By Rebecca Moore
Earlier this week I tried the now infamous Carrot Cake Kisses, Hershey’s newest instalment of holiday candy.
Honestly, it was not truly terrible. Was it great? No. But the cream cheese center has potential for being good in perhaps a red velvet or cinnamon flavored Kiss. So there's that.
Hershey’s Kisses aren’t the only ones to create new spring flavors that are far from being edible. Everyone does something to their candy to make it more presentable for the basket left by the Easter Bunny on an early Sunday morning. But who really suffers from this? The kids. You and I can go out and buy all the Lindt bunnies our stomach can handle, but those tiny people are going to get whatever random thing mom and dad grabbed during that last minute grocery store run.
I sat down with two experts-- my 8 and 10 year old cousins, Hannah and Lauren-- and got their opinion on the matter. They were each given a bowl of candy and asked to give their opinion on each one.
Below are the three worst. So whether you were going shopping for yourself, or buying something for your offspring, steer clear of the following.
1) Twix Eggs:
Hannah: “I like it a medium amount. The beginning taste is good the aftertaste is not so good.”
Lauren: “It's a little too sweet for my liking. And it makes my teeth hurt.”
Clearly if a 10 year old says it’s too sweet, maybe you should lower your sugar content. I will say this, their egg did at least look like an easter egg, as opposed to an indistinguishable blob. (Ahem, Reese's.) But the cookie is very hard. Losing a tooth should not accompany eating candy.
2. Cadbury Creme Egg Cookie:
Hannah: *Wrinkled nose* “I don't like it that much.” (It should be noted that she didn’t eat the whole cookie. Yes, a child willingly stopped eating sweets.)
Lauren: “Is there peanut butter in this? The cream was fine, but not sensational and the chocolate was dry.”
I’ve long held that the Cream Egg is by far the worst easter tradition, and this Limited Edition batch of near flavorless cookies topped with the horrendous goo and then coated with a wax masquerading as chocolate did nothing to dissuade me from my dislike of this holiday “treat.”
3. Russell Stover Carrot Cake Egg:
Hannah: “I'll probably not like this. Yep, I don't like it.” (As like the previous cookie, she didn’t finish this.)
Lauren: “I actually like it. Is this pumpkin? I think the carrot cake is unique.”
Obviously the jury is out on this last one, but if I was to be the deciding vote, it would easily win for worst of all the candy we tried. It definitely has that “spice” flavor that could make it mistaken for a pumpkin spice egg (oh please, don’t make carrot cake the new pumpkin spice), so I see where Lauren was coming from. Basically, what I was imagining the worst taste scenario for the Kisses ended up still happening, but instead it showed up biting into this monstrosity.
This holiday season, for the sake of your children and loved ones, avoid these candies. In fact, avoid any weird looking items down the Easter aisle. Just grab the Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans, some spring colored M&M’s, and head out. Your kids will love you way more, and the left overs will be much tastier for you.