Pros: Awesome taste, authentic malt ball taste.
Cons: Highly addictive, potential choking hazard for younger kids.
Whoppers. A simply yet incredibly satisfying chocolate covered malt ball.
Some people might hear the word Whoppers and think of the burger that's served up at Burger King; if you are a chocolate addict you will almost instinctively think of the candy not the burger. The Whopper name is trademarked but it's used as a generic term most of the time for any type of malt ball, especially ones that are chocolate coated. For me, well, they are a crunchy chocolaty treat that I just can't resist. I'm not a big fan on the mini ones that came out a few years ago; that falls in line with the Scooby-Doo Vs. Scrappy-Doo mode of thinking. Just like Scooby, the original version is always the best.
Hershey's Whoppers Original Malted Milk Balls
sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, reduced protein whey, corn syrup, whey, corn syrup, malted milk, barley malt, cocoa, carob, sorbitan tristearate, soy lecithin, resinous glaze, natural and artificial flavors, tapioca dextrin, calcium carbonate, salt
You've never had a Whopper? Come on now, seriously, that's like saying that you've never had pizza or scoop of ice cream. Whoppers are one of the most popular choices for snacking amongst chocolate junkies and addicts because they are a portable treat that doesn't cause a mess. Sure, the chocolate coating can melt in your hands or if left in the front seat of your vehicle in the middle of summer but it's still one of the coolest ways to combine a rich malted taste with a thin but satisfying layer of milk chocolate. The newest member of the Whoppers family are the Strawberry Milkshake Malt Balls. I tried them just to see what they tasted like and wasn't really all that impressed. Yes, they taste great but generally I'm not someone that's into strawberry flavored things.
One oddity about Whoppers that I need to mention; every once in a while you will get one that lacks a center so it's basically a hard chocolate shell. What causes this? I asked a customer service rep at Hershey's once and they said several things could have happened. The center could have melted away or the chocolate coating could have not sealed on the edges. It's rare that this happens but it's always interesting to try and dissect it to see what the inside looks like. Don't worry, the rumors that it was eaten by spiders and the remaining stringy pieces are a web are completely false. If that were the case don't you think the public would know about it by now? Another "almost urban legend" about Whoppers is that the kid from the Life Cereal commercial choked and died on one of them. Honestly, that kid has died more times than Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers combined. It's not true but they can pose a choking hazard for younger kids so if you are serving these as snacks, make sure that those consuming them are able to bite into them and chew them.
You can get Whoppers in a lot of different sizes; the most popular right now are the smack sized ones that come in a nine ounce bag. They are great for snacking and handing out to trick-or-treaters but most of the time I hoard these for myself. The twelve ounce cartons are the ones that you see at the grocery store; Wal-Mart sells them for about $1.50 but occasionally you can catch them on sale for $1.00 a carton. The only downside to this is that once you open it up, its extremely hard to resist polishing off the whole thing.
Another popular size is the Movie Theater Pack; these are overpriced if you get them at the theaters [at almost three dollars a box] but you can get them at the grocery store or Wal-Mart for about a dollar. If yu are lucky enough to have a local candy store that still sells penny candy you might be able to find the half ounce 'sleeves' of Whoppers. These have six to eight malt balls in them and sell for anywhere from .10 cents to .25 cents depending on the store.
If you are wondering what the nutritional value is, well, it's candy so it isn't exactly the best thing to be snacking on. The breakdown is based on 18 pieces or roughly one half of pack; 180 calories, 31 grams of carbohydrates [26 grams of sugar] and 1 gram of protein. On a side note, this is a Kosher OUD product. What does that mean? The dairy ingredients in it are kosher and are certified as being so by one of the world's leaders in Kashrut certification. If you are interested in learning more about OU, please visit their official website at www.oukosher.org.
The Bottom Line
The next time you have a craving for something that is sweet but not too sweet, has a bit of chocolate to it and a whole lot of crunch, grab some Whoppers. They come in a variety of sizes and are great for parties, after school snacks or something to munch on when you are watching a movie. If want to want to experience dessert nirvana smash up some Whoppers and sprinkle them over ice cream. Your mouth and sweet tooth will thank you!
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