Last month I tried Peeps for the first time, and I have to say I loved them! I tried the caramel chicks, but while I was in CyberCandy picking them up I also spotted this gingerbread version of Peeps and snapped them up at the same time. I have been keeping them until it felt a little more Christmassy, and thought that they would be a good start to the weekend.
Essentially Peeps are just decorated marshmallows, but they seemed to have mastered the art of cute. These Gingerbread Marshmallow Men even come in a packet that looks like a gingerbread house, how smart is that? It means these would make a lovely gift, if you can bear to give them away?
Inside the box are two rows of three marshmallow men, but they are easily prised apart if you want to share. I have to admit to feeling a little bit guilty to biting the first ones head clean off, but a food reviewer’s got to do what a food reviewers got to do. ;-)
The marshmallow if soft, but has a good stickiness to it and the sugar coating just gives them the lightest of crunches when you bite in. The flavour is sweet but gently spicy. There is a lovely hint of ginger, cinnamon and the classic Christmas spices all shining through and as a self-confessed cinnamon fan I loved these. I’m starting to understand why Peeps are as popular as the are in the States.
If you do manage to find these in an import shop, it is worth picking them up. They are ideal served with a big mug of rich hot chocolate to provide that perfect winter evening treat.