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Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Peppermint Mallow

Posted in Confectionaries

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.

December 6, 2012
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M&Ms – White Chocolate Peppermint

Posted in Candy

Well hello there, and a special hello to those of you who have found me via The Impulsive Buy! I’m not going to lie, I thought about skipping a review today because I am dead tired from going to a show in San Francisco last night, and not getting home until 2AM (it was a 2 hour drive each way for me) BUT – How could I do that to you lovely people?

I picked up these M&M’s at Target on Tuesday and decided to give them a whirl today. I did not however know that they are a Target exclusive. What is with all the retailers getting exclusive snack foods? In a sense its kind of cool, but at the same time its frustrating because it forces me to make extra trips to try and find things that I want to eat. The plain chocolate mint M&M’s used to be a staple at my house during Christmas when I was younger. My mom had this amazing purple and pink glass candy dish that I would never be able to lift the lid off of quietly to sneak some M&M’s, no matter how stealthy I tried to be.

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So first off, why do these have to be so massive? They are about the size of a peanut butter M&M, and honestly I find white chocolate a little rich for my taste. I love sugar, don’t get me wrong, I will eat it by the spoonful out of the jar plain, but there is something about white chocolate that tends to give me a tummy ache after about the first handful. The peppermint flavoring is not overbearing, and adds just the right amount of cool flavoring to the white chocolate. I honestly cant stomach more than a handful before rolling the bag up and putting it back in my desk drawer at work for later snackery. There is definitely something familiar about the flavor as a whole though and it took me a while to put my finger on it.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chunks of white chocolate coated in a crunchy candy shell make for a typical M&M experience. Because the interior has a glob of the white chocolate, I often find myself trying to bite off the crunchy exterior then eat the inside because I’m weird like that.

Smell: 4/5 – There is a definite balance of sweet and mint when opening the bag that gives you that nice gust of Christmas.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these guys. I see where they are going with the red and white, as a nod to the candy cane (and possibly Target), but a couple of green ones wouldn’t have hurt to take festive to a whole new level.

Taste: 3/5 – These M&Ms are good nor bad. For me they were pretty middle of the road. The white chocolate mint lover will enjoy these, but its nothing that I wish they would make year round. For those of you who don’t have a Target near by and are dying to try them – just eat some Smooth n’ Meltys! They taste exactly the same and the nonpareils will give you the same crunch as the exterior of the M&M and most likely for a fraction of the price.

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November 16, 2012
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Pepperidge Farms Milano Minis Candy Cane & Milano Slices Peppermint

Hello! Hello! Especially to those of you who have found me via Pinterest! Grab your favorite snack and take a look around. Today I received some intel that Target had two new flavors of Pepperidge Farms cookies in their seasonal section. I needed to pick up hair ties anyways, so it didn’t really take much to twist my arm and stop by today and pick these up. I was rather curious what the differences were going to be, if any at all, between these two cookies because they were practically the same. Light delicious cookie, chocolate, and mint together. I was also intrigued by the mini factor, as I have never seen anything like that before. (though a quick Google search turns up that they are available in regular chocolate flavor, and they also produced a limited edition dark chocolate covered version – sounds delicious!)

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I started with the slices first – I felt like I was re-entering familiar territory since I not so long ago reviewed the Milano Salted Pretzel Slices. Those, were kind of a disaster, but I had higher hopes for these because of the plethora of peppermint pieces crumbled on top. Small rant, what is with the chocolate Pepperidge Farm uses? It melts INSTANTANEOUSLY. They want you to be caught red handed eating cookies, because no matter if you hold the cookie for 0.0001 second or a minute, you will somehow manage to get chocolate on your fingers – even if you aren’t touching the chocolate part. It is a conspiracy.

I did not execute the same taste test as I did for the salted pretzel (chocolate side up and side down), I did however just pop the whole thing into my mouth like a chocolate starved woman. I was greeted with the familiar Milano cookie taste with a lovely undertone of peppermint. It was not overpowering at all. I would most likely compare the flavor to a mild thin mint. If a thin mint were a 10, these would be a 6 on intensity of chocolate mint flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – I was slightly concerned that due to the sheer volume of peppermint crunch sprinkled on top of these cookies that it would be too much, but it was just enough to add a nice texture element to the cookie.

Smell: 3/5 – When opening the bag, the only smell you can smell inside is that of chocolate, not peppermint at all.

