Tuesday, March 4, 2008

See’s Hollow Eggs with Novelty

See's EggsOkay, this probably one of the saddest names for a fine Easter confection I’ve ever seen: Hollow Eggs with Novelty. See’s has gone through the trouble of naming every last one of their 102 boxed chocolates. Okay, some of them are ordinary names, like Buttercream, but others are original like Scotchmallow, Chelsea, Bordeaux & California Brittle.

Naming aside, everything else is spot on. The little carton holds the chick-egg-sized, foil-wrapped hollow chocolate eggs just like a half a dozen eggs you’d buy a the grocery store.

See's Hollow Eggs with NoveltyThe foil is nicely applied (you’d be surprised at how hard it is to find foil-wrapped eggs where you can actually read the lettering on them). The blue, magenta and pale green colors are pretty sedate but match really well with most of the other Easter offerings at See’s. Each foiled egg has an interesting little rattle to it when shaken. There’s definitely something in there, and my guess is it’s a novelty. (It does sound kind of like the whole thing is plastic, but trust me, it’s chocolate.)

The outside shell is milk chocolate, the interior chick is white chocolate. The ingredients label is a little vague about that chick but the ingredients are still pretty pure: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk, Chocolate, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin & Salt. The shell has a geometric pattern on it ... kinda like an eggshell looks when you roll a hard boiled egg around.

The price isn’t bad, especially when you buy the batch of 6. At $5.60 each is less than a dollar and are a little less than an ounce each (26 grams).

Hollow Eggs with White Chocolate Chick

The first egg I opened I carefully sliced through the seam with an exacto blade. Now that I’ve eaten several, I can tell you the trick if you want to split it open cleanly ... hold the egg firmly and press along the seam at the widest part of the egg very gently. Most times it will split cleanly. Sometimes you end with your thumb through the egg ... just like when you play with real eggs!

The milk chocolate is nice. It’s sweet and has an mellow dairy component, not very malty or dark ... just a nice middle-of-the road chocolate flavor.

The white chocolate is very sweet but milky and mostly smooth. The appearance of them varies. Some are pristine little chicks, others are a little smudged up from rattling around in the chocolate shell (well, I’ve been rattling them around). It’s a nice couple of bites, I probably wouldn’t want more, but white chocolate is inextricably tied to Easter for me, so I enjoy it for the nostalgia alone.

They don’t sell these as solo treats, just in the half dozen box or in other pre-mixed baskets. Though I think they’re great, I just don’t see myself buying these when I can have the Scotchmallow Eggs (except those aren’t individually wrapped for nestling in baskets so someone will have to put a whole box in mine) at the same price. But if you’ve got a group to please, this is a good way to go.

Each egg has about 145 calories each.

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Name: Hollow Eggs with Novelty
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: See's
Place Purchased: See's (Glendale Galleria)
Price: $5.60
Size: 5.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 150
Categories: Chocolate, White Chocolate, United States, See's, Kosher, Easter, Novelty

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:12 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Oh…my first Easter in CA and was wondering where to find some extra-ordinary treats.  These
    “hollow eggs with novelty” YES bad name…sound cute.

    And See’s in right down the street.

    Comment by Beth @ Kitchentrove on 3/04/08 at 1:54 pm #
  2. Poorly named, yes, but still very cute!  I like the colors of the foil.  I wish I could get See’s without having to order online.

    Comment by Alicia on 3/04/08 at 4:39 pm #
  3. Mmmm. I just had one of those! I buy the assortment in an egg shaped box each year (and, um, ate it already :(). The assortment has jelly beans, a scotchmallow, this hollow egg and some other goodies. I just love Sees!! They are so reliably fresh and tasty. I do wish they weren’t using vanillin, though….

    Comment by KateC on 3/04/08 at 5:56 pm #
  4. Looks delicious. I wonder if that candy is sold here in our country. It’s very artistic.

    Comment by Snacks on 3/05/08 at 2:08 am #
  5. There’s a See’s outlet in a new upscale grocery store in our town - I’ll have to buy these for my boys! No Palmer mediocrity for us this year.

    Comment by Tricia on 3/06/08 at 6:27 am #
  6. Hm, I actually have to say the chick inside is actually really depressing.  Instead of a cute chick like the Peeps egg, this one looks like a CORPSE.

    Comment by Robb on 3/15/08 at 8:36 pm #
  7. Well, Robb, you’re gonna eat it anyway….

    I get two boxed assortments with two bunnies, two hollow eggs, and other things and divide it in half for each of my kids, plus other See’s treats.  Much better than grocery store candy.  And hey, my kids are 18 to 29 and still expect See’s in their baskets!

    I think these eggs would be more fun, though, if they put a variety of things in them, so you wouldn’t know what you were getting until you opened it.  Besides the chicks, maybe ducks, bunnies, flowers.

    Comment by Laura on 3/23/08 at 10:52 am #

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