Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Peeps Monster Mash Ups

Peeps & SixletsI’ve been planning another Peeps Mash Up for a while and thought that Halloween was the perfect opportunity for a Monster Mash Up.

I even went out and bought the new Peeps Spooky Friends, thinking it’d be so fun to have the variety of the different shapes. Alas, Peeps Spooky Friends are not terribly mashable. However, the Candy Blog Candy Archives is always prepared, and I was able to pull out my trusty Peeps Yellow Bunnies as a stand in. (They also photograph better than the conjoined Peeps Ghosts.)

If you’ve never done a Peeps Mash Up, the recipe is simple. Pull a Peep apart to reveal the sticky innards. Then press that sticky puff into a dish or package of something ... consume.

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First up is Oreos & Peeps which was a combo I wanted to try for a while. Cookies and Cream is a nice combo that seems to go so well with ice cream, how could it be bad with Peeps? I tried it two different ways, the first was crumbling Oreos, as shown and mashing them into the crumbs. What I found is that I didn’t care for the cream part in there ... the closeness of the texture and graininess to the Peep itself wasn’t distinctive enough. Instead, the way to do a Peep & Oreo Mash is to open your Oreo, scrape the cream off with your teeth, then place the whole Peep on one side, replace the cookie topper, mash down and consume.

The darkness of the cookie, the little hit of salt and of course the sandy crunch of the Peep makes an excellent combination. (And completely redeems my opinion of Oreos after last month’s tasting of the new Cakesters.)

I give them an 8 out of 10.

Cocoa KrispiesHow about more crunchy cocoa for Peeps? I hit upon the idea of breakfast cereals and Peeps. After all, some breakfast cereals already have marbits (marshmallow+bits) in them.

I picked up a mini-mix pack from Kellogg’s (as they seem to be the only company that still makes them). First up, Cocoa Krispies & Peeps.

Cocoa Krispies are ideal for this snack, as they’re small and adhere easily to the exposed sticky marshmallow. They’re lightly crunchy, though a little sweet without enough cocoa contribution. I give them a 6 out of 10.

Peeps & Apple JacksI was never a big fan of Apple Jacks as a cereal as a kid. I so rarely got to eat sweetened cereals, this was pretty far down on my list. (Cap’n Crunch was my favorite, followed by Froot Loops.) Would Apple Jacks & Peeps change my mind?

The simplicity of the flavors Apple Jacks, a little apple, a little cinnamon, actually sets off the flavorless Peep really well. They larger loops though, don’t hang onto the Peep quite as well, so smashing them a little to break the Os is a big help.

It helps that Apple Jacks had a pretty good jingle. (A is for apple, J is for Jacks, Cinnamon-toasty Apple Jacks! You need a complete breakfast, that’s a fact. Start it off with Apple Jacks. Apple Jacks! Apple Jacks! Ten vitamins and minerals-that’s what it packs. Apple-tasty, crunchy, too! Kellogg’s Apple Jacks! Apple Jacks, Apple Jacks ...)

I give them a 5 out of 10.

Peeps & Frosted FlakesWhile Frosted Flakes & Peeps may sound like a pretty mundane treat, I have to say ... they’re great!

Even though the large flakes don’t stick well, the little bits do cling and still provide a good crunch. The thing I like best about this combo is that Corn Flakes have a wonderful dark, malty taste to them, and that sets off the lightly toasted sugar flavors of the marshmallow.

There’s also a little hit of salt in there, which mellows the more overt sugar. I think I might prefer an unfrosted Corn Flake in this case. But plain Rice Krispies are probably a good bet as well.

I give them a 7 out of 10.

It’s not illustrated here with a photo, but I also tried Corn Pops & Peeps. Once Corn Pops are removed from their packaging, even in a desert they immediately become sticky and tacky, so they’re an ideal item to Mash. Though they’re very sweet, their flavor profile matches Peeps really well. They have that lightly toasted flavor, but none of the malty, salty tones of the Corn Flakes. I give them a 7 out of 10.

They make a nice combo, though they don’t really have much of a visual appeal (but then again, neither to the Corn Flakes).

Peeps & Froot LoopsFroot Loops & Peeps has to be the Mash Up I was most looking forward to. Like the Apple Jacks, these loops are a little too big for good stickage, but a little crunching in the bowl helped.

