Rasinets are a candy that is completely lost to me. Thatâ€™s not to say I donâ€™t love chocolate-covered raisins, because I do, but rather that I donâ€™t like to spend my money on them. I get plenty as gifts, and for some reason my Jewish family always has them in bowls for the plucking when we gather for the holidays. I consume enough of them without having to pay for them.
So when I was a kid and all my friends bought Rasinets at the movies, I went for the Sour Patch Kids and never really ventured past that comfort candy. I can easily claim I have more fingers than the number of Rasinets I have eaten in my lifetime.
Flash-forward to this yearâ€™s All Candy Expo, and lo and behold Nestle is debuting a new product – Cranberry Raisinets. Well, my first thought is it would be far catchier and there’d be fewer syllables if they were called â€œCraisinets.â€ My second thought is that these might actually be worth trying.
Though I havenâ€™t eaten many Raisinets in my life, these certainly look like them. Each piece has a fresh aroma of milk chocolate, which, after checking the ingredients list on the back, is actually real chocolate (Nestle is infamous for mockolate).
The chocolate isnâ€™t overly sweet, and it blends well with the dried cranberry center. As opposed to the raisin counterparts, these have a surprising burst of tanginess indicative of cranberries. The texture is a little mushy, but the taste is great.
These are very simple, but thatâ€™s why I feel they succeed. Just milk chocolate over dried cranberries. The flavors work well, the product is made well, and youâ€™re not disappointed into hoping for more when in fact youâ€™re surprised by how good this seemingly average candy tastes.