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Reese's is a sub-brand of Hershey, and known for their chocolate/peanut butter combos, though the one thing I'm surprised I've not yet seen is a predictable chocolate/peanut butter bread spread. Their Peanut Butter Cups and Reese's Pieces are well known, but they in fact have a whole catalogue of products, including these sticks.
"Made with chocolate, peanut butter and crispy wafers", the packet beams, though without the promise of any of these being 'real' which so many include. They're not a breathtakingly exotic product and from that and the packet, I have an idea of what to expect, something between a Twix (in shape) and a Kitkat (in texture) with a peanut buttery kick.
The two sticks look a little mottled when removed from their cardboard seat, similar to a Blue Ribband, but the peanut butter smell is clear and strong, smelling just like those sweeter, American PBs. The milk chocolate looks quite thin and not very generous, but by this point I'm willing to give them a go.
One stick includes 3 layers of wafer, sandwiching two layers of peanut butter, all wrapped up in that chocolate coating. The peanut butter is more creamy and less runny than it looks in the pack illustration, but this may simply be because I kept this in the fridge before eating, assuming that like normal wafers, this would enhance the taste by upping the contrast between the crisp wafer and soft chocolate. The peanut butter layers are clear to see, but a little more orangey than you might expect, like the sort you find in sandwich crackers (either peanut butter or cheese, they all look the same).
But, looks aside, this is a deliciously yummy treat. The texture is spot on, creamy and crisp in each bite. The wafers are as they should be - plain but not dry, and no detracting from the taste (the ingredients list suggests they may contain vanilla of a sort but if so this is subtle). The chocolate might not be the sort you'd want a whole bar of, but it's miles better than 'chocolate flavour' and also doesn't taste too much like normal Hershey's, if such a thing would put you off. In some ways these taste like crispier Reese's Peanut Butter Cups so if you like those, you'll love these too. The chocolate and peanut butter complement each other beautifully and the result is not as over the top as you might think from the smell. Sweet, yes, but not sickly, something that is achieved by balancing the sugary peanut butter with a more bitter chocolate (finally, a use for Hershey's!)
Combining the flavours and the texture works well, and also makes you feel these are a slightly lighter snack (wafers tending to pack in less fat and fewer calories than solid bars). Unfortunately some of this is undone by the thick layers of creamy goodness, and the two sticks in a pack will set you back 210 calories each. But, that's not too bad for chocolate, and the design makes it easy to share with someone, if you can bring yourself to do so.
In the UK buy these on Amazon, or US food importers. I paid 60p for mine at an airport in Colombia, which I thought was an ok price, but if you're willing to go higher you can get these for just over £1 on Amazon. Maybe not an everyday affordable treat, but worth a try once at any rate.