The first thing my little sister said to me when I told her that I scored a gig reviewing candy went something along the lines of the following:
â€œSo what sort of candy are you going to give me?â€
I had not even written my first review, and she was already trying to milk the perks. Being the good, older brother that I am, or maybe just feeling guilty remembering all the stuff big brothers put their little sisters through when growing up, I send her care packages every now and then with candy.
When we spoke several weeks ago, I inquired if she had received my latest shipment. She told me she had and continued to explain how she disliked everything I sent her. Mind you, she and I have very different ideas of what constitutes tasty when it comes to candy.
She did explain that as a candy reviewer, I was letting down the general public and her by not devoting enough time to Reeseâ€™s products, her all-time favorite. I tried explaining that there were simply no new products to review. This fact failed to placate her. Knowing the wrath a little sister could release, I picked my battle and told her the next time I saw a new Reeseâ€™s product, Iâ€™d not only review it, but also send her a box of whatever it was.
I thought this idea was foolproof, not having heard a word about any new releases from the company. And I am not sure how (though I am sure she is somehow behind it), but the very next time I stroll into Walgreens, I am confronted with a display of the latest spin-off of Reeseâ€™s Peanut Butter Cups, Reeseâ€™s Crunchy P.B.C. So here it goes Jessica, just for youâ€¦.
The cups are immaculately shaped, smelling like regular cups, but belying the idea that there is anything remotely crunchy inside. Even before biting into it, I am questioning the merits of the word â€œcrunchy.â€
When I think crunchy, I think Crunch Bars, Butterfingers, etc. You know, something that is puffed or toasted; however, the packaging on this indicates that this apparent new crunch is caused by the addition of peanuts.
Letting my mouth have the final say on the matter, I took a bite. It tastes like… like… like… a regular peanut butter cup, but with peanuts. Iâ€™m sorry, but as much as I attempted to find an interesting way to express the flavor, that is really all I could come up with.
In fact, I would go so far as to say this is what a NutRageous, the superior product of the two, would taste like if you put it in a cup form. The actual cups themselves do not even contain a lot of peanuts, resulting in a minimal crunch at best.
As a plus, I did find the overall piece to contain a muted sweetness that was sweeter than your regular cup, but that was most likely because of a creamier and fresher nature than its crunch-less/nut-less counterpart.
So did I like these? Not really. I didnâ€™t really understand them. To me, adding peanut pieces to a peanut butter candy is just overkill. In fact, candy-making people out there, stop adding nuts (or legumes, in this case) to things just because you can! I would be interested in seeing a fully-realized idea of a crunchy peanut butter cup. Maybe throw a little puffed rice in there, you know?
So Jessica, I hate to disappoint you, but thatâ€™s my verdict. Of course, I am sure you, and all lovers of the original, will admire this version too. You can expect them in the mail by the end of the month.
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