chocolate M&Ms, they’re vastly different. The M&Ms are smaller, have a more delicate shell and a more well-rounded butter flavor. The M&Ms are smoother and have a higher fat content and slick, almost greasy, texture (especially if they get warm). The Hershey’s White Eggs are a great mix of textures but don’t have flavor nor the cleanest ingredients to go with it.

Still ... there’s something about them that reminds me too much of those Easters of childhood when there really was an Easter Bunny and the candy was special. Cheap white chocolate is so inextricably tied in my head to the holiday, it’s hard to objective about it. I’m eating these, but I’m not sure I actually like them. And I’m considering buying them again.


Related Candies

  1. M&Ms White Chocolate (Easter)
  2. Cookies ‘n’ Creme Showdown
  3. Hershey’s White Chocolate Meltaway Bliss
  4. Ritter Sport White Chocolate with Hazelnuts
  5. M&M and Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Eggs
  6. Hershey Eggs

Name: Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored Eggs
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: Target (West Hollywood)
Price: $2.89 (on sale)
Size: 10 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Candy, Easter, Hershey's, Kosher, Mockolate, 6-Tempting, United States, Target

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  1. Well, they look very pretty, at any rate.  Have you seen the new Carrot Cake white chocolate m&ms; for Easter?  I think they are exclusive to Walmart.

    Comment by Caley on 3/02/13 at 8:37 am #
  2. Why would you want to eat these when you could just buy a Hershey’s cookies and cream bar instead? That’s my opinion anyway. smile Caley is right, though, they do look pretty. They might make a nice addition to a child’s Easter basket. I have not tried the carrot cake M&M’s, but I really want to.

    Comment by Meghan on 3/02/13 at 8:54 am #
  3. Just bought ten bags at a local Walmart. Everyone in the family’s getting a bag for Easter!

    Comment by Anita in Michigan on 3/04/13 at 1:56 pm #
  4. The White Chocolate Carrot Cake M&Ms;, that is.

    Comment by Anita in Michigan on 3/04/13 at 1:57 pm #
  5. Just found your blog a few days ago and love it. Glad to know there are people out there who love and analyze candy as much as I do!

    Thanks for reviewing these. I love a little white chocolate around Easter time and I walked by these a couple times at Target and snubbed them. After I read this review though, I finally bought some. I love the super crunchy, smooth, thick shell!

    Comment by Wendy on 3/08/13 at 3:30 pm #
  6. i love the milk chocolate eggs! But i must say these little beauties are really yummy!!!

    Comment by artemis on 3/15/13 at 11:25 am #
  7. They are lying about the PGPR - that’s the cheap lecithin-based wax they use to sub out the more expensive cocoa butter; no WAY is it the smallest percentage of ingredients (note that they now are putting it last). How sneaky and disrespectful of consumers. You DO know that they only started adding the PGPR a few years ago - therefore NONE of their products are the originals whatsoever. This is disgraceful. I refuse to buy Hershey products (and I even visited as a kid!) And I will only by imported/European Cadbury items (Hershey owns them, but can only get away with adding PGPR in the US because we LET THEM). PLEASE be aware of the companies that take advantage of customer loyalty and exploit the brands in this devious and obnoxious way. It’s not enough that all our food is riddled with pesticides, GMOs, chemicals, artificial everything, industrial additives, etc.

    Comment by wwiieettoogg on 8/28/13 at 1:50 am #
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