I love it when I go shopping for one thing and end up finding something else instead. That’s what happened when I went holiday shopping the other day. I went in looking for a certain gift and ended up walking out with a box of the new Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch. Isn’t the box pretty? I love how festive it is!
Junior Mints and I have a sordid history. As a kid I’d only really have them at Halloween since they weren’t something I’d ask for. Each year when I’d give them a try, I knew why. I was never a big fan of mint and chocolate (although I’m warming up to it now) and they’d always end up in the trash.
Now that I do enjoy Junior Mints on occasion, I was eager to give these new ones a try. They smell the same as regular variety and right away you can see a difference. The usually smooth, dark chocolate coating is now bumpy with little red nonpareils that show through. It’s a little strange, but not off-putting at all.
They break easily once bitten into and you get a surge of that wonderful minty-ness. I chewed and enjoyed the flavor… and then realized, where’s the crunch? Puzzled, I reached for another. This time I purposely chewed it and still nothing. Huh. The third time, I tried to wait for the chocolate and fondant to melt in my mouth, but I grew impatient and ended up chewing it again before I could recognize the new texture.
I guess what it is with these is that they’re the same Junior Mints we all know and love (though they do seem a little smaller in size to me) but with nonpareils in them that I don’t feel in my mouth when I eat them. Instead they look festive in an odd “there’s sprinkles in my chocolate” sort of way. If the crunch only adds visual appeal, all I can ask is why? When I think of putting pretty candy in a dish for guests I don’t think Junior Mints, and these certainty don’t change my mind.
Yet another example of just sticking to the original….
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