Limited Edition Pink Marshmallow Peeps Oreos Review

So, Peeps Oreos. I’ll get this out of the way, first: I don’t really like Peeps. It’s not that I find them utterly repulsive, they’re just kind of a let-down. I really like the texture of the crunchy-ish outer sugar sparkle layer. Even better when the Peeps have been exposed to air for a few hours, so that they’re a bit chewier. The problem is that somehow, they just don’t taste right to me. It’s kind of like Twinkies (except Peeps are not offensively repulsive like Twinkies, tbh) – I go in expecting a specific flavor – sugary vanilla marshmallow for Peeps, yellow cake and sweet vanilla cream for Twinkies (instead of the putrid hellcake and whatever that gross cream is supposed to be that, in reality, are somehow so beloved by people without taste buds) – and instead, it’s just kind of… close, but no cigar? There’s just something a little bland about Peeps beyond that initial sugar crust.

So when Oreo announced an Easter/Spring Limited Edition collab with Peeps in the form of Peeps Oreos, it didn’t really gross me out the way it did some people – I kind of figured, okay, at BEST, this is going to be vaguely marshmallow-flavored cream with some sugar crystals and food coloring in between Golden Oreos. Nothing groundbreaking, but the sugar crystal crunch sounded appealing enough that I grabbed a package and tossed in into my cart. Plus, you know, I like to justify my impulsive junk food purchases by promising myself to review them here afterwards ?

So, how did I end up liking these limited edition Oreos? Click the read more for my full Peeps Oreos review!

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Limited Edition Gingerbread Twix Review

I’m a big fan of limited edition snacks. Seriously, if you’ve ever been browsing your local grocery store and wondered “who actually buys this stuff?” when faced with Beer-Can Chicken flavoured potato chips or Watermelon Oreos: it’s me! I do. Probably too often, in fact. But I love trying new snack foods, and when the flavours are creative or unusual, my curiosity generally gets the best of me.

Sometimes, though, a limited edition comes around that’s less of a “how/why did they come up with this?” and more of a “why did it take them so long?” situation. Gingerbread Twix definitely fall into this category for me. As someone who has long been a fan of chocolate lebkuchen (seriously, what is better than soft gingerbread cookie with a crispy chocolate outer shell?), the chocolate/gingerbread combination is already something that I love. The addition of caramel would be the wild card, but honestly – spiced caramel is pretty pleasant (honestly, I’m not sure why spiced milk caramels aren’t more of a thing come wintertime) so the only real worry that I had was that the entire confection would end up being too sweet… but overall, this was me when I considered how they might taste:

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to track these Gingerbread Twix in stores before they were out of season – so I kept an eye on those LE snack resellers on Amazon (you know the ones – they’ve always got Amazon shops full of whatever seasonal goodies they could get their hands on, usually exorbitantly overpriced). Because here’s the thing: winter LEs usually have sell-by dates of the next spring/summer, and any Amazon hoarders who still have a supply will start dropping their prices in desperation around late April to Early May in hopes of at least breaking even before the snacks are too old to sell.

So last week, I was able to get my hands on a bag of the Gingerbread Twix for $3.99 w/Prime free shipping. Their retail value was $2.98, so the seller did make a profit, but I was curious enough to pay the extra $1.01 for a chance to try them. Twix are some of my favorite candy bars, so my faith in them probably helped sway me towards the ‘add to cart’ button!

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You get a 10 ounce bag of the little fun-sized Gingerbread Twix bars. I’ve always thought that fun-size Twix were the perfect size, since they’re relatively heavy candy bars – often I don’t feel like eating an entire normal sized one all at once, mostly because the denser caramel and thicker cookie are pretty filling. Having these little bars to grab throughout the past week-ish has been pretty nice!

