Within the UK it has always been a struggle to find the different types of chocolate, it is all mainly the same orange or mint flavoured. I first tried the Reeses peanut butter varieties when I went to a small independent sweet shop in the city and I never looked back.
Back then I must say the Reeses pieces and cups all had the import tax on them and were at least £1.60 a pack which was quite expensive but I would often treat myself to a pack because the closest I could get in the UK chocolate brands was the Kit Kat Chunky which just does not taste the same. However, about 1 - 2 years ago I got a little bit excited to find out that Asda and Tesco had signed a contract to sell the Reeses peanut butter range and generally Tesco have the products on 3 for 2 which is about £1.20 for 3 items.
Now this review is covering the Reeses peanut butter cups which is a 51g pack holding 3 medium size cups in black cupcake type holders. The cups are approx. 1cm thick and have a generous centre of fondant type peanut butter filling with a thin layer of chocolate all over it. The chocolate is an ideal sweet and smooth covering to contrast the salty and flaky centre. I love to have mine in the fridge to prevent them melting when I eat them as I like to bit small pieces off an savour the flavour; I also find them nice to have with a mouthful of tea to stop the sweetness sticking in my mouth.
I find them very hard to put down. I do not know why but I think I end up getting addicted to a lot of chocolate based things.
The pack is 51g and these can be bought in the supermarkets Tesco and Asda, often there are deals on them being 3 for 2 in Tesco at 60p each which is a lot cheaper than I used to pay.
The pack is the usual orange Reeses colour with the yellow logo and an image of one of the cups with a bite out of it. Inside the pack there is a white cardboard tray with 3 peanut butter cups on it that are in their own black paper cases.
The cups are soft and like biting into a fondant chocolate upon first bite except the outer chocolate is not crisp like some it is actually soft.
The ingredients are on the back and obviously these are not suitable for anyone with peanut allergies.
I give these the full 5 stars for value and taste.
(Similar reviews may be found on ciao under the name FrostBit)
My partner came home with a box of these, he said his work were selling them off for £1 a box and he thought I'd like them. I'm on a diet so I was really annoyed with him but because I'd heard of these before and was intrigued by the idea of 'peanut butter cups' I decided to try one.
The cups come in packs of two which are a rectangular shape. The packaging is bright orange and very distinctive. The back of the packaging has got the full list of ingredients however there is no mention of calorie content at all or any other kind of nutritional information. The packaging is easy to open and inside there is a cardboard tray with the two peanut butter cups in.
Each peanut butter cup has got a paper case which I thought was unusual and the paper case is easy to remove. The peanut butter cups themselves are a round disc shape and quite large, but small enough to be able to fit in my mouth all at once if I wished to eat one all in one go! The edges of the peanut butter cups are pleated and the discs are quite thick. Upon biting into the peanut butter cup the first taste I got was chocolate. Quite a sickly milk chocolate, but nice enough.
As soon as I got a taste of the peanut butter I thought it was a little bit too salty, but the saltiness went nicely with the sweetness of the milk chocolate. The peanut butter is a little gritty but this creates an unusual and strangely pleasant texture. When eating this, I chewed it because when I sucked it the saltiness of the peanut butter was too overpowering but by chewing it I could mix it with the chocolate so the taste was salty and sweet at the same time which stopped the chocolate from being too sickly and the peanut butter from being too salty.
The peanut butter cups are nice but very sickly, I can only eat one every now and again whereas my fiancé has been eating at least two every day for the last few days. He can eat them whole but I have to nibble at them or I find them too sickly, I have a really sweet tooth but these are far too sickly for me. A pack of six of thee peanut butter cups is around £3 so 50 pence per cup, but the price can vary and I can see that on some sites these are selling for around £2 for a pack of two, this is quite pricy in my opinion considering you can get a big bar of galaxy or Cadburys for the same price. Per cup has got 88 calories according to a nutritional website, I find this hard to believe because they're so sickly and I am not able to find any info on the packaging or website about the calorie content.
