Every human being, I conjecture, has an area (or two, or a handful) of expertise – fields in which he shines, topics about which she possesses unparalleled knowledge. For me, these areas include ladies’ figure skating from 1994 through 2006, the television show Friends, and the makings of a perfect Easter basket. Free marshmallow Peeps to anyone who can guess which will be explored here.
As a Communications/Chocolate Studies double major (ah, if only…) and author of a highly regarded list detailing the essential Easter basket treats, I’ve seen my share. You can imagine, then, the way my world was rocked upon my recent discovery of a creation so delicious that it makes me regret every single holiday I have celebrated without it. This transcendent treat is See’s Candies Scotchmallow Egg and it is an Easter candy for which I (the Easter Bunny’s mistress herself) would abandon all other Easter candy.
See’s Candies is a California landmark famous for its old-fashioned quality and over 100 varieties of treats. Their Scotchmallow Eggs, like all of their candies, are made from the “choicest and finest grade raw ingredients from all over the world,” and I delight in the fact that I recognize and can pronounce every ingredient listed, namely sugar, cream, chocolate, honey, egg whites, butter, and vanilla. The 0.9oz eggs are larger than your average chocolate marshmallow egg and boast a layer of thick caramel atop a bed of marshmallow, encased in quality dark chocolate. Ridges in the chocolate give a nice, hefty texture and it smells of rich dark chocolate with a slight hint of marshmallow. Almost like a high-quality Mallo Cup.
My first bite reveals that the egg has a very appealing double-coat of the smooth, cool chocolate – nice because the top layer crumbles off a bit with each bite, while the bottom continues to hug the sweet insides. The marshmallow – stretchy, sweet but not cloying, resilient – then takes center stage for a chewy moment before receding to the enduring caramel. Soft – neither runny nor chewy – the buttery, slightly salty caramel lends just the right balance to the sweet marshmallow and rich chocolate.
In a feat of chocolateering, the Scotchmallow Egg manages to present itself in stages that let each component shine, ultimately leaving the flavor of chocolate lingering on my tongue, a little soft caramel on my right molar, and a smile spreading irrepressibly across my lips. It is a perfectly done Easter candy, completely obliterating my much-hailed list and rendering the likes of Cadbury Creme Eggs and hollow chocolate bunnies entirely unappealing. These. Are. So. Good.
Scotchmallow Eggs are sold in a box of 6 for $5.00 and – too good to be seasonally constrained – are also available both as individual chocolates and as a 1.8oz bar. See’s Candies has locations throughout the western United States, Hong Kong, Japan, and Mexico, and most products can be ordered online.
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