Thursday, January 4, 2007

Whitman’s Sampler Tin

This was a super-cute stocking stuffer that Santa gave me this year. I have to say that Whitman’s has never been of much interest to me. Perhaps it’s that I’ve found them a bit stale tasting. But it also might be the package, sure Whitman’s Samplers are retro looking, but that not-so-fresh appearance may have been affecting my taste.


But without the regular packaging, I have to say these looked pretty good. The tin has a Tiffany blue background and gold printing. It’s about the same size as a Sucrets lozenge tin, but a little deeper. Each piece of candy is nestled in a little perfect-shaped spot in the plastic tray.

The long milk chocolate rectangle was called Milk Chocolate Butter Cream, which was a kind of chewy sweet fudge. Very sweet, but a pleasant flavor combination.

The round dark chocolate piece was called Dark Chocolate Coconut and unsurprisingly had a coconut center like a Mounds bar. Fresh tasting and not too sweet, the real winner in the box.

The Messenger Boy was cute, with it’s little cross-stitch look. It was a small tablet of milk chocolate. Sweet and unremarkable.

The last one was the Milk Chocolate Caramel which was just the right consistency. Easy to bite but chewy with nice long strands of caramelized sugar and butter. It could have used some more salt to balance the very sweet milk chocolate.

Do they beat See’s (my touchstone for inexpensive boxed chocolates)? No, not even close. These were fresh tasting but a little too “middle of the road” for me. I wanted more zing, more flavor and less sweet. But I do love the tin.

I am curious to try their new Organic Sampler at some point.

Name: Whitman's Sampler Replica Tin
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Whitman's (Russell Stover)
Place Purchased: Santa Claus
Price: $1.49 retail
Size: 1.75 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Coconut, United States, Russell Stover, Limited Edition

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:00 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Not sure if you do these things but I’ve added you to a MEME list. Check the bottom, I added my five picks today. No girl can be without her sugar. smile

    Comment by Eliza on 1/05/07 at 7:35 am #
  2. i agree with the stale factor, but that is one cute tin! still, i prefer see’s…mmm…see’s

    Comment by carol on 1/05/07 at 8:53 am #
  3. I always thought Whitman’s Sampler packaging was much better than the candy.  I also liked it because it reminded me of Family Feud when I was a kid.

    Comment by Dave on 1/05/07 at 2:39 pm #
  4. Hmmm, no Sopranos comments?

    Comment by Russ on 1/05/07 at 8:15 pm #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Eliza - I’m checking out the list now!

    Carol - yeah, why doesn’t See’s do a cute tin like this?

    Dave - haha, I think I got too many cherry cordials by mistake in those samplers and now have a negative association.

    Russ - I have no idea what the Sopranos reference is. I’ve never seen the show.

    Comment by Cybele on 1/10/07 at 9:28 am #
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