Russell Stover’s Sugar Free Chocolate
Candy Solid Eggs
Pros: Delicious chocolate with no sugar
Cons: Not a low-fat or low-cal food
Easter time. What does that mean to me? Candy!
I love Easter-themed candy. Bunnies, duckies, eggs. Chocolate, marshmallow, caramel, jelly… you name it, I love it. As long as it’s sugar-free, that is. Why? Because I choose to incorporate very little sugar in my life. So I don’t eat “real” candies, cakes or cookies. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a piece of candy occasionally. Especially around this holiday.
Today’s review is for Russell Stover’s Sugar Free Chocolate Candy Solid Eggs. These are individually-wrapped egg-shaped milk chocolate candies. Small, each candy is a one- or two-bite treat. Or, in my case, a sucking candy that lasts for a couple of minutes before melting into chocolately goodness.
The outer bag is fairly tall, held closed at the top, with a gold clasp. There are approximately 24 eggs, each wrapped in blue, green, or pink foil. Six eggs are considered a serving, which contains 190 calories, 14g of fat, 45mg of sodium, 1g of fiber, 23g or carb, 3g of protein and of course, 0g of sugar (but 21g of sugar alcohol).
As you can see, in this case, sugar-free does not equate to “low cal” or “low fat”. No, this is not a “diet food”. It’s merely a chocolate snack for people who can’t (or simply don’t) eat sugar.
What is sugar alcohol? Despite its name, it is not sugar. It’s a group of artificial sweeteners whose names typically end in “ol”. In this case, it’s Maltitol. The body usually can’t digest these chemicals too well. So try them in small doses, only, until you find out how well your system tolerates them. Or, believe me, you can get quite a belly ache. I usually eat 3 or 4 of these eggs at a time, not even going for the full serving of 6.
Besides Maltitol, these eggs also contain Sucralose (which most people can tolerate).
But what really counts in a snack is the taste, right? After all, if I don’t like it, I won’t waste the calories on it. In this case, Russell Stover did pretty well. These solid milk chocolate eggs are quite tasty. Not overly sweet, and with no unpleasant aftertaste.
My only complaint is that this fairly tall bag of eggs contains only 6 oz. of chocolate. In fact, most of the bag’s length is completely empty. This wouldn’t be so bad except that this product is frequently displayed next to the same product in the “regular” version, i.e., the sugar-full one. That bag costs about the same as this one, is the same size, but contains 9 oz. of product instead of 6 oz. Now I’ve seen other cases where the regular version of a product is 16 oz. and the sugar-free version costs the same but is 14 oz. I suppose that the sugar-free version might cost more to make. But in this product’s case, we’re talking a one-third difference between the regular and sugar-free products, and that’s just ridiculous, in my humble opinion.
So, if you don’t eat sugar, you might want to give these eggs a chance. They’re really quite tasty. But be aware that you’re paying quite a bit more, per egg, than the regular version.