Monday, March 23, 2009

Russell Stover Marshmallow Rabbits

Russell Stover Marshmallow Rabbit PackagesA lot of Easter candies seem to get smaller as the years go by, and portion control is a responsible way to go. But sometimes you just want a big, luscious rabbit to sink your teeth into.

Russell Stover offers a lot of Easter goodies, I’m most fond of their eggs, which are usually fresh and the perfect size at about an ounce for less than the price of a candy bar these days.

But I was mighty tempted by these Marshmallow Rabbits. They’re two ounces, and since they’re marshmallow they’re pretty big. The packages are 6 inches tall in vibrant metallic colors with a rather realistic rabbit illustration on the front.

They come in two varieties, the regular vanilla marshmallow covered in milk chocolate and a chocolate marshmallow covered in milk chocolate.

Russell Stover Marshmallow RabbitsI wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the package. Some marshmallow shapes can be curiously amorphous. These looked, for the most part, like the outline of the image on the package. They’re about 4.5 inches tall and about 2.5 inches at their widest part.

I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a rabbit face with extra huge cheeks/jowls, or the whole body with a big meaty legs. (Part of me also thought they looked like a Buddha with rabbit ears.)

The chocolate is wonderfully rippled and I was pleased with how well I’d picked my rabbits out, as they were practically flawless (though I ended up dropping the chocolate one and denting his ear as I was taking the photo).

Russell Stover Marshmallow Rabbit

Russell Stover Marshmallow Rabbit

The chocolate shell has a nice snap to it and an overall chocolate malt scent. The marshmallow center is soft and moist with a strong vanilla flavor. It’s not quite as fluffy as some I’ve had, but it’s also very satisfying and has a bit of salt to it (60 mg in the whole 2 ounce portion).

Though the package says that a whole rabbit is a single serving, I found just the ears was plenty satisfying. The problem with a very large marshmallow items is that it’s hard to save some more for later without it making a mess. Still, I found them pretty easy to slip back into their packages and pinch shut for later. (I wouldn’t save it for more than a day or two, or else they get hard and tacky.)

Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow Rabbit

Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow Rabbit

The chocolate on this one looked slightly lighter than its vanilla counterpart, though that could have been all in my head (well, it’s all in my tummy now).

This one has a light cocoa scent that reminded me of cookie dough.

The chocolate has a similarly crisp snap but still doesn’t flake or crumble off of the marshmallow excessively.

The marshmallow is soft, though not as mushy as the vanilla. It has a very springy and latexy quality to it. The flavor is mild, like a cup of hot cocoa, definitely less sweet than the vanilla but also much saltier (210 mg per 2 ounce portion).

The chocolate on both was really flavorful and helped to make these some of the better chocolate marshmallows I’ve bought at the drug store. The novelty shape and price makes them a really good deal. But the large portion size and awkward shape makes them difficult to share (as I think traditional chocolate rabbits are). There are no artificial colors in them.

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  5. Russell Stover Eggs (2007 edition)
  6. Russell Stover Cream Eggs
Name: Marshmallow Rabbits
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Russell Stover
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $1.00
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 115 & 120
Categories: Chocolate, Marshmallow, United States, Russell Stover, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I had to laugh at “budda with rabbit ears”, that’s exactly what it looks like! smile I’ve never seen chocolate marshmallow, i’d love to try it some day.

    Is Russel Stover like the cadbury of australia?

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 3/23/09 at 7:21 pm #
  2. They do look exactly like “budda with bunny ears”!

    Comment by Rosie on 3/24/09 at 4:53 am #
  3. I love these things!  I like to think I am an lover of all chocolate which is over $3 a bar—AND—‘horrible’ seasonal items…

    Bring it Easter—my after Valentines day stash is almost gone—(gotta love the 75% off!)

    Comment by girlbuffalo1 on 3/24/09 at 5:40 am #
  4. I was so bummed when I went to the grocery store today in search of these and they were all out!  I want to find them and try them, though!

    FYI: The grocery store sign called them “rabbit faces” or something like that, so they are supposed to be a rabbit head…at least as far as Kroger is concerned.

    Comment by Chelsea on 3/24/09 at 2:06 pm #
  5. I have always loved eating these at Easter because I love all things marshmallow and who doesn’t love a giant bunny. However, has anyone else ever noticed that the bunnies eyes on the package stare at you like the package itself is crazed. Those eyes freak me out sometimes!!

    Comment by Basilio on 3/25/09 at 7:43 am #
  6. I love your reviews! You’ve done the Marshmallow Halloween Candy roundup before in 2006, but I was wondering if you could review the Russell Stover:
    (1) Chocolate Marshmallow Ghost (curious to see if the taste & porportions are the same as the above bunny)
    (2) Dark Chocolate covered Marshmallow Pumpkin

    Comment by Aria on 9/04/09 at 4:14 am #
  7. I have loved these rabbits since I was a kid.  They used to paint the face on them and the rabbit would be holding a orange carrot.  At some point they quit doing this.  But they still taste yummy!

    Comment by Nicole on 3/21/10 at 7:19 pm #
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