Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Palmer Milk Chocolate Balls

imageI’ve always turned up my nose at Palmer chocolates. I’ve had their mockolate bunnies at Easter before, and in my candy-deprived-state of childhood I would eat them. But I never really liked them. So as an adult with the financial means to make other choices, I have avoided them.

But taking a risk this season was a little easier, as I found that Walgreen’s carries these little single-serving bags (two ounces) of the foil covered Premium Milk Chocolate Balls. It said premium, maybe they were good!

The ingredients looked promising:

Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk, Chocolate, Soy Lecithin and Vanilla.

Real vanilla, they took this premium thing seriously.

imagePalmer’s have always looked pretty, so I wasn’t disappointed with the merry red and green foil decorated with holly leaves in a band of gold around the middle. Inside the foil they weren’t terribly attractive though, looking more like a wad of putty.

They smelled sweet and slightly milky. I didn’t detect any real vanilla complexity though. I popped one in my mouth and immediately got a hit of sugar. As the grainy chocolate melted it was very sweet with a vague dairy taste and pleasant vanilla aroma. But very little chocolate. Though it melted, it felt a bit chalky and waxy instead of smooth and buttery. The texture is cool on the tongue and I don’t actually mind a bit of sugary grain to my chocolate, but without much of a chocolate flavor I was underwhelmed.

They’re pretty, I’ll give them that.

Name: Premium Milk Chocolate Balls
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Palmer
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.50 (on sale)
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Christmas, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:51 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. i do like palmer chocolates, but usually the ones that have peanut butter or other stuff in them… like the typical flat pumpkins on halloween smile yummyyyy

    Comment by Susy on 12/05/06 at 10:54 am #
  2. I love your blog.  It is fantastic - and thank you for doing a write-up on this one, as I almost picked some up at Walgreen’s a few minutes ago, though I practiced some self-restraint.  I’m pretty sure I was attracted to the wrapping.

    Comment by Erin on 12/05/06 at 12:34 pm #
  3. I agree 100%.  Palmer’s isn’t very good.  The “peanut buddy” coins aren’t terrible, but they’re probably PB flavored mocklate mixed with chocolate now that I think about it.

    One question: when did mocklate come along?  I only ever remember figuring out that something was mocklate after finding the taste of Sixlets horrifying in 6th grade, 1989.  I don’t ever remember thinking before that “this chocolate sucks so bad that it must not be chocolate,” but that’s what Sixlets did to me.  It didn’t take long for me to secure that information from the package…not chocolate, but chocolate flavored.  That was around the time that trans fats replaced the (much healthier) coconut oil in everything.

    Comment by Dave on 12/05/06 at 5:35 pm #
  4. I remember going to a Weight Watcher’s meeting once around Halloween-time, and the leader said, “Please people, if you’re going to eat chocolate, don’t pick that Palmer crap.” She was so right.

    Comment by Patti on 12/06/06 at 2:58 am #
  5. I don’t like Palmer chocolate by itself, but I used to love the Palmer’s Minty Bells. However, either they’ve changed them over the decades or my palate has been refined, because they don’t knock my socks off any more.

    Comment by Tricia on 12/16/06 at 4:34 pm #
  6. Yeah, their “Bunny Money” is not great.

    Comment by Pete on 4/11/07 at 2:27 am #
  7. I’ve always hated Palmer, too! As a child I would hide the Palmer chocolates my mother gave me at the bottom of the garbage so she would not discover that I had thrown them out. I will never subject my children to such garbage.

    Comment by Brian on 6/24/07 at 6:49 pm #
  8. I was wondering if anyone knew how many calories
    are in palmer chocolate?

    Comment by Emily on 9/26/07 at 6:07 am #
  9. Cybele's avatar

    Emily - there are 140 calories per ounce of Palmer chocolate.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/26/07 at 6:13 am #
  10. i love Palmer, i waited every easter just to get one of those hollow milk chocolate bunnies! But it is on the cheap side, and i’m sure there are better chocolates, but i still love it, its the candy i grew up on! well , everyone has there own opinion!

    Comment by amy on 10/21/07 at 11:02 am #
  11. I worked at Palmer Chocolates as a summer job when I was in college.  It was all-you-can-eat while on the floor, but the mockolate is pretty gross.  They also molded some Dove chocolate there, that was OK.  The job paid well, anyway.

    Comment by krista on 10/30/07 at 9:55 am #
  12. I am searching for a vatiety flavor foil wrapped . Eye ball design.
    An outlet would be appreciated
    Thank You

    Comment by Patricia J. Beall on 12/12/08 at 3:41 pm #
  13. Ugh, Palmer. Why in the world would you buy a Palmer product? No really, why? I’ve always thought they were so disgusting.

    Comment by Jeni on 2/07/09 at 10:26 am #
  14. I love the Palmer chocolate Easter bunnies on Easter time !

    Comment by Elizabeth Lapicola on 2/19/09 at 12:44 pm #
  15. As I sit here any eat my Palmer’s chocolate I can’t help but giggle at the fact that so many people seem to hate it.  I absolutely LOVE Palmer’s chocolate.  I also love sixlets.  Difference makes the world go round smile

    Comment by Tiffany on 4/06/09 at 6:03 pm #
  16. Palmer chocoaltes are the WORST!!  Even my 2yr.
    daughter wont it that crap.  I’d rather pay a little extra and buy the good stuff.  It’s pretty
    bad to think what people will eat….

    Comment by Kristine on 4/07/09 at 2:13 am #
  17. We so loved for years the chocolate minty bells. I cannot find them anywhere. Any chance of getting some for this holiday.
    Chris robert

    Comment by Chris Robert on 11/07/09 at 3:14 am #
  18. It shouldn’t be called chocolate

    Comment by verd12w on 12/30/09 at 3:25 pm #
  19. I HATE CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE BALLS!!!! I tried them the other day and nearly gagged. they should be rated 2, not 4

    Comment by Grace on 11/30/10 at 5:34 pm #
  20. Does Palmer candy still make the christmas minty bells?

    Comment by bridget on 12/18/11 at 6:18 pm #
  21. PLEASE tell us if it is possible to get Minty Bells and if not, WHY?????

    Comment by susie on 12/19/11 at 10:41 pm #
  22. Cybele's avatar

    Susie & Bridget - your best bet is always to contact the company directly. They list the Minty Bells in their Christmas 2011 catalogue.


    Comment by Cybele on 12/20/11 at 6:41 am #
  23. I LOVE palmer chocolate! What a good site…I know I am late but I saw the minty bells at rite aid….Just the other day in the discount section. smile

    Comment by Samantha Torres on 1/17/12 at 4:22 pm #
  24. I’ve had this candy for years, specifically because it’s cheap, and I’d prefer to eat a little chocolate vs a fun sized bar.

    Palmer’s is very acid compared to anything I’ve ever tasted. That may be because of the origin of the cocoa beans they use.

    Not my favorite chocolate, but I agree, their peanut butter and fudge filled stuff is pretty good. : )

    Comment by Janelle on 8/15/12 at 6:29 pm #
  25. I can’t believe all of the negative comments. My partner and I just ordered several Palmer’s chocolates and we don’t taste a thing wrong with them. They are very fresh and the taste is delicious!

    Comment by Lori on 9/24/14 at 1:13 pm #
  26. I loved Palmer’s Peanut Buddy foiled coins. I need to have them, been searching for over a year for something similar.

    Comment by Matt Fehrle on 11/12/15 at 2:42 pm #
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