All in all I am not too impressed with these, they're certainly unique and they were nice to try for a change but I am not that keen.
PRICE: 65p for 43g (contains two piece) at my local newsagents
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per piece):-
Fat: 13g (of which 4.5g is saturated)
(Also contains small traces of calcium, together with traces of vitamins A and C)
Sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, fat-free milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, preservative, emulsifier
Contains nuts, contains milk
I first recall seeing Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on our supermarket shelves in the UK in the early 1990s. At the time I worked in London, and it could thus be possible that it may have taken longer for the product to spread out to shops in other areas.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is a classic American confectionary product made by Hershey's which comes in a flattish vivid orange-coloured cellophane pack with bright yellow lettering and an image of one of the Peanut Butter Cups on the front. The rear of the pack shows ingredients, nutritional information, allergy advice and the manufacturer's contact details.
On opening the cellophane pack, there are two Cups inside (although larger sized packs are available, but much harder to find in our shops) which are placed into little brown paper fluted cases, similar to those in a standard chocolate box. Each of these fluted cases containing the Cups rests in a small, elongated cardboard tray.
The product is chocolate on the outside which is fluted around the edges - the cups look like little cakes - and inside there is a generous couple of mouthfuls of smooth peanut butter. On opening the packet, I can never detect a chocolatey or a nutty smell, but they do look good.....smooth on top, and the little serrations around the edges add a pleasing touch to their appearance. Each cup is about a quarter of an inch thick, and I find lasts about two bites.
The milk chocolate around Reese's Peanut Butter Cups always tastes a little different to me, comparing it to the chocolate flavours we are used to from confectionery products manufactured in our own country. Although the chocolate is rich and smooth, it does have a slightly candified taste which would be a little sickly were it not for the presence of the peanut butter inside to compliment it. However, it does have a good chocolate flavour which has more than a definite hint of cocoa, with the texture being velvety and smooth.
Inside each cup, the peanut butter is of the smooth, non-crunchy variety, and is quite impacted, being of a much firmer consistency than peanut butter in a jar usually is.
Whenever I take a bite from one of the Peanut Butter Cups, I feel as though I'm indulging in something which is both solid and classy. On chewing, the peanut butter blends perfectly with the chocolate inside of my mouth, and the combined taste is quite special, as the salty flavour of the peanut butter somehow seems to enhance the taste of the chocolate. Also, I find that the peanut butter doesn't stick to the roof of my mouth like the stuff in jars can, when eaten from a spoon or smeared onto a slice of bread.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups really are quite sweet, but the perfect balance between that and the salty element renders them such that a whole pack can comfortably be eaten without feeling over-indulged or bloated. I do personally find them very moreish though, and could never stop at eating a single piece, putting the other piece away for later - actually, I find it very difficult to stop at eating one pack.....once I've polished off the two pieces, I find it has given me the taste for more, and I always regret not buying two packs.
Although Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are laden with fat, sugar and calories, I do feel that considering how substantial (yet delicate too) they are, the 'nasties' content isn't really all that evil. Also, there are traces of vitamins and calcium, together with a notable fibre content - obviously from the peanuts. Whenever I devour a pack or two, I usually manage to kid myself that I'm eating something a little more healthy than an ordinary chocolate bar....I am probably deluded, but hey, what the hell! Life is for living, and our brains need feeding just as much as our bodies do!
I personally see Reese's Peanut Butter Cups as more of an adult treat than one intended for children, as kids may find them a bit on the heavy side? Also, they aren't any good to people who don't like peanut butter - however, I do have a friend who loathes peanut butter, but she loves these....probably the pleasing combination of it with the chocolate appeals to her sensibilities, whereas a jar of peanut butter doesn't.
