Pros: Just as delicious as the regular ones, if I remember correctly.
Cons: More fat than the regular ones.
I remember enjoying York Peppermint Patties when I was a kid. The delicious chocolate coating and that refreshing, minty center... what a great combination! Now that I've stopped eating a lot of sugar I thought my York days were gone. But, alas, they're back... because York now makes Sugar-Free Peppermint Patties!
Seven individually wrapped patties come in a 3 oz. bag. Each patty is a circle with a 1.5" diameter. Just under .5" tall, this is one of the larger and more filling sugar-free candies I've had. This is definitely not bite-sized.
In fact, only three patties make a 36g serving. Each serving contains 110 calories, 4.5g of fat, 0g of sodium, 0g of fiber, and of course, 0g of sugar (but 27g of sugar alcohol). The same size serving of regular peppermint patties has 140 calories, 2.5g of fat, and 25g of sugar. As you can see, the sugar-free version is slightly lower in calories but actually higher in fat. This sometimes happens with sugar-free products. They have to do something to make them taste good; sometimes that means increasing the amount or the type of fat that is used.
By the way, York is a division of Hershey's. If you check out their website www.hersheyssugarfree.com, you'll find the fat and calorie content listed for this product lower than the numbers I gave above, which came directly from the package. I called Hershey's and they said the package is correct, that some of the information on their website is "misleading" and would be "adjusted in the future". Frankly, I think it's terrible that they list wrong (not just "misleading") nutritional information - and was surprised that they wouldn't fix it "immediately".
So how do they taste? In my opinion, just as good as the real thing. Now, granted it's been a lot time since I've eaten the real thing, but these taste exactly the way I remember them. The chocolate is sweet, with a very nice flavor. The center has quite a strong minty flavor, courtesy of peppermint oil. And the texture of this candy is exactly right - it's the same as the real one, if memory serves.
So what makes it sweet? Good grief - they use a lot of sweeteners in this product! Maltitol, lactitol, isomalt, sorbitol, and sucralose are listed, in that order. Sugar substitutes can cause digestive distress, especially if you're not used to them. In you're unsure how your system will react, start out with small doses. I eat two of these in a sitting; more would be asking for trouble.
Overall, this is one of my favorite sugar-free snacks. While it's not low in calories or fat, it makes a delicious occasional treat. If you can't (or simply don't) eat sugar but you like the combination of chocolate plus peppermint, give these a try. I think you'll like the sensation!
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