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Coffee-Mate Abuelita Mexican Chocolate Liquid Creamer Review

Like so many others, I have fond memories of making Abuelita hot cocoa as a child. I’ve always been big on hot drinks – blame my mother for getting me started with Cambric tea when I was still just a toddler. There’s something so enjoyable and comforting to me about a mug full of warm coffee, milk or chai tea, or hot cocoa – preferably in a super cute mug with whipped cream and some seasonally-colored sprinkles to complete the experience! And when it comes to hot chocolate, I’ve always liked the spiced varieties best. Chalk it up to growing up in southern California and getting used to the spices and chiles being in everything from brownies (my mom has been making jalapeno brownies for as long as I can remember) and other sweets to the more obvious savory sauces and meats. So it’s a no brainer that when it comes to hot chocolate, of course I’d favor the varieties with an extra kick, whether it’s from actual chilis or, as is the case with Abuelita, just some cinnamon for a tiny punch of heat.


Abuelita Hot Cocoa

So when I saw that Coffee-Mate had introduced an Abuelita flavored variety of their liquid coffee creamers, of course I snapped it up immediately! I tend to make my coffee very strong (I need the heavy dosage of caffeine for my neurons to start firing properly in the morning tbh), and while I definitely enjoy the roasty-toasted marshmallow notes in a lot of the very dark coffees that I buy, I like to add a tablespoon of some sort of creamer in to smooth things out and complement the whipped cream that I always use to top off my cuppa.

Dojima would probably not approve.

Dojima Coffee Comic by hiimdaisy

I’ve already used the entire bottle, so unfortunately I can’t give you any custom photos. I mean, I’m pretty sure that a pic of an empty creamer container in my recycling bin isn’t really that appealing, so forgive me for skipping that and just using the official image from the Coffee-Mate website. You still get the idea!

Coffee-Mate Abuelita Liquid Creamer

The consistency is the same as pretty much all Coffee-Mate liquid creamers – kind of a slightly creamier/thicker-than-usual milk. Considering that the base of their liquid creamers is, well, milk and cream, that’s not really surprising. However, unlike most of their varieties, the Abuelita liquid creamer is actually brown in color – the color of light chocolate milk. It gives your coffee a pleasing color when mixed together, in my opinion. If you only drink very light brews, it actually might darken your coffee!

One of the reasons that I tend to favor Coffee-Mate liquid creamers almost exclusively is that I find them to be missing the weird chemical aftertaste that I get from International, Bailey’s, and other liquid creamer brands. I usually use Coffee-Mate’s Natural Bliss line because that sort of simple creaminess tends to be my main purpose in using coffee creamer, and the NB series manages to deliver that without any synthetic ingredients, thus avoiding any weird flavor issues. However, I’ve been pleased enough with the special editions in their “normal” creamers – while they don’t taste as good overall in my opinion as the Natural Bliss varieties, they tend to dodge the crappy aftertaste. I’m happy to report that the Abuelita variety also manages to avoid the synthetic aftertaste pitfall. You actually feel like you’ve added chocolate milk to your coffee, not milk and melted plastic (International creamers, I’m looking at you) or nothing at all (Bailey’s creamer, to me, somehow managed to taste like absolutely nothing yet still give a funny aftertaste).

However, for me personally, all I could really pick out was the chocolate milk taste. I didn’t get ANY cinnamon or spice flavor, so in that aspect this creamer was a bit of a disappointment – I was hoping for the warmth and spice that I remembered from the actual Abuelita discs, but that just wasn’t present.

This creamer does, at least, work as a nice real-chocolate flavor to add to your coffee. I’ll probably purchase it again for this purpose as no stores near me actually stock the Natural Bliss Chocolate flavor, and this is a decent stand-in for days when I want a touch of cocoa in my latte.

Ideally, though, I’d love if Coffee-Mate reformulated this creamer and amped up the cinnamon so that I could really feel like this product was worthy of the Abuelita label. So, in a nutshell, this is my Coffee-Mate Abuelita Mexican Chocolate Liquid Creamer Review: it’s a nice, mild chocolate creamer, but don’t expect the warmth and spice of actual Abuelita hot cocoa.

*The Persona 4 comic used in this article is from the infamous hiimdaisy (now known as gigidigi) Persona comic. If you like it, I encourage you to go check out Cucumber Quest – it’s her new webcomic and it is gorgeous and adorable.