Friday, October 21, 2011

Zachary Thin Mints & Raspberry Thin Mints

Zachary Thin MintsSo I’ve tried the Zachary Thick Mints and the Zachary Mini Mints. Today I have the Zachary Thin Mints. This is probably where I should have started, as this is the standard set of ratios that all other peppermint fondant and chocolate candies should be judged against.

The Zachary line of candies are very well priced. They’re often sold at dollar stores and other discounters. I happened to find my set of both the mini mints and the Zachary Raspberry Thin Mints. They were on sale for 79 cents for a box that holds 3.5 ounces. That’s the same price as a regular York Peppermint Pattie. Kind of a crazy comparison.

The boxes are small and rather nicely designed. Spare but they provide the essential protection of the stuff inside and have a bunch of information on them that they’re obligated to carry like ingredients, and nutrition facts and include the notation that they’re made in the United States (which York Peppermint Patties can no longer say).

Zachary Thin Mints

Inside the Thin Mints are in a little tray. It has two sections, kind of misleading about the amount of candy, especially when compared to the similarly priced Haviland Thin Mints that have 5 ounces in a box and all natural ingredients.

There were 12 mints in my packages. Yes, the two sections are uneven. One holds 5 patties and the other 7 patties. I have no idea why it’s formatted that way.

Zachary Thin Mints

The Peppermint Thin Mints are rather ordinary. They’re small, about 1.25 inches in diameter, like little coins. My mint ones were in good condition with very few scuff marks.

The fondant is soft, almost chewy. It’s like a cross between the gooey center of a Junior Mint and the softer center of the Haviland. They’re not strong, just an all around inoffensive mint. The peppermint is clean and doesn’t really overpower the mild semi-sweet chocolate. It’s like eating a handful of baking chips. It’s not extraordinary chocolate, a little on the gritty side but real.

Zachary Thin Raspberry Mints

The second version is the Raspberry Thin Mints which I thought were going to be just raspberry flavored fondant. Nope, there’s mint in there, too.

These were horrid. The raspberry was fake and floral and tasted like the purple coloring. Then there was the slight tangy, jam flavor in there ... all capped off with a refreshing burst of mint. The chocolate coating was mercifully stronger here, perhaps picking up on the woodsy notes of the raspberry. It was just a terrible mix. I don’t think mint goes well with berries or even citrus (I know, Mojitos are a mystery to me).

They’re not for vegans - there’s milk and eggs in there. There’s no gluten statement on the package but no actual wheat ingredients - proceed with caution.

Related Candies

  1. Head to Head: Haviland Thin Mints vs. Maxfield’s Cream Sticks
  2. Haviland Dark Chocolate Covered Thin Mints
  3. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows
  4. Ritter Sport Peppermint
  5. Junior Mints Deluxe
  6. York Pinkermint Patties


Name: Thin Mints
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Zachary Confections
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $.79
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 124
Categories: Candy, Zachary, Chocolate, Fondant, Mints, 6-Tempting, United States, Rite Aid


Name: Raspberry Thin Mints
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Zachary Confections
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $.79
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 124
Categories: Candy, Zachary, Chocolate, Fondant, Mints, 3-Unappealing, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:25 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewZacharyChocolateFondantMints3-Unappealing6-TemptingUnited StatesRite Aid

Comments
  1. Ohmygosh York patties are no longer made in the USA? Might you happen to know where are they made then?

    Comment by E. B. L. on 11/02/11 at 2:19 am #
  2. E.B.L., they are made in Mexico now, I believe.

    Comment by Red Eye Blue on 11/06/11 at 5:33 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    ELB - No, Hershey’s moved about 18 months ago. Laid off all their workers and closed the factory in Pennsylvania. They also make Hershey’s Miniatures in Mexico now too. I did a comparison.

    I was sad to see that all of Brach’s Candy Corn & related candies are also made in Mexico as of this season. And they’re actually quite bad now.

    Comment by Cybele on 11/06/11 at 5:47 pm #

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