Sunday, December 4, 2016
4 Peeps Christmas Flavors (from 2015)
Did you realize there's only 3 more weeks until Christmas? I didn't until now, and I'm starting to freak out. There's still gifts to purchase, wrap, and mail. At least we finally got the tree up today, so we haven't slacked off completely. I feel like whoever is in control of the universe hit the 1.2x button, because time is going by way too fast. Case in point, I got these Peeps from my sister in-law for Christmas last year, and I'm just trying them out now. Hey, better late than never, right?
Hot Cocoa & Cream dipped in White Fudge
So, it would appear that Peeps definitely have a "best by" date, and it has long since passed on this batch. As you can see from this example, they've deflated a bit, and their heads have sunk down until they're staring up pitifully out of the package. The Peeps have gotten a bit drier too, and have lost that fluffiness they usually have when they're fresh. Still, I'm not one to waste food, so I forged ahead. First up was the Hot Cocoa & Cream, just because hot, liquid chocolate is one of my all-time favorite beverages.
Opening up the package, I was surprised by just how much of a cocoa smell these had. You know when you tear open a package of Swiss Miss and you get that cloud of cocoa dust that wafts out? That's what these smelled like. All of the pleasure without any of that choking on chocolate smoke. At first taste, it took a bit of chewing to coax out that cocoa flavor. The marshmallow had dried out a bit, and needed a little re-hydration. They were also dipped in white fudge, and I was surprised that it still tasted relatively fresh. I'm not sure if it fooled my mouth into thinking "Hot cocoa and marshmallows", but it was still a nice addition.
Sugar Cookie dipped in Milk Chocolate
I'm going to just come right out and say it. Unless they're covered in frosting, sugar cookies are the white toast of the cookie world. They're the only cookie that tastes worse after they're cooked. Until you cover them in colored, liquid sugar, they're barely sweet enough to qualify as a cookie. Still, I was willing to give Sugar Cookie Peeps a fair shot.
Sadly, they didn't really smell or taste all that different from the regular Peeps. They are sprinkled with large pieces of sugar, but that's something I tend to attribute to Snickerdoodles rather than actual sugar cookies. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The milk chocolate that they're dipped in completely overwhelms any flavoring they may have added. Peeps should have gone with a dip in some vanilla frosting. I mean, chocolate on sugar cookies? Who does that?
Sugar Plum Delight dipped in White Fudge
Damn! The Sugar Plum Peeps definitely fared the worst out of all the varieties. Now they look more like something out of John Carpenter's "The Thing" than they do marshmallow treats. The problem with sugar plum flavoring, is that I've never actually had a sugar plum. The closest I've come are the Sugar Plum Dum-Dums I tried 2 years ago. So, I'll go with that I guess.
And guess what, they taste just like the Sugar Plum Dum-Dums. Their aroma is reminiscent of the blueberry Peeps, and they definitely taste more like a berry than a plum. Their flavor isn't quite as strong as the Dum-Dums', but it's probably the difference between marshmallows and hard candy. I think this is another case where the fudge dipping works against the flavor. Including the fudge in a bite seemed to neutralize the plum. All I could taste was marshmallow and cheap chocolate. Again, these things are about 6 months past their prime, so it might not be the Peep's fault.
Candy Cane dipped in Chocolate
I saved the..well, I saved the last for last. I mean, it's candy cane! It's pretty hard to mess up that flavor, right? If I was going by looks along, these would be my favorite. I love the contrast between the white marshmallow and the chocolate. I also love that these look like they were rolled around in piles of glass made out of peppermint candy. Or they were caught in an explosion in a candy cane factory.
As far as the flavor goes, it's kind of like a lighter, fluffier York Peppermint Patty. So, no surprises there. Out of all 4 Peeps, this one managed to stay the freshest. It was still a little dry, but peppermint seems to withstand the ravages of time better than most other flavors. I know I can't be the only one that's eaten several year old candy canes. Sure, they might be a little chewy now, but at least they're still minty.
So now you have my thoughts on year old marshmallows. Stay tuned for next time, when I review caramels from 1997.