I love peanut butter and I like the taste of it combined with chocolate above all else. The day that peanut butter Kit Kats were bought back was an important one for me! Before that magical moment, I had to find a substitute. This led me to trying some peanut and chocolate creations from Reese's, the American confectionary company that is part of Hershey's. Some of their creations were initially hard to buy here outside of specialist sweetshops, but that has all changed now. Even the supermarkets tend to offer a few Reese's items. A special half price offer in Sainsbury's led me to try the brands Peanut butter Cups for just 32p.
The cups are in fact a trio of chocolates, in the form of chocolate cups with a peanut butter filling. They look a bit like a flattish jam tart, but with the jam replaced by peanut butter, and topped with a chocolate coating. They are perfectly bite size, and the unfortunate thing is they are quick to eat so it is easy for the packet to disappear all too fast. The chocolate is quite sweet and it is not very thick or milky tasting but it is nicer to me than many other American milk chocolates which can sometimes seem lacking in flavour. The main taste, and scent for that matter is the peanut butter. The cups are brim full of the stuff and it has the most deliciously smooth and creamy texture. There aren't any nut pieces in the filling, which probably helps to reduce the fat content a little, but I expect a crunchy peanut filling would also taste good should they ever decide to make one. Each piece is quite filling because of the sweetness I think. I expect they would be quite sickly if you don't have much of a sweet tooth.
I would definitely recommend these to any peanut butter lovers, as they are bit more unusual than a standard chocolate bar due to their shape. Nothing gets between you, the chocolate and the lovely peanut filling. If you don't like peanuts that much, there is no point buying them because the taste isn't of much else. Sainsbury's do seem to run the half price promotion on Reese's chocolates quite often so that would be the first place I would look for them, but you can buy them in other supermarkets too, as well as sweetshops.
I love these sweets, they are probably my absolute favourite. I have always been a peanut butter lover and grew up hearing about these in movies and on TV but never got to try them. Peanut butter gets a lot of love in America, not so this side of the pond, I really wonder why because it's really nice, is healthy(as long as you don't over do it), but I suppose it's all down to personal taste.
I finally got to try them a few years ago and have been an addict ever since. It's the perfect combination of salty and sweet. I have tried Herseys other chocolate products and they are nothing to write home about, in fact I would actively avoid them because it can barely be described as chocolate. But peanut butter cups are special, they are just perfect. My sister who is the only other peanut butter fan I know is also crazy about these, I introduced her and she loved them too!
I have found these to be a little difficult to find at times, dedicated sweet shops tend to be very over priced and even though I love them I won't pay rip off prices. Most supermarkets do seem to stock them but they are often out of stock.
If you like these then you should also try Reese's Pieces, they come in a bag like M and M's and are delicious as well, think Peanut Butter Cups but in M and M form.
I hadn’t really eaten much American candy until recently, when shops selling candy seemed to grow in popularity in my local area. While it is still more expensive, I do like trying different things chocolate wise. One thing that I have noticed that I eating more is chocolate with peanut butter in it, so when I saw these in B&M, I decided to try these. At 49p for two cups, I figured that if I didn't like them, at least I hadn't wasted much money.
When you tear open the outer packaging, there are two cups protected by a cardboard sleeve. I have noticed this in a few American chocolate bars recently, they seem to protect their chocolate more than we do in the UK! Each cup is approximately 5cm in diameter and is encased in a black case. When you peel off the case, it feels heavy, but when you are halfway through, you realise it's just a thin paper case, it was the thick chocolate against it giving the illusion of something stronger.
When you unwrap the chocolate, you can see the indents of the case on the chocolate. The chocolate smells sweet and you can detect the slightly moreish smell of peanut butter as well. I have often found American chocolate isn't as rich as UK chocolate, and the chocolate that surrounds the peanut butter is no different. Biting in, you get the slight crunch of the thick chocolate outer, before the soft peanut butter inner is revealed. I did find that the chocolate wasn't a uniform thickness, about halfway through I noticed that one bite had revealed a thin end and a thick end, but you do still get the slight chocolate taste when you eat these. The peanut butter is the star of this – it looks slightly crumbly, and not totally smooth, with an almost fudgy texture. It tastes smooth and slightly salty – there doesn't seem to be any 'bits' with each bite.
