Peeps // Red Velvet // Limited Edition

Well well well…

Hey friends! Who’s ready for some tasty holiday reviews? I have been on a rather long hiatus – actually I have no idea how I’ve managed to go nearly a year without posting – where does the time go? Oh yeah – work.

So with the onset of the holidays – which I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are into that sort of thing – we get an array of delicious holiday flavored… things! I feel like as a child, Peeps were originally just an Easter food, but it seems that there is now a Peep for every holiday, which I’m totally okay with because I love these tasty little marshmallow dollops.

Red velvet is something I’ve personally never really been into. Don’t get me wrong, I like the flavor, but I feel like most red velvet cakes that I have eaten have been way too dry, not to mention that its pretty customary for them to have cream cheese frosting, while tasty, doesn’t usually agree with my lactose intolerant old lady body. What is red velvet anyways?

a rich cocoa-flavored cake with a distinctive reddish color, typically prepared as a layer cake with buttercream or cream cheese icing.

Wow thanks internet! So, red… chocolate. Got it.

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First bite was okay. They tasted like cocoa to me – which is pretty much what I was expecting. I think what I found the most disappointing was the fact that they were dipped in cream flavored fudge, which tasted nothing like cream cheese or buttercream frosting. I think that had the fudge been flavored more, that it would have really sold this flavor for me, but honestly I was pretty underwhelmed. White fudge in general to me tastes kind of generic and cheap, and I feel like even a slight addition of butter flavor to the fudge would have changed the flavor profile to more align with that of Red Velvet and not a tuxedo hot chocolate.

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Texture: 4/5 – In general, I love the texture of Peeps. I think the sanding sugar on the outside mixed with the fluffy mallow on the inside makes for the best combination of just a little crunchy. If you like sand in your food. Which apparently I do.

Smell: 3.5/5 – These smell of cocoa when you open the package, but something about it seems slightly off. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just doesn’t smell overly appealing.

Appearance: 5/5 – I think out of all of the holiday Peeps (bird version) that these are the prettiest. The deep red sanding sugar makes me think of velvet and I like how they are slightly mixed into the white fudge dip at the bottom.

Taste: 3/5 - These were okay. The cocoa flavor is there, but not overly present, and when you take a bite with the cream flavored fudge on the bottom, its completely lost. As I said previous, I think that had the fudge been more cream cheese flavor, that it would have paired with the cocoa flavoring better versus completely steamrolling over it. I don’t foresee myself buying these again.

Purchased at Target

If you want to see what other Peep reviews I have done – check them out here!

Peeps – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanilla Creme

Well I hope that everyone had a fantastic Easter and didn’t get pranked too bad yesterday on April Fools Day. I myself scored major on the candy front for Easter, and my prank didn’t happen until today when my boss decided to tell me that one of the employees from corporate wanted to sit down with me tomorrow and give me a talking to about a question that I asked. I am pretty new to my job (I started in mid-December) so when she told me that, I instantly started to panic, luckily she didn’t let me freak out too long before letting me know that she was joking. No harm no foul. Speaking of… fowl… NICE SEGUE (that looks like it is spelled all kinds of wrong)

Peeps have turned 60! Good grief, who knew? I imagine not much has changed since the original incarnation of the Peep, but I must say, they are looking FABULOUS for their anniversary party.

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A while back when I reviewed Katy’s Kettle Chips I complained that they were lacking pizzazz because there were clearly sparkles on the outside of the bag. Well I guess Peeps heard my gripe and turned up the disco dust on these guys. The confetti sprinkles almost look too good to eat. Almost. The vanilla creme part drew me in because I felt like I could think of what a Peep tasted like, but I couldn’t completely remember, so vanilla seemed kind of fancy to me.

I took one bite and was met with the familiar taste of a normal Peep. I thought maybe that it was just my mind fooling me so I of course had to eat the other 2, and sure enough – same ole Peeps but fancy pants outside.

I was reading on the Peep wiki that there is a Peep Off where people buy tons of discounted Peeps after Easter and compete in a competition to see how many can be eaten in a 30 minute period. This originally started in Maryland, but I was surprised to see that my current hometown of Sacramento has its own competition and its current record holder has consumed 102 in one sitting. (that is over 2,800 calories/700 grams of sugar worth of peeps) Honestly, eating all three was pushing it, not to mention that Peeps always make my teeth feel like they have sweaters on afterwards.

