REVIEW: Peeps Pancakes & Syrup

Peeps Pancakes  Syrup

Well, it seems that Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Left in its wake are wilted roses, broken hearts, and a ransacked holiday aisle at the grocery store.

But wait! What’s that, beyond the carnage of unwanted Sweethearts and Palmer’s chocolate-flavored hearts? It’s Easter to the rescue! Here comes the (REAL) chocolate bunnies! The Reese’s Eggs! The Cadbury Crème Eggs! Jellybeans! And let’s not forget a rainbow of marshmallow Peeps! Yellow Peeps, pink Peeps, blue Peeps, green Peeps, and…brown Peeps?

Taking the next step in marrying breakfast with dessert, Just Born Inc. teamed up with Kroger to bring Pancakes & Syrup Peeps into Easter baskets everywhere for the frugal price of only $1.99 per ten-chick pack. Being the cash strapped, deal hunting college student that I am, I decided to pick up two packs, on sale, for $3.00.

Ripping open the bag, I immediately pick up on the promised syrup aspect, although I can’t say I smell anything that reminds me of pancakes. I’d compare the smell more to maple extract than to a pancake breakfast complete with all the fixin’s.

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Before I taste them, though, let’s take a moment to dissect how these chicks look. Now, I understand that they were trying to make me think “syrup” by coloring this variety of Peeps light brown, but this particular shade, combined with the shape that Peeps normally have, reminds me of a small pile of poop. Not that I want my marshmallows to be particularly photogenic or anything, but I still think that Peeps & Co. could have stood to work on the aesthetics of these guys a little more before they hit shelves.

But the big question is, “How do they taste?”

Well, I definitely get the syrup flavor. It’s not like an authentic maple syrup flavor, though. It’s more of like a “pancake” syrup flavor that’s going to remind you of Aunt Jemima’s. It actually kind of makes me nostalgic for my old dieting days when I doused everything with Walden Farms Sugar-Free Syrup. I guess that that’s maybe where the “natural & artificial flavor” is shining through.

I’m still not getting anything that reminds me of pancakes, though. Either they forgot to put it in, or the syrup flavor is overpowering it. Other than that, it’s a standard Peeps experience, complete with soft, plushy chicks that have a crunchy sugared coating.

Normally I’d just end it here, but I want to pursue this breakfast/dessert merger for a minute and bring these Peeps into the realm of syrup-ception by dicing up a few, cooking them INTO pancakes, and then dousing THEM in syrup for the ultimate in early morning sugar bomb.

And the results are nothing short of spectacular!

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The Peeps kind of melt into the dough to create these little maple-marshmallow pockets in the pancakes, and the lake of real maple syrup on top just brings the whole experience full circle. Forget about cereal, THIS is the way marshmallows were meant to be eaten for breakfast!

(Nutrition Facts – 4 chicks – 110 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 0 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 24 grams of sugars, and 1 gram of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.50 (on sale)
Size: 10 chicks
Purchased at: Kroger
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Signs of spring! On sale! Soft and plushy! Delicious when cooked into real pancakes!
Cons: Tastes like “pancake” syrup. No pancake flavor on their own. Kind of looks like little piles of poop.

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Impulsive Buy Reviewer Meghan

Hiya to all my fellow junk food foodies out there! My name’s Ms. Meghan, and I’m ever so very pleased to be the newest addition to The Impulsive Buy’s elite circle of reviewers!

So, who am I?

Well, I’m a lot of things!

  • A full-time university student perusing a degree in Health Promotion.
  • A part-time worker in my town’s local health-food store.
  • I’m a pretty good cook.
  • I have a ServSafe Manager Certification.
  • I make homemade soaps and lotions.
  • I brew my own kombucha.
  • I’m 100 pounds lighter than I was five years ago.

And I bet by now you’re wondering, “What the heck is THIS girl doing here writing junk food reviews?” My response is that it’s all about balance, my fair foodie friends! While I certainly enjoy my new-normal diet of fruit, yogurt, and protein powder, I still find it comforting to indulge in all of my old staples.

My culinary know-how is more likely to be put to use in making cakes and pastries than it is in making some kale and quinoa bowl. If you offer me ice cream or birthday cake-flavored anything, there’s no way I’m going to turn you down. And don’t tell my coworkers, but my recycled kombucha bottle is just as likely to be filled with Mountain Dew Code Red as it is actual kombucha.

Seeing new treats in the forbidden inner aisles of the grocery store and trying to nag my poor mother into buying them for me has been something that I’ve always gotten endless joy from. But now that I’m all grown up and have my own set of wheels to get me to the store and my own money to buy snacks with, there’s no longer anyone or anything that can choc-block* me!

So, considering that about 20,000 new food products come out each year (according to the USDA Economic Research Service, at least) I guess it’s time for me to get munching! Arm yourselves with sporks and grabs some digestive enzymes, guys, because it’s going to be a wild ride!

*Choc-block – When one individual blocks their friend/family member/acquaintance from buying and eating some well-deserved chocolate.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (FROZEN TREATS EDITION) – 2/23/2017

Here are some interesting new or limited edition frozen treats found by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Blue Bunny Mini Swirls Mint Cookie Crunch

Blue Bunny Mini Swirls Mint Cookie Crunch

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Vanilla Fudge Brownie

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Vanilla Fudge Brownie

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Chocolate Hazelnut

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Chocolate Hazelnut

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Strawberry Cheesecake

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Strawberry Cheesecake

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Mint Chocolate Twist

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Mint Chocolate Twist

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Breyers Delights Mini s Vanilla Cupcake

Breyers Delights Mini’s Vanilla Cupcake

There’s also a chocolate version, but these are the only two flavors. Sorry, Breyers Delights Butter Pecan fans! (Spotted by Breanna at Food Lion.)

Graeter s Dark Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Graeter’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Graeter s S mores Ice Cream

Graeter’s S’mores Ice Cream

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Gelato Fiasco Sunken Treasure and Doughing Me Doughing You

Gelato Fiasco Sunken Treasure and Doughing Me, Doughing You

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Giant Nature s Promise Organic Non Dairy Frozen Dessert  Vanilla and Mint Chocolate Chip

Giant Nature’s Promise Organic Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Vanilla and Mint Chocolate Chip)

Giant Nature s Promise Organic Non Dairy Frozen Dessert  Milk Chocolate and Himalayan Salted Caramel

Giant Nature’s Promise Organic Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Milk Chocolate and Himalayan Salted Caramel)

(Spotted by Caitlin J at Giant.)

Chilly Cow Bars  Mint Dark Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie Batter

Chilly Cow Bars (Mint Dark Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie Batter)

Chilly Cow Bars  Vanilla Graham Swirl and Brown Butter Salted Caramel

Chilly Cow Bars (Vanilla Graham Swirl and Brown Butter Salted Caramel)

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Fanta Green Apple

Fanta Green Apple

Fanta Green Apple  2 Liter

Fanta Green Apple has probably been around in other countries for years, but I could’ve sworn I’ve had it before in the U.S. (Spotted by Josh G at 7-Eleven and David L at Sam’s Mart.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Good Humor Reese’s Bar

Good Humor Reese s Bar

Do these Good Humor Reese’s Bars taste Reele’s good? (Spotted by @JunkFoodJeff at Meijer.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.