The bright red packaging of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips definitely caught my eye on the baking aisle last time I was stocking up at the store. The chips are a seasonal item, just around for the Christmas holiday season. They’re creamy faux white chocolate chips that have a festive read and white look and a minty peppermint flavor. I don’t usually go for faux white chocolate (by which I mean that these are made with vegetable oils, not cocoa butter), but these have a pleasantly smooth texture and a good mixture of cream and peppermint flavors.
They’re very easy to bake with, as you can throw them in to any recipe just like chocolate chips. Their festive red color means that they’re nice for decorating cupcakes and cookies, too. They maintained their flavor during baking – adding a hint of peppermint, not an overwhelming burst of it – and weren’t too sweet, which was nice. They’re not quite as good for snacking as plain white chocolate is, however, since they don’t have the ultra-smooth melt of a higher quality chocolate. Still, I definitely think these are fun for baking and give you a nice way to add a splash of color and a pop of peppermint to holiday treats.