Thursday, February 25, 2010

Whitman’s Marshmallow Eggs & Carrot

Whitman's Marshmallow EggWhitman’s is out of the box this Easter. Until I spotted these little Marshmallow Egg covered in Easter Pastelle I didn’t know that Whitman’s didn’t make anything but boxed chocolates.

Whitman’s is now owned by Russell Stover’s, so it isn’t surprising that they might move into the single serving items and it makes more sense that if they did, it wouldn’t be with an item identical to a Russell Stover product. The new line seems to be all “Easter Pastelle” covered marshmallows.

The eggs were priced as I expected, regular price was 59 cents but on sale at two for a dollar at Walgreen’s where I found them (also spotted at RiteAid).

Whitman's Marshmallow Eggs

I found them in three colors: Green, Yellow and Magenta.

I also found that they were not flavored, which might have been fun. A raspberry flavored Easter Pastelle coating with a plain marshmallow would be an innovative piece of candy. A white confection on a marshmallow is, well, ordinary.

Whitman's Marshmallow Egg

Each egg is one ounce. They’re approximately 2.5” long and 1” high. The Easter Pastelle is thin and not quite crisp. It smells like, well, an Easter basket. A fake vanilla and sugar scent.

The Pastelle coating is made of sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and milk products plus some food coloring.

The marshmallow is very soft and foamy, moist and sticky, not chewy and latexy like some. It’s all very, very sweet. In the case of the pink one shown above, I got a bitter metallic aftertaste from the pink Pastelle. The green was tastier in that it had fewer aftertastes to mess with the tastes.

Whitman's Marshmallow CarrotThe more exciting product in the new line though was this Whitman’s Marshmallow Carrot which cost a whole dollar.

The large orange carrot shaped marshmallow is covered in two different colors of Easter Pastelle, the orange body and a green carrot top. The whole thing weighs 1.75 ounces.It’s a little over 4” long, so it’s a hefty piece of fluffed sugar. This package has a little waxed card in it, I’m guessing this candy needed a little more support than the eggs. (It also helped to show off the product well in the package.

The flavor profile is similar to the Egg, except that the carrot is a little flatter, so there’s not quite as much marshmallow to Pastelle.

Whitman's Marshmallow Carrot

The marshmallow didn’t seem quite as moist either. But still, this is some intense sugar. I couldn’t eat more than two bites before I had to slip it back into its package.

These aren’t stellar, but they are different enough from what you can get in the drug store aisle from Russell Stover, RM Palmer, Hershey’s or Dove, so they have that going for them. Folks who like really high glycemic load (28 g total weight: 21g of carbs, 3g of fat) fluffed confectionery will probably go crazy for these. The carrot would make an amazing decoration on top of a carrot cake or a plate of Easter desserts.

I still think a bit of flavor thrown in would be interesting. Orange-flavored, Mint-flavored, Lemon-flavored coatings would really set this apart from the ordinary.

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Name: Marshmallow Eggs & Carrot
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Whitman's
Place Purchased: RiteAid & Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.50 & $1.00
Size: 1 ounce & 1.75 ounces
Calories per ounce: 110
Categories: Mockolate, Marshmallow, United States, Whitman's, Easter

Name: Marshmallow Egg Covered in Easter Pastelle
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $.50
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 110
Categories: Easter, Whitman's, Marshmallow, Mockolate, 6-Tempting, United States, Rite Aid

Name: Marshmallow Carrot covered in Easter Pastelle
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $1.00
Size: 1.75 ounce
Calories per ounce: 110
Categories: Easter, Whitman's, Marshmallow, Mockolate, 4-Benign, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:09 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. gracecarriveau's avatar

    Lol…I knew you’d find these Cybele! I found these last week at Walgreens and my first thought was, ‘wow, they must have heard us complaining about the lack of pastel coated eggs on here last year.’ Remember last Easter, I can’t recall if it was on your blog or on the board, but I do remember some of us wondering whatever happened to those. And look what happened! Here they are.

    They don’t look as appealing to me as they did when I was a kid, but I picked some up for an Easter layout that I’m trying to shoot, so they should make an interesting addition to that. I missed that carrot though, so I’ll have go back and pick one up. Not that I need an excuse to shop for Easter candy! grin

    Comment by gracecarriveau on 2/25/10 at 2:30 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    grace - the Carrot was from RiteAid, if that helps. (I still haven’t checked out Target yet, I don’t know what sort of goodies they have this year.)

    Comment by Cybele on 2/25/10 at 2:34 pm #
  3. I saw these but I didn’t try them due to braces (save me! I can’t eat hi-chew!) plus the fact I’m a strict marshmallow to chocolate person.  I need a little bit more variety of flavors in candies when they’re marshmallowy.  Your review has helped me, although the carrot ones are cute and your idea of using them as decoration with other goodies is wonderful.

    Comment by Hime (a different Grace...) on 2/25/10 at 8:44 pm #
  4. I saw these in rite aid and my first thought was candyblog.  The colors are really striking, but the ingredient list kept me from actually purchasing one to try out.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 2/26/10 at 5:11 am #
  5. I was tempted to pick these up but wasn’t sure about Whitman’s making something other than chocolate.  I’m guessing my 5 yr. old would absolutely love that high sugar content.  I might have to give it a try.

    Comment by Mark D. (sugarpressure) on 2/26/10 at 8:48 am #
  6. Great suggestion for putting the carrot on a carrot cake….I was just enjoying your lovely photos until your suggestion made me think…I’m making a cake (not carrot) for the family Easter get together, and these would be EASY, edible decorations for the top!  I hope they look as striking in real life as they do in your pics.  Thanks for solving a dilemna you didn’t even know I had!

    Comment by Michelle F on 2/26/10 at 1:58 pm #
  7. Phooey!  I was hoping there was something new and delicious for the Easter season.

    Comment by Pam Walter on 2/27/10 at 5:18 am #
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