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Texture : 4/5 – Personally, I prefer my Peeps a bit on the stale side, but there is something about a delicious fresh spongy fluffy as a cloud Peep. The outside still had its sugar coating giving it the slight crunch and the rainbow dust did not change the texture at all.

Smell : 5/5 – These smelled rather vanilla-y right out of the package. Yum!

Appearance : 6/5 – Yes, I am giving these a 6/5 because I love the way these look. Candy should be fun and colorful and I wish more companies remembered that.

Taste : 3/5 – Don’t get me wrong, these were delicious, but I was really missing the distinct vanilla flavored boasted on the outside of the packaging. To me these tasted just like a normal Peep. I also think that they could have taken a risk and done an interesting flavor instead of choosing a fool proof flavor like vanilla for their 60th anniversary celebratory Peep.

Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Peppermint Mallow

Evening snack food lovers! Has anyone ever used an entire bag of marshmallows before (with the exception of making Rice Crispy Treats)? There are only so many uses for marshmallows before the bag goes a bit stale and its time to toss it out. But apparently, nobody told this to Kraft. This bag of peppermint marshmallows could double as a pillow for a child. IT’S HUGE. A delicious minty smelling plastic covered pillow.

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The actual size of the mallows themselves are no joke. Check out that picture! I can only fit 5 total in my hand. And honestly, its 4 more than I would want to eat in one sitting. I really love marshmallows, but there is something about them that only allows me to eat a couple before I feel absolutely gross. They also make my teeth feel like they have sweaters on them.

One of these marshmallows would be sufficient in a cup of hot chocolate, which to me, kind of takes the fun out of the whole thing. Aside from the fact that these were hit with some sort of Willy Wonka-esque size contorting contraption, the flavor is okay. The peppermint flavoring is really subtle, making the marshmallow taste cold vs. having actual mint flavoring to it. I liked them, but again, I could only eat 2 MAX in one sitting (or standing I guess)

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Texture: 4/5 - These have the texture of any other marshmallow you have ever tried (with the exception of Peeps, those are a little different). They are somewhat dense but still spongy.
Smell: 5/5 – These are rather fragrant despite their lack of real peppermint punch in the taste department.
Appearance: 2.5/5 – I’m not too sure what they were trying to go for with the appearance of these. I guess it was supposed to be some sort of candy cane swirl type deal? Ehhhhh… not so much guys.
Taste: 3.5/5 – These mallows are okay. They would be best served along side some hot chocolate, but for a peppermint treat? I would pass. The bag suggests toasting them and putting them between two sugar cookies or dipping them in candy chocolate, both of these sound rather good, but also sound like way too much work. Next year I really hope they hit these slightly with the shrink ray so that I can plop a huge handful into my mug instead of one lonely island.

Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows – Pumpkin Spice

Hello friends! First I must apologize for my unannounced absence yesterday. I drove home super early from my moms house and went immediately to a photoshoot. By the time I got home, uploaded the pictures to my computer, started resizing and post processing I was beat. I laid down for what felt like just a minute but I was out cold. SO! To make up for leaving you guys hangin’ I have two reviews for you tonight!

I bet you thought since Halloween and Thanksgiving were over, that would be the last of pumpkin spice _________. WRONG. I spotted these Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows at Walmart and decided to give them a go.

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Kraft has really tried to up the ante on their marshmallow game with the introduction of flavors like German chocolate cake, coconut, mint chocolate, etc. I can’t say that all of these incarnations have been successful, but I commend Kraft for trying something different. I am a lover of most things pumpkin spice, so I was excited to try these out. When I opened the bag I was greeted with the overly sweet marshmallow smell mixed with a slight tinge of nutmeg and cinnamon. To get festive, they made them into tiny pumpkin shapes, which kind of looked a little wonky. I popped a few in my mouth and was slightly underwhelmed by the lack of bold pumpkin spice flavoring. The taste of the mallow really watered down the festive spices.

