The Good: Great aftertaste, Easy to prepare, Affordable
The Bad: Weaker chocolate flavor, Mint flavor does not endure
The Basics: York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup lacks the peppermint kick fans of York Peppermint Patties or actual chocolate will want.
Following on the heels of the Heath Magic Topping ice cream topping review I wrote (that’s here!), I thought it was important to keep trying different ice cream toppings to create more of a library of topping reviews. So, I thought I would try the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup. This is a Hershey’s product and is thicker than any of their other chocolate syrups I have had (but not reviewed) to date!
The York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup is part of Hershey’s ice cream topping line and it works just like a chocolate syrup, though it does not blend with milk to make a chocolate mint milk (rather disappointingly). The 15 oz. bottle has a flip top which allows one to squeeze the fluid out onto ice cream. This doesn’t solidify, but it is one of the sundae syrups that does not run when placed on ice cream.
Ease Of Preparation
One need not even shake the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup. Simply remove the safety seal, flip open the cap and squeeze out the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup. There is no trick to using this sundae syrup.
For all of my ice cream topping reviews, I am utilizing Blue Bunny Chocolate Chip ice cream (reviewed here!) as it provides a neutral flavor base.
On its own, the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup smells exceptionally minty. This has an inviting aroma. Straight out of the bottle the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup sweet and slightly dry, sweeter than dark chocolate. It has almost no mint flavor to the primary taste. However, a peppermint flavor kicks in for the aftertaste, though is dissipates within twenty seconds.
On ice cream, the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup is even more mild, almost robbed of any dark chocolate flavor. The syrup is chocolate flavored, but the flavor is more like a milk chocolate than a bold dark chocolate. The peppermint flavor is virtually nonexistent when this is on ice cream.
York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup is a dessert topping therefore not the most nutritious things in the known world. I was shocked that there was nothing unrecognizable in the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup, but given that it comes from Hershey’s, perhaps I should not have been surprised! The primary ingredients are high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and water. None of the ingredients insinuate that this is not vegan compliant and there are no allergy warnings on the bottle.
What is not a mystery is how high this product is in sugars. In each 2 Tb serving (who measures this out, as opposed to squirting it on their ice cream?!) of York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup, there are 100 calories, none of which come from fat! As a fat free product, it is easy to enjoy this quite a bit without guilt! While there is no fat and no cholesterol, a consumer gets 1% of their recommended daily allowance of sodium out of a single serving of this topping! There is a little protein, but not enough to live off this. This is not a bad-for-you product!
So long as one leaves the York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup in its bottle, refrigerated after being opened, it ought to stay usable. Given that it has an expiration date almost a year away, one assumes it will last quite a while unopened. I was surprised, though, that one 15 oz. bottle yields only eleven servings, but it does seem to stretch.
Cleanup is very easy as a general rule as it may easily be wiped up with a warm cloth. Because it is a chocolate base, this ice cream topping does stain. On dishes, it washes off very easily.
York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup is good, but it ends up as a basic chocolate sauce as opposed to something that lives up to its promised flavor.
For other ice cream products, please visit my reviews of:
Cuisinart ICE-20 Ice Cream Maker
Edy's Peppermint Limited Edition Ice Cream
Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla
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