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Candy Review: Reese’s Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups

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Reese’s Crunch Peanut Butter Cups

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:

“So what sort of candy are you going to give me?”

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 Reese’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 Reese’s product, I’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 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Crunchy P.B.C. So here it goes Jessica, just for you….

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 “crunchy.”

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. I’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 didn’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 that’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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11 Responses to “Candy Review: Reese’s Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. 1
    Cindy says:

    As a little sister myself, I’m equally offended and amused by this post. :P Just kidding.

    I do enjoy a good Reese’s Cup, though I prefer Reese’s Pieces, but I can honestly say that adding peanuts sounds like a terrible idea. Peanut butter is my favorite candy flavor, but I actually hate having peanuts (or any nuts) in candy, brownies, cookies, my teeth. (Now honey roasted peanuts are a different story….)

    I much prefer crispies like you mentioned and would love to see a Reese’s Cup Crispies version.

  2. 2
    JPLRUBIN says:

    Maybe a crunchy candy coating over the peanut butter center and then the chocolate coating over that would make in essence a “crunchy” peanut butter cup!

  3. 3
    laurie says:

    You are a good older brother! My little sister only gets my leftover review candy when it isn’t tasty enough to be worth finishing it myself.

    As for a crunchy peanut butter cup, I think it would be interesting if they put in bits of that crunchy peanut butter stuff they use in Wunderbars and Crispy Crunch bars.

  4. 4
    laura says:

    did reese’s forget about the fact that they introduced this product a long time ago – i think it was the “nutty” edition? not to mention that there have been Big Cups with nuts for ages.

  5. 5
    Monica says:

    I want to know what Jessica thinks of these! :)

  6. 6
    Cadence says:

    I like the Nutrageous but this sounds like it’d just bore me. It’s not like the original peanut butter cup needed improvement, after all. Well, more for Jessica this way! (P.S. You share your candy with your siblings? Oh dear, I hope mine happen to miss this post!)

  7. 7
    Alisa says:

    Walgreen’s has a new Reese’s cup with whole peanuts. Limited editon.

  8. 8
    Heather says:

    I really like peanut butter cups, and I love crunchy peanut butter…

    These cups would have been ten million times better if they had more nuts. I really want a crunch!

  9. 9
    leah says:

    I’m with Laura on this one! they actually have been making those for a few years now! I’m a big fan of anything reese! But I have to second your motion when you say they still taste the same as the original! My personal fav is the reese whipped! Same great taste with out the guilt after!

  10. 10
    Mike says:

    Reese’s did sell a peanut butter cup product with rice crispies in them in Canada. I had one many years ago. Pretty good. Don’t know if it ever made it to the US. It was called Reese Crispy. I think it’s odd the Reese’s product in Canada usually leave off the ‘s in Reese’s!

  11. 11
    Chris says:

    My name is Chris and I am a BIG fan of this website! I only have one comment/question, WHERE CAN I BUY THIS DELICIOUS TREAT?????

    Any leads as to the whereabouts of this delicious candy concoction would be greatly appreciated. I will spare NO cost in finding this. No cost.


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