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Texture: 3/5 – These had the expected sponginess of a normal marshmallow.

Smell: 3/5 – These smell mildly festive, but for the most part it’s just the powdered sugar punching though.

Appearance: 3/5 – I appreciate what Kraft was trying to do with the pumpkin shape, but I feel like the normal cylinder shape would have sufficed, these pumpkins are a little sad looking.

Taste: 3/5 – Of the pumpkin spice flavored things I have tried, these would rank in the B category. They are good, but they are not overly exciting. The pumpkin spices are not nearly as prevalent as one would expect. I am also curious what their purpose is outside of being a snack. Could you toast these? That might be weird.

Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa

Evening friends! Hope you all enjoyed my holiday pie from McDonald’s earlier. I’m tellin’ you – they do everything they can to make them the least appealing as possible – but it was delicious. Yesterday while at Walmart I picked up a bag of the Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa flavor. While walking around I was contemplating how this would taste any different than some of the elements of the Turtle Chex Mix and the Dark Chocolate Chex Mix. I am not overly sure where everyone is getting the idea to release Cocoa flavored items – isn’t that just fancy pants chocolate?

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Over on The Impulsive Buy, I griped that companies are making limited edition bags of snacks in THE BIGGEST BAG EVER. This can be a double edge sword. On one hand – if the snack really sucks, you’re not only stuck with the remainder, but most likely enough to feed a small army. On the other hand – if it is really good, then you have more to eat while reviewing your life choices as you consume the entire bag wondering where it all went wrong. I kid. This bag is no exception. I can only assume that they figured that people would be putting this out at a party and would like to have a sizable amount for their guests.

When I opened the bag, I was greeted with the scent of pure chocolate. After inspecting its contents I poured myself a small bowl to examine more closely. This mix is made up of cinnamon roll shaped grahams, chocolate powder covered Chex and pretzels, white chocolate Chex, and “marshmallows”. I am not really following the cinnamon roll element in this mix, but they are good. The chocolate coated Chex and pretzels were OK, I really wish they would have baked the chocolate into the Chex or coated it with real chocolate instead of some weird cocoa powder. After reviewing the ingredients, I found that the white chocolate Chex actually have a yogurt flavor coating, it tastes like white chocolate to me. I honestly felt like they were the best part of the mix. The marshmallows were like the ones you find in breakfast cereals, and there were TONS of them – literally it looked like you mixed your Chex Mix with a bag of those tiny styrofoam beads. They are crunchy and delicious and sink the to the bottom of the mix so you can eat them all at the end. Saves me the trouble of eating around all of them to save them for last.

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Texture: 3/5 – I know that this is made up of all grains and flour, and what not, but this mix is SO DRY. Pretty much all Chex Mix are, but good grief, my jaw was getting tired from chewing. Treat yourself to a beverage while eating this, you’ll need it.

Smell: 4/5 – The chocolate smell was very apparent when opening the bag – but it did not smell like a cup of hot cocoa.

Appearance: 2/5 – The brown powered chocolate all over the place made it look like it was more like Limited Edition Chex Mix – Dirt, than anything else.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall, this mix is pretty tasty, but its nothing to write home about. If I had to choose one of the Limited Edition Chex Mix flavors for my holiday party, I can’t say I would go to this one as my first choice. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t buy it again – as I can get the Dark Chocolate version and be just as satisfied  (and I get little red chocolates in it!)

Holiday Peeps – Sugar Cookie

What up peeps? See what I did there? Is anyone not loving the time change? It’s got me all kinds of thrown off. I woke up this morning in a panic thinking I overslept because of how light it was outside and I fell asleep face down on my bed watching tv after work at 6:30 pm because it was pitch black outside, what in the world. Here’s hoping things equalize soon.

