SPOTTED: Skittles Dips

Skittles Dips

(Spotted by @TheJoshCatlett at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Breyers Limited Edition Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Breyers Limited Edition Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

What is Breyers Limited Edition Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream?

‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the store
No one craved ice cream, and even Dubba Scoops did not want any more;
The freezers were stocked to the brim with care
In hopes for warmer weather to soon be there;

But the folks at Breyers had all these ideas dancing through their heads
With visions of mint and frozen cocoa leading their team through winter’s dread;
Combining dark chocolate and peppermint ice creams, throwing in chocolatey chips, and everything else in sight
They thought, what more could one want to cap off a perfect Christmas night?

How is it?

Very chocolatey!

Breyers Limited Edition Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Top

Alright, maybe that’s something to be expected of a treat modeled after hot cocoa, but let me be clear, this stuff is way more cocoa-forward than I was expecting. I couldn’t even see the peppermint ice cream when I lifted the lid off this sucker, and it took a few inches of hardcore chiseling with a heavy-duty spoon to even find a thin seam of peppermint buried within all the chocolate slag.

The ice cream’s flavor is similarly disproportionate. Although the chocolate ice cream is good, it covers up what little presence the peppermint has in this tub. Eating slowly and intentionally, I could barely taste it, but, I mean, who usually eats ice cream mindfully and methodically? I’ll bet most people will plow through this container without ever noticing any peppermint.

Breyers Limited Edition Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Closeup

As for the chocolatey chips, they’re abundant and yummy, but I can’t help but feel as though they’re a bit misplaced. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t typically have solid chunks of chocolate in my hot cocoa. Instead of doubling down on the chocolate, Breyer’s could have brought this limited edition flavor home by mixing in miniature marshmallows or even crushed peppermint bits. Anything that could have helped the mint stand up to the chocolate’s overwhelming presence.

Is there anything else you should know?

For the Frozen Dairy Dessert haters out there, never fear, because this is actual ice cream. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, this flavor isn’t too different from Breyers’ 2017 Chocolate Mint ice cream. Oh well, at least this version has festive packaging.

Conclusion:

I wish this had had more peppermint to balance out all the chocolate, but, overall, it’s a decent ice cream. If you like your hot cocoa frozen, and you don’t mind crumbling a few candy canes on top, I’d say this is a solid choice if you’re looking for holiday-themed ice cream.

Purchased Price: $3.98
Size: 1.5-quart container
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 of a cup) 200 calories, 10 grams of total fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of total carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 21 grams of total sugars, 16 grams of added sugars, and 3 grams of protein.

SPOTTED (SEASONAL EDITION) – 11/21/2019

Here are some new seasonal products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts in the comments.

Oreo Fudge Covered  White Fudge Covered Gift Tin
Oreo Fudge Covered & White Fudge Covered Gift Tin

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Star Wars Tree Candy Cases
Star Wars Tree Candy Cases

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Palmer Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Snack Mix
Palmer Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Snack Mix

(Spotted by Sylvia at Dollar Tree.)

Theo Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Marshmallows
Theo Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Marshmallows
Theo Chocolate Covered Vanilla Bean Marshmallows
Theo Chocolate Covered Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Hershey s Holiday Mint Assortment
Hershey’s Holiday Mint Assortment

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Sprouts Speculoos Cookies
Sprouts Speculoos Cookies

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Palmer Bakery Delights Harvest Snack Mix
Palmer Bakery Delights Harvest Snack Mix

(Spotted by Sarah R at Safeway.)

Sprouts Assorted Holiday Pretzels
Sprouts Assorted Holiday Pretzels

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Sprouts Bulk Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Almonds
Sprouts Bulk Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Almonds

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Miss Jones Baking Co Organic Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffin Mix
Miss Jones Baking Co. Organic Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffin Mix

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Chevre Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Chevre Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Russell Stover Cheers Shaker
Russell Stover Cheers Shaker

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walgreens.)

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SPOTTED: Breyers Limited Edition Caramel Apple Pie

Breyers Limited Edition Caramel Apple Pie

Here’s the description, if you have nothing against frozen dairy dessert: vanilla with apples between two layers of caramel with shortbread pie crust pieces. (Spotted by Sylvia at Vons.)

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SPOTTED: Brach’s Peppermint Candy Corn & Buncha Crunch

Brach s Peppermint Candy Corn  Buncha Crunch

This got me wondering if there has ever been a mint Crunch bar. There was this Crunch Thin Mints bar, but not a mint version of the regular Crunch bar. The reason why my mind went down that snack rabbit hole is because I think mint Buncha Crunch would’ve been nice with this. (Spotted by Rachel C at Harmons Grocery.)

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REVIEW: Dunkin’ Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte

Dunkin Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte 1

Peppermint and chocolate make a magical team. Their combination is my most treasured flavor of the holiday season and one of my favorites year-round. Nothing makes me feel like everything is as right with the world as peppermint and chocolate when they’re doing their thing.

After taking a year off, Dunkin’ has brought back their peppermint mocha with a new name: The Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte. It’s a peppermint mocha topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, dusted with hot cocoa powder. It’s available hot or iced, and since it was nearly 90 degrees when I ordered it, I opted for the iced version.

Dunkin Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte 2

Being that it’s been a couple of years since I’ve had Dunkin’s peppermint mocha, I couldn’t remember if it always came with a sprinkle of hot cocoa powder on the whipped cream. This sounded really promising to me, but, unfortunately, the one I received had such little powder that it didn’t impact the taste of the whipped cream in any noticeable way.

Dunkin Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte Top

The chocolate in the latte was decadent, with a sweetness level was on par with semi-sweet chocolate. The syrup on top tasted exactly as I hoped it would. It was just as rich as the what’s in the drink and didn’t have that typical synthetic chocolate syrup flavor.

The peppermint level was perfectly balanced. It danced around with the chocolate and delicately enhanced the drink. It was strong enough to be prominent, but it didn’t feel like I had ravenously sucked down an entire tin of Altoids.

All this positivity aside, I was disappointed for one very important reason: I could not taste any form of coffee in the latte at all. The drink tasted like a delicious minty chocolate milk on ice, but not any type of legitimate mocha or latte.

I can’t be certain if the Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte was supposed to taste like this or if I got a dud. Judging by the simple discrepancy between the cocoa powder on my drink and the promo photographs, I’m leaning towards the latter.

This time around, Dunkin’ failed to give me the full “warm and fuzzy” experience that I was craving. Taking a year off from the peppermint mocha has clearly made them a little rusty.

Purchased Price: $4.29
Size: Medium
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 340 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 56 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein.