Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Whoppers Sno-Balls

Whoppers Sno-BallsSometimes I really want some malted milk balls. I’ve never liked Whoppers much though, the mockolate coating simply ruins it for me. On the other hand, their Robin’s Eggs at Easter are pretty good. The mockolate layer is minimized by being far thinner, covered in a hard candy shell and of course a larger center for more malt.

Those sorts of candy coated malted milk balls used to be limited to Easter availability, but like many other items that are becoming more common for the Christmas holiday season (Cadbury Mini Eggs & Creme Eggs), Whoppers has their Sno-Balls.

Whoppers Sno-BallsThese were freakishly cheap, on sale for $2.00 for a 17 ounce bag, so I really am in no position to complain about anything about them.

But I will.

First, on the package there’s a penguin in front of an igloo. There’s also a polar bear and walrus ... which is fine, they’re arctic animals. The penguin, however, is a southern hemisphere animal. Why not just put a lion on there or a kangaroo?

Second, mockolate. Why, oh why, can’t Hershey’s put some real chocolate on here? It’s not even that much of a chocolatey coating here. The good thing, though, is that the Sno-Balls have less fat in them than regular Whoppers. A 41 gram serving of Whoppers has 7 grams of fat ... all of them saturated. The Sno-Balls have 5 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of them are saturated. Okay, still not great, especially when it’s coming from Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil. (Honestly, I can’t figure out how they both have the same 180 calories per serving though with 30% less fat in the Sno-Balls. Fat is twice as caloric as carbs or protein ... maybe there’s more fiber in regular Whoppers?)

But all that ranting aside, these are quite cute. The white spheres are speckled to various degrees with red and green. The crackly candy shell has a thin layer of mockolate below it. Both have a soft, cool effect on the tongue. The malt center is dense and crispy. It doesn’t have a huge malt or salt punch like some others, but a nice texture that melts in the mouth well.

I’d love it if they were a little bigger so I’d get more of the malt proportion I crave. What’s particularly nice about these over the Robin’s Eggs is that there’s less artificial coloring. I never cared for the pink Robin’s Eggs because they taste bitter to me. In this assortment there is no bad egg.

I’ve been eating them for a couple of days, and as long as I don’t think about how much I’d like them to be Chocolate Covered Malted Milk Balls, well, we’re getting along fine.

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Name: Whoppers Sno-Balls
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: Ralph's (Glendale)
Price: $2.00 on sale
Size: 17 ounces
Calories per ounce: 124
Categories: Mockolate, Malt, United States, Hershey's, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:40 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Love your blog, I have been reading it for a few months now! Speaking of malt, I really love it but like you I don’t like the mockolate. Is there a candy out there that is primarily malt? I figured if anyone would know you would smile

    Comment by Charlsie on 12/04/07 at 9:45 am #
  2. Mockolate malt balls? Yurrk! Woman get thee to some malteasers.

    Comment by Leigh on 12/04/07 at 2:55 pm #
    I just didn’t know where to ask it…

    Have you tried the Lindt Special Edition tuffles?  They are “Milk Chocolate with a smooth melting white filling,” also known as delicious, in my opinion.  I was wondering how you felt about these or perhaps “smooth melting white filling” in general. Have you tried these?  I got them at Ross Dress for Less but also saw them at Cost Plus for full price ($7.00). I would send you some but I reallly can’t spare any.

    Comment by Jess on 12/04/07 at 5:08 pm #
  4. I haven’t had the Lindt Truffles, but the “smooth, melting, white filling” sounds like it could be lard.

    Comment by Karen on 12/05/07 at 11:17 am #
  5. Finally!  Robin’s Eggs I don’t have to wait until Easter for.  Oh, please tell me that you’ve seen it at Ralphs or other locations in Los Angeles and not only in Glendale.  I have got to try these.

    Comment by S. on 12/17/07 at 9:11 pm #
  6. Yes, you my dear need Maltesers. I’ve been on a Maltesers kick lately myself and bought like, 6 boxes of them, to put in the freezer, as they are best enjoyed frozen. I know you’ve reveiwed them before, but srsly, try them frozen! And then when they’ve been allowed to defrost a while, after that, the chocolate becomes much easier to nibble off (I’ve perfected my texhnique and can now be happily left with a perfect sphere of malty goodness which dissolves lovelily in my mouth) YAY.

    Comment by Nivaya on 1/29/08 at 2:48 pm #
  7. For those promoting Maltesers over Whoppers, look at the label. Hydrogenated vegetable fat. Yuck.

    Comment by Joe on 5/26/08 at 10:25 am #
  8. Who cares if there’s penguins with polar bears?  When have we ever demanded accuracy from packaging and branding?  You do realize that tigers don’t walk around going “Theeeeey’re great!” right?  And that bunny’s don’t cluck like chickens and lay fondant filled creme eggs?

    Comment by Kelly on 6/18/08 at 10:00 am #
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