I found that to eat mine, it was better to take small bites, and let the flavour develop on my tongue. That way, not only did it last longer, but I got the full range of the flavour of the combination of the sweet and saltiness of the peanut butter. I do find that peanut butter can get sickening after a while (I only like small amounts of it at a time), and one cup is enough to satisfy my sweet craving.
I bought the original milk chocolate peanut butter cups, but they are also available in a Dark Chocolate and a White Chocolate variety.
If you are a fan of peanut butter, I would definitely recommend these cups – they are tasty, and just small enough that you get a chocolate and peanut butter hit, without having too many calories.
It goes without saying, but these are unsuitable for those suffering from a nut allergy. It also contains milk and soya, but they are suitable for vegetarians.
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I popped into my local Stateside Candy Co. store to purchase a few things for my friend for her birthday. She's in Greece at the moment so I thought I would pack a small box of treats and things that I know she likes and send them to her a surprise. I know some of the things she really loves and I know one of them is the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I have heard people talk about these before and people have said that they are really delicious. These aren't something I have tried before so I thought I would buy myself a packet to try as well. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are delicious chocolate cups that are located with crunchy roasted peanuts, smooth rich caramel and the distinctive taste of Reese's peanut butter. Obviously if you have an allergy to buts or hate nuts/peanut butter in general then these probably aren't suitable for you. The peanut butter cups come in bright orange plastic packaging which is quite long and slightly wide. This holds the 3 peanut butter cups in place in the packet. On the front of the packet it tells you what the product is and on the back you can find a list of ingredients and also nutritional information. I don't often purchase things from this store unless my boyfriend fancies something for him. I am often put off by some of the American sweets and other products due to the high fat content and the ingredients that some of the products contain. As I don't often buy from here, I saw these as a little treat to myself. At least I could now find out if these really were as tasty as people have been saying.
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I purchased these from my local American Sweet shop in my local town. For a pack of the three cups it cost me £1.19. This is rather pricey for some chocolate; how-ever this is because they are an American brand so aren't widely available over here in the UK. You can also purchase these from various other online stores. Please note that prices may vary.
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The peanut butter cups come in their own little paper cake like case which is black in colour. The butter cups are around 1cm in height and are round with a slightly patterned edge to them from the paper case. The butter cups just look like round cups of chocolate to me. They do have a scent to them which smells of chocolate but there is also a scent of peanut butter too. I wasn't sure what these were going to be like as I have never had them before, despite hearing lots of delicious things about them. The butter cups peels away from the paper cases easily to reveal the completely chocolate cover cup which looks really delicious. On a hot/warm day I can imagine these would melt rather quickly so you may need to keep these in the fridge. Due to the size of the butter cups I tend to bite them in half which is the best way of eating them rather than stuffing the whole thing into your mouth. I also wanted to see what the inside of the butter cups looked like. Although the chocolate feels quite hard when the butter cup is between your fingers my teeth sank into the chocolate cup and I bit a piece of easily to reveal the peanut butter centre. The centre was a golden colour just like peanut butter. The centre was soft and I was able to chew it easily. As I chewed the piece of butter cup I could really taste the peanut butter taste. There was a slight hint of chocolate but the main taste is definitely the peanut butter. Although this wasn't crunchy it was slightly creamy with a delicious peanut taste, and I also thought it was slightly salty as well, which I really liked. The taste of peanut butter filled my mouth and even after I had finished eating the cup there was a slight peanut butter after taste in my mouth. The peanut butter cups did make me quite thirsty. Although you get three of the peanut butter cups in one pack, these can be a little sickly, so I tend to eat one and then save the others for another time, rather than scoffing all three cups one after the other.
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Please note that the following information is for 1 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
* Calories - 88
* Fat - 5.19g
* Carbs - 9.41g
* Protein - 1.74g
This product does obviously contain nuts so is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.
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I had no idea what to expect from this products as I have never tried them before. Despite reading some positive and good reviews about this product I still wasn't sure what to think of them. This is the first time I have ever tried the product and I wasn't disappointed. The way the peanut butter cups are packaged and the little paper cases the cups come in are really cute. I really like the idea of this. The cups look nice and also smell quite appetising as well. The chocolate itself looks as though it's quite thick but then biting into it it's actually quite thin and you teeth soon sink into the soft peanut butter centre. I didn't find the centre crunchy as described on some website but it did have a lovely creamy peanut butter taste. I liked that the peanut butter tasted a little salty as well which went really well with the chocolate and tasted delicious. I found the product easy to chew and as you chew it the peanut butter taste does get a little stronger, but it is nice. After finishing the cup I thought it was delicious and I really enjoyed eating it, although it did leave me feeling very thirsty. I did find the cups filling and I imagine they can become a little sickly after a while as well, especially if you manage to scoff the whole pack containing the three peanut butter cups. In terms of value the product is a little pricey, probably because it is an American product and can only be purchased from speciality American stores or online. I can see why my friend likes these as they were delicious. It'll be a long time before I purchase them due to the high fat content and the fact that I can only purchase them from one shop in my local town. If you like peanut butter, then I would definitely recommend trying these out.
