Last summer, while attending the Fancy Food Show in New York City, I reluctantly tasted a sample of peppermint bark (after all, it was June) that made me stop, pause and reconsider my aversion to eating “holiday” candy in the summertime (it was dumb logic, anyway). The delicious treat was called a Peppermint Peppie: creamy white chocolate blended with peppermint oil, cloaked in rich, dark chocolate and then sprinkled with red and white peppermint crunchies. Rich and decadent, Peppermint Peppies give a new modern meaning to peppermint bark.
Peppermint Peppies are made by Droga Chocolates in Los Angeles, a company created six years ago by Michelle Crochet – a former food buyer for Williams-Sonoma. With a passion for food and especially sweets, Crochet set out to create irresistible candy using premium, all natural ingredients. Combining nostalgic flavors (peppermint and chocolate) with a modern twist (white chocolate flavored with peppermint oil) led to the creation of the Peppermint Peppie – a truly delicious contemporary interpretation of old-fashioned peppermint bark. In 2012, Lisa Albani, a senior executive with 25 years experience in the retail industry, joined Droga Chocolates. Together, Crochet and Albani are redefining traditional holiday treats into contemporary delights.
Each Peppermint Peppie weights 11-12 grams (nearly a half ounce) and is a perfect snack (except that one is never enough). A 12-piece box is $16.95. A two-box special is $29.95 (highly recommended as one box was gone within a day in our home). For those who need holiday hostess gifts, Droga also offers 12 boxes for $172 ($14.40 per box). To purchase on-line, go to the company website: www.drogachocolates.com. The company also makes a variety of other chocolates – Nutty Puddles (their version of the turtle) and Put Your Money on Honey (a sea salt caramel), Chookies (chocolate covered gingerbread cookies) and more. See the company website for more information.
Update 12/10/13: Shop now and get 25% off orders at the company website.