Thursday, November 15, 2007

Peppermint Peep Stars

Peppermint Peep Stars PackagePeeps have become a large brand unto themselves. A huge line of products that includes the familiar marshmallow and has even branched out into lollipops.

Marshmallow purists probably don’t think much of flavored marshmallows, in fact I don’t usually care much for them beyond the kiss of honey or toasted sugar notes.

But Peeps Peppermint Marshmallow Stars have changed that. They’re light, peppermint flavored marshmallows, just in time for Christmas.

Peppermint Peep Stars

The stars are very puffy and fluffy. The outer sugar coating seems to be well adhered, I’m guessing the flat surfaces have a lot to do with this. The whole marshmallow is peppermint flavored, rather strongly and the pink peppermint sparkle-flakes are also strong peppermint.

If I had any complaints at all about these it’s that they didn’t get stale very easily. I opened a package last week and left it open, but the marshmallow is still rather soft and only slightly tacky. It gives it a nice chew, but I was hoping for something a little drier.

I actually ate a whole tray of these.

And then read the ingredients to see that they contain Sucralose and AceK. Sigh ... artificial sweeteners. (It said less than .5% of the candy was composed of these, but when sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar, they don’t need to put much in and it did shave 20 calories off the total for a serving compared to a regular Peep.) I felt really betrayed, though I can only blame myself for not reading the ingredients completely before eating them. (I did have a stomach ache for the rest of the morning, but that could have been caused by, well, eating a tray of marshmallows for breakfast or the ibuprofen I’ve been popping lately.) I thought they were really tasty and I would actually buy these and eat these again if they didn’t have those artificial sweeteners. I just have to ask ... why?

I can’t figure out how to rate them now. I was all set to give them an 8 out of 10. For now I’m going to give them a 6 out of 10.

Here’s X-Entertainment’s review and Candy Addict’s.

Related Candies

  1. Peeps Monster Mash Ups
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  4. Peeps Lollipop Rings
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  6. Peeps
Name: Peeps Peppermint Marshmallow Stars
    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 Just Born
Price: 99 cents
Size: 3.375 ounces
Calories per ounce: 97
Categories: Marshmallow, Mint, United States, Just Born, Peeps, Christmas

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Comments
  1. I thought that these were TOO pepperminty. Like toothpaste. They might have been nicer with a hit of vanilla or something. I’m saving the rest of my package to use as toppers for mugs of hot cocoa.

    Comment by Breda on 11/15/07 at 6:03 am #
  2. that is so uncool.  I hate this trend of sneaking artificial sweeteners into places where you least expect them.

    Comment by R on 11/15/07 at 7:08 am #
  3. That is so sad! With the artificial sweeteners, now I can’t have these. Boo!

    I recently found mint filled Hershey’s Kisses. I thought they tasted just like toothpaste. Nasty to swallow.

    What about a subtle mint/peppermint flavor, people? Not all of us like things “curiously strong”.

    Comment by KateC on 11/15/07 at 7:30 am #
  4. Whoa, I didn’t even know these had the artiicial sweeterners in them either. That seems odd to me that they’re even in there. Huh.

    Have you seen the new Cut Out Peeps? I saw them for the first time yesturday. They’re cookies flavored and shaped like gingerbread men!

    Comment by Sera on 11/15/07 at 8:44 am #
  5. Out of all the different peeps, I found that the Cookie-flavored Cutouts get stale the fastest ^__^

    Comment by Philly on 11/15/07 at 11:31 am #
  6. Thanks for the warning! I was excited to try these - maybe in hot cocoa? - but now I can’t.  Most artificial sweeteners make me sick - particularly sucralose, aka Splenda.  Grrr!  What is the deal?

    Comment by April on 11/15/07 at 5:31 pm #
  7. oh god i love peeps, die hard fan
    i love the strawberry flavored valentines hearts, easter peeps, everything about them

    but i found these absolutely inedible
    the peppermint was overpowering to the point that i had a bitter taste in my mouth. i wish they had toned down the minty/bitter flavor and upped the mellow marshmallow flavor.

    Comment by hihihi on 11/16/07 at 8:44 am #
  8. Ugghhh . ... these are definately not “My Peeps” ... I agree with all of the above comments ... and am excited to try the gingerbread peeps!  I thought these might be more minty than pepperminty .. but they are too curiously strong!

    Comment by CJ on 11/26/07 at 10:43 am #
  9. I don’t think it’s that fair to down-rate it because of the ingredients, since the scale seems to be by taste, though I’m certainly annoyed by the put-fake-sugar-in-everything trend (not QUITE as bad as the-sodium-in-bottled water or, worse yet, trans far, but still.)  The one thing I will say for fake sugar is that at least it tastes ok; with trans fat and artificial emulsifiers, it’s horribly obvious that what you’re putting in your mouth is second-rate.

    Comment by Sophia on 12/13/07 at 2:29 pm #
  10. I thought the peppermint on the outside was too strong.  I didn’t think the marshmallows were flavored enough with peppermint. I would’ve liked the marshmallow to have more peppermint flavor inside (not on the outside).  Next time I’ll try floating them in some hot chocolate.

    Comment by Amanda on 12/26/07 at 3:59 am #
  11. bettyfelon's avatar

    I tried these and I HATED them!

    which is weird because I love peppermint and I love peeps but the combination was too much for me


    I had some ghosts leftover from Halloween and I tried them in a cup of hot chocolate and I hated that too

    Comment by bettyfelon on 12/03/08 at 12:25 am #
  12. I am trying so hard to get some peppermint peeps!  I loved them and my pregnant daughter is craving them.  If you know where I can get some, please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


    Thanks!

    Comment by Sandy Lyons on 12/30/08 at 3:44 pm #

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