Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Peeps 2010

When I think of Peeps, I think of marshmallow critters for Easter.  Colored marshmallows that always seemed a bit stale to me on those rare times that I had one.  They aren't something we seek out in my household nor did I really grow up with them as even a rare treat.

The folks Just Born, Inc, the makers of Peeps have been expanding their sales by expanding the holidays you can find their marshmallow treats during.  One of these is Halloween and this year I just happened to find two flavors of them at our local Marsh grocery store when I went shopping yesterday.  So I decided since they weren't that expensive, I'd buy them and review them for you all right before the creepy Sunday ahead of us.

There are two flavors I saw: Milk and Dark chocolate covered Peeps.  That's right.  Chocolate thus the reason we are looking at them.  Their nutrition facts are a bit different.  The Milk Chocolate has 10 fewer calories, 0.5 less saturated fat, 10mg more sodium, 3g more sugars, a touch more protein, a touch of calcium but less iron than the Dark Chocolate pumpkin does.  They both have chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, and cocoa in their ingredients.

They look noticeably different when you remove them from the wrappers as I hope this photo shows.  The Milk Chocolate one has a strong sugar sweet scent to it but also a cocoa essence as soon as I take it out.  The Dark Chocolate has had a bit of a leak and I can see orange sticky liquid on the bottom when it has a dent yet the scent is a much heavier chocolate combined to the the other.  This scent has me hopeful since as I said I've never been impressed by that which is the Peep in any form so far.




Inside they are each BRIGHT Orange -- I mean really orange.  However the insides mostly taste tasteless, slightly like sugar but not really like marshmallow to my taste buds.  The chocolate scent is not matched by the flavor either though the cocoa does come out most strongly at the end of a bite.  I like these better than plain Peeps but I can't see this going on our "must buy" list for next Halloween.

4 comments:

mavido79 said...

Upfront admitting my bias--I LOVE Peeps of all varieties, especially when they've been allowed to set long enough to become appropriately stale and chewy. Mate and I split one of these a couple of weeks ago when we were in Florida and we agreed that it was intensely sugary but did have a nice cocoa kick to it. And it would have been better if it had been stale. Hmmm, Wonder if I can pick up a bunch of these at a discount on Monday and see how long it takes to get them to the perfect chewy consistency. Just wondering if the chocolate coating will make a difference.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

If you do them and perform an experiment, we can post here, Chocolate Coconut Acolyte.

twistedkitchen said...

I must admit my fondness for peeps. But, only on Easter. When I eat them any other time of the year, it's just not the same. I'm really sad to see that your post wasn't chocolate flavored peeps. Although I'm not sure they are made, I think they would taste better than chocolate coated ones...And that color orange just scares me.

When it comes to chocolate covered marshmallows, I'll stick with See's Scotchmallows or Russel Stover's.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Hi, twistedkitchen, thanks for commenting.

I haven't seen chocolate flavored peeps, but if I ever do you can be assured I will try then and let you all know about it.

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