I don’t know why or what it is about Easter Candy: the colors, the designs, the pleasing egg shapes, the promise of spring, but for some reason during this specific candy season I feel compelled to ignore my better instincts and try the grossest and oddest stuff I can get my hands on.
Last year I reviewed Brach’s Chicks and Rabbits, which are like the rejects of the circus peanuts. This year, my fancy was caught by these odd, large, brightly colored eggs. I mean, picking up the bag, it feels heavier than what it looks like it should be. Is this a good or bad sign? I could only shove my good judgment into my back pocket and throw the bag of these babies into my cart. I mean, come on, I’ve had some pretty strange things before. So how strange could these really be?
I have to admit, I’m a bit of a novice to a lot of the Easter Candy out there. My parents, or rather, the “Easter Bunny” preferred to give chocolate rabbits, dyed eggs and Jelly Bellys. So I was never given the pectin jelly beans that everyone goes mad over this time of year. I also never got any of the malted robins eggs, marshmallow Peeps (gasp! I know!) or the purely sugar-based confections like the Bunny Basket Eggs. I mean, I think it wasn’t until high school that I had my first Cadbury Creme Egg! Looking back on it, I’m wondering how hindered I was by this, considering how my love of candy has grown to epic proportions.
Opening the bag, I was immediately surprised by the smell. I was expecting these to smell sort of like vanilla frosting, since these looked marshmallowy to me and marshmallows I find have that sort of smell to them. These smelled… plastic-y somehow, yet sweet. I poured some out to try, and I was immediately attracted to the beautiful colorings on the eggs. If anything, they’re nice to look at. I then picked some up at random to smell (you can bet at this point my roommate was giving me odd looks from across the room). Some smelled lightly of vanilla, the orange had a slight orangy flavor, the blue smelled lightly of toothpaste, and the others had no aroma at all.
The feel of them is like a real egg: deceptively heavy and very hard on the outside. Hard squeezing with my fingers didn’t even produce a crack in the shell.
Here comes the big moment: the first taste! I was pleased by the texture and how my teeth cleaved through the shell and cracked off the top revealing the soft, fluffy insides. I was surprised to find there’s actually a shell on these buggers: I looked at the bitten-into candy in my hand (it was a blue one in case you were wondering) and saw a good, flavored grainy sugar shell surrounding the fluffy interior.
I was expecting something more like what panned candies offer with a slightly hardened outside to protect the interior. The flavor was strange: it tasted of that goopy pink medicine I remember getting as I child when I had strep throat. Oddly enough, I liked the flavor of that medicine but I’m slightly disturbed that I found a candy that tastes like actual prescribed medication, as opposed to cough syrup. And that I enjoyed it; I must be more screwed up than I thought!
I find myself paying so much more attention to the grainy sugar shell that I totally ignore the fluffy interior. Even when I take a bite trying to focus on the interior, I still find myself called away to the sugar shell. What kind of candy is this?
After finishing my recommended serving size of three pieces, I felt I needed to go brush my teeth.
All in all, I’m glad I tried them. It gave me some insight to what everyone was making such a fuss about. Considering the immense sugar hit these eggs deliver I could see how they’d be a welcome treat in the easter basket. That being said, I might buy these again if I felt I needed the sugar hit and I now understand more completely why my Easter Bunny left these out of my easter basket. Can you say “sugar high”?
Buy Brach’s online:
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