Halloween is just around the corner, and that means lots of Halloween candy! I love this time of year, as Halloween, as with any candy lover knows, is the best holiday. I’ve tried hard to find new and exciting Halloween candy to review for the blog, but most of what I’ve seen has been a re-hash from last year. *sigh* What’s a candy blogger to do? Well, thankfully, Peeps has given me something new to review. Behold, the Peeps Milk Chocolate Covered marshmallow Pumpkin!
The pumpkins have a wonderfully festive package. Great use of Halloween colors and shapes and showing the Chocolate Peep pumpkin in all of it’s glory. What cool is that when I take the peep out it’s shaped just liked the image of the front of the package. You don’t see that often.
A pumpkin shaped marshmallow, flat on the back side, with triangular nose and eyes. The milk chocolate smells milky and sweet, and is the real thing according to the ingredients.
My first bite was similar to the chocolate covered Easter Peep back in the spring. I was surprised to find that the interior marshmallow was not the same as the marshmallow used in peeps. It lacks that signature sugar crust we love so much, along with the fact that it’s bright orange, unlike traditional Peep’s pristine white interior.
These are festive and fun so if you’re in the mood for a chocolate covered marshmallow, this is a good bed. If you want a good chocolate covered Peep tho, I recommend you getting a package of the pumpkin ones and hand dipping them at home.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Peeps Website
These are certainly an odd find. In a way, they look more like an item you’d see in the grilling/summer toy section of a drugstore than the candy aisle, but nevertheless, that’s where I found them. All I noticed when I bought them was that they’re Shrek themed and they were marshmallows. I figured I hadn’t tried anything really bizarre in awhile, so I picked them up despite my suspicions that they’d be both terrible and boring. Little did I know I’d be wrong.
The bag explains that the marshmallows are apple flavored, so I began to have my doubts there. Apple marshmallows? Seriously? When I took them out of the bag to photograph, I was pleased to see how well formed that are. They looks like Shrek heads, and are surprisingly well molded. They’re a light green and about the size of a silver dollar.
The marshmallows have no aroma, and feel very firm to the touch. Biting into one, I was surprised to find they’re not marshmallowy at all! They’re much harder and firmer, and have a grainy texture when it dissolves in your mouth. They’re not soft and fluffy at all! The texture is a tad chewy, but dissolve easily. I admit, I like it!
The flavor is much nicer than I was expecting. By the odd color I was expecting Jolly Rancher apple flavor, but instead it’s much more..authentic. It’s sweet and has nice apple/pear flavors with a slight floral edge to them.
Ok, it’s odd for me to admit but, hey, I really liked these! For something I was so sure about it being gross actually turned into something I enjoyed!
Rating: Will Eat Again
The See’s Scotchmallow is infamous in the candy world. For the longest time I didn’t understand why, mainly because I hadn’t ever had one. I did wonder how something so simple and unassuming could be so mind-blowing. It wasn’t until this past summer that I finally had a chance to have my taste bugs exploded into space by one. I went up to the bonbon counter in the See’s store and bought a few to take home with me. I wish I had the foresight to get more.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, a Scotchmallow is a bonbon (it also comes in bar form, but I’ve never seen it) that has a honey marshmallow on top of a round of thick, creamy caramel. The whole thing is then enrobed in semi-sweet Guittard chocolate. Are you drooling yet?
The Scotchmallow I got is round and almost an inch tall and about 1 1/2 inches across. So it’s not tiny by any means. It’s also lighter than it looks, which I can credit to the fresh fluffy marshmallow inside.
Let’s just say this is a bite of heaven. The chew is substantial, since the caramel is so soft and thick, so this little bonbon packs quite a punch. The dark chocolate is flavorful and holds its own against the marshmallow and caramel, and does a nice, neat job of holding it all together. The caramel is awesome: thick, chewy, and soft with strong burnt sugar notes and a subtle saltiness. The marshmallow is fresh and spongy, with a subtle sweetness. Ambrosia.
There also seems to be many ways in which you can eat a Scotchmallow. You can pop the whole thing in your mouth in one go, nibble off the chocolate bit by bit, eat a hole and suck the marshmallow out first, etc. etc. I was recommended by a friend to work it so that the marshmallow is the last part you eat, so you can really taste the honey. It’s impressive that was and you so can taste the wonderful, subtle flavors in the fresh marshmallow.
You have no lived until you’ve tried one of these. If you haven’t, I suggest rectifying that right away, you won’t regret it.
Links Sees Website
Happy Belated Easter to all you candy lovers!
I hope you had something sweet and delicious in your Easter basket. Or at the very least, ate some candy. Here’s a treat from me here at The Candy Enthusiast: some LOLz Peeps from…strange Peeps I found in the packages I bought this year. I hope they give you a chuckle.
Yes, I realize I am quite silly.
There’s something about Easter Candy that I find irresistibly attractive. Like a candy siren, I cannot help be pulled in by whatever colorful design trick the package may be pulling on me. Chocolate rabbits stare at my from shelves whispering “buy me” as I walk past them. Despite the huge array of really respectable, and tasty candy I can find in stores, there’s always that call to try something, well, nasty. In 2007 I reviewed Brach’s Chicks and Bunnies which are like the rejects of the Circus peanuts. In 2008 my fancy was caught by these odd, large, brightly colored eggs, Brach’s Bunny Basket Eggs to be more specific. That selection was part fascination, as I’ve never encountered something like them before. This year, I found Atkinson’s version of the Bunny Basket Eggs. Which are very appropriately named “Hiding Eggs”.
Opening the bag I did notice that each egg is individually wrapped, which I think suggests they’re more meant for hiding for an Easter egg hunt than for eating. That’s the first warning sign I neglected to pay attention to. Secondly, these don’t feel nearly as heavy as the Brach’s ones did. The differences end there.
The eggs are smooth and the color is very saturated. The shell is thick for a candy shell, it’s like 1/8 of an inch, and it’s very hard and crumbly. Once you crack through, the insides are fluffy and grainy, like a mix of marshmallow and nougat. The flavor is horribly sweet and artificial. I selected a pink egg and I took a small bite and got a mouth full of bubblegum. Despite my instincts, I then took a bite of a green one and my taste buds were flooded with a bitter floor cleaning lime flavor. Eee-yuck.
I gave up after that. I couldn’t take more of this self torture. So bad I wish they were an April Fool’s joke. I am tempted to use them for their intended purpose and save them for photos in the fresh spring green grass.
Also be sure to check out Cybele’s hilarious review of them from last year.
Links Atkinson’s Website
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