I like to think peppermint bark was created by someone who was frustrated with attempting to tear open the tight wrapper around candy canes.
They got so annoyed that they smashed every candy cane within sight with a sledgehammer, leaving behind a trail of white and red peppermint candy shards that were sharp enough to pierce through the wrapper that their nails and teeth couldn’t penetrate. Not wanting to waste those minty fragments, they decided to use it as a chocolate topping.
And the name “Bark” doesn’t come from it looking like snow-covered tree bark. Instead, it’s the loud cry the peppermint bark’s originator let out with each anger-releasing sledgehammer swing.
With Stuffed Puffs Chocolate Peppermint Bark, you don’t have to worry about hard-to-open wrappers, swinging sledgehammers, peppermint shards, or loud crying. They feature cocoa marshmallows with a pink peppermint-flavored filling, and it’s the first seasonal variety from Stuffed Puffs. (Sorry, pumpkin spice. Maybe next year?) It follows the original Stuffed Puffs (regular marshmallow with a chocolate filling) and Chocolate-on-Chocolate Stuffed Puffs (cocoa marshmallow with a chocolate filling).
I’ve always found the flavored interior of Stuffed Puffs to be unappetizing to look at. It appears crumbly and chalky. But, fortunately, its texture isn’t. When the filling melts in my mouth, it becomes creamy. The sweet peppermint flavor is mild, and there isn’t any cooling sensation from it.
While the mint is mild, the cocoa marshmallow coating has an even milder flavor. Actually, I don’t notice any cocoa notes while chewing it with the filling. I mean, if I told you to close your eyes and trust me to put something in your mouth, and this time I promise it’s not slimy, super spicy, or alive, you would probably think I’ve put a peppermint-flavored marshmallow that was either red or white-colored, but not cocoa-flavored.
The back of the bag encourages us to also roast, toast, bake, or melt it. Sure, I could add it to some hot cocoa, toast it over an open fire, or fill a water barrel, dump a bag of these into it, and go Stuffed Puffs bobbing. But I’m okay with popping one into my mouth. Not two, though. And definitely not three. I tried, but my dainty mouth couldn’t fit three.
Stuffed Puffs Chocolate Peppermint Bark may not have the cocoa flavor I expected, but they are a pleasant holiday treat.
DISCLOSURE: I received free samples of the product. (Thanks, Stuffed Puffs!) Doing so did not influence my review.
Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 8.6 oz bag
Purchased at: Received from Stuffed Puffs
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 pieces) 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 35 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.