Sunday, March 28, 2010
Cheap Easter Chocolates
Palmer I'm sure. They make a lot of different molded chocolates and sell them very cheaply for almost any major holiday you can imagine in the USA. I picked up this "Hear My Prayer" double crisp treat. There is cocoa in this, far down on the list of ingredients, so I can review it. It comes in a plastic and paper package that lets you write "To" and "From" on the back and unfolds to a little prayer or good wish for the receiver. Eating the entire hands equals 220 calories, 11g saturated fat, 70mg sodium, <1g fiber, 24g sugars, 1g protein, with 2% calcium and iron. Honestly this isn't healthy so it better taste great to make it worth your time even at only a dollar.
The praying palms are 3.75 inches long and 2.5 inches at it's widest. They have no scent which I find incredibly scary. On the back you can see the dimples of the crisp rice inside. The hands have some details, likes for veins and wrinkles for the knuckles so some effort went into what it looks like. The lack of scent still concerns me. With a sigh I take a bite just for you all, Sisters and Brothers. Waxy and sugar hits my tongue and fills my mouth. YUCK! There really is not other way to review this. I don't care how tight your finances are this is worse for your child, loved one or self than giving them nothing for Easter.
The cross is 5.25 inches long and with the cross beam of just over 3.5 inches. It has a wood grain design on it and a gathering of flower at the cross point of the beams. This also has no scent and with the horrid memory of the last candy in my mouth I gird myself to try this out for you, Sisters and Brothers. This is just as sweet as the previous but not as waxy. It is slightly better than the Palmer but honestly I strongly urge you to spend a dollar or two more and get something else.
The Milk Chocolate Acolyte has this to report about a chocolate bunny I bought him at this same store on the same day. This is his first written report so he'd gotten a bit wordy in his enthusiasm.
The Frankford Company is perhaps best known for making some of the candy related to the “Harry Potter” films (no relation to Beatrix, obviously). They make a variety of other candies based on characters from books, movies and television, as well as various Valentine’s Day and Easter chocolates. I was a bit optimistic about this product after seeing the attractive box it came in and noticing that it was officially licensed rather than used without permission, but seeing some of the other Easter products the company produces is slightly lowering my expectations.
The chocolate melts only slightly in my fingers as I hold it up and smell it, and although my sense of smell is not as acute as the Chocolate Priestess’s, I detect only a slight aroma of milk chocolate when I bring it near my nose. The list of ingredients on the label is fairly short: sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, milk, soya lecithin and PGPR (emulsifiers), vanilla and salt. Taking a bite from Flopsy’s ears with a solid snap, I let the chocolate melt in my mouth, and I can tell why sugar is the first ingredient, because this chocolate is very sweet. The Chocolate Priestess agrees with me that this is sweet and creamy milk chocolate, not artisan quality of course, but certainly superior to the other Easter products she has also been reviewing today. I quite enjoy it, though at 1.5 ounces (42.5 grams) there isn’t a lot of it, but then it wasn’t very expensive. I am a bit worried about the high saturated fat content of 7 g, which is 34% of the saturated fat I should have today if I eat the whole thing. It is, however, free of trans fats."
So at the end, of the three molded Easter candies I got for $1 at the Dollar Tree, only one was actually worth that money. Yes, you can save money for the holidays but please don't sacrifice taste and health to do so.
So I'm not accused of picking on other Christians, on Wednesday I'm going to try three products I found in my local Kroger for the Jewish Passover.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.