Monday, April 18, 2011

Russell Stover Cookies ‘n Cream Nest

Russell Stover Cookies 'n Cream NestOne of the final Easter candy products I picked up from Russell Stover this year is the new Cookies ‘n Cream Nest.

Russell Stover makes a coconut version of the nest, which is kind of like a milk chocolate coconut haystack. This purple mylar package features a life sized image of the candy on the front, and I have to admit that this is one of their least attractive packages I’ve seen.

The ingredients are pretty clear that this is a pastel coating confection studded with crushed chocolate cookie pieces (a la Oreos). The first ingredient is sugar, the second is fractionated palm kernel oil and partially hydrogenated palm oil.

Russell Stover Cookies 'n Cream Nest

I went into this knowing that there was no real cocoa butter in here (which at least Hershey’s still uses as a portion of their white confection these days). The scent of the product smells a bit oily and a lot like Easter, sweet with just a touch of milk and fake vanilla.

The piece is exactly two inches around. Though I think it’s supposed to look hand crafted and random like the original Coconut Nest did, it’s molded, which gives it a glossy shine but an indistinct shape. I mean, if they’ve gone to the trouble to create a mold, I think it should look like a nest, not a lump.

The confection is pure throat searing sweetness. There’s a touch of milk flavor to it and a reasonably smooth melt. But mostly it’s a sticky sweet fake white chocolate wax. The cookie bits provided the only respite, but were far too few. They’re cheap enough that I think there should have been more of them.

I was glad to try their version of the cookies ‘n cream genre and I’m glad that I’m only out fifty cents instead of being forced to go for a couple of dollars for one of the flat rabbits made of the stuff.

If someone is a die hard oiled sugar fan, this might be a good option. I know that Russell Stover is capable of better when it comes to White Chocolate because they did a really admirable job with their Peppermint Bark Snowman last year. I think Hershey’s C’n'C is better, but I’m holding out hope that some day, someone is going to make a real white chocolate version of cookies ‘n cream again. (Green and Black’s would do a fine job of it.)

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Name: Cookies ‘n Cream Nest
Brand: Russell Stover
Place Purchased: Target (Glendale)
Price: $.50
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 150
Categories: Candy, Easter, Russell Stover, Cookie, Mockolate, 5-Pleasant, United States, Target

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  1. The chocolate coconut nests are now formed into the same lump. They are no longer the free form nests w/ jelly beans in them. The older RS coconut nests were much better.

    Comment by Les on 4/18/11 at 4:21 pm #
  2. I tried these and wasn’t too impressed myself, but I figured it was just because I’m not much of a white chocolate fan to begin with.

    Also, I can confirm what Les said about the new coconut nests. I was surprised to find them molded and without jelly beans this season. They’re not too bad yet somehow not quite the same. If you really like the coconut variety, I’d recommend getting a single flavor box of them rather than the molded nests.

    Comment by Nyssa on 4/18/11 at 10:43 pm #
  3. I’ve often dreamt of a Green & Black cookies n’ cream bar as well. You should start a campaign.

    Comment by Stephen on 4/19/11 at 7:42 pm #
  4. I think they look nasty. They actually remind me of lard.

    Comment by Distracted on 4/21/11 at 11:36 am #
  5. That thing really reminds me of the Goo-Goo Clusters, same weird ingredients but sounds nice on the outset.

    Comment by Becky on 5/09/11 at 4:40 pm #
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