Peepsters

Peepsters

Nothing like Peeps, but still pretty good
The idea behind Peepsters (I gather) is to take Peeps up-market. But in doing so, they have pretty much abandoned everything that made Peeps great and distinctive and so very very sugary gritty pastel colored awesome. Peepsters aren't bad - in fact, they are pretty tasty - but I am a little bit scandalous that they use the Peeps name in this way, for such an un-Peep-like product.
 
I wasn't really paying attention when I bought the bag at the store. I saw Peeps, I didn't recognize it, I bought it, end of story. So you can imagine my surprise when I got it home and opened the bag to find… things that were not Peeps. The bag was full of candies each about the size of a Dove chocolate, individually wrapped in pastel-colored foil. 
 
Peepsters are shaped like large gumdrops, or perhaps like a slightly plump Rolo. I bought the milk chocolate version, and the milk chocolate is also very Dove-like. It made me wonder if they actually contracted with Dove to use their chocolate, or if they simply were able to mix up a mock-Dove chocolate recipe of their own.
 
Inside each Peepster is something which is described on the package as "Smooth Marshmallow Flavored Creme." Leaving aside the issue that "marshmallow flavored" should be hyphenated, I wouldn't exactly say the filling tastes like marshmallows. Obviously it ought to, if it's a Peep product. But mostly it just tastes like every other sweet white filling, from Oreos to Cadbury Creme Eggs. It tastes, you know. White.
 
The filling's texture is creamy without being either liquid (like a Cadbury Creme Egg) or sticky and springy (like marshmallow). In other words, it is nothing like a Peep. I was kind of expecting to get a small nugget of Peep in the middle, and this is not that.
 
Peepsters are delicious, though. Let me be clear about that. And delicious in a somewhat classy way. You could definitely set these out in a candy dish at the office without risking people's ridicule, or upturned noses. I mean, you probably wouldn't want to waste these on your coworkers, those ungrateful wretches. But if you did, they would appreciate it. Not like a lot of other Easter candy, which is geared towards children, and tends to come from that "cheap candy" palette. 
 
I dislike individually wrapped candies on principle. But at least these are wrapped in foil, which is less wasteful than plastic wrap. And again, the individual wrapping makes these more office-friendly. (I get germophobic about dishes of unwrapped candy, have you seen how people just jam their hands in and rummage around? Gross.)