Let’s be honest, no one really likes Peeps. I’m confident that no one on Earth would qualify it as their favorite candy. But if anyone could get people to like Peeps, it would be Oreo.
Oreo is coming off a hot streak in 2016, where essentially every candy creation they made turned to gold. 2017 started off nicely for them too as nothing went more viral than the Swedish Fish Oreo.
So just in time for Easter, Oreo has unveiled their newest collaboration, and it’s a great one. Yes, Peeps Oreo lives up to the reputation of the seasonal candy that is on the inside – in that they are not that colorful, only available one time a year, but not that great overall.
The most noticeable thing about Peeps Oreo is that the marshmallow filling is hot pink (practically neon). It’s quite festive and goes well with the Easter season – in that it’s bright and sugary. There are the signature Peeps sparkle to the filling, though you can’t see it in the photo.
Other than that, there’s nothing too distinguishable about this Oreo. It’s a white cookie outside with a rather bland Peep marshmallow filling inside. The best thing about it is the fact that it’s now dying people’s tongues and poop bright pink!
Honestly, I had about 6 of these and I did not suffer from this side effect. I think you would have to eat an entire sleeve for this to be an issue – just my two cents.
Overall though, the candy is fun, and a good one to include in an Easter basket. Other than the gimmick it doesn’t offer any real staying power, but I more than expect it to be a part of Easter for years to come. We all know Oreo is better than Peeps anyway.
Conclusion: A big bag for someone with a big sweet tooth.
Flavors: Tangerine, Green Apple, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Cherry
Easter is a great holiday because its candy selection is topnotch– fact. Every Easter, you have your Cadbury Cream Eggs, your Reese’s Eggs, and of course, your fair share of jelly beans around the supermarket. All are great choices, but if you’re a sweet tooth like me, you always go for the jelly beans. That’s because every company takes a little different approach to them. Over the years, I’ve ate probably 1000 individual jelly beans (maybe an exaggeration), and I don’t plan on stopping any Easter soon.
One of my personal favorites is Starburst Jelly Beans. They do it right, taking their classic flavors and reappropriating them into jellybean form. It’s almost an improvement, just because they can be less chewy than a normal Starburst. Even better, they sell them in a huge bag, that makes them great for sharing, or so you can eat 500 and then feel sick. It’s not a bad deal. If you can swoop on some after the holiday on sale, they make a great bulk candy to keep around the house.
In particular, I like the “sour” version of the Starburst Jelly Beans (to no one’s surprise). On the whole, I don’t find them to be all that “sour” so don’t be scared about that. Your green apples and blue raspberries do their best, but the rest aren’t really sour. There’s a sheer variety and uniqueness to the flavors that you don’t get with an average jelly bean pack. There’s green apple, lemon, tangerine (!), watermelon, blue raspberry AND cherry– all your essentials and then some. It’s that signature Starburst flavor that isn’t generic feeling in the least bit.
Substituting regular orange with tangerine is an awesome move; you don’t see that one every day. So for me, that’s my favorite. All the flavors really make eating these a fun experience regardless. It’s kind of impossible to finish a whole bag in one sitting (even for someone like me), so sharing with everyone around Easter is probably the best way to go about this. Bring them into the office Monday and leave a bowl by your desk; it’ll be a good way to make friends.
Conclusion: Translation: Sometimes you just need to make some money…
Flavors: Banana, Blueberry
I found the Mike and Ike Minions Mix on sale at my local Vons. It was obvious that the promotion was a few months past being relevant. However, a promotion like this is always interesting, because it usually means the company is trying new flavors. That is the case here, but for whatever reason, they decided to limit them to two new flavors– banana and blueberry.
The combination of the two is odd. I assume they wanted the box to look like the actual “minions” themselves. Plus, in the Despicable Me films they have a weird obsession with bananas, so it’s fitting. The banana flavor is good. I’ve never been a big fan myself, but it does seem that it would be great in a sort of “tropical” themed Mike and Ike box. With this box though, I can’t say the same.
When I tried to eat both at the same time (as is natural, who eats Mike and Ike’s one at a time?), I can’t say it was fun. I see why there’s not a lot of blueberry-banana shakes around. The flavors just don’t mesh well together. I really like blueberry and kind of like banana. But I guess I hate blueberry banana.
If they wanted to keep the aesthetics of the box, I would have gone for another “blue” flavor; perhaps something like blue raspberry or just generic berry. And that’s only if they feel it was necessary to keep banana for marketing purposes.
I say that now, but any combination of blue and yellow flavors could have been tricky. I will say that at least these flavors are unique. I don’t see too many blueberry candies out there, so I credit Mike and Ike for the risk.
As a promotional tool, I definitely see no issue with the Mike and Ike Minions Mix. However, I don’t see these flavors, or the combination of them, staying longer than they are on the sale rack at Vons. As soon as they are sold out, I’m sure that Mike and Ike will retire this box, at least until the next Minions movie comes around. Until then, I would stick with the originals and keep clear of this box– no matter how cute you think the Minions are.
Conclusion: Recommend only if you ate one from ages 5-13
Flavors: Here, I’ve reviewed the MILK CHOCOLATE only. I’ve never had the dark chocolate, but it is out there. I’ve even seen new cordial blueberries in stores lately. I haven’t had those either, but if you have some extra boxes of anything laying around the house after the holidays, be sure to contact me. I’d be happy to take them off your hands!