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= = = = = = = The Product = = = = = = = 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. = = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = = 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. = = = = = = Taste Test = = = = = = 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. = = = = = = = = = = = = Nutritional Information = = = = = = = = = = = = 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. = = = = = = = = Overall Opinion = = = = = = = = 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. - Conclusions Positives *Tastes yummy! (one does anyway) *Available in Selfridges stores Negatives *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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reese's_Peanut_Butter_Cups http://www.hersheys.com/reeses/products.aspx#/REESE'S-Peanut-Butter-Cups 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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