(review will also appear on ciao)
A few years ago, I wasn't even really aware of Reese's as a brand. I had heard the name, and knew they sold confectionery sweets and chocolates. I had seen some of their products in Selfridges for ridiculously high prices. But in more recent years, American brands seem to be taking the UK by storm. Starting in major supermarkets in some of the bigger stores right down to my local shop in the village. It is great because it gives us Brits a taste of something new, and I had to try some of these. Little did I know that they'd turn out to be my new addiction.
They are around 60p-70p in the shops generally speaking. This is much cheaper than what they used to retail at in Selfridges when they were hard to get hold of. They are stocked in most supermarkets such as Tesco and Co-Op Foods. If you can not find them in local stores near you, they are readily available on online stores such as Amazon, but for a slightly higher cost.
These peanut butter cups come in a pack of three. Each individual cup is a generous size, and I feel that three is just the right amount before they get too sickly! They each come enclosed in a little paper case (similar to that a cupcake is held in) - and then they are placed on a cardboard slip. I do find that there is a lot of packaging with this. It is necessary to hold everything together, but I can see it may be an issue for some.
Now for the most important part - the taste test. Coated in a gorgeous milk chocolate, these peanut butter cups are just delicious. There is just the perfect amount of chocolate to peanut butter ratio. The peanut butter is very sweet and crumbly, but also has a salty kick to it. Then as the chocolate melts in to it, it just creates the most delicious flavour. It is hard to describe how tasty these are, but I definitely would recommend them! The only problem I have found is that they can very sickly as they are so sweet. As a chocolate lover, it is rare for me to say this, but they are a little sickly.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Milk Chocolate Contains: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Ingredients, Unsweetened Chocolate, Lactose, Soy Lecithin, E476 (emulsifier)), Peanut Butter (Peanut Butter Contains: Peanuts, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, E319 (antioxident), E330 (acidity regulator).
As you can imagine, these are not the healthiest snack available. Each individual cup contains 88 calories - so one to avoid if you are on a diet. However, for a treat I don't see that there is anything wrong with these.
Many alternatives of these are available - but not well stocked in the UK. These include a large peanut butter cup and a bag of mini peanut butter cups. If you are a fan of these, it's worth having a look for these products as well.
Overall, I really enjoy these peanut butter cups from Hershey's. I am so happy that they are now well stocked in the UK, and I do often find myself picking some of these up from the shops when I am peckish. If you are a fan of peanut butter, you definitely have to try these as they are so scrummy! Thanks for reading and hope this helps.
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
I bought my first pack of these a few months ago from Amazon and I loved them but they aren't widely available in the UK - then I went to Selfridges (Trafford centre) and they sell Reeses peanut butter cups there - a few different types.
- About the product and nutritional information
The pack I get come with three 'cups' inside which doesn't sound like a lot at all but they are fairly big. The peanut butter cups come in their own cupcake case. They are made my Hersheys and they are made in the USA. The main ingredients: chocolate flavoured coating (55%), Lactose and milk fat (from cows milk), emulsifiers, soya lecithin (E322), Peanut butter (45%) and antioxidants and E numbers. Some ingredients are produced from genetically modified sugar beets, corn and soya beans - which I didn't even think to look for when I bought them but it will make me think twice about buying them again.
- Taste etc.
The peanut butter cups come in their own brown cupcake case which is cute and they are basically peanut butter covered in chocolate - nothing too special but they are not widely available in the UK. I think the peanut butter they use must be salted peanut butter as these do taste really quite salty. The chocolate coating is really nice but sometimes the chocolate is quite thin in some areas so the peanut butter can melt out of them which isn't great but overall, they do taste really nice. The peanut butter is salty and I can only eat one per day as they are really quite sickly after just one, for me anyway. The chocolate coating on the outside is really nice too, it tastes like advent chocolate/hersheys chocolate which I personally like. They are obviously not good for you and there is no information on the packet I have which states the fat or caloric values. There is obviously a salty chocolately after taste which I don't mind but I do usually brush my teeth after these as one of the main ingredients is sugar so its not great for your teeth either - however I probably will buy them again as they are nice as a very occasional treat.