Appearance: 3/5 – They aren’t the prettiest of cookies, but they get the job done. I also noticed that a lot of the peppermint topping fell off the cookies in my bag.

Taste: 4/5 – These are really delicious. The dark chocolate pared with the peppermint makes for perfect harmony on the light cookie. I could easily eat the whole bag and not feel like I just ate a box of candy canes. I would buy these again a heart beat.

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So you remember the mini rant (no pun intended due to reviewing mini cookies) about getting chocolate all over your hands when eating Milanos? Pepperidge Farm wanted to make sure that you get caught RED handed with these. I was extremely surprised to look inside of the bag and see how tiny these little guys are. I am not sure what I was expecting their size to be, but they were so little! I can’t really decide if they chose to use the red as a forced festive nod  or what they were going for here, but I can’t say its working for them. I ate a few of these to try and get the full effect. I would say that the mint flavoring tastes more like a toothpaste mint flavor than a candy mint flavor – if that makes sense to you. Its good, but you can tell its completely artificial. The aftertaste of these was not very appealing.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had the texture of the familiar cookie. Light crunchy exterior and smooth chocolate interior. Because the peppermint flavoring was added to the filling instead of chunks like the slices, there was no crunchy element to this cookie other than the cookie itself.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these is immediately chocolate and mint mixed together. They smell divine.

Appearance: 2/5 – Again with the soft smearable chocolate, the red portion did not hold up well in my bag, as when I opened it, it looked like a Milano murder scene inside.

Taste: 2/5 – I did not care for this version of the cookie. The chocolate and cookie portion were delicious, but the peppermint element was off. I also did not like the aftertaste that it left. I would not buy these again, or subject my guests at a holiday party to them, though they are cute.

November 7, 2012
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Indecision 2012 – Angie’s Artisan Treats

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

What’s good friends? I’m sure like most of you who are in the USA you have been glued to your TV watching the pending election results. I for one am not one to delve into politics much, but I find myself getting extremely anxious every 4 years with the announcement of the new president. I am not going to go on any sort of political rant, as this is not the place for it, but I will say that I will be happy when this is all over and done with. I am sick of seeing campaign stuff EVERYWHERE.

So tonight, in the spirit of the election, I thought I would present to you two fancy new holiday foods and you can decide which you like! I have never seen Angie’s Artisan Treats Holidrizzle Kettle Corn in stores before. I feel like she must have partnered up with Snoop Doggs camp to come up with that name. The two flavors that I have seen thus far are Which Chocolatier Peppermint and Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt. Popcorn and I have a love hate relationship. I love it and it hates me. Despite the impending upset stomach that is to follow later, I could not resist trying these as I love kettle corn, more than I love plain buttery popcorn.

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I decided to start with the White Chocolatier Peppermint flavor first. Upon first opening the bag, I only smelled a faint smell of peppermint. I was a bit disappointed that the bag is so large, yet is half air! I popped a handful in my mouth and gave it a whirl. I enjoyed the flavoring. The classic taste of kettle corn which is sweet with a hint of salt with the peppermint topping and drizzle of white chocolate were a nice pairing. I felt like they were a bit stingy with the white chocolate drizzle. So far most of what I have tasted from the bag I bought, I would say about 40% has white chocolate on it. Kind of a let down. While the flavor of this is good, and I didn’t realize that I was on a crazy train to attempting to eat the whole bag mindlessly, it does not hold a candle to the Peppermint Bark Chex Mix.

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Texture: 3/5 – I don’t know if it is the white chocolate or the weather in California but I found that the popcorn was a bit mushy. The peppermint crystals added a nice crunch to the mix.

Smell: 3/5 – The aroma of this treat is rather non-existent. What you can smell is rather inviting though.

Appearance: 3/5 – Because of the color of the popcorn, you can’t easily see the white chocolate on the pieces, which makes hunting for the really chocolate-y pieces a bit tough. I do like the addition of the red peppermint crunchies instead of mixing the mint flavor into the chocolate. It gives it a nice festive kick.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall the flavor is pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it kind of missed the mark. The mixture of sweet and salty is definitely present but nothing really took it to the next level.

