Thursday, March 8, 2007

See’s Scotchmallow Eggs

DSC09119rOh, goodness, what do we have here? See’s makes a lot of seasonal treats and I think I’ve discovered my new favorite: The Scotchmallow Egg. I’ve reviewed the Scotchmallow Bar before, which is milk chocolate, but this one is more like the piece you get in the store (or a box of See’s). It’s dark chocolate (Guittard, thankyouverymuch) with marshmallow and caramel in the center.

The box has six eggs in them, which are about twice the size of a regular piece of Scotchmallow - about 2.25” long and 1.5” across at the widest. The box lists two eggs as a serving size, which works out to 200 calories ... so that’d make each egg one of those fashionable “100 calorie snacks.”

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Diehard Scotchmallow fans know what’s wrong with this picture. The candy center is upside down. In the Scotchmallow Bar and the pieces the caramel is on the bottom and the marshmallow is on the top. The proportions area also a little different, with the marshmallow being 2/3 and the caramel 1/3. It looks to be halfsies here (or maybe more caramel).

Here’s my best guess on how this happened. (And this is just a guess, the extent of my research amounts to seeing California’s Gold tour the factory.) The Scotchmallow is a stacked candy - they make sheets of caramel and sheets of marshmallow and then cut out the little rounds and stack them up and enrobe them (for both the bar and the piece). That wouldn’t work for the egg because of the domed top. So they pour the caramel into molds (just a guess here, folks). Then the marshmallow is poured on top, they’re flipped over and out of the mold and enrobed. Some settling occurs.

That’s the thing, the marshmallow on these is not quite as fluffy. But who cares? It tastes great. The spectacular thing about the See’s marshmallow is that it has honey in it ... you know, something that gives it flavor. It’s also a moist marshmallow, not a dry one (Peeps would be somewhere in between, when they’re fresh). The dark chocolate is rich and not too sweet. The honey touch in the marshmallow is the first flavor and then the caramel kicks in with its dark burnt sugar flavors and buttery notes.

I have to mention that some of my eggs had caramel that was a little more grainy than I’m accustomed to. I’m not sure what caused that, but even though the texture was a little different, the taste was exactly the same. I think I still prefer the traditional chocolate box piece, partly because it’s not as messy, but also because I like to nibble the chocolate off the sides and top and then eat the marshmallow ... then the caramel. But I have to love the fact that I can just pop in a store and grab one of these boxes (and my free sample) without much fuss.

The box costs $4.80 and contains a half a dozen eggs ... that works out to about $14.25 a pound ... a regular pre-packed pound of See’s is $14.50. See, it’s a deal! And no pieces you don’t like! For those of you into just marshmallow they also do a Marshmallow Egg (but in milk chocolate).

Related Candies

  1. See’s Cinnamon (Hearts & Lollypops)
  2. Lake Champlain & See’s Bunny Battle
  3. See’s Hollow Eggs with Novelty
  4. Marshmallow Pig
  5. Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow Pumpkin
  6. See’s Egg Quartet
  7. See’s Awesome Nut & Chew Bar
  8. See’s Scotchmallow
Name: Scotchmallow Eggs
    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 (Newport Beach)
Price: $4.80
Size: 5.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Marshmallow, United States, See's, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:52 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Hmm I think I’ll go splurge on these. Trying to get the courage up to treat myself to Theo chocolates, but I think this will satisfy my craving for good chocolate in the meantime. And also cure me of my temptation to buy some cheap marshmallow candy, like Peeps. Thanks for telling me about these!

    Comment by Kai on 3/08/07 at 8:54 am #
  2. always exciting to see a 10!

    not that it benefits me any, in my sees-less town. (except at christmas.)

    Comment by Pam on 3/08/07 at 9:32 am #
  3. Those look so good. I wonder if I’ll be able to find them about a week after Easter since that’s when I’ll be out See’s way.

    Comment by g on 3/08/07 at 10:17 am #
  4. Ahhh, you answered my question! ^___^

    These looks so good, I wish I could find them here!!

    Comment by Sera on 3/08/07 at 10:34 am #
  5. mmm….what a great review…i love see’s!

    Comment by carol on 3/08/07 at 12:05 pm #
  6. I stumbled on your blog just a short time ago, but have enjoyed it so far-but anyone that would give a scotchmallow a 10?  You must be my best pal!  I ADORE scotchmallows, but I seem to be alone in my adoration.  This is the first 10 I have witnessed but I couldn’t agree more. They are in my opinion the absolute best combination of candy in the world-marshmallow!  Carmel!  Chocolate!  What’s not to love? 

    Keep up the great writing and reviews. You are doing us all a huge service-no more surprises in the candy aisle for me.

    Comment by Suzie on 3/08/07 at 1:29 pm #
  7. Hi there!
    Stumbled upon your blog a few weeks abck and pop in on a daily basis to see some chocolate goods.

    Question #1:

    How do you manage to eat so much candy ?
    Do you ever get cavities from all the sugar ?
    Or do you put on extra weight?

    I’d love to know your secret - if you have one.

    Question #2:

    I’ve noticed that you don’t have a listing for the country Greece. I lived there for a few years and had a wonderful time sampling their chocolates and candy. Is there any way you can add a listing for Greece and explore possible chocolates from there?

    Comment by Joanne on 3/08/07 at 5:59 pm #
  8. What Pam said - no See’s in my town! One year we shared our house with a grad student from Salinas, and her mom sent us a big box of See’s - yum. Now *that* was a long appreciated thank you gift!

    Comment by Tricia on 3/09/07 at 4:58 am #
  9. That’s it - I can’t take any more!  I ordered some See’s online.  It will be here in two days!  YUM!

    Comment by April on 3/09/07 at 5:31 am #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    April - I hope you like them! (Did you order anything else?)

    Tricia, Pam, g, Sera & Kai - you should send See’s an email telling them you’d like them to open a store in your area. Can’t hurt.

    Suzie - you have friends who don’t share your adoration of Scotchmallows? What sort of characters do you hang out with?

    Joanne - many of your questions are probably answered here: Why I’m Not Fat.

    I’ll work on my Greece list! A new co-worker is actually Greek and offered to bring some back on her next visit.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/09/07 at 7:57 pm #
  11. You just keep torturing me with more See’s.  I love see’s, I miss it dearly and I really love scotchmallow’s.  I might just have to suck it up and order some.

    Comment by Randi on 3/10/07 at 2:47 pm #
  12. I hang out with academics-who believe they are above marshmallows

    Somehow or other marshmallows have all the class of porkrinds around here.  They clearly don’t know what they are missing.

    I simply take my un-sophisticated self and enjoy my scotchmallows alone.  More for me this way!

    Comment by Suzie on 3/12/07 at 3:03 pm #
  13. On the same note, if you haven’t already, you should really try these: http://www.tunnock.co.uk/teacake.html
    Amamzing!

    Comment by tettora on 3/18/07 at 2:57 am #
  14. my favorite candy in the world is the scotchmellow
    I must now order myself some of those eggs

    Comment by spit on 3/19/07 at 5:58 am #
  15. Brilliant! I adore Scotchmallow bars & singles, so the discover of a egg format is wonderful news!

    Comment by Melisser on 6/17/07 at 8:30 pm #
  16. sounds great.

    Comment by Stone on 8/27/07 at 11:33 am #
  17. I just got 3 boxes in the mail today, along with a few other products from See’s…
    These are as good as advertised, I’d recommend everyone ordering some if you don’t have the means to get them in your hometown…

    Comment by Jason on 3/05/08 at 5:14 pm #

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