- Price and availability
I bought mine from amazon for just under £3 I think and then I bought the same pack from Selfridges in the Trafford centre for about £1 I think. I also bought one of the small nutrageous reeses peanut butter bars which was around the same price of just less and it was fairly nice - but basically the same as a snickers. I can't find the peanut butter cups on Selfridges website so they must only be sold in stores.
*Tastes yummy! (one does anyway)
*Available in Selfridges stores
*Not healthy obviously - sugar and fat
*Contains ingredients from genetically modified plants
*Not widely available in the UK
*One is more than enough - they can be fairly sickly after a while
Thank you for reading my review
I think peanut butter and chocolate is an unbeatable combination, but although there are now dozens of products on the market which combine them, most have one big downside for me: peanuts. I much prefer the smooth, pasty peanut flavour that comes from peanuts, rather than the hard, crunchy peanuts themselves, and it's for this reason that I adore Reese's Peanut Butter cups as you get all the taste and none of the bits.
Reese's Cups used to be a hard-to-find product but now all UK supermarkets seem to stock them in little packs of 3. In Colombia, a land oddly lacking in good chocolate choices despite the cocoa industry, the best candy is American candy, and here Reese's are sold in packs of 2. So a third less, but just as tasty. While I'm not usually a huge fan of excess and unnecessary packaging, I do like the little cases these come in inside the cardboard tray within the plastic wrapper, like shallow cake cases. They also make it much easier to hold and eat the cups without getting sticky fingers.
Reese's Cups are small disks that slope slightly towards the base in a vaguely conical manner. The bottoms are fluted which makes them look pretty, but otherwise they are just plain milk chocolate with a smooth top. When I heard about these originally I thought they were a layer of peanut butter with a chocolate topping, but the chocolate goes all the way around, making them more like a filled chocolate. There isn't much chocolate when you look at a cross section, but it is surprisingly sweet and creamy for an American product - a country where their candy is normally more bitter. This definitely tastes sweeter to me than normal Hershey's, for example, and is on a par with the yummy Hershey's Extra Creamy which is as the name suggests, and sweeter too.
The peanut butter filling is thick and dense, not whipped and full of air like some. It is also slightly crumbly as if it's dried out, and yet it tastes nicely moist which confuses me . It too is sweet, but not overly so, and it has a strong peanutty taste with a nice salty kick which balances it all out. The cream is wonderfully smooth without shards of peanuts, and though they are mildly chewy that's only in the same way a sticky toffee might be chewy.
I love the design of these which sounds silly but hear me out. The cups are wide rather than deep so in every bite you get the whole sandwich of chocolate layer, PB layer, 2nd chocolate layer, while so many other filled products confine the filling to the very centre rather than letting it permeate throughout.
Dove, which is like American Galaxy, also do a Peanut Butter bar which I used to indulge in in Sierra Leone, but although the chocolate was nice, I thought the filling was too sweet, like a PB candy rather than proper, salty peanut butter. That's what I like about Reese's Cups - the clear contrast between the flavours. While Reese's cups aren't quite as smooth as the Dove bars, I don't think that matters and the thick but crumbly texture of the Cups is still divine.
I have tried other products in the Reese's range, but these are still my favourite because the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter is spot on, and they are so silky smooth. I've also tried the white and dark chocolate cups, but continue to prefer the original as I find the white too sweet and the dark too bitter. In the world of Goldilocks, the milk chocolate PB cups would be Just Right. That said, there are many types I have still yet to try and would love it if some would hit Tesco or, at the very least, CyberCandy:
Although the texture is a little different, the taste of PB Cups is very similar to the spread, and since I know there are a lot of peanut butter haters out there, these are not the thing for them. However if you do like it and are yet to try them, don't be put off by the initially off sounding salty and sweet combo. The addition of the chocolate to these is like the addition of chocolate to salty pretzels - may sound odd at first but is in fact seriously yummy.
The title is a reference to a Reese's advert from the 70s. It went on to conclude "Two great tastes that taste great together". I couldn't have said it better myself.
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