Saturday, May 6, 2017

Party Cake Peeps Are Momentarily Delightful . . . But Not Enduringly Great.

The Good: Realistic flavor, Inexpensive
The Bad: Flavor fades fairly quickly, Lack of nutritional value
The Basics: Party Cake Peeps are fun for a few seconds before they turn into a somewhat generic marshmallow-flavored Peeps candy.

My recent trip out of state put me out of town around Easter, which is usually a prime time for me to hit after-holiday sales for sweets. It was no surprise to me, then, that when I returned home, my wife and my mother had taken advantage of after-Easter sales in my absence. When I returned home, the house was packed with a variety of different flavors of Peeps (reviewed here!). So, I figured I would prioritize some of those candies with my reviews and try some of the new (to me) flavors! Tonight, that takes the form of trying Party Cake Peeps.

One of the big surprises of the Party Cake Peeps is that they actually (at least temporarily) taste like a vanilla cake!


Party Cake Peeps are a frosting and cake flavored marshmallow candy that have been on the market for a little while. In recent years, specialized Peeps have been released for Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas and at other random times throughout the year in addition to the usual Easter. Party Cake Peeps are usually widely available from anywhere from $2 - $3 for a ten-piece pack and they seem to be stocked year-round at stores like Five Below.

Each Party Cake Peep is almost two inches long by 1 1/2" wide and tall and they are sugar-coated marshmallow candies. The sugar coating is bright blue with speckles that mimic confetti and the Party Cake Peeps are the standard little duckling shape.

Ease Of Preparation

Party Cake Peeps are pretty simple to prepare. Simply unwrap the plastic on the cardboard trays and pull apart the marshmallow Party Cake Peeps. It's that easy. More often than not, the Party Cake Peeps are gooey on the side at which they were attached to the other Peeps in the container. Simply breaking up the Party Cake Peeps and eating them is all the prep this candy requires.


The Party Cake Peeps smell lightly of cake and something sweeter, which insinuates in the mind the scent of a delightful, sugary frosting. The Party Cake Peeps are inviting enough to fool the olfactory sense into believing the consumer is about to indulge in eating a big slice of cake!

In the mouth, the Party Cake Peeps have an instant burst of flavor that tastes light, fluffy, sweet and slightly baked . . . just like a white cake. As the flavor hits its peak on the tongue, there is the hint of something sweet like frosting, right before the flavor plummets into a generically sweet, marshmallow flavor like one expects from Peeps. No matter how many Party Cake Peeps one eats in a row, the flavor does not become any more enduring. Instead, there is a burst of the variety flavor, then it bottoms out into a familiar and generic marshmallow Peeps flavor. That is not bad, but it is not nearly as distinct or strong as it ought to be.

The Party Cake Peeps leave a very sweet aftertaste in the mouth that endures for several minutes after the last of the Peeps are consumed.


Party Cake Peeps are not particularly nutritious, but that's to be expected with candy. The ten Party Cake Peeps in a package represent two five-chick (42 gram) servings. A serving has 140 calories, none of which are from fat. There are 20 mg of sodium and only 1 gram of protein. There are no vitamins or other nutritional benefits to Peeps.

Party Cake Peeps are primarily made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin. Party Cake Peeps are gluten free and are not Vegan compliant considering there is gelatin in them. There is nothing overly unfamiliar in the ingredient list, so these are not the worst candies ever.


Party Cake Peeps are easy enough to store and they have a decent shelf life (pretty much indefinitely for those who fall into the "make them hard" camp). Keeping them at room temperature or below seems to keep them fresh for a long period of time. The ones my wife had waiting for me upon my return home had an expiration date of January 2018, so they have a decent shelf-life.

Clean-up is as easy as wiping up the sugar that falls off them. So long as the Party Cake Peep does not melt onto anything, clean-up is that easy. Like the preparation, there is nothing hard about storing or cleaning up after this candy.


Party Cake Peeps are stiflingly average; they peak almost instantly and they are accurately flavored when they do, but that flavor fades exceptionally fast. That makes Party Cake Peeps less of a value to hunt down. Fans of Peeps are likely to find this less extraordinary a find once they try them as they are essentially a very mild flavor of Peeps.

For other Just Born candies, please check out my reviews of:
Chocolate Creme Peeps
Sweet Lemonade Peeps
Candy Cane dipped in chocolate Peeps


For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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