Monday, June 13, 2011

Dear Readers, Forgive My Ignorance

I'm trying to figure out how to write this post without totally offending a certain candy company while giving a left-handed compliment to another. There's no easy way around it. I'm just going to have to dive in and suffer the consequences.

There are some confections in the candy world that get mocked. Often, it's because they're made of "mockolate," or fake chocolate. These greasy, oily chocolates are often very inexpensive and holiday themed. I avoid these like the plague.

So when I recently received a large box full of samples from what I thought was the offending company, they sat around for longer than usual before I actually tried them. Then, one night, desperate for something sweet, I popped open a box of Palmer's Peanut Butter Crispy Yums.
I was shocked. They were tasty! They weren't at all the mouth-coating, flavorless chocolates I feared. I looked at the ingredients. Real milk chocolate. Real peanut butter. Real molasses. (And yes, admittedly, some partially hydrogenated bad stuff, too.) But the taste was there. The little pillows were filled with smooth peanut butter studded with little crispy bits. I was impressed. This company seemed to be taking a step in the right direction.
But then I looked at the logo. It didn't seem right. No, something was amiss. I did some Googling.
Holy cats.
After all these years, I've been confusing two candy companies. There's Palmer's Candies, out of Sioux City, Iowa, and R.M. Palmer out of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Oh my.
So, here it is, folks, my admission of guilt and my apologies for any negative "Palmer" references. Please tell me I'm not the only person in the candy universe who's made this mistake. On the bright side, there are two other types of candies waiting to be sampled. I hope they're as good as the Crispy Yums.


Carol said...

So which Palmer company is the yummy ones, and which ones the waxy ones? I avoid the Palmer chocolates and Zachary chocolates I see at Holiday time because I too have had them and found them waxy. Enlighten me oh Candy Obi Wan....

jMo said...

Two of the Dish taste testers and I thought all but the Chow was pretty bad, and I don't believe Palmer's chocolate has the best rep.
What can you do but say what you think.

Candy Yum Yum said...

@Carol, the R.M. Palmer is the one that has the bad rep. The "Palmer's Candies" is the one that was decent enough to eat in a pinch.
@jMo, I agree.

Bridget Delaney said...

You are not alone! I never knew there were TWO Palmer companies! That explains why things are confusing!