We Tried All 12 New Peeps Flavors — See the Chicks We Love (and the Ones We Don't)
Shout Out to My Peeps!
The Easter candy you either love or hate is back in a big way, with a host of highfalutin' new flavors. Introducing Peeps Delights, which are available in lemon, chocolate mousse, coconut and more, and look as if the iconic marshmallow chick just sat in chocolate or fudge. And that's not all: There are also Peeps Filled Delights, fudge- and chocolate-dipped chicks with chocolate and caramel innards, sold exclusively at Target. As a service to you, gentle reader, I sampled the entire range in one sitting. To find out how they taste, follow me to the next slide, won't you?
Peeps Delights Marshmallow, Dipped in Milk Chocolate
Remember that TV show The Swan, where average-looking people got major makeovers and the results were amazing? That's these Peeps. Only instead of going under the knife, the subjects are dipped in milk chocolate (certainly less bloody and definitely more impressive). Thanks to its fancy new dressing, the once-plain marshmallow chick is anything but stale, and the flavor combination is delicious.
Peeps Delights Marshmallow, Dipped in Dark Chocolate
There was something a bit too dark and bitter about these chicks – maybe they're angry at how well The Swan Peeps' milk-chocolate makeover turned out? These would be much better if the marshmallow flavor were stronger. The dark chocolate is just too overwhelming. And for that, I too am bitter.
Peeps Delights Vanilla, Dipped in Crème Flavored Fudge
I don't know what crème-flavored fudge is, but who the hell cares? These are amazing! They look as though the marshmallow chicks have mated with a funfetti cake, and they taste like delicious vanilla cupcakes frosted with happiness and magic. I imagine these Peeps are what unicorns graze on.
Peeps Delights Lemon, Dipped in Lemon Fudge
Tearing into the package, I was immediately hit by a scent that was less lemon grove and more lemon Pledge. These chicks are intense, with a strong citrus flavor and too much tang. I probably wouldn't eat another one, but I would perhaps use it to polish my furniture.
Peeps Delights Orange, Dipped in Orange Fudge
Baby aspirin. That's what comes to mind at the very first bite. Baby aspirin. That orange flavor is fine when you're 4 years old, but you expect more as an adult, especially from a Peep. And this chick delivered. After a second bite, I thought it tasted more like a Creamsicle … made from baby aspirin.
Peeps Delights Coconut, Dipped in Dark Chocolate
I've never been a coconut fan, mainly because I feel like the meat takes too much effort to chew (sad, no?). So for a ridiculously lazy person like me, these are a dream. The coconut-flavored marshmallow is gentle on my molars, and the dark chocolate coating delivers just the right bite. And doesn't the Peep itself kind of look like an opened coconut? How cool is that!
Peeps Delights Strawberry, Dipped in Crème Flavored Fudge
They certainly smell like a Strawberry Shortcake doll, though I have no idea if they taste like one. Here's what I do know: The crème overwhelms the strawberry flavor of the Peeps, making them waaaaay too sweet. And I like sweet. I add sugar to my sugar. But these are just too sweet. I'd rather eat a Strawberry Shortcake doll.
Peeps Delights Chocolate Mousse, Dipped in Milk Chocolate
A chocoholic's dream, these Peeps are good as is, but I think they'd be even better plunged into a mug of steaming cocoa (do Peeps scream in hot water?). They'd probably even be great smooshed between two graham crackers (do Peeps scream when smooshed?). I think you could get really creative with these Peeps, but be sure to wear earplugs to silence the screams.
Peeps Delights Raspberry, Dipped in Crème Flavored Fudge
Raspberry? Are they sure? I had to look at the package a second time to confirm, because these don't taste like raspberry. But what is that flavor? Blueberry? No, no, that's not it. Gooseberry? Uh-uh. Halle Berry? Silly! This Peep is puzzling. It's purple, has a generic "berry" flavor you can't quite place, and the crème is undetectable. There's even an odd tang to it. I can't tell if I like it or hate it. This chick messes with your head as well as your taste buds.
Peeps Delights Blueberry, Dipped in Dark Chocolate
These are the Real Housewives of Peeps. The blueberry and chocolate both have strong personalities and the flavors keep battling each other rather than play nice together. The resulting taste was almost metallic and disappointing enough to make you flip a table.
Peeps Filled Delights, Triple Chocolate
Now these Peeps are a decadent treat — classy, even! I felt like I should be eating them with my pinky out while sipping from a flute of champagne (eye monocle optional). They just feel very indulgent. Imagine you're eating a spoonful of chocolate mousse drizzled in chocolate syrup and topped with a chocolate square, all while Oprah gives you a hug. Now do you get it? I thought so.
Peeps Filled Delights, Vanilla Caramel Brownie
I didn't quite get a brownie vibe from these chicks. And I have to admit there was something a little unsettling about biting them in half and seeing their gooey caramel guts. But — call me a cannibal — I loved them! They taste like little ice cream sundaes, and it has me hoping that the Peeps peeps will release a banana split flavor in the future.