The one thing that disappointed me though, was that Froot Loops have changed so much since I was a kid. Back then we only had three flavors ... Orange, Lemon and Cherry. They went together really well and looked like food. The modern Froot Loops, well, I just can’t get behind blue food. And I don’t like all my flavors mixed up, I just wanted some light citrus fruit flavors, not a whole jumble of a world-traveled fruit stand.

The fruity flavors, though, stood up very well to the sugary sweetness of the Peep.

In the future I’ll probably go with the generic brand of fruity loops that have more limited flavors ... because I’m a fuddy duddy.

I give them a 5 out of 10.

Peeps & Reese's PiecesI couldn’t ignore the wonderful advice on the last Mash Up post when I went looking for other mashable items.

The idea of wiping peanut butter on my Peeps wasn’t quite in the cards, but Reese’s Pieces & Peeps sounded like the perfect Mash Up. I heard that Reese’s has put out minis, but I can’t seem to find them. The larger Reese’s Pieces didn’t stick well to the Peeps, but the flavor combo of the lightly sweet peanut butter, the crunch of the shell and grainy sugar was a solid combo.

The colors also went really well. You’ve gotta give props when it comes to the appearance.

I give them a 8 out of 10.

The photo there at the top of this page is Sixlets, which are mockolate spheres covered in chocolate. Sixlets and Peeps also had a great deal of visual appeal with the muted fall colors and shiny shells. Sixlets have a natural coolness on the tongue, but not a very strong chocolate flavor. They stuck well to the marshmallow, but the overall effect was too sweet and not flavorful enough. I think I’ll stick to the original idea of M&Ms Minis.

I give them a 4 out of 10.

Peeps & Boston Baked BeansSince the nuttyness of the Reese’s Pieces went well, I thought maybe some Boston Baked Beans & Peeps would be a fun change of pace.

It’s been years since I’ve had BBB, and if you aren’t familiar with them, they’re candy coated peanuts. The candy coating is pretty thick, so some of them at first seem like jawbreakers. So the mixing of two vastly different densities has an odd and scary feeling to it. I’m afraid of chomping down too hard, lest the hardness of the BBB be too unyielding, but I also felt like I was practically gumming away the marshmallow and losing the texture and flavor combo.

I give them a 4 out of 10.

Peeps & Candy Cane Pop RocksFinally, even though this is a Christmas item, I was too tickled to contain myself when Pop Rocks sent me some new flavors to try.

Candy Cane Pop Rocks & Peeps seemed like the perfect Mash Up. Peeps is coming out with Peppermint Star Peeps later this year, but I so loved my Pop Rocks and Peeps earlier this year, I thought, what could be better than peppermint Pop Rocks and a nice mellow Peep.

Well, the main problem with this idea is that the Candy Cane Flavor Pop Rocks aren’t actually peppermint!

Say what? Seriously, what would you think if someone handed you this package? If you opened it and dumped out the contents and saw the above pile of pink and white Pop Rocks ... what flavor would you expect?

imageWould you expect Strawberry?

Yeah ... they’re strawberry. I have nothing against strawberry Pop Rocks and thought they rocked my Peep ... but I wanted Peppermint Pop Rocks and I’m completely annoyed that someone out there not only thinks that any pink flavor can be considered candy cane flavored, but that they wouldn’t actually SAY that on the package if it was so.

I give them a 3 out of 10 ... not because it was bad, but because I’m irritated.

The next Mash Up Round Up will focus on Savory & Spicy!

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Comments
  1. Sadly, the pumpkin-themed pop rocks are orange-flavored. You may have posted about that already, sorry if it’s redundant.

    Comment by Patrick on 10/17/07 at 8:40 am #
  2. Ok, this blog post officially makes you adorable. That is SO cute and definitely a great idea for Halloween. I like it better with the yellow bunnies anyway :o)

    Comment by Hillary on 10/17/07 at 10:43 am #
  3. I love these photos so much, looking forward to the next Mash-up!

    Comment by Rachel on 10/17/07 at 11:01 am #
  4. You are a genius! The cereal mash-ups are right up my alley, and in the same vein as my candy corn on Ezekiel bread toast (with just a touch of butter) that I concocted about this time last year.  And they say EGGPLANT is versatile…it’s got nuthin’ on the Peep.

    Now my mind is swimming with possibilities for the savory and spicy Peeps mash-up.  Wasabi peas? Sesame thins (or sticks) would be great.  How about any one of the great seasoned and spicy almonds or pecans at Trader Joes?  The possibilities…When you do this, let me know and I’ll be the canary for a crispy bacon and Peeps mash-up, since you don’t do the meat.

