Monday, February 4, 2008

Palmer Bee Mine

I bought this one just for you, dear readers. I’m not sure why I thought you wanted to read about it, but here it is, the Palmer Bee Mine hollow milk chocolate figure filled with compressed dextrose candies.

Palmer Bee Mine - Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees Inside!

This actually came in another variety, which featured a cow and some pun I can’t remember, like “you moo-ve me” or something like that. If they had a little train that said, I choo-choo-choose you, I would have bought a case even if they were made from mud.

Palmer Bee Mine - out of packageBut the Bee Mine features Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees Inside! and if there’s one thing I have trouble resisting it’s Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees (tm). (Well, I don’t really know what Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees (tm) are, but I figured I’d find out and then I’d know for sure if they’re irresistible.)

First, the box design is nice. It featured the choco-creature inside well, the cutouts are attractive. The box is a bit big, but I forgive that when it comes to molded chocolate items, as I know a little space tends to preserve shape. The foil design is also nice. It’s bold and endearing. It’s also a nice heavy foil that’s easy to unwrap and re-wrap.

Palmer Bee Mine - UnwrappedThe little guy inside was also nicely designed. He happend to be kind of cracked open already, but I think that might have been because I kept shaking the box. I figured yummy honey bees liked to be shaken before being set free. The little face molded in chocolate actually matches the foil design.

What’s more, it’s designed in 306 degrees. He has a little stinger and six little feet.

Like many Palmer chocolate products, he actually smells pretty good too. On the smoky side of the chocolate smell spectrum, but not overly sweet. He has a nice sheen and was pretty blemish free thanks to the packaging.

Palmer Bee Mine - Cracked OpenOnce I pulled the two hemispheres apart I found my bounty of Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees (tm).

But first the chocolate. It’s Palmer chocolate. Basically, disappointing. Well, saying that I was disappointed means that I had expectations ... I have no expectations of tastiness when it comes to Palmer.  But I do credit them for cute and attractive products. It was far too sweet, had a grainy melt and virtually no taste of chocolate or milk. It was like a Tootsie Roll flavor. (I did a little computation and Palmer chocolate has 12% sugar in it than Hersheys ... which is already pretty sweet stuff.)

My Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees (tm) are a compressed dextrose candy (like a SweeTart without the tart). They’re an attractive beige and smell like the Palmer chocolate. They’re shaped like a little bee, just like the package says they are ... in fact, the package has them at 100% scale. They’re okay ... I mean, who wants to eat compressed dextrose flavored like honey? It’s sweet and has a little dark honey flavor to it, but that’s about it. I give them points for originality though, I don’t know if I would have ever had a honey flavored compressed dextrose bee if not for this.

This was only $1.50 on sale, so it’s not like I paid a lot. (I think they’re $2.50 regularly.) The back has a greeting card layout “to” and “from” so you can just use a bold Sharpie and hand this to someone instead of a Hallmark card and have change to spare. But I’d say only give it to someone you want to confuse with your intentions ... bad chocolate does not say you care. It says, I was thinking of you ... but I wasn’t thinking nice things.

Oh, and for the record, I now have no trouble resisting Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees (tm).

Note: the logo on the back proudly states that this product is Made in USA but the Yummy Honey Flavored Candy Bees (tm) were made in Malaysia.

Related Candies

  1. Palmer Nest Eggs
  2. SpongeBob SquarePants Heart
  3. Elmer’s Chocolate
  4. Palmer Milk Chocolate Balls
Name: Bee Mine Hollow Milk Chocolate
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: R. M. Palmer
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Vermonica)
Price: $1.50 (on sale)
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 146
Categories: Chocolate, Compressed Dextrose, United States, Malaysia, R.M. Palmer, Valentines

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:05 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. One of your funniest reviews of all time Cybele! Palmer chocolate annoys me too. Not yummy. But pretty. Why pretty when not yummy? Argh.

    Comment by Anastasia on 2/04/08 at 10:12 am #
  2. “It says, I was thinking of you ... but I wasn?t thinking nice things.”

    You had me in stitches Cybele! :D

    Comment by Sera on 2/04/08 at 10:13 am #
  3. Aw, thanks for thinking of us, you brave soul! Too bad it’s Palmer chocolate “beecause” it really is cute!

    Comment by Patti on 2/04/08 at 10:53 am #
  4. This is so mindlessly adorable I may well succumb, even knowing full well what Palmer chocolate tastes like. An apiarian version of Easter Bunny Flambe, perhaps? Hmm…what kind of flammable liqueur goes well with compressed, honey-flavored dextrose?

    Comment by Liz on 2/04/08 at 11:35 am #
  5. I agree wholeheartedly with Sera’s comment.

    Comment by Jenny on 2/04/08 at 1:51 pm #
  6. Oh man, too bad I find Palmer chocolate hideously repulsive. I WISH I had a factory, because then I’d make an awesome-er version of this.

    Comment by Claire on 2/04/08 at 8:46 pm #
  7. So many problems in life would be solved by the ownership of a private factory or two.

    Comment by Anastasia on 2/04/08 at 10:12 pm #
  8. I almost got the cow.

    Comment by jMo on 2/04/08 at 10:59 pm #
  9. why oh WHY is it that the cheap AND pretty candies are the ones that taste so bad?!  C’mon, Hershey, make something cute and hollow! I LOVE cute yummy hollow chocolate things! -sigh-  The worst part is that when Hershey’s or similar DOES attempt something cute it’s usually kinda flakey on the outside and not nearly as pretty as this. T_T

    Comment by Tindy on 2/05/08 at 6:18 am #
  10. you wrote: Palmer chocolate has 12% sugar in it than Hersheys - I assume that’s 12% MORE sugar?

    Too bad this says “I wasn?t thinking nice things” because the bee theme would be perfect for my son’s 2nd grade teacher. But better to find out from you than to get it then have her wondering about our intentions for 4 more months of school… :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 2/07/08 at 9:39 am #
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