Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sanders Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties

Sanders tells us they're known more for dessert toppings than candy, but our panel literally spilt down the middle (see video) during a recent taste test. We sampled Dark Chocolate Peppermints Patties and Milk Chocolate Caramels, then Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge and Cinnamon Pear dessert toppings. One topping and one candy prevailed.
Most of the chocolate covered caramels went missing before arriving at the test kitchen. Okay, I ate all but two, but we're talking about the mint patties now.
Neither Pam nor Nanci cared for the Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties, and I didn't like them much at first, especially compared to the caramels. We all agreed they were heavily imbued with peppermint, and Nanci, who apparently has a thing for Junior Mints, found them too large. Pam couldn't taste the chocolate, and she wants to taste the chocolate.
I found one of the mints sitting in a wax bag next to the computer a few days later, and was better able to appreciate the icy filling and thin dark coating. It seemed like more of a refreshing breath mint this time round. I'd eat an even larger one, and think they'd go well halved in a dish of ice cream. All but the few we sampled were eaten within 24 hours (I'm guessing less) after leaving the box with my parents.
I thought the patties a creamy mint tonic that grew on you, Pam and Nanci thought the peppermint overwhelmed an oversized candy.

6 comments:

choc snob said...

Is that Ray Charles I hear?

Jeanna Olson said...

Only if it's legal.

Dom said...

Oh, I see you got the same box of goodies from Sanders as I did.

I actually preferred the peppermints to the caramels... I'll be posting my review shortly.

Jeanna Olson said...

I was the only one who liked the peppermints (besides my parents), and that was when I had them first thing to cut through morning breath.
How did you taste the topping? I think we should have used those little sampling spoons like they have at the deli.
Will look for your review. I still have the toppings to write up.

Dom said...

I tried tasting the toppings with a teaspoon at first... they're *very* sweet. So then I went out and bought some expensive vanilla ice cream and tried it on that... much better. And then I chopped up one of the caramels and put that on too.

Then it was delicious. :)

Jeanna Olson said...

I got the best ice cream I could find at the PDQ. Chopping up the caramels seems a stroke of genius. Too bad I'd eaten most of them.