Product Type: Hershey's Chocolate
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You Got Peanut Butter On My Chocolate
Hershey's Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
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Hershey's Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Advantages: Great sweet / salty combo, handy packaging for eating on the go
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.
Summary: Two great tastes that taste great together