You can do little things with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to make them even more delicious. For instance, they are heaven on earth if you chill them in the fridge for a couple of hours before eating....somehow, the cooling process seems to give the chocolate a creamier flavour. Also, you can dig a couple of them into a serving of ice cream instead of wafers, or if you want to be particularly indulgent, whizz a couple of pieces in the microwave on full power for 30 or so seconds, to make a gooey mess that is absolutely divine poured over ice cream or mixed into rice pudding.
I do find it a pity that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups aren't more widely on sale in the UK, although I am surprised that I can easily buy them at my local newsagent, as I do live in a village.....not a remote one, but it's still a village.
I strongly recommend Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but do warn against them being - providing you like the combination of chocolate and peanuts - very moreish. 61p for a pack of two is a tad on the expensive side, but I feel it's a luxury worth paying a little more for.
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Everytime I go to Ada, I'll have a three cup Reeses please.
Best chocolate bar in the UK.
You have to like peanut butter of course, but smooth chocolate around cakey peanut butter, nice! I need 6 in one go usually as the cups are not the biggest, but they are so morish.
From the US Hershey family, Reeses have a very long history, and it was Asda that first stocked them in mass, and at prices of around 55p, barely higher than the US where they come from. Unheard of on imports usually.
But as I say, you get 3 cups in a row, each one is a circle of peanut putter (not runny) and encased in chocolate and sitting in a paper circle.
I like to break them up and add them to vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzled sauce, perhaps sometimes with a cut up banana, but you can use your imagination.
Go on, search one out and enjoy.
I am a big lover of American foods, may have something to do with me living there for a while! I really am a fan of Hershey's Chocolates, and it is the Hershey company that make us the wonderful Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
Peanut Butter Cups are pretty much what they sound like. A thick cupcake shaped snack, with a creamy centre of peanut butter, coated in a thick, crunchy layer of Hershey's milk chocolate!
Peanut Butter Cups are some what like Marmite, in the way that you either love them or you hate them. Personally I love them (but I hate Marmite!) and I just can not get enough of them. They come in a bright orange packet, which has the Hershey and Reese's logo printed on the front and picture of one of the Peanut Butter Cups. The back has all the nutritional information on it, and some information about the company too.
Inside the packet you get three Peanut Butter Cups which are held in place and saved from being crushed by a thin, white cardboard sleeve. The Peanut Butter Cups are not huge, and one of them will fit happily in the centre of my palm. The first bite will give you a bit more chocolate than peanut butter, and you will get a satisfying crunch as you take that first bite!
You can instantly taste the thick, smooth, milk chocolate and you notice how creamy and tasty it is, and then the peanut butter hits your tastebuds. It really is great peanut butter, which a perfect texture that makes it crunchy and creamy all in one. There is a good, thick layer of peanut butter in the centre of the cups, and I find that it is the perfect amount in ratio with the chocolate.
I find it takes me about 3 bites to finish a peanut butter cup, and usually one is good enough to satisfy me for a little while, where as my partner will eat a whole 3 pack in one go! Being chocolate and peanut butter, there is quite a high amount of Fat and Calories in these little Peanut Butter Cups, and I do not eat them very often any more because of this fact.
There is actually quite a large selection when it comes to the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. You can buy them in packs of 2, 3 or 4, and you can also get them in a single pack BIG CUP. Then you have the choice of minatures, which come wrapped, and even smaller minatures which come in a small bag, and are not wrapped. There is also the choice of sugar free ones, and dark chocolate too.
You can also get these in reverse cups (peanut butter on the outside!!) and in white chocolate. The main Peanut Butter Cups are sold in Morrisons, and in some sweet stores around the country. You can also buy them on Amazon, and on www.americansweets.co.uk.
If you live near Aldershot in Hampshire, there is a store there that stocks these, and many other American goodies :D A 3 pack of these usually costs around £1.20 but this depends on where you buy them from. They may seem a little bit expensive but truly worth the price.
