Friday, November 15, 2013

R.M. Palmer Candy Cane Cups

DSC_4166rbI’m not usually a fan of R.M. Palmer candies (I can’t call their the vast majority of their products chocolate with any accuracy) but I do appreciate their packaging and design. I browsed their new Christmas offerings a few weeks ago and was actually excited by just the name of their R.M. Palmer Candy Cane Cups. Luckily at only $1.00 at the 99 Cent Only Store, the risk was low and possible rewards were high.

They kind of lost me at the description on the ribbon on the front of the package: Your Two Favorites ... Candy Cane Crunch in a Chocolaty Shell. I happen to know a lot of undiscerning people, but I can’t think of any of them that would call anything “chocolaty” their favorite thing. They might eat it pretty happily ... but most folks prefer the real stuff.

The ingredients include a lot of sugar and partially hydrogenated oils ... I’m not sure what will happen to these if the FDA bans artificial trans fats, though the nutrition panel lists that a serving of 4 cups contains 65% of your RDA of saturated fat, it doesn’t actually show any trans fats (though if it’s less than .5 grams, they can say there’s 0).

Ingredients: Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel, Coconut and/or Palm Oil), Cocoa (processed with alkali), Whey, Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Peppermint Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Vanillin, Salt and Red #40

R.M. Palmer Candy Cane Cups

The cups are nicely designed. The foil is clean red & white stripes and easy to identify if you were to put them in a candy dish. The cup is a nice size, could be one bit or two small ones. (I always like to look inside.)

They smell quite pepperminty. The chocolate coating is oily but does have a melt-in-your-mouth quality because of all the tropical oils. It has a light cocoa note to it, but it’s barely discernible. The filling is firm but also has a melty but slightly grainy quality. There are little bits of peppermint candy in it that give a slight crunch and texture.

I was prepared to hate these, but it’s a great idea and though not executed with premium ingredients, they’re still passable. Now ... let’s see some real chocolate companies do better.

Related Candies

  1. Hershey’s Peppermint Bark Bells
  2. RM Palmer Giant 1/4 Lb. Peanut Butter Cup
  3. Sun Cups Dark Chocolate Mint Cups
  4. RM Palmer Peppermint Patties
  5. Russell Stover Peppermint Bark Snowman
  6. Dove Peppermint Bark
  7. R.M. Palmer Quax - The Yummy Ducky
  8. Palmer Milk Chocolate Balls


Name: Candy Cane Cups
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: R.M. Palmer
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store (Silver Lake)
Price: $1.00
Size: 4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 150
Categories: Candy, Christmas, R.M. Palmer, Mints, Mockolate, 6-Tempting, United States, 99 Cent Only Store

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:34 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChristmasR.M. PalmerKosherMintsMockolate6-TemptingUnited States99 Cent Only Store

Comments
  1. This is basically my dream candy, so I wish they were a little better quality! I’ll probably still try to track them down just to have a taste—I’m a sucker for chocolate & peppermint *anything.*

    Comment by Elizabeth on 11/15/13 at 4:03 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Elizabeth - I bet you could come up with a great recipe for these! Some sort of white chocolate peppermint fudge for the center of the cup would probably be easier to make and have more pure ingredients (less partially hydrogenated vegetable oil).

    Comment by Cybele on 11/15/13 at 4:08 pm #
  3. Haven’t seen these yet,  but found peppermint Circus Peanuts yesterday!  I actually kind of like them, like a very firm peppermint marshmallow,  but they are very strong!

    Comment by Cortney on 11/17/13 at 6:27 am #
  4. I don’t like Palmer EXCEPT I have a weird fondness for their caramel cups.  I may try these.

    And peppermint circus peanuts sound amazing.

    Comment by Ruffy on 11/18/13 at 1:15 pm #
  5. Is this the highest rated Palmer product yet? It may well be.

    Comment by Bradley on 11/18/13 at 5:45 pm #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Bradley - yes, they are. (Oddly, their real chocolate fares poorly here.)

    But I’d say that their Peppermint Patties are also passably decent. But since there are also good, equally inexpensive patties out there like Haviland (made by Necco) and Pearson’s aside from York, I can’t recommend them very highly.

    Comment by Cybele on 11/18/13 at 6:05 pm #
  7. I admit, I am actually a bit excited you replied. been reading the blog for years, but I don’t comment often. Still a bit starstruck in a fashion.

    I do find it odd Palmer seems to do decently with fillings, like the peanut butter for their giant cups, but still can’t get chocolate right. Makes me wonder if there are people who specifically like mockolate, and they are afraid to alienate them.

    Comment by Bradley on 11/19/13 at 7:46 pm #
  8. Love these! We went to the market and they had tons in the bulk section…...I wanted to try them and didn’t. Three days later we go back and had to scrounge through to find a dozen…....now I’m addicted and their gone! I agree with the notion that Palmers isn’t known for it’s chocolates in a good way (the reason I passed on them the first time). They hit this one out of the park…..I’ll be looking for these next year and thank you Palmers!

    Comment by salina on 12/21/13 at 7:20 pm #
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