I glanced at this candy several times before I finally decided to pick it up. My curiosity finally got the best of me as I wanted to know which candy company made this candy. I'd never seen or heard of it before. I was a bit surprised to discover that the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) makes this candy. I never would have guessed that. I couldn't see how this was similar to any other candy they made. I think everyone is familiar with their Sweethearts conversation hearts. Most people are familiar with their NECCO wafers I'm guessing, but their malted milk balls?
The packaging is a little sparse and they've used 5 different fonts on fewer than 10 words, but the little window where you can see the candy is pure genius. If this package didn't have that, I would never have purchased it. My opinion on speckled, shiny or sparkly candy is that all humans are drawn to it. In the end, the speckles really won me over on this candy. I really liked how they looked, such great colors for Easter including blue, yellow, pink and white. All of the colors taste the same, so it's merely cosmetic...but it's beautiful.
I wasn't impressed with this candy at first. However, I had just purchased a small bag of Jelly Belly brand malted milk balls, which are fantastic (and also $10/pound), so the comparison wasn't really fair. Jelly Belly has a great formula with a hard candy shell, then a layer of chocolate followed by the malted milk center. I'm in love with that combination. This candy on the other hand is some kind of vanilla-ish tasting almond bark, that is extremely sweet covering a malted milk center. I was not impressed. However, I did figure out that I was eating these wrong. I kept them around the house for a few days, which is odd, as I usually toss out candy right after we've reviewed it. Since it was sitting there, I decided to give this candy another try. Instead of trying to melt it and enjoy the malted milk center slowly, which is what I had done with the Jelly Belly version, I took one of these and chomped it down like a Whoppers malted milk ball. This led me to the conclusion that these were okay tasting, which was a huge upgrade from "hated them", but they are still not even comparable to the Jelly Belly ones (I reviewed them as part of the Jelly Belly Easter Mix here) and nowhere close to the amazing taste of the Madelaine Chocolate Company Malt Eggs. This candy was much cheaper than my other two favorites, so it's perfect for kids and Easter baskets. since it isn't chocolate so it's not going to melt on hands and clothing, if the Easter weather is warm enough to melt chocolate. As a parent, that's something I can appreciate, but I'd probably just give this candy to the kids and I'd save the good stuff for myself.
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 6 pieces = 1 serving = 190 calories, 0g fat, 26g sugars
Price: $2.68 purchased at Wal Mart
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