Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunspire Peppermint Pattie

Sunspire Peppermint PattieThe first time I tried a Sunspire product, I thought it was terrible. I was also rather irritated that they thought that their candy coated chocolate lentils were better just because they were all-natural, when they actually had more “sugar” in them than M&Ms. (Not that I subscribe to the belief that sugar is unhealthy in moderation.)

I was at Henry’s Market over the weekend and all the Sunspire candy bars were on sale, so I grabbed a bunch ... because if there’s one thing that makes me reconsider my opinion, it’s a reduced price. (Oddly enough free samples have less influence.) This Sunspire Peppermint Pattie was $1.25 (they’re usually $1.69).

On the front it says that it’s premium dark chocolate - all natural / nothing artificial.

The little mylar wrapper holds a 1.4 ounce pattie.

Sunspire Peppermint Pattie

It’s a rustic looking pattie, a little thicker than a York Peppermint Pattie but also smaller in diameter. Still, they’re the exact same weight as a York. (No, that’s not a trick of the light, the center is actually a light amber color.)

The ingredients are impressive, if only for the adjectives involved in simple ingredients:

Center: evaporated cane juice, water, white rice syrup, butter, egg albumen, natural peppermint oil. Dark Chocolate Coating: evaporated cane juice, unsulfured molasses, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (nonGMO), pure natural vanilla.

So while the ingredients are pretty wholesome, they’re not vegan and not processed in a facility that’s gluten free (nor peanut/nut free).

But for me it’s all about the taste. I was a bit worried that the dark chocolate would be too sweet, what with two sweeteners listed before the cocoa solids.

The chocolate shell is pretty thick, it has a nice toasted cocoa aroma with a hint of the minty sweetness within. It’s nicely tempered and has a good break but happily the little bits adhere to the fondant center.

The chocolate is much like chocolate chips as far as texture. Not extremely smooth, but with good flavor ... just a smidge on the dry and chalky side of things.

The fondant center is smooth, with a slight but consistent grain to it but overall it has a cool dissolve on the tongue. It’s a cross between the texture of the York Peppermint Pattie and Junior Mints. The peppermint isn’t that strong and there’s a pretty noticeable whiff of molasses in the whole thing. It makes it all seem rather “hearty.” There’s also a lot more chocolate to this than a York has (so there’s also more fat and more calories).

My opinion of Sunspire is a-changin’ ... this is a really good product. Yes, more expensive but also made in the USA. (But if I had my druthers for non-York mints, I’d probably go for the Ritter Sport Peppermint bar ... except it’s seasonal.)

Related Candies

  1. Ritter Sport Peppermint
  2. Christmas Mint Round Up
  3. Junior Mints Deluxe
  4. Best Intentions: Sun Drops
  5. York Pinkermint Patties
Name: Peppermint Pattie
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Sunspire (nSpired Natural Food)
Place Purchased: Henry's (Laguna Niguel)
Price: $1.25
Size: 1.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 121
Categories: Chocolate, Mint, Fondant, United States, Sunspire, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:23 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. i read this, then realized that the chocolate i had with me for lunch was sunspire, too: an individual serving packet of organic dark chocolate cranberries.  i’d never had them before.  and…

    ... nasty, nasty stuff, it turns out.  the dark chocolate coating is pretty tasteless.  the cranberries are too tart, somehow.  the combination seems off.  darn.  i had high hopes—i love dark chocolate and i appreciate when things come in individual packets.

    Comment by cambridgegirl on 5/12/09 at 8:42 am #
  2. Ritter’s peppermint bar is seasonal over there?
    In Toronto, a lot of grocery stores have a whole Ritter’s stand with a slew of flavours - dark, milk, milk and hazelnut, white with hazelnuts and crisped rice, marzipan, cornflakes, yogurt, enrobed biscuit, peppermint, praline, the whole gamut—reliably stocked year-round. The only ones I can never find are caramel, almond, and cappuccino. Either peppermint is non-seasonal here or I’ve just been very lucky with my grocery stores.

    Comment by starspa on 5/18/09 at 1:06 pm #
  3. I love the Sunspire Peppermint Pattie. My mom has always loved the York, but like me, she gets a bit arthritic is she eats corn-syrup. I have avoided corn-syrup for over 30 years due to it exacerbating Lupus symptoms, I.E. Rheumatoid type arthritis.

    I am so glad your Sunspire is out there providing choices for those who do not eat the standard stuff, for what ever reason. When you are use to commercial treats the alternative ones do not always taste as good, but when you have not had M+M’s or a Peppermint patty for 20 years, the alternative taste great!!.
    Truly…the peppermint patty even tastes good to my junk-a-holic sister. If she liked it and anybody would. smile
    Sunspire: Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Jan on 1/03/11 at 2:16 pm #

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