There isn't much in the way of healthy when it comes to this product, but the following is the nutrional information for a 2 pack of peanut butter cups:
Serving Size: 1 package (42.00 g)
Total Calories 210
Calories from Fat 110
Amount Per Serving %DV *
Total Fat 13 g 20%
Saturated Fat 4.5 g 23%
Cholesterol 5 mg 1%
Sodium 150 mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 24 g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 21 g
Sugar Alcohols 0%
Protein 5 g
Vitamin C 0%
I love these and I know many people do, so if you have not tried them, go grab some and give them a go. I give these Peanut Butter Cups a 5 out of 5 stars, and I totally recommend them.
*This review is also on Dooyoo under the user name of Hailee*
Peanut Butter Cups are made by American chocolate manufacturer Hershey's, and are part of the Reese's range. You can get hold of these easily in the United States and I fell in love with the peanut butter & chocolate combo. You can import order these chocolate bars, or if you are lucky you may find that your local supermarket stocks them. I buy mine from Tesco's where they are available on the sweet counter near the checkouts (they're not located in the main aisle with other types of chocolate and confectionery). It costs 57p for a 51g pack.
The mega bright orange packaging does stand out and make it noticeable, but I find it rather ugly. The Peanut Butter Cups come in a simple plastic wrapper with a cardboard try inside for stability. You get three cups per package and they are individually wrapped in brown paper cases similar to cupcakes.
The cups are a little unusual to look at and look quite different to most normal chocolate that comes in a simple bar form. Here, you have a small flat disc shaped chocolate in a round paper case. The chocolate itself is a nice ordinary milk chocolate flavour and doesn't taste too harsh or synthetic as you might expect from an American chocolate. It's creamy and melts easily, which is lovely when you bit through to the centre section. Inside the chocolate shell is a delicious peanut butter centre! It is a nice smooth peanut butter and it has a lovely gooey texture that gives a wonderful flavour as it combines with the melting milk chocolate. Overall this tastes very sugary and you will need to have quite the sweet tooth to really appreciate it.
Although there are three cups per packet, they are quite small and don't satisfy any hunger cravings. I find it all too easy to devour the whole package in one sitting, so I normally take advantage of the individual wrappings and separate the cups out so I take only one at a time. They fit neatly into a lunch box as they are very small, and this works better for me as I really can't resist temptation when it comes to these Peanut Butter Cups!
After checking the packaging I could not find any nutritional values listed, so I think it is probably safe to say that these are quite far along the unhealthy scale! For those who consider the origins of their food and ingredients important, you may want to take note that there are genetically modified crops used in the base ingredients. This isn't something that I am overly concerned about, but it did make for interesting reading.
This is a fantastic tasting chocolate treat, and the peanut butter centre makes it unique and different to the other chocolate bars available. I would definitely recommend it to others, it's a lovely treat and has a great flavour that stands out and will be appreciated by peanut butter fans.
Ingredients: Chocolate Flavoured Coating (55%), (Sugar*, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Skim Milk Powder, Milk Fat, Corn Syrup Solids*, Emulsifiers [Soya Lecithin (E322*), Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate (E476)], Peanut Butter (45%), (Peanuts, Sugar*, Dextrose*, Milk Fat, Salt, Antioxidants [(Propyl Gallate, (E310), Citric Acid, (E330), Ascorbyl Palmitate, (E304)], *contains genetically modified sugar, soya, and corn.
Hershey's Reese's Cups
Description - sweets.
I should probably start this review by explaining that over the festive season, I put on a few unwanted pounds and as a result, have spent the last few months eating healthily and exercising regularly to shed them and feel less sluggish.
Unfortunately, this has meant that I have had to replace treats with more healthy options and also cut out snacking. Having said that, there are times when only a sweet treat will do and if you are lucky enough to have them available to you, these peanut butter cups are one of the nicest ways to treat yourself.
