Thursday, March 22, 2007

Melster Marshmallow Eggs

Eek! The end of the week is coming and I still have oodles of Easter candy left to review. Time to double up!

Melster Marshmallow EggsI’ve never heard of Melster before this year, but I have to say that I found their packaging of their Marshmallow Eggs prety appealing. It’s just an egg carton, so call me easily pleased.

The eggs themselves are about half the size of an actual chicken egg (sliced longways), so they don’t sit quite right in the egg carton. In fact, if you don’t carry the carton horizontally, they’ll all roll out of their little pockets. But not with the messy effect of real eggs. At 45 calories per egg and only 1.5 grams of fat they’re not a bad little treat for someone looking for a little chocolate and a bit more interaction satisfaction than 45 calories of straight chocolate can give.

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The marshmallow inside is bouncy and light, not terribly moist. The chocolate outside wasn’t eggciting, just a rather unremarkable coating of plain dark sweet chocolate. The first one I ate (the one pictured) tasted rather like the carton they were in ... a little chemical-y. So for my next tasting I took them out of the carton and left them on a little plate for a half an hour. You know, “to breathe.” That little airing out helped. Now they taste sweet and flavorless. Not bad ... not eggstraodinary by any means, but I only paid 99 cents for the carton of twelve ... what could I have been eggspecting?

Rating: 4 out of 10

DSC09401rAfter I picked up the carton of Marshmallow Eggs, I found more of the Melster marshmallow line at the 99 Cent Only Store. They had the plain eggs in individually wrapped packets like this as well as these Caramel Marshmallow Eggs. There are only 6 eggs in this package and it doesn’t even weigh as much. But I still considered the price more than reasonable.

Where the plain eggs were only 45 calories each, the addition of caramel here makes them 60 calories though still only a gram of fat. I’m guessing the difference is that the caramel eggs are just a little denser (though the same size).

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While I wanted to like these, they had a latexy quality ... and I don’t mean the texture. They tasted like someone had just painted my mouth. That fresh paint smell was coupled with the taste of cereal, maybe corn flakes.

So, maybe these needed the same “airing out” ... and that’s what I did. A half an hour out of the package. Ugh, it still tasted like a can of latex wall paint (maybe ceiling paint, my palette isn’t that sophisticated when it comes to interior coatings).

Now, I recognize that I’ve not reviewed candies for fans of paint fumes, so consider this your first whole hearted recommendation.

For those of you who are not fans of sitting around smelling the paint dry, well, I’d advise sticking to the plain eggs or splurge for Russell Stover or even better See’s.

Rating: 2 out of 10

More about the history of the Melster Company which is now owned by Impact Confections (makers of Warheads).

Name: Marshmallow Eggs & Caramel Marshmallow Eggs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Melster (Impact Confections)
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Vermonica) & 99 Cent Only Store (Torrance)
Price: $.99 each
Size: 5 ounces & 3.375 ounces
Calories per ounce: 108 & 106
Categories: Chocolate, Marshmallow, Caramel, United States, Easter

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Comments
  1. I love this blog! It’s my favorite subject and inspires me to include more writing in my own space about all the candies I enjoy taste testing.

    Comment by liz on 3/22/07 at 5:50 pm #
  2. OMG! My favorite easter candy EVAR is a combination of these - the Melster plain marshmallow bunnies in individual wrappers like the second image on here.  They also have marshmallow santas for Christmas and I get them from Wal-mart.  They don’t have very much marshmallow filling (I hate globbing mouthfuls of sticky-sweet marshmallow) and are sort of thin and smooth.  They are trashy and awesome - I ate them packages at a time in college.  I’m sorry you didn’t like the rest of the line!

    It makes me nervous that one might have to “air out” their candy.  :x Good heavens.

    Comment by Deborah on 3/22/07 at 8:21 pm #
  3. I wanted to know if Melster’s chocolate covered Marshmallow eggs contains any pork ... or enzymes of pork. See it says Gelatin but not what kind. Respond to me as soom of possible.

                  Thank You

    Comment by Moneera on 3/23/07 at 10:14 am #
  4. do you have any chocolate, marshmallow filled santa clauses?

    Comment by Mary Anne on 12/09/08 at 4:38 pm #
  5. Honestly, this is probably my favorite candy. Ever. I guess I’m a sucker for the marshmallow because it’s not too sweet and has an odd fruity hint.
    Even I can admit this is probably the cheapest sort of candy one could find, and it’s far from gourmet, but boxes of them always disappear in days. tongue laugh

    Comment by Em on 12/11/08 at 9:50 am #
  6. I could hardly wait to see the marshmallow bunnies on the grocery shelf.  But I was very disappointed when I opened the same size familiar package to find the bunny inside had shrunk to half size. 
    Not the package!
    Not the price!
    Just the bunny!!!
      Disappointed in WV

    Comment by J.J. on 2/27/09 at 5:27 pm #
  7. Was thrilled to be given a marshmallow buny.  But when I opened the package I was disgusted by the size of it.  What happened,you halved everything.  You still get our money, but we get the shaft, for the fact that you are not giving us fare goodies for fare money.  Shame on you.  The package was almost 1 1/2 inches bigger than the bunny.  It really is a shame that the consumer is always the one to be jeeped.

    Comment by Jeanne C.M. Frederickson on 3/20/09 at 8:21 am #
  8. I love their Chocolate covered Bunnies and Santas. Very light tasting. Thin coating of chocolate over fluffy marshmallow.

    Comment by Annie on 4/13/09 at 10:59 am #
  9. Synesthesia's avatar

    do people even read the blog entry?  or do they see the brand name of candy that they are disappointed with and automatically assume they are on the manufacturer’s website and commence complaining? yeesh!

    Cybele, you ought to put a large, blinking banner of this text on each and every page:

    ATTENTION!
    CANDYBLOG IS A CANDY REVIEW SITE!!! PLEASE DIRECT YOUR COMPLAINTS TO THE CANDY COMPANIES!!!!

    lol

    Comment by Synesthesia on 4/14/09 at 9:10 pm #
  10. re: your comments about the candy resembling the taste of the smell of interior paint. while I was traveling in Iceland, I tried a brand of candy called Opal; very similar to those tiny lil round black licorice thingies called “chips”.
    the opal licorice candies had a cooling effect too. I’m one of these people who reads the ingredients and I found “ether” in there. Ether!! They didn’t mention how much ether was in there but wow. Which might explain why I’ve never seen those things for sale in the states.

    Comment by hulihay on 4/22/09 at 9:53 pm #
  11. I would like to know if Melster Chocolate is gluten free. If it is processed on equipment that processes wheat it is not safe as a gluten free food. People with gluten intolerance would like to eat your candy if it is gluten free. Please let me know.

    Comment by Monica Murphy on 2/11/10 at 4:36 am #
  12. Thanks for the recommendation.
    I love the smell of wet paint, gasoline, rubbing alcohol, nail polish, etc.
    =D I’ll have to try these this coming easter.

    Comment by Vonnie on 4/03/11 at 7:48 pm #

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