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Next we have the Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt. I am an extreme fan of dark chocolate. I am the person that will dig out all the Special Dark Hershey’s minis that no one usually wants. A few years ago, I think maybe 4 years ago or so, my Mom and I were celebrating New Years Eve together. We decided to get a bar of dark chocolate to enjoy at midnight, and in our infinite wisdom, we chose a bar with the highest cacao percentage at the time. WHAT AN AWFUL MISTAKE. As we counted down the clock, we each snapped a little square off the chocolate and at midnight we gave each other a little peck and popped the chocolate in our mouths. It immediately turned into a mad dash for the trashcan because it was so bitter that you couldn’t even swallow it. To add insult to injury I had braces at the time and the chocolate was all kinds of stuck in them. Worst idea ever.

I imagined that the dark chocolate sea salt mix would be a nice balance of sweet and salty, and I was right. But with Sea Salt in the name, I was expecting a little more salt in the mix than just the light dusting in regular kettle corn. The chocolate drizzle in this mix greatly exceeded that of its counterpart, and was pretty satisfying. I do fail to see how this is considered a holiday flavor when I can easily find it on shelves year round from retailers like Costco and Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – I encountered the same problem with the Dark Chocolate version of this treat as I did with the White Chocolate version, kind of mushy. Unlike the white chocolate version however, there were no saving elements like peppermint crystals to make up for the lack of crunch.

Smell: 3/5 – There was pretty much zero smell upon opening the bag.

Appearance: 4/5 – The dark chocolate version visibly had more chocolate in the mix than the white chocolate. I feel like the amount that was drizzled over was inviting and guaranteed you that you were in for a nice chocolate treat.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Trying a single piece by itself proves to be nothing spectacular. It really takes some investment of eating a few handfuls to taste the entire flavor. I wish that the sea salt element was a little more prominent in the flavoring. All in all it was good.

So in the end, I did what any self respecting foodie would do, I mixed the two together in my bowl. I feel like this made the entire thing extremely good, and it is an untapped market for Angie. Someone let that lady know.

November 6, 2012
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Limited Edition Chex Mix Muddy Buddies – Peppermint Bark

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

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While wandering the aisles of Walmart late the other night, I spotted this amongst the planogram reset they were completing down their seasonal food aisles. I forgave them a little for this gem, despite getting my hopes up by hanging a sign over the Pringles that said ‘pumpkin’. Needless to say I rifled through all of the cans of Pringles looking for the pumpkin flavor, but then realized they had handwritten signs along all the lines of shelving for where their Thanksgiving products were going – DOH. I love all things peppermint. LOVE. So I had high hopes for this snack mix.

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I have tried the original Muddy Buddies from Chex Mix, and I don’t care for them. As most food, homemade Muddy Buddies are far superior. I’ve never heard of or thought of a peppermint Muddy Buddy though. Delicious idea! Upon opening the bag I was greeted with a very strong peppermint smell. MMMmmmmm… I was half expecting it to be a melted mess inside. When I think peppermint bark, I think of mass quantities of white chocolate, but to my surprise, not a mess at all. Instead of actual white chocolate, its more of a white peppermint powder.

I popped a handful in my mouth and was greeted with a lovely peppermint flavor but was surprised to crunch down and find a corn Chex inside. I think my Chex of choice would have been rice. But after a few more handfuls, I couldn’t stop myself. I felt like a shark in a feeding frenzy. This stuff is adictingly good. Yeah I just made that word up, but whatever – making up new words is a sign of genius. The only downfall from enjoying this delicious treat is the mass quantities of white powder. Your face will look like you either didn’t wipe your mouth after brushing your teeth, or you just did a bunch of cocaine. Your fingers will be coated as well, but much like Cheetos, part of the appeal is licking your fingers clean, duh.

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Texture: 4/5 – I enjoy that they chose a powder vs. actual white chocolate on these as they make them much easier to eat large quantities of. The texture is nice and does not taste gritty from the powder and the crunch of the Chex is perfect.

Smell: 5/5 – These smell just as good as they taste. Delicious!

Appearance: 4/5 – These Chex are caked with the peppermint powder, so there is no mistaking that the flavor will be strong.

Taste: 5/5 – If you like Chex and peppermint, these babies are for you. They are a nice balance of peppermint, not overpowering like a bag of corn Chex coated in Altoids. I honestly could (and probably will) kill this entire bag in one sitting, so note to self, stock up before you can’t find it anymore. I also think a chocolate peppermint version would be very good. Almost like a Thin Mint. In short, try them! You will probably like them… or love them like I did.

October 25, 2012
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