A pack containing 3 peanut butter cups will cost you around £0.55 and can be found in supermarkets, the Hershey Reece's brand is American but they have become much more widely available recently so you shouldn't struggle to find them. They are easy to spot by their bright orange wrappers and the Reese's logo in yellow writing.
Inside, each of the 3 peanut butter cups comes in a little paper case and is a flat circular shape. They are basically a little disc of peanut butter (smooth) inside a chocolate coating and although they are not very good for you, they are absolutely delicious.
These treats are soft but firm and very sweet although the peanut butter prevents them from being too sweet as it has a slightly savoury taste. I find that I can eat 1 or 2 of these and feel satisfied but can't manage 3 at a time. This is good though as it means there is always one left over for later on!
The chocolate on these sweets is also delicious and there is just enough of it around each cup to complement the peanut butter without overpowering it. The simple combination of chocolate and peanut butter is unlike any other sweet on the market and if you haven't already tried these, then you most definitely should.
Reese's Cups are peanut butter encased in chocolate cups. I first bought these several years ago. I just happened to find them in Woolies (Woolworths) one day while going through a major peanut butter obsession so naturally just had to buy them.
They are made by the U.S. company Hershey's. As this is the case they can be quite hard to find in the U.K. and not everywhere will keep them stocked all the time so it can be a bit hit and miss. However whenever I do find them I buy them. It must be said this isn't often as I am trying to lose weight/ get healthy so I often have to force myself to stay away from the sweetie section (as hard as that is). However these are my favourite treat and if they are in stock I will buy these over any other chocolate.
You get three cups in each packet which are each in their own little paper cup. The cups are made from a peanut butter centre surrounded by a 'cup' of chocolate. When biting into them you first get the taste of the delcious chocolate which isn't too hard. You then get into the bit that you really want: the peanut butter centre. It isn't all peanut butter but it tastes pretty close. I don't have a pack to hand so I can't tell you exactly. However it does taste like peanut butter. The cups are just delcious and three I think is just the right number for a pack.
The price is generally around £0.60 depending on where you shop. These days that doesn't seem too steep for chocolate and the price doesn't seem to be increasing at the same rate as other chocolates. As I buy these only occasionally the price doesn't bother me too much anyway.
Although they can be a bit hard to find, especially consistently these are a great little treat. Made from delicious chocolate and a gorgeous peanut butter filling I would recommend them to those that love both peanut butter and chocolate.
When my granddaughter came to visit last week she handed me a flat chocolate disc which sat in it's own paper case. Even without seeing the garish orange wrapper it was plain that this was a Hershey's Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, not least because of the strong aroma of peanut butter escaping from beneath the chocolate.
Hershey's is an American brand which has been launched here in the UK in recent years, we do not have the full range as yet but these Peanut Butter Cups are fairly widely available both in supermarkets and through online retailers.
A Reese's Peanut Butter Cup will quite possibly be the most cloyingly sweet product you have ever eaten, the milk chocolate alone is quite sugary and the encased peanut butter has been sweetened to within an inch of it's life. They are for when you really do need an injection of sugar, perhaps to get you moving after a long day at work or even if you simply fancy a very sweet treat.
I adore the texture of them, the peanut butter has a solid consistency, it's softer than the surrounding chocolate and that gives the Cup a delightfully unusual texture. As you bite into the chocolate, and the chocolate is fairly tough, your teeth will break through to the wonderfully soft and smooth peanut butter which will then release it's flavour and sweetness.
The chocolate has soaked up the flavour of the peanut butter so it's hard to differentiate between the two flavours within the Cups. It's not a particularly high quality chocolate and is more chewable than actually melting in your mouth, however when combined with the peanut butter it creates a more creamy and pleasing texture overall. This isn't the sort of peanut butter you would want to eat on a sandwich, it's far too sweet for that and the sweetening process has robbed it of it's natural peanut flavour somewhat. However, in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup the peanut butter is delicious and the extreme level of sweetness will certainly satisfy and cravings your sweet tooth throws at you.
