Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RM Palmer My Little Bunny

RM Palmer My Little BunnyLately The Man and I have been searching for a new dog. As we’ve visited quite a few pounds and rescue organizations it’s startling to see how many rabbits there are. Rabbits are great pets, but too many of them are taken home by families that don’t know what’s involved with their care. Easter is a prime impulse season for pet rabbits (and chicks & ducks) so there’s an organization called Make Mine Chocolate that urges people to reconsider live animal gifts and instead keep the pet decisions out of the Easter basket. So make your Easter basket pet a chocolate one.

I am always drawn to RM Palmer’s package and product design. Their products go downhill after that, but how could I resist this cute little chocolate bunny in a little hutch? It plays on a kid’s desire to nurture without resorting to anthropomorphism. 

RM Palmer My Little Bunny

The My Little Bunny is actually a fun little teaching toy. It’s a bit more realistic that the regular seated bunny or cartoon style one carrying a basket. This one is about the size of a little baby bunny or a dwarf. It comes in a small box shaped and designed like a carrying hutch with simulated chicken wire on the plastic window. I picked the blue wood-grained box version, but there’s a pink one as well. Also, I think the rabbits come in different colors, I only saw tan ones at the store.

RM Palmer My Little Bunny

The foil design makes the bunny look a little bit stylized with its vague smile, but for the most part it’s very bunny-like in the crouched position on all fours. The box is far larger than the candy, which is a good thing for a pet, though kind of wasteful as far as packaging. (The bunny is 5 inches long and 3 inches high, the box is 6.5 inches long and four inches high.)

I liked the little box and thought a clever or motivated child might enjoy making use of it to keep a small stuffed animal or other light toys. Unfortunately it’s poorly designed. The little tab in the top that tucks in comes undone when the little carrying handle is used, even when the box is empty. A little tape will fix that (that’s the way it comes in the store), but a bit more thought would have made this far more useful with probably no extra work or weight in the packaging.

There’s a web page just for the My Little Bunny where kids can download an adoption certificate or play games.

RM Palmer My Little Bunny

The candy itself is subpar. I’ve had the chocolate flavored rabbit before which looked completely fake, like some sort of vinyl dog toy. This one looks like chocolate and is called chocolatey n’ smooth crisp n’ crunchy candy which I figure is a Nestle Crunch simulation.

Since there are no easily accessible ears, I just smashed the hollow bunny instead.

RM Palmer My Little Bunny

It smells like caramel and chocolate cake, not actual chocolate. The ingredients are sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (Palm Kernel and/or Palm Oil), whey, lactose, crisp rice, cocoa, skim milk, soy lecithin and vanillin. My goodness, cocoa is really far down on that list. On top of that look at the second ingredient, palm oil. Nestle has being going through a huge issue recently for not moving to sustainable palm oil - that campaign has targeted the KitKat bar, which uses a little dash of the stuff, for most RM Palmer products it’s a major component. It’s short sighted to encourage kids to “adopt” a chocolate bunny instead of a real one but then not use sustainable ingredients in the product itself. (Save a bunny, trash a rainforest?)

The flavor is sweet, the texture is grainy and there aren’t nearly enough crisped rice bits to make each bite crunchy. The cocoa notes are like cardboard and there’s a greasy film on the roof of my mouth by the time I finished three bites.

Blech. At least I can wrap what’s left back up in the foil and put it back in the little box and look at it instead.

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Name: My Little Bunny Hollow Double Crisp
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: R. M. Palmer
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $1.99
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 143
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, United States, R.M. Palmer, Easter, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:05 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Palmers is pretty much nothing but mockolate.  They often have beautiful items…but nothing I want to put in my mouth.

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 3/30/10 at 10:38 am #
  2. DD got a Palmer bunny in her basket from Grandma, and gobbled with no complaints. You make me realize that it’s never too soon to start training that palate!

    Comment by Candy Professor on 3/31/10 at 2:28 pm #
  3. i bet theses r really good i want to save mine for easter mornig hers the date that im publishing (3/31,10) smile~”

    Comment by jadegreene on 3/31/10 at 5:19 pm #
  4. I think the bunny will be great tasting…..........IT IS YUMMY.I love it.I mean everybody loves chocolate.almost everybody. I mean 96% Americans love chocolate.

    Comment by alexandria on 4/02/10 at 11:40 am #
  5. it was yummy

    Comment by alexcis chase on 4/03/10 at 1:06 pm #
  6. my mom bought if for me i havent eaten it yet except i ate the tail

    Comment by alaina on 4/04/10 at 6:47 am #
  7. its cute it realistic is case is cute i love it

    Comment by alaina on 4/04/10 at 6:48 am #
  8. im soo hooppy gett itt

    Comment by mackenzie on 4/04/10 at 7:15 am #
  9. hi it was sooooo tastty

    Comment by sydney on 4/04/10 at 9:26 am #
  10. this is soooo cool

    Comment by Megan on 4/04/10 at 3:49 pm #
  11. In the Philadeplhia/Reading, PA area, Palmer does sell some real chocolate products.  I have tasted it, and it’s pretty much on the level of Hershey’s.