    Comment by Joanna on 10/17/07 at 11:26 am #
  5. lol @ these pictures. 

    XD

    Comment by Elise on 10/17/07 at 12:58 pm #
  6. The Oreos and Corn Pops both sound really good.  Might have to try them.  Great pictures as always, too!

    And while on the subject I’ve been saving a batch of Peeps from Christmas (Peeps last forever) and was inspired to revisit the idea of coffee and Peeps!  Used my instant espresso for the job and it was some strong stuff.  Good though.  Very strong coffee flavor and while I’m not a big coffee person when I do have it I like it strong.  I still think that Kahlua and nibs would be good.  Or rum and coconut.

    @Joanna - Bacon could be a winner (I know it works with chocolate caramel marshmallows) - I might be forced to give that a try.

    Comment by william on 10/17/07 at 2:47 pm #
  7. WILLIAM: Bacon FOR SURE works with caramel and chocolate, especially when accompanied by a fine finishing salt.  If you ever get to Portland, you should check these out:
    http://www.xocolatldedavid.com/

    Look under “straight out of the lab” under “chocolates and confections”.  This guy makes RAD chocolate and caramels.

    Comment by joanna on 10/17/07 at 2:58 pm #
  8. I love this.  The pictures are adorable.  Peeps are just cute too!

    I may have to try this.. the Reese’s Pieces looks like fun, and I’d like to try some cereals too!

    Comment by Alicia on 10/17/07 at 2:59 pm #
  9. I got a tooth cavity just reading this!

    Yesterday I ate a bunch of Brachs candy corn and started feeling light-headed. Something in the food coloring?  I should have known better, the Brachs just doesn’t satisfy. Best candy corn I’ve had was from the Granite State Candy Shoppe in my hometown Concord, NH (yeah, I know Cybele, I always mention them).
    —Bill Brown

    Comment by Bill Brown on 10/18/07 at 5:50 am #
  10. Best mashup I’ve seen in a while.

    Thanks, Cybele!

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: on 10/18/07 at 7:17 am #
  11. Has anyone tried drowning a peep in hot cocoa? The sugar gives it an extra kick and the peep gets all warm and soft…I’ve never been able to wait long enough to see if it would melt all the way…I usually eat it when it’s really soft.

    Also, what about crushed up pretzels?

    Comment by Erin on 10/18/07 at 7:29 am #
  12. I hear you with the Pop Rocks! Especially since the design placement of the text on the front really makes it look like it says “candy cane flavor”! >:[

    Comment by Sera on 10/18/07 at 10:31 am #
  13. you must have gotten a different version of candy cane pop rocks than me:
    http://candyaddict.com/blog/2006/12/05/candy-review-candy-cane-pop-rocks/
    In mine some were white and some were pink/red and the white ones were peppermint flavored.

    Weird.

    Comment by Brian on 10/18/07 at 2:01 pm #
  14. Bill Brown: You got me all excited that there was a candy corn out there that I hadn’t tried, so I called the Granite State Candy Shoppe to see what brand they sell.  Dude, it’s just Jelly Belly brand.  Good news for you, since they sell that everywhere. Maybe Granite State used to carry something different?  You can see what I think of Jelly Belly brand and how they rate with the others if you check out my extensive research on the matter:

    http://sugarsavvy.net/2006/10/18/title_139/

    I’d be interested to see what you think of my top picks - could be we look for different virtues in c.c.?

    Comment by Joanna on 10/18/07 at 2:12 pm #
  15. You lost me at the Boston Baked Beans, then found me again with the Candy Cane Pop Rocks.

    Comment by Jeanna Olson on 10/18/07 at 3:25 pm #
  16. Peeps and Sixlets?  I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

    Comment by Dave on 10/19/07 at 2:43 pm #
  17. I love the one with the cocoa krispies. I can’t wait to try it!

    Comment by Jennifer on 10/20/07 at 8:37 am #
  18. I love the idea of Peep mash-ups. I was just thinking that salted nuts would be really good- you’d probably have to crush them a bit. I think raisins would also be a winner- chewy!

    Comment by Diane on 3/21/08 at 6:55 pm #
  19. Hmmm how about peeps with nuttela! Score!

    Comment by Taylor on 5/03/11 at 9:16 pm #
  20. I tried the cocoa krispies one this past weekend and they are delicious!  Thank you for the idea!

    Comment by Tara Lidell on 9/24/12 at 10:05 am #

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