I don’t know why I keep punishing myself. I am not a fan of Peeps, but like many people around the holidays, I get lured into eating all kinds of junk that I wouldn’t normally eat just because it has some festive gimmick flavor.
Case in point:
Candy cane-flavor Peeps.
Let me spare you the effort of buying them yourself and tell you that they are gross and don’t taste anything like candy cane or peppermint. They taste like regular Peeps. That is, cheap, rapidly dissolving marshmallows that have been rolled in sugar.
They smell like peppermint though. Or at least the packaging does. When I sniff the Peeps themselves, they have no scent. Yet when I sniff the package, there’s definitely a Scope mint mouthwash aroma going on.
This product fails because it doesn’t taste like candy canes, it doesn’t smell like candy canes and it’s Peeps.
As we march on in search of truth about the mysterious Monster Pops, let us not forget about McDonald’s peppermint sundae. I’ve made no secret that this item is at the top of my list of foods I want BACK in production. It’s a no-brainer really. Ice cream + peppermint syrup + holidays = $$$. Why McDonald’s ever dropped this one from the menu I’ll never know– but WAIT! I WILL know because I just sent the McDonald’s Corporation a letter requesting the return of and information on this delicious treat. Here’s the letter… Will I get a reply?
“To the fine makers of Chicken McNuggets, Oreo McFlurries, and those wonderfully golden french fries…
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand up for what he believes in, no matter what the cost. They say a man that stands for nothing will fall for anything, and I’m writing to tell you that I stand (well, I’m actually leaning back on my desk chair) firm in my belief that your fine company once produced one of the greatest desserts ever– the peppermint sundae. Or would that be the McPeppermint sundae?
Now, as a child, I remember having this wonderful holiday treat back in the 80s and the whole world wants confirmation that it actually existed. A picture or a few words from a company spokesperson explaining the history behind the peppermint sundae will suffice. Were there two different flavors or just two different colors? I seem to remember a red syrup and a green syrup.
I say this to you, you simply must return the peppermint sundae to the TOP of the holiday dessert heap! Forget about doing any market research, if you put out a frosty pepperminty treat during the holidays– it is going to sell. I can’t fathom why the peppermint sundae went extinct, but let’s make 2008 a comeback year!”
UPDATE: The pictures shown above are a strawberry sundae and a Shamrock mint sundae, both a virtually identical to what the peppermint sundae would have looked like. I’m pretty sure red & green syrup were offered. Red being peppermint and green being mint. We at least know that the mint sundae existed at some point, but darnit, I want my peppermint sundae!