    Comment by Nicholas on 4/04/10 at 5:42 pm #
  12. hi my name is sarah but my polish name is sariaand i love palmers chocolate

    Comment by Sarah on 4/05/10 at 3:25 pm #
  13. i ate half of it and i through up

    Comment by brett on 4/11/10 at 12:16 pm #
  14. i lov ths cndy it is so good and i lik tha website but thay shld put mre gmes tham 2 but other wise tha cndy is good i love it so much my aunt an brooght me ths 4 easter an everybody shld try it lol:)

    Comment by nevah on 4/16/10 at 3:48 pm #
  15. it needs too be more fffffffffffuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnn

    Comment by juan delgado on 5/17/10 at 2:37 pm #
  16. its so good im in chocolate heaven

    Comment by crystal on 3/11/11 at 6:55 pm #
  17. i love

    Comment by nicole on 3/19/11 at 6:02 pm #
  18. good candy!! i love the bunny.

    Comment by renee macaluso on 4/24/11 at 7:33 am #
  19. great candy

    Comment by rebecca on 4/24/11 at 12:21 pm #
  20. i love bunnies!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by rasha on 5/01/11 at 7:41 am #
  21. I love bunnies but i’m goin’ to eat her!!!!!lol

    Comment by Amliea on 5/01/11 at 11:17 am #
  22. hi

    Comment by Sarah on 5/01/11 at 1:01 pm #
  23. don’t eat to much candy u goin to get cavites

    Comment by kaylah on 5/05/11 at 1:12 pm #
  24. I love all the bunny’s in the hole world!!!!!!

    Comment by Skylar on 5/18/11 at 2:40 pm #
  25. they are soooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute

    Comment by stefany on 2/11/12 at 12:48 pm #
  26. this hollow double crisp is horrible. i mean it does not taste like chocolate i took a bite and now i have a bad aftertaste and the crisps don’t do good with chocolate unless its an actual crunch bar so I think try better ways or recipes to improve the taste then ill consider on buying another one of you products

    Comment by susan on 2/25/12 at 3:48 pm #

    Comment by de-ja on 2/25/12 at 5:34 pm #
  28. I love my bunny.

    Comment by E.B. on 4/03/12 at 11:13 am #

    Comment by MERCEDES on 4/08/12 at 1:39 am #
  30. YUMMY! I luv my little bunny! I am sitting with “Sunshine” (my little bunny) right now!!!

    Comment by Courtney on 4/08/12 at 12:59 pm #
  31. I love my bunny. Taste soooooooo good

    Comment by Tess on 4/08/12 at 2:39 pm #
  32. My Bunny is a girl and i named here Happiny blackwell . i got here the day before easter 2012

    Comment by michael Blackwell on 4/08/12 at 5:57 pm #
  33. I Love My OREO

    Comment by oreo on 4/09/12 at 10:26 am #
  34. i love her

    Comment by funny on 4/09/12 at 5:46 pm #
  35. I love him!!!!!

    Comment by Brownie on 4/09/12 at 6:08 pm #
  36. i love my little bunny so much. i named him whiskers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i got him on easter day.

    Comment by skylar on 4/10/12 at 5:01 am #
  37. I love my bunny he taste really ummy!!! His name is Frederickson!! I love him he is white slash gray with green eyes!! he is soooo perty!!

    Comment by Amber on 4/10/12 at 1:32 pm #
  38. I cant wait to play this game

    Comment by Baige Brown on 4/15/12 at 4:55 pm #
  39. i love these bunnies i just got one today for my birthday i love him

    Comment by mariselle on 3/22/13 at 5:47 pm #
  40. i love my little bunny chocolate bunnies they are yummy and kids can also have so much fun printing their certificate.

    Comment by karen on 3/29/13 at 8:02 pm #
  41. I got a double crisp easter bunny.It is really good.I usaly dont eat chocolate but this time i tried it and it was REALLY GOOD!!

    Comment by destinee on 3/31/13 at 4:23 am #
  42. I don`t know what`s so bad with the chocolate bunny. I`m a chocolate lover and I love it!!! I named my little bunny Snowball. I love to make my own toys so i`m using the box for a cage for a toy chick I have. When my mom gave the bunny to me, I asked her if I had to eat it! It was just too cute I ate off the head then put the rest with my Easter candy. I love the bunny!

    Comment by Hannah on 3/31/13 at 1:05 pm #
  43. hi   i love you   do you   little bunny

    Comment by kaiylah on 4/01/13 at 3:04 pm #
  44. i thought the bunny was awsome, im going to but the rest for 75%off. had holidays see ya at the next holiday.

    Comment by adam bryant on 4/12/13 at 2:50 pm #
  45. I love this bunny I always want a real one but this is better

    Comment by Jada on 4/26/13 at 2:51 pm #
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