Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hiding Eggs

Hiding EggsI really didn’t want to buy these; they couldn’t possibly be better than the Brach’s Bunny Basket Eggs (or worse, for that matter). Which I didn’t like, but have devoted followers. But I have to admit that it’s a valid confectionery expression: a grainy marshmallow covered in a lightly-flavored jelly bean-like shell.

What convinced me to get these though was the name: Hiding Eggs.

It seems obvious that Judson-Atkinson Candies is well aware that these aren’t for eating! They’re for hiding ... possibly without any hope of every finding. They’re all individually wrapped, which is great for throwing in Easter baskets or reassuring when you find one stuck in the sofa cushions in August and shrug and eat it anyway.

Hiding Eggs

They come in the standard color & flavor variety of fruit jelly beans: Orange, Lemon, Grape, Cherry, Lime and Vanilla.

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not a comprehensive review, I didn’t eat all of them. I tasted the purple, orange and white ones and that was it. Read the Brach’s Bunny Basket Eggs review for my complete rant on the subject of these candy impostors (not that they’re BBBE impostors, but that they’re masquerading as edible confections).

The centers are soft and grainy, the shells are crunchy and grainy. The flavor layer is very mild, but the tastes distinct enough that you could probably tell them apart with your eyes closed. Each egg is a substantial hit of sugar, weighing in at a little over 13 grams each and about 50 calories (yes, that’d be 13 grams of carbs!).

So if you’ve been having trouble finding the Brach’s, or just want a brand that’s made in the USA (most Brach’s products are no longer made here), Judson-Atkinson Candies has your new favorite hiding egg. Added bonus, they were only $1.49.

The one thing that I find so enchanting about these is that they’re part of a rather extensive line from Judson-Atkinson that includes all different sizes of these eggs. Pigeon Eggs (small marshmallow eggs), Hen Eggs (medium marshmallow eggs) & Turkey Eggs (large marshmallow eggs). The Turkey variety tops out at about 1/3 larger than the Hen Eggs (which I think I’ve reviewed here ... it’s so hard to tell).

They’re an important part of Easter, I’ll grant you that. I’ve had mine for the year (just like I used to eat my bit of Pork & Sauerkraut for New Year’s as a kid ... for the record it was the pork that I didn’t like, I love sauerkraut), so I should be very lucky. Since they’re wrapped they may make good filler for pinatas, so pick some up on clearance next week.

These have a marshmallow center, so contain gelatin and are not suitable for vegetarians.

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Name: Hiding Eggs
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Judson-Atkinson Candies
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.49
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Marshmallow, United States, Judson-Atkinson Candies, Easter

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  1. I’ve had a few different varieties of these, but the Brach’s eggs are still the best. I’m one of those “devoted followers” you mention, waiting all year to devour a bag or two of these babies.. yum!

    Comment by Ryan on 3/20/08 at 7:18 am #
  2. OH! I cannot stand any type of these. I think they are horrible and always hated getting them in my basket for Easter.

    Comment by jeny on 3/20/08 at 7:33 am #
  3. When I was young and received these a couple of years in a raw at a school event (My parents were smart enough not to buy these) it always made me want to shoot the Easter Bunny in the head.  What a cruel joke on a kid!  Here is something called candy and should be good… SURPRISE!  “We work real hard at the candy factory to use special banned chemicals and horrifying techniques to take sweet delicious sugar and turn it into a foul tasting rock hard lump of (pick your expletive)!”

    Comment by Cam on 3/20/08 at 8:04 am #
  4. I hadn’t realized before this year that candy makers have stopped calling these marshmallow eggs. That’s what they were always known as when I was growing up.

    I guess that there is such a proliferation of other styles of marshmallow candies being made these days that people were getting confused?

    These were never my favorite candy in the basket, but I liked them well enough. I’m a deconstructionist when it comes to eating many kinds of candies. It makes them last longer. With these eggs, I’d nibble off the candy shell as much as I could, then slowly chew the filling.

    Comment by Crafting Jen on 3/20/08 at 4:21 pm #
  5. We rarely ever went to church when I was a young kid.  We always hit up the major holidays though (Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day).  One of my main enduring memories of Easter as a youth is these gosh-forsaken wretched excuses of candy.  The church where we’d always go (of my great-grandmother) always haphazardly scattered a million of these things (give or take a few hundred thousand) all over the ground.  The fun part was gathering as many of these as we could.  That is where the rosy memory ends though.

    It must have brought a great amount of joy to see all of our gleeful faces, which were anticipating our bounty of expected wonderful candy treats, turn into absolute horror and disgust when we took our first bites.  These things are more painful than a swift kick in the gut.  I, for one, vow to never subject my three daughters to such a horrendous, trust-crushing piece of candy.

    Comment by Richard on 3/21/08 at 4:30 am #
  6. Ugh! The only time I ever got these was at the Easter parties they threw at church when I was little—they’re forever linked in my mind with uncomfortably ruffled dresses, squeaky new patent leather shoes and really watery red Kool-ade…

    Comment by Pumpkin on 3/21/08 at 8:43 am #
  7. I always ate these FIRST from out of my Easter basket, even before any chocolate! I just love the so-called “Hiding Eggs”.
    Now my daughter goes on her own “Easter Hunt” looking for these at the store. When she finds some, she buys me a bag, too. They are becoming hard to find. We love them. Please don’t stop making these because there are followers out here in California.

    Comment by Elaine Crouse on 4/11/08 at 12:46 pm #
  8. These ARE getting hard to find…and I have to admit, they always say “Easter Basket” to me. Yeah, I’ll admit I like them a lot. I looked everywhere this season and I couldn’t find them anywhere. Back when I was a kid, it was these and jellybeans in the basket. Maybe a few foil wrapped chocolate eggs thrown in there too if we were lucky. These were always my favorites!