You can purchase Hershey's Peanut Butter Cups in packs of two or three, it's a shame you cannot buy them singly as many people can only manage one and the peanut butter centres dry up rather quickly so it's not really a viable option to eat one and save the other for the following day.
Overall, these delightful Peanut Butter Cups are completely recommended by me. It's not their fault that some (older!) people find them so incredibly sickly, although it should be said that going to brush your teeth after consuming one would not be a bad idea.
I know it's not for everyone but I love peanut butter, and what better to mix it with than chocolate?! Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are made by Hershey's, Hersheys is one of the oldest chocolate companies in America having been founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894.
Hershey's are the equivelent to our Cabury's in popularity and size. Recently, more and more Hershey's products are popping up in UK shops and being a huge fan, particularly of Reese's, that's only a good thing!
Usually a bit more expensive than our chocolate, Hershey's tends to be a bit more bitter and not as creamy as Cadbury's but I like this.
Now, Reese's have a few different products out there and the first one I tried was Reese's pieces which are gorgeous! These then led me on to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, now these come in small sizes or in a pack of three larger cups and it's the pack of three that I am reviewing.
Unfortunatly this product does not display the nutritional information such as calories and fat, but maybe this is a good thing on their part as they may not sell otherwise! You can tell by the very rich taste that these are not a healthy snack!
They come packaged in very bright orange wrapping with the big Reese's logo splashed in yellow across the front. The back of the packet lists all of the ingredients. Each pach weighs 51g. Inside there are three cups, each in their own paper case, and each big enough for approx two large bites. The chocolate and the peanut butter mix very well together, getting the mix just right so as not to be 'sickly'.
I would recommend everyone to try these as long as you are a fan of both chocolate and peanut butter!
4/5 Dooyoo stars!
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I really like peanut butter, but I never buy it. Why? Because peanut butter has a use-by date, and if I ate a jar of peanut butter before the use-by date, I would be the size of a house. I actually saw the Hershey's Reese's Cups on Dooyoo and made a mental note to check them out, but they slipped my mind until this afternoon, when I spied them in Tesco's.
I'm not sure how I managed not to notice them, considering the package is bright orange. Perhaps it's because I don't usually lurk around the biscuit aisle - I'm too worried about succumbing to temptation! At any rate, I purchased these without too much worrying for the grand sum of 58p.
The package contains 3 cups, each flat, chocolate-coloured cup (looking pretty much like the illustration on the pack) is in its own brown cake-case style package. I removed one cup from the pack with excitement, to eat with my cup of tea!
Well, all I can say is yum. The oddly-named 'chocolate flavour coating' is tasty and not as bad as you might expect Hershey's chocolate to be. The peanut butter inside complements the sweetness perfectly, with a nutty, salty, creamy yet crunchy taste and texture. There is exactly the right proportion of peanut butter to chocolate covering, too.
I found these cups to be really rich, and one at a time was enough. This will do wonders for my waistline as normally I can't stop eating chocolate! However there is no calorie information on the pack to say just how many calories are in a cup. There is no allergy information either, which is singularly unhelpful for those of you who suffer, but I think it's fairly safe to assume that these cups contain nuts.
Would I buy these again? Absolutely. They're a delicious snack for those sweet-tooth moments, cure my peanut butter cravings, and offer something a bit different to the usual chocolate. A thumbs up from me!
I'm not sure about you guys, but anything that fuses chocolate and peanut butter is always welcome in my book. Case and point - these delicious Reese's Cups.
I've been eating them for as long as I can remember and they're definitely in my top 5 favorite candies. This was one of the items I'd always dig for first as a kid returning from trick or treating on Halloween.
Soft milk chocolate cups with creamy peanut butter in the center.. The 2 compliment each other incredibly. Its a match made in heaven. It goes great with milk too. They come in a 2 pack so you can share it with a friend or just revisit that spectacular place this takes you to while you savor the flavor.
