This past weekend, Takeout writer Danny Palumbo invited four friends over to determine which types of candy taste better when placed in the freezer before eating. Here are the varieties that cleared the bar when chilled:
- York Peppermint Patties. Freezing a York is a no-brainer. Bringing down the temperature of a York pleasantly solidifies the peppermint filling. Cool temp and minty flavor are natural companions, so it’s only a small a step away from eating a mint ice cream bar.
- Skittles. Freezing Skittles changes the experience entirely; they pretty much shatter inside of your mouth. It’s satisfyingly jarring, a welcomed surprise. They are instantly brittle, and once they break in your mouth, they become chewy again. Delightful. Frozen Skittles rule.
- Lemon Heads. The Lemon Heads retain the cold well. They don’t exactly shatter like the Skittles, but the freezer brings nice added crunch. There is also something wonderful about chilly, lemony candy. It’s a condensed, candy-fied version of having a frozen lemonade.
- Mounds. The freezer tames the coconut texture a little bit more; it’s more solid, less gooey, and kind of assimilates with the dark chocolate. There’s something nice about the sweet, frozen coconut. It works a lot like the York. High scores.
- Reese’s. While his pals enjoyed frozen Reese’s, Palumbo was the lone dissenter, writing, “When you freeze a Reese’s, it almost becomes a hard cookie, and I don’t think that’s when a Reese’s shines. You’re not a cookie, Reese’s, you’re a peanut butter cup. Soft and elegant.”
- Snickers. Every layer changes, one sampler argues–in a very good way. There’s a nice bonus texture to each layer of a Snickers once it freezes, although, as with Reese’s, Palumbo prefers them at room temperature.