Thursday, June 5, 2008

Peeps Chocolate Mousse (Bears & Bunnies)

Chocolate Mousse Marshmallow BearsJust Born is expanding its efforts of Peeps World Domination with a new line of Chocolate Mousse Peeps.

The first version will premiere next Valentine’s Day in the shape of Peeps Chocolate Mousse Marshmallow Bears.

I’m not sure why there hasn’t been a bear shaped Peeps all along, they’re an ideal Valentine’s emblem (and really, why can’t we have Bear Peeps all year round?). However, this package is all about love, with its red wrapper & little hearts.

The packages I got were for evaluation purposes only, so I don’t have the complete nutritional info & ingredients list. I decided to open the Peeps Chocolate Mousse Marshmallow Bunnies for the purposes of the review.

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Look familiar?

They’re nice looking, medium brown. They’re sparkly with the light sanding of sugar. (I’ve often wondered what corn starch dusted Peeps would be like.)

They’re extremely soft, softer than regular Peeps are, if you ask me. They smell like chocolate breakfast cereal, like Cocoa Puffs.

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But the big question, at least in my mind, was are these different from the Cocoa Peeps?

I just so happened to have a package of Peeps Cocoa Marshmallow Bunnies (left) for a direct comparison.

Though they looked similar in my memory, putting them side by side, it’s easy to see that the new Mousse Peeps are darker.

The cross section shows that the Mousse Peeps is cocoa through and through, where the only slightly creamy colored on the inside.

Peeps Chocolate Mousse BunniesThe difference in taste? Well, if you’re expecting some sort of decadent mousse-like product, you’re going to be disappointed. The new Mousse version are kind of like a fluffy, watered down Tootsie roll. Pleasant and less-sweet than the ordinary Peeps, but still, not a chocolate phenomenon.

They’re great with coffee but like the Cocoa version, it’s very hard to get them stale. I’ve had this package open for two weeks and they’re still pretty squishy.

However, these are awesome broiled. The center becomes frothy and runny and the sugar dust becomes a crunchy shell. I put them in the toaster over for 3 minutes. Be sure to have them on foil or parchment or else they run all over the place. You also might need a spoon to eat them. Microwaving also gets the same soupy center, but the outside doesn’t get crispy (so it’s the confectionery equivalent of trying to make pizza in a microwave ... it’s edible but it’s not the same).

In the end, I’m more inclined towards the Chocolate Mousse Peeps than any other Peeps to date, but that’s not necessarily a rave review.

For the record, the available shapes for Peeps are:

  • Valentines: Hearts and now Bears
  • Easter: Eggs, Bunnies, Chicks & new Tulips
  • Halloween: Spooky Cats, Pumpkins & Ghosts (love those, no dyes)
  • Christmas: Trees, Snowmen, Gingerbread Men & Stars + the new JOY letters
  • These should be in stores starting in January, but you can also buy many Peeps items all year round now directly from Just Born.

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    7. Peeps
    Name: Chocolate Mousse Peeps (Bears & Bunnies)
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Just Born
    Place Purchased: samples from All Candy Expo
    Price: $1.29 retail
    Size: 2.375 ounces
    Calories per ounce: unknown
    Categories: Marshmallow, United States, Just Born, Valentines, Easter

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:09 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

    Comments
    1. I am new to this blog and I have to say that I have never been a huge fan of candy but every single review makes me hungry for it (especially Circus Peanuts).

      Peeps were my childhood favorite but now that I’m older I don’t like them so much (my kids love them so maybe it is a age thing).

      Great blog—keep up the yummy reviews!

      Comment by Melbell on 6/05/08 at 7:20 pm #
    2. Interesting - I’d rather eat mousse than more marshmallow!

      Comment by Hillary on 6/06/08 at 5:38 am #
    3. Peeps always seemed to me like a war-ration food—like you knew they would survive nuclear fallout, along with Keith Richards and cockroaches.

      Comment by Lisa on 6/06/08 at 5:58 am #
    4. i saw an add for chocolate peeps in a magazine recently. i went all over my town to find them. i have not been able to find them. any suggestions? i find it odd that they would advertise choc. mousse peeps, and then not have them anywhere.  by the way, love this blog!

      Comment by jill on 3/18/09 at 6:08 pm #
    5. Cybele's avatar

      Jill - you might want to try the Just Born site, they have a pretty good product finder.

      http://www.justborn.com/product-finder

      Comment by Cybele on 3/19/09 at 6:08 am #
    6. Chocolate Peeps or by any other name, ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!!!
      No surprise they disappeared immediately after they were put on the shelves. I hope Just Born ups production next year. These are delicious!!!

      Comment by Nicole on 4/10/09 at 11:09 am #

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