From what I understand in the UK you guys get 3 per package, but here in the US there's just 2. Well, its really sweet and we're already suffering with out of control obesity so I guess 2 of these really sweet cups are enough for us!
Of course its junk food so you don't want to overindulge but every now and then its a satisfying treat. The peanut butter filling stays the same but you can buy it in milk chocolate, white chocolate or recently introduced - dark chocolate. They also come in bite size or miniature cups as well. Its over 200 calories per serving, so clearly a guilty pleasure for your sweet tooth.
Hersheys is one of the oldest chocolate companies in America having been founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894. The chocolate is extremely popular in the US and is definitely more widely available than Cadburys or Nestle chocolate in my opinion. They produce a variety of different chocolate bars and treats.
I am not really a big fan of Hersheys. Having lived in both the US and England I have obviously tried American and English chocolate and to me Hersheys is not a patch on Cadburys. I really don't like the taste of it unfortunately, I find it quite bland, not very creamy and that it has a bit of a chalky aftertaste. Apparently I have heard that English chocolate uses real cocoa but American chocolate just uses cocoa flavouring so this could be the reason for the difference, English chocolate being more authentic and real.
However, one of the products they do produce and that I do like are their Reese's Peanut butter cups. This probably has something to do with the fact that I love peanut butter and the addition of this to the Hershey's chocolate definitely adds a different flavour to it and makes it more tasty and exciting. According to their website the H.B. Reese Candy Company began manufacturing a product made with specially processed peanut butter and HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate in the 1920s. Introduced as simply peanut butter cups, the popular candy item is known today as REESE'S peanut butter cups.
The cups are round and disc shaped and look a bit like a mini Yankee Candle tart if you know what those look like! The edge has a rippled effect. The main ingredient of the cup is of course chocolate which is quite thick around the sides which I really like. In the middle of the cup is a lovely smooth thick peanut butter. The mixture of peanut butter and chocolate is lovely and the two flavours work really well together. Each Reese's Cup is then individually placed in a brown paper wrapper/case.
Per 39g there are 200 calories in a Reese's Peanut Butter cup so quite a lot but if you have them as a treat then it's not too bad!
Reese's peanut butter cups are a wonderful expression of confectionary masterpiece. So addictive, they are the chocolate equivalent of crack, guarenteed to give you a joyfull sugar high and feeling of sastifaction whenever you partake in their peanut buttery heaven. They may even give you sexual powers (ok perhaps not quite!) and all for a few measly pennies!
Reese's are a subsidiary brand of Hershey. Now being a person of high standard and class (ahem), Hershey chocolate would not normally be my go-to choice, what with it usually tasting like vomit and all, but the chocolate used here is not the standard hershey and therefore this is not a problem, incase you were worried. It is admittedly pretty naffy chocolate, (infact it's alarmingly referred to on pack as "chocolate flavoured coating") but this is not the kind of product you buy for a quality chocolate-hit, I should like to think of it more as a junk-food item/confectionary product/candy (although I wouldn't say candy out loud because I would sound like a fool). This is for the chocolate+peanut butter experience, a genius combination which must have been dreamt up by god and passed down to us mortals via moses. Oh it is so awesome!
These are still quite a rarity in England, but I sense the reese's love is slowly spreading as I see them being sold in more and more places. About time too! In times of yore when woolworths were still alive you could only purchase them there. Then Morrisons caught on, now it seems Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda have all got in on the act. Marvellous, I say! I still squeal girlishly whenever I see them, such is my joy.
The cups come in packs of three, a combined weight of 51g, and are likely to be in the 50-60p region. The packaging, bright orange and yellow, is not exactly subtle, but this means they can be clearly identified with visual ease, should you be of limited sight/forgotten your spectacles. The list of ingredients is slightly shocking, lots of artificial-ness and E-number such and such, but Reese's have thoughtfully printed this under the flap of the packs so it can be avoided with merry ignorance. There is also no nutritional info to be found, however internet research has yielded that each pack is approximately 260 calories. So not exactly lettuce then. Each cup comes in its own natty paper case. Hurray, let's eat!
