Thursday, 26 March 2009

March 26th: York Sugar Free Peppermint Patties

Kcal 80 Fat 3.5g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 28.0g (per 36.0g - 3 pieces)

To say my experiences with the Hershey's Sugar Free range has had its ups and downs would be slightly understating matters. The Reese's and Hershey's with Caramel were both notably awful, though the original Hershey's Chocolates were a bit more to my liking. Today I sampled the fourth out of the range *IShop4YouII* sent me - the York Sugar Free Peppermint Patties. These were formed of dark chocolate filled with a peppermint creme.

These Peppermint Patties came in a bag that weighed 85.0g, which contained about 8 pieces. It is worth looking at the very low nutritional values - these are definitely an option you should take note of if your on a diet and in need of a chocolaty hit. In regards to presentation the outer packaging looked little different to the standard York Peppermint Pattie. The pieces themselves were contained within neat looking foil packages, that kept the chocolates smelling fantastically fresh with their strong minty aromas. The chocolates varied little aesthetically to the standard York Peppermint Pattie. Aside from the obvious size difference, the only other thing of note was the fact that the centres appeared less viscous.

I was a little surprised to find that I would most likely would have struggled to distinguish these and the originals in a blind taste test. Obviously as previously mentioned the limper texture of the Sugar Free variant would ultimately have given it away, however in regards to flavours I would say they were pretty indistinguishable. The dark chocolate was not the most flavoursome, though was still able to establish some mild cocoa flavours in the mouth before the real ferocity of the peppermint centres told. Much like I found with the original Peppermint Pattie, I really enjoyed the mint filling. It was extremely sweet, though really had a nice level of peppermint flavouring, which ultimately made it very refreshing and cool in its taste. These were an incredibly moreish product, however given the 'laxative effects' warning on the back I was again cautious about eating that many at a time.

Overall these delivered a far better experience than the some of the other variants from the Sugar Free range. The dark chocolate could again have been implemented far thicker in order to substantiate a greater cocoa presence, though I guess it just isn't regarded as that important due to the product focus being on the mint filling. Personally I would still choose the original York Peppermint Pattie over this one, however if your eating a restricted diet these are very much worth contemplating.

7.2 out of 10
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