    Comment by chip on 4/23/08 at 11:01 am #
  9. i would like to know if the turkey eggs are avialable after Easter

    Comment by Barry Youse on 4/27/08 at 6:53 am #
  10. I’ve always adored these candies for as long as I could remember. They’re delightfully sweet and perfect for my sugar fiend rampages.

    Haha, I remember I used to eat them until I was sick! But I never learned my lesson! At the most, a week later, I’d be chomping down on these super sugar eggs again!

    Whether they were of this brand or Brachs, I always had a special place for them in my heart.

    I hope they never stop making them. <3

    Comment by Mary Ressler on 3/19/09 at 10:14 pm #

    Comment by Alyssa on 3/29/09 at 7:06 am #
  12. I saw these somewhere on the internet and thought, “Hey, I love marshmallows, and CANDY-COATED marshmallows sound REALLY good!” So I went down to the CVS a block away and I paid $1.99 for that same exact bag of ‘em. The first one I tried was lemon… it was extremely sugary and I could only eat 1/3 of it. I thought, “Maybe it’s just the flavor of this one.” Next I tried the cherry one, and I could actually finish 2/3 of it, but it tasted almost exactly like a cold Cherry ice-pop (which tasted delicious, but not when you eat it with a glob of sugar, or “marshmallow” as they call it). After that one, I was curious as to what the blue one tasted like because I realized the colors match the flavors. I took a teeny weeny bite and threw the whole egg out. It was pure crap. I still have a whole bag sitting here and no one will eat them because they are too sugary and just plain disgusting! I don’t know how anyone likes these! raspberry

    Comment by Asia on 4/15/09 at 11:15 am #
  13. wow - to each his own i guess.  i’ve been searching for these all spring, i love ‘em!!!  send all of them to me!!!

    Comment by bob on 4/17/09 at 7:41 am #
  14. I love these and can’t find them this year. does anybody know any stores in PA that carry them. I’ll even take a website that sells them too. but I haven’t had luck finding any of those either.

    Comment by Charles on 3/15/10 at 4:49 pm #
  15. I found some of these at the Fresh Market grocery store nearby.  I haven’t had these in more than 20 years.  I LOVE THEM!!!  Brought back such wonderful childhood memories.

    Comment by Katrina on 3/16/10 at 6:31 am #
  16. I bought this brand for a dollar at Dollar General and for not being able to find the Brach’s brand I’m far from complaining!  You must have gotten a bad batch because mine rivaled Brach’s ANY day! Yummy!

    Comment by Jill on 4/07/10 at 2:31 pm #
  17. Brachs?  Judson?  Gimmee!!!

    Comment by W. J. on 6/01/10 at 7:33 pm #

    Comment by DR on 4/20/11 at 2:10 pm #
  19. I miss these easter eggs. They were my favorite as a little girl. I wish they would be sold in stores again. My grandmother bought this same brand eggs every year for easter and put them out in the yard on Easter Sunday after church. I want to know where can I find them so I can buy like 10 bags at least. They are still my favorite over Brach’s any day. I hate Brach’s eggs. They too sweet and sugary. Someone please tell me where I can find the Judson-Atkinson Hiding Eggs. PLEASE

    Comment by FLOSHEKIA A. BARBER on 3/20/12 at 6:47 pm #
  20. This candy is so hard to find. I’ve tried all over the internet for this candy and can’t find it anywhere. This candy is an Easter classic. They tasted so good with the right consistency to them. I wish they were still in stores. If anyone finds these eggs, please e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and tell me so I can order like a dozen bags. I was born in 1982 and remember my first Easter eggs hunt with these eggs. I used to sit on my grandmother’s porch and eat every last one of them till they were all gone. LOL

    Comment by FLOSHEKIA A. BARBER on 3/20/12 at 6:50 pm #
  21. I’ve been to several HEB in the area looking for them with no luck so I Googled and found out that Judson-Atkins closed down.  NO MORE EGGS!!!!  Easter will NEVER be the same!  I’m in shock.  I’ve lived in South Texas my whole life and have grown up on these being bought at HEB. 

    I couldn’t careless about Christmas candy or Valentines junk but Easter was it for me.

    So sorry to pass this info on but just to share.

    Comment by Jody on 3/20/12 at 9:39 pm #
  22. I know right Jody, my Easter was ruined this year without the Judson-Atkinson eggs. They are the best. I’ll be so glad when they re-open or if they re-open. I really hope so. Most kids looked forward to Christmas growing, but not me, I looked forward to Easter for those famous Judson-Atkinson Hiding Eggs.

    Comment by FLOSHEKIA A. BARBER on 3/21/12 at 7:24 am #
  23. I hate Brach’s easter eggs. They’re too sweet and all you taste is straight sugar. The Judson-Atkinson Hiding Eggs you tasted the flavor of the shell and then the deliciousness of the marshmallow inside. OMG!!! I crave those eggs!!! Judson-Atkinson PLEASE COME BACK :-( :-( :-(

    Comment by Floshekia A. Barber on 3/21/13 at 10:32 am #
  24. I have been looking for these things for 20 years! Every Easter it’s a disappointment as I’ve had no luck. Finally found out what they were called and see them featured in the Vermont Country Store catalog. Not cheap, $14.90 for two 7oz. bags. But given the amount of time I’ve been looking for them, that’s less than a dollar a year!

    Comment by Gary Douglas on 2/27/17 at 5:57 pm #
  25. Gary- I saw they have some brachs brand hiding eggs on Amazon prime!

    Comment by Jeny Davis on 2/27/17 at 6:12 pm #
  26. where can i get these hide and find eggs

    Comment by JOHN HENDERSON on 4/09/17 at 6:09 pm #
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