Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Russell Stover Organic Pecan Delight

I’ve been more pleased with Russell Stover over the years. It could be that my tastes have mellowed or it may be that Russell Stover is making better quality product, but they’re still not a go-to brand for me. What really surprised me is their move into organics. So I picked up their Organic Pecan Delights just before Valentine’s Day. They come in a peg bag that’s all green and matte looking with a little burst of rich gold for the “organic” banner. It’s also heralded as “gluten free” which I would love to hear if I were someone who was hunting in the candy aisle for something I could eat.

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Pecan Delights are a pecan cluster with caramel covered in milk chocolate. All ingredients are organic, except maybe the sea salt and it’s unclear if the soy lecithin is.

These are upside down. The caramel is on the bottom, the nuts (in pieces, not halves) are on the top and the whole thing is covered in chocolate. Don’t worry, it’s not that big of a faux pax as candy constructions go.

They’re a little small but a nice barely two bite piece of candy. The nuts are fresh and the caramel is decent. It’s chewy and not too soft or sweet. The chocolate on the outside is a little odd, it’s not quite the European powdered milk taste, but close, with a slight gamey quality to it. (It reminds me of the Thompson’s Organic Milk Chocolate.)

Overall they’re not my favorite pecan caramel cluster I’ve had, but I did finish the bag (it was only 3 ounces total), which is a testament to their freshness. The ingredients label is much more comforting than some other Russell Stover goodies, so there is that consolation. I wish they came in dark chocolate, but for a first step into organics they’re no-compromise. They also have their rather good coconut bar available in their organic line (also only in milk chocolate). If price is the object and not the organic status, stick with See’s.

On a completely side note, Russell Stover is having a big clearance sale on their Valentine’s candies on their website. So if you’re ga-ga over their Coconut or Strawberry Hearts, this might be the time to stock up.

Name: Organic Pecan Delights
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Russell Stover
Place Purchased: CVS (Third & Fairfax)
Price: $2.99
Size: 3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Nuts, United States, Russell Stover, Organic

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:40 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I was in Target( in Michigan) the other day and all the Vday candy was 90% off.  I picked up a reserve box of Russel Stover for 40 cents.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It was so worth the 40 cents, but I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much for 3.99.

    Comment by Randi on 2/24/07 at 3:15 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    I was hoping I’d run across a similar sale at the drug store for the Russell Stover Reserve or Organic Boxed Chocolates ... no such luck. I’m glad you scored!

    Comment by Cybele on 2/25/07 at 1:02 pm #
  3. Gamey chocolate?  Interesting.

    Comment by Uda on 12/14/07 at 7:58 am #

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