Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Taste Test #1: Russel Stover Chocolate Eggs

Happy Easter Sunday, for all of my readers who celebrate.  Today I am going to introduce a new series here on TLD, the Taste Test.  For Taste Test posts I will be trying new and oddly flavored foods so you don't have to.

In honor of the holiday, even though I don't celebrate myself, I thought I would put an Easter basket staple to the test-- the Russel Stover Chocolate Egg.  Many of us are familiar with traditional marshmallow or raspberry eggs; however, on a recent trip to Walgreens I found a selection of *new* flavors: pineapple, mango, key lime, and banana.  I've put these new tropically-themed flavors head to head with the more traditional marshmallow and raspberry eggs to see how they stack up.

Raspberry Whip Egg Covered in Dark Chocolate: The center's consistency is slightly lighter than the nougat in a Three Musketeers bar.  There is a strong, sweet berry flavor to the whipped filling, but if I didn't know this was a raspberry egg I would be hard-pressed to identify the type of berry this flavor represents.  The addition of berry seeds to the filling is also a bit jarring, particularly if you bite down on one at an add angle.

Mango Whip Egg Covered in Dark Chocolate: The mango egg was a profound disappointment because, well, it doesn't taste like mango. At.  All.  The filling has a fruity aftertaste, but I couldn't identify the fruit flavor as being even remotely tropical.  Given how prevalent mango flavoring is in candies in America these days, I am perplexed that Russel Stover could be so far off the mark with this one.

Banana Whip Egg Covered in Dark Chocolate: This egg was another disappointment.  Not only did the dark chocolate coating overpower the taste of  the filling, the filling wasn't even particularly banana-y.  If anything, this candy had a slightly metallic banana-inspired after taste only.

Pineapple Whip Egg Covered in Dark Chocolate: This egg's filling had a meringue-like texture and tasted more like lemon than pineapple.  The dark chocolate coating on the egg also overpowered the filling.  If you're filling a sweet with a novel flavor wouldn't it make sense to, y'know, highlight that flavor rather than mask it?

Key Lime Whip Egg Covered in Milk Chocolate: Of all the novel flavors I tried, this one was the best.  The whipped filling is sharper in flavor and is decidedly lime-like in taste.  Oddly, however, the filling had a minty aftertaste-- which isn't as unpleasant as it sounds.

Marshmallow Egg Covered in Milk Chocolate: I rounded out this taste test with the traditional marshmallow egg.  I hadn't had a marshmallow egg in a couple of years so I was happy to tuck into one for the purposes of this post.  For the uninitiated, the marshmallow inside the candy is tackier and sweeter than the marshmallows you can buy in the bag.  Paired with a milk chocolate coating, the marshmallow egg is quintessentially mild-mannered Easter candy.

What Easter candy are you looking forward to picking up half-price tomorrow?  Let me know on Twitter @thelexicondev .

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