Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Peeps Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie & Candy Cane

Peeps Chocolate Dipped Sugar CookieMarshmallow Peeps moved on from just being fanciful shapes and colors for different holidays years ago. Now there are flavored and dipped Peeps. For Christmas this year Just Born created two new varieties: Sugar Cookie Dipped Peeps Chicks and Candy Cane Flavored Peeps Chicks Dipped in Chocolate.

I found the Sugar Cookie Peeps at Target at a modest price, but picked up the Candy Cane Peeps at FAO Schweetz because I was afraid I wouldn’t find them anywhere else (and actually haven’t seen them at any other stores, that still doesn’t make them worth the $3.99 I paid for the 1.5 ounce package). 

Peeps Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie

The Peeps are beautifully crafted. They’re puffy and soft and creamy tan colored. The chocolate puddle around its bottom is nicely formed and in perfect condition. The Peeps smell like fake butter and amaretto. This is not an appealing combination to me, but I suppose I can give it points for originality. Each Peep is about a half an ounce in weight.

Peeps Chocolate Dipped Sugar CookieThe bite is soft and plush, the sugar coating is not too grainy but does a good job of creating just a little texture to sell the sugar cookie experience. The flavor is sweet without a trace of that buttery thing, but still a touch of the amaretto. There’s also a note of toasted sugar, like a fresh cookie (or a vanilla marshmallow). The chocolate is sweet and creamy, not really terribly complex, and honestly doesn’t belong on a sugar cookie, but still didn’t hurt the experience.

Overall, they weren’t my favorite kind of Peeps. I wonder how different they are from the Caramel Peeps, I’m guessing the color and the amaretto note are the only differences.

The entire package has 160 calories, which is a pretty good sized treat with a very small caloric price tag. So if you’re looking for an indulgence that feels like the holiday but doesn’t go overboard, these are passable.

Peeps Chocolate Dipped Candy CaneBack in 2007, Just Born introduced Peeps Peppermint Stars. I liked the flavor and the shape, but I wasn’t keen that they used artificial sweeteners in the little candy bits. Happily this newer version of Candy Cane Flavored Peeps Chicks Dipped in Chocolate has delicious sugar in it.

The simple construction is a peppermint flavored Peep chick with a light sprinkling of red candy bits. Then it’s dipped partially into semi-sweet chocolate. They’re packaged three to a tray and like the Sugar Cookie version, they’re each about a half an ounce each.

Peeps Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane

The Peeps hold their shape well and smell light and fresh, like peppermint toothpaste. They’re mercifully spared from much of the artificial colorings that I think muck with the flavor of a good, fresh marshmallow. (Ghost Peeps are probably the best Peeps for this reason.) The coolness of the peppermint flavor was a bit like mouthwash, but not in a bad way. It matched well with the lightly sweet and slightly smoky chocolate base to keep the whole thing from being too sickly sweet.

I did think that when they started dipping them in chocolate, they might stop making the eyes out of wax. Sadly, they’re still inedible and I have to spit those out. (I guess that’s how you know you have a real Peep.) Overall, a good effort. I don’t see why these can’t be a flavor that comes back with a green sparkle to them for St. Patrick’s Day. I much prefer this partially dipped version to the strangely wet fully dipped marshmallows (that are also over-colored).

Fans of the Peepsters, the little foil wrapped chocolates, will be happy to hear that those have returned in green and red foil for the winter as well.

Related Candies

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  2. Peeps Peepsters (Milk & Dark Chocolate)
  3. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows
  4. Peeps Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Marshmallow
  5. Russell Stover Giant S’mores Bar & Mint Dream
  6. Peeps Chocolate Mousse (Bears & Bunnies)
  7. Peppermint Peep Stars
  8. Peeps Mash Ups


Name: Milk Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Peeps
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Just Born
Place Purchased: Target (Glendale)
Price: $1.49
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 107
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Just Born, Chocolate, Marshmallow, 6-Tempting, United States, Target


Name: Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Peeps
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Just Born
Place Purchased: FAO Schweetz (NYC)
Price: $3.99
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Just Born, Chocolate, Marshmallow, Mints, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:21 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyPeepsReviewChristmasJust BornChocolateMarshmallowMints6-Tempting7-Worth ItUnited StatesTarget

Comments
  1. where are the sugar cookie twix??

    Comment by laura on 11/28/12 at 11:13 pm #
  2. Saw the Candy Cane Peeps at a Walmart (in Michigan) two days ago but didn’t buy them, fearing they would taste like toothpaste. Might buy them if I see them again because of your review.
    Bought the Sugar Cookie ones at Target for my kids’ stockings—and one for myself!

    Comment by Barbara on 11/29/12 at 12:09 pm #
  3. I must be living in the wrong town, because I never find awesome looking food like this! Great post.

    Comment by Eric on 11/29/12 at 10:15 pm #
  4. You shouldn’t bought the candy cane peeps from FAO Schwartz. Duane Reade in NYC got them for 2 for $3.

    I have seen more candy cane peeps being popping up in more stores.


    PEEPS should make more exciting flavors like for valentine day: Chocolate Dipped Cherry Flavored Peeps

    Comment by Alek on 11/30/12 at 8:13 am #

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