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Peeps – Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

Posted in Confectionaries

Want to know a fun fact? Everyday I review something, I try the food that day. I don’t sit at home and have magical feasts of junk food to write about later. I must say though, I had a huge dinner of tacos and garlic bread (don’t judge me) and eating something afterwards was a little rough. I currently don’t think I will be able to move from my current spot for a while. My everything hurts… someone get me a wheelchair.

I am pretty sure that these Peeps Marshmallow Gingerbread Men are not new, but I don’t recall ever tasting them despite my undying love for Peeps. I decided to pick these up not only because they are Peeps but GINGERBREAD! YEAH! Gingerbread is the new pumpkin guys (maybe)!

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Let’s not pretend that we don’t all first notice the sad state that is their faces and other features made of icing right now. Protip: Don’t put a picture of what your product should look like if infact, does not look anything like it at all. Something must have been really amusing to the left as most of them are looking and smiling in that general direction. Come on, a first grader could have piped these better. When I opened the packaging I was immediately hit with the smell of brown sugar – what? I kept smelling and finally picked up a hint of ginger. Despite the pungent aroma, the gingerbread taste to these is rather underwhelming. They are good, but the gingerbread flavoring is not in your face by any means. I do however think that these would be delicious lightly toasted and sandwiched between a graham cracker and a small hunk of white chocolate.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal Peep. Light fluffy inside and pseudo crunchy exterior from the sugar coating on the outside. The icing features do not add anything to the textural experience.

Smell: 3/5 – The smell of these were a little deceiving. I don’t really know where the brown sugar smell comes into play, but it smells good. Another smell that Yankee could make into a candle and I would buy, thats for sure. Dear Yankee, if you do end up using these ideas, please cut me a royalty check.

Appearance: 2/5 – I like that Peeps went with a gingerbread man shape vs the standard Peep shape like they did for the Sugar Cookie version. However, those icing features? Someone needs some practice for next year.

Taste: 3/5 – Despite the subtle gingerbread flavoring to these Peeps, they are good. My guess is that they did not want to make the flavor overbearing because they want you to eat the entire tray – I’m on to you Peeps. I think these would be delicious as s’mores, as I said before, and the casual indifferent gingerbread lover will like these. Diehards? Stick to the real thing.

November 18, 2012
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Smarties Candy Canes

Posted in Candy

Candy canes have to be probably one of my favorite Christmas candies out there. However, I will usually only buy them after Christmas when they go on super-clearance for 30 cents a box. Then I turn into a complete hoarder. I absolutely love mint flavored things. I enjoy honing a candy cane into a sharp spear that I envision poking someone with – but usually just end up poking myself. I also enjoy candy canes when they become somewhat stale and chewy.

This year however, the snack food fairy left these with the Sugar Cookie Peeps and Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers. I really like Smarties (the American version). I have also been known to enjoy the tropical flavored Tums and Necco wafers on occasion, so this should come as a surprise to no one. In 2006 I went to Canada and got a McFlurry for my friend at McDonald’s. Wait, reverse. I did not go to Canada just to get my friend a McFlurry – I was there on a 2 week vacation. He asked me to get him a Smarties McFlurry. I watched as they made it and was confused when they dumped chocolate chunks into the soft serve ice cream. Where was the chalky candy I was used to? After confronting the McDonald’s staff – and making myself look like a huge ass, I found out that there is a chocolate candy indeed named Smarties. CONFUSING. But this is not the case with these candy canes – Smarties plus candy cane? Could be good.

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I was curious how these would capture the flavor of Smarties as they each have their own individual flavor. None of them are overpowering by any means, but there is a distinct taste between all of them. The white ones are my favorite. I practically shoved the candy cane up my nose attempting to smell these – but alas, I was left without any clues as to what I would be sampling. I took a small bite and was greeted with a cherry? fruit punch? something? flavor. I wasn’t sure if the candy cane was going to have a dynamic flavor throughout to compliment the different flavors in the button sized rolled candy. I took a few more bites and decided that these candy canes taste like a cherry Sucrets, talk about a disappointment. I managed to convince myself to eat half of the candy cane before ditching it in the trashcan because I couldn’t tolerate the flavor any longer. Luckily I had some real Smarties in my stash to pacify my woes.

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Texture: 4/5 – Has the normal texture of a candy cane. No gritty, chalky, sandy texture to be found.

Smell: 0/5 – Completely non-existent.

Appearance: 5/5 – The colors sort of matched the colors of a roll of Smarties. I would say the choices were visually appealing and I kind of want to invent spring time candy canes so that I can look at these. I guess I could just hold onto them until April and then I would have springtime candy canes.

Taste: 1/5 – These were not good. Sometimes my brain tried to trick me into thinking they were fruit punch, but really, they were just a cough drop in a candy cane shape. Reserve these as Christmas tree decorations.

November 8, 2012
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