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Holiday Peeps – Sugar Cookie

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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.

November 5, 2012
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McDonalds Holiday Pie

Well, it is officially the holiday season folks. I can hardly believe it. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were counting down the new year, and now its time for the presidential election, time change, and holiday flavors! I have not been indulged in the McDonald’s pie world because A) I don’t really eat that much fast food, despite my junk food addiction. Something about consuming your weight in deep fried greasy food that sits in your stomach like a brick and makes you contemplate life choices that just steers me away from it. (Not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional Doritos Locos Taco or a large fry from McDonald’s) B) There is just something about those pies that I visually do not find appealing.

For some reason the way they look is so off-putting to me. But I can say, this year I have eaten more pies from McDonald’s than I have in my entire life. Last night while making a run for the Gingerbread Oreos at Walmart, the mood struck me and I decided to grab one of these at the in-store McDonald’s. The lady at the counter informed me that it was going to be 12 minutes for them to be ready, and because I had nothing else going on last night, I decided to wait it out. If I was going to sample this pie, at least let it be “fresh”.

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I anxiously awaited the arrival of the pie, passing the time doing one of my favorite sports, people watching. There are some weirdos in this world. Finally my pie was delivered to me. I had a preconceived idea of what this thing was supposed to look like, but then I was greeted with this. What in the world. Remember the part where I said that the appearance of McDonald’s pies are a bit of a turn off? THIS RIGHT HERE. What is going on with those sprinkles? The pie looked like it was covered in some sort of disco mold. Now being “fresh” I knew this thing was going to be hot, so I let it cool down for a bit while I just sat there, in somewhat shock of how not like the picture this thing looked. Finally I got the courage and broke it open to help the cooling down process. That custard-y filling? Yeah… not so appealing looking. I finally figured it would be safe enough to take a bite. BIG MISTAKE.

Biting into this thing was like taking a bite of a lava filled pie of doom cooked in the seventh circle of hell. This thing was molten. I’m pretty sure I seared off 35% of my taste buds. Protip: Let the pie cool down very thoroughly before taking a large bite. I am not sure if it was the lack of taste buds, or if this pie actually had a decent flavor, but I must admit, it wasn’t half bad. Of the three that I have tried semi-recently, I would say that it gives the pumpkin pie a run for its money. Definitely a large footstep in front of the smores pie. All in all I would eat it again. The exterior was nice and flaky and the interior (once finally cooled a bit) was nice a creamy and had a smooth custard flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – The mixture of the flaky crust and the creamy filling make for a nice balance and convincing pie eating experience. Though I imagine not getting one of these fresh, would not be nearly as good.

Smell: 5/5 – The pie smelled really good. It smelled like a sugar cookie fresh out of the oven.

Appearance: 1/5 – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ll let those pictures do the talking.

Taste: 3.5/5 – All in all this pie was pretty decent, borderline pretty good. The flavor doesn’t scream holiday to me (HELLO! GINGERBREAD PIE!) but I would buy another one. For best flavor, I suggest getting a fresh one.

November 2, 2012
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