Eating the cups is a stimulating experience. It really is! Let me tell you why. The chocolate has a quick, slick melt with a very sweet and milky flavour. It lacks that creaminess we are used to from the likes of cadbury or galaxy etc, mainly it's just like a sweet and smooth syrup that has the potential to become horribly cloying 'til the thick peanut butter comes to play. The rich, salty-nuttiness of the filling cuts through that sweet chocolate, leaving a mouthful of pure delight. The peanut butter has a fabulous texture, thick, sticky and gritty which is lubricated by the melting chocolate in the nicest possible way. The flavour is very strongly roasted peanut, a bit creamy and a lot salty. The sweet and salt both play off each other and combine to give you a richly flavoured, nutty chocolatey experience that is just delightful. You will hear angels singing and unicorns playing lutes, that is how good they are.
These are very filling, infact 3 cups in a go may be pushing it for some people, and I'd definitely advise you have a drink on hand to wash away the residual stickiness. These are probably not for people who have only a vague appreciation for chocolate/sweet things, as they are a little on the overwhelming side of things. I enjoy such 'intense' snacks, they leave me with a feeling of satisfaction but I know others are inclined to feel sick at such a prospect. For the rest of us though, as far as sugar hits go it doesn't get much better than this.
We seem to only be allowed the original peanut butter cup in England, but I am aware there are many a variation in USA, such as minis and super-sized, white or dark chocolate, 'inside out' and with caramel..how unfair is that? Very upsetting state of affairs.
All in all, these are a creation of utter genius, and if you have yet to try them and they sound to your liking then please stop being a ninny and go get some!
I have already reviewed a couple of products from the Reese's range and mentioned in one that the Peanut Butter Cups always seem to be the hardest to track down as Morrisons very rarely have them in stock. Having had to venture out yesterday to stock up on milk and essential items we braved the Arctic conditions and did a small food shop, whilst stood at the checkout I looked at the chocolate counter and saw that these little cups of chocolate covered peanut butter had finally made reappearance.
Containing 3 cups the bright orange packaging is definitely noticeable and stands out amongst the other chocolate bars and at 57p they are a great price. They are manufactured by Hershey's - An American confectionary company and are actually made in the USA before being transported overseas and they taste unlike anything else you can buy. Each chocolate cup is about 2 inches in diameter and sits in its own paper base, the chocolate coating is quite thin and cracks nicely between your teeth as you take your first bite, once through you are met with the peanut butter interior which is thick, rich and smooth.
The contrast of the sweet chocolate and the nutty, savoury butter is incredibly moreish and makes your mouth water as you eat, the peanut butter is luxuriously thick and creamy and sticks to the roof of your mouth and the whole experience is a pleasurable one. These are probably my personal favourite in the Reese's range and eating one with a hot cup of coffee is the ultimate way to wind down and relax. By getting three individual cups you can space the enjoyment out and this gives you a chocolate fix for a good few hours if you can wait that long in-between portions.
The only slight criticism I have with these is that the nutritional content is not listed on the pack, so calorie and fat wise you are in the dark, however common sense should make you aware that a combination of chocolate and peanut butter isn't going to be the healthiest or low fat choice you can make. For me though they are a delicious treat that I like to indulge in once in a while and for that reason they are faultless in my opinion.
Availability wise the only supermarket I have ever seen them in is Morrisons and it is hit and miss if they have them in stock. They don't seem to be as widespread as Cadburys or Nestle confectionary and I haven't seen them in any petrol stations or newsagents, I don't know if this is the same across the country or just where I live so when they are available I like to pick one or two up. For taste, price and the whole package they get a perfect 5/5 Dooyoo star rating with me and are, of course, highly recommended.
Thanks for reading.