Sifers Valomilk

January 22, 2008

The Valomilk is one of those regional candies that most people don’t have access to. So I was surprised to see it in the checkout line of my local “Mom and Pop” grocery store. I scooped it up, went home, and gleefully showed it to my mom. After making fun of my excitement, she proceeded to tell me that Valomilks had been sold there for a while.

Well, now I’ll do a better job of keeping my eyes open.

The Valomilk is made by the Russell Sifers Candy Company, which is located in Kansas. I remember seeing it featured on the Food Network, and someone said something along the lines of “you know it’s a Valomilk when it runs down your chin.” That doesn’t sound very appetizing, does it?

Luckily, my chin remained clean, but it is a rather messy candy. The chocolate tends to break away, leaving the marshmallow filling free to run out. It was freezing (okay, 50 degrees, but that’s freezing to me) when I had it, so the marshmallow remained pretty solid and didn’t run very far.

So we’ve established that the marshmallow innards are sticky and flowing. It’s also sweet and surprisingly smooth on the tongue. It’s missing the strong vanilla component I was expecting – it just tastes like marshmallow. The chocolate is slightly chalky and reminiscent of the chocolate Easter bunnies I had as a child. (Yes, I realize that is oddly specific.) It has a strong flavor that goes very well with the filling.I really like the old-fashioned wrapper. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s very appealing to kids. That’s a shame because I think kids would have a lot of fun with this product.

Overall, it’s good though not great. But I’d certainly have it again, partly for the fun of it.

Ingredient Watch: Clear.

Nutrition Breakdown: Serving size is one package. Each serving contains 280 calories, 13g of fat, 26g of sugar, and 2g of protein.

Rating: 7/10 (an extra point for being a classic)

Name: Valomilk
Brand: Sifers
Store: local grocery
Price: $0.69