So with yesterday’s snack food fairy delivery I was gifted one of my favorite sugary treats, Peeps! It’s no secret that Peeps have joined the ranks of other holiday treats by producing orange pumpkins, strawberry hearts, and peppermint trees, but in my years of fandom I’ve never spotted sugar cookie. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Sugar cookies are the epitome of holiday flavors for me. My grandmothers sugar cookie recipe is to die for and I know once the first batch is made that the season is upon us. They were always so neatly decorated with corresponding sanding sugars to match the cookie cutter shape, and I was envious of anyone with that amount of dedication. A few years ago I decided to make a batch and it quickly devolved into simple round cookies with multicolored sugars and one giant Santa vampire. I have no idea where that idea came from, my guess is that I probably got a little wild with the sprinkles while attempting to make a mouth and it all went downhill from there. He was delicious. I’ll see if I can find the picture I took of him pre-consumption.

Onto the Peeps. Maybe they should have been called doves for Christmas? I don’t know, Peeps scream Easter to me. I like that they chose to veer away from the mistake that McDonald’s made with their disco mold Holiday Pie and keep it simple with a light tan color. Then someone got the bright idea to dip them in chocolate. Now I’m of the school of thought that more is more. In most cases. I really wish they would have had a little conversation amongst themselves and took a poll around the office asking who’s grandma dips sugar cookies in chocolate. That’s right – no one. But for some reason felt their faintly almond/marzipan flavored confectionary couldn’t stand alone without the aid of a chocolatey companion. Honestly, that’s what killed these for me. The mallow is light and delicious, much like a fresh baked sugar cookie, then the chocolate comes stumbling in like your drunk uncle mumbling about who knows what and everyone accepts it but is equally confused.

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Texture: 3/5 – I like fresh out of the package Peeps. They are light and fluffy and trick you into eating one too many. I love stale Peeps even more. Though with the chocolate coating on the bottom I don’t foresee them lasting much longer because I feel like it would get all weird. The hard chocolate matched with the fluffy mallow makes for a weird texture combo in my opinion.

Smell: 5/5 – Upon first smell after directly opening the package it was sugary almond extract heaven. Mmm mmm.

Appearance: 4/5 – Peeps pulled a no frills punch with these and I think it works for them. At least with the other holiday treats that I have tried, you can’t confuse these by appearance with a classic flavor.

Taste: 5/5 & 3/5 – I give a 5/5 to the mallowy portion of the Peep. It’s taste is a perfect combo of the flavor of a sugar cookie, marshmallow, and a lightly dusted sugar on the outside for that signature slight crunch. I give the Peep and chocolate combined a 3/5. I really fail to see where the chocolate is needed. I would annihilate a package of these if they were sans chocolate but in their current form, they make a great stocking stuffer.

3 Musketeers – Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows

Good evening everyone! Did you all remember to set your clocks back (if you’re in an area that does this antiquated tradition)? Despite the “extra” hour of sleep, I for one am beat and could doze off right now. It doesn’t help that its not even 6pm yet an darker than dark outside.

When I was a kid, my favorite candy was a tie between 3 Musketeers and 100 Grand. I can no longer stomach the thought of eating a 100 Grand due to overkill but every now and then when the mood strikes me, I’ll go for a 3 Musketeers. I especially liked the mint flavor that they came out with and sadly the coconut flavor was a bit of a let down. There is only so much you can do with a flavor pallet of chocolate and nougat, but I appreciate that they are trying to stay in the snack food game by introducing new flavors.

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Holiday candy is all over the place in various stores. It was like Halloween had never happened. I was a bit surprised to see these when the snack fairy brought them home, because isn’t the flavoring of a 3 Musketeers kind of like a hot chocolate already? I had to give them a try regardless.

I had to eat a couple to form a decent opinion, honestly if you told me that these were regular 3 Musketeers minis in holiday wrappers, I’d believe you. There is nothing that really sets these apart from its predecessor. The only difference I could taste was a slight change in the flavor of the chocolate. It tasted a bit like they mixed the powder from a package of Swiss Miss into the chocolate when they made it, pat themselves on the back for coming up with a new flavor, and called it a day.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chocolate on these seemed a little more gooey than a regular 3 Musketeers. Not good for stealth chocolate eats.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these candies is of a delicious chocolate treat.

Appearance: 4/5 – They look nice. Nice enough to eat. I got nothin’.

Taste: 2/5 – This rating is based solely on how they execute the hot cocoa and marshmallow flavor. I think it falls rather short. They are good but nothing spectacular. Put them in your candy dish at work.