REVIEW: Pillsbury Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Pillsbury Reese s Peanut Butter Cookies

Reese’s and Pillsbury have teamed up to offer a peanut butter cookie dough made with Reese’s Peanut Butter. No mixing. No bowls. Just break apart the block of dough, place the pieces on a cookie sheet, bake, and then think of all the time you’re saving by not making cookies from scratch and having to deal with all the cleaning after. It’ll give you so much time that you have the time to think that.

The name Reese’s brings excitement when printed on a package. Go post a photo of something with Reese’s on Instagram or Facebook, and I’m sure it’ll be one of your most liked photos. But this cookie dough is not something to get super excited about.

Look, I’ve had a shedload of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my lifetime and I’ve had a bucketload of homemade and store bought peanut butter cookies during the decades I’ve been on this planet, so I’m disappointed these taste more like your run-of-the-mill peanut butter cookies than anything that reminds me of the iconic candy I’d steal from a baby.

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The peanut butter in a Reese’s PBC has a distinct nutty flavor that I don’t detect with these. I ate the ENTIRE batch on my own over the course of several days, like a leisurely-eating Cookie Monster, and every one I stuffed into my mouth didn’t invoke any tastes, smells, or inkling of the beloved chocolate and peanut butter treat.

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As peanut butter cookies, they’re fine, and I enjoyed eating every single one of them. But there’s nothing to distinguish them from any other I’ve had.

For you fork impressions in peanut butter cookies people, do it quickly because the dough gets super sticky if it sits for a little while, making it hard to create the imprint without having a clump of dough stick to your fork.

I can’t say Pillsbury’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies are bad, but I can say if I were to hand out these to random folks on the street, I’m sure they would not be able to tell it’s specifically a Reese’s product. By the way, if a stranger on the street offers you a cookie, don’t accept it.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 160 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 170 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.29
Size: 16 oz. (makes 24 cookies0
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Good peanut butter cookies. I bet this would make great bread for a Reese’s PBC sandwich. No mess and washing mixing bowls after. How easy it is to steal candy from a baby.
Cons: Not good at capturing Reese’s peanut butter. Nothing to distinguish it from other peanut butter cookies. Hard to make fork impressions in cookie dough. Stealing candy from a baby.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Krispy Kreme Coffee Glazed Doughnut and Original Glazed Coffee


To celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29, Krispy Kreme is offering for one week only, from September 24 through Sepetmber 29, its new Coffee Glazed Doughnut.

But that’s not all Krispy Kreme is doing to show coffee some love. The chain is also launching a new coffee flavor — Original Glazed Doughnut. So, yes, you could dunk an Original Glazed Doughnut into an Original Glazed Doughnut Coffee, and you can do it after National Coffee Day because, unlike the new doughnut, the new coffee flavor will become a permanent addition to the menu.

The doughnut has 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried the doughnut and/or coffee, let us know what you think in the comments.

(Image via Krispy Kreme.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: White Chocolate Peanut M&M’s

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Since candy corn and peanuts are a thing, maybe next year we should get White Chocolate Candy Corn Peanut M&M’s? Just an idea, Mars. (Spotted by Rachel C at CVS.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King Crispy Chicken Tenders


Like the other big fast food chains, Burger King has rolled out a new version of chicken tenders.

It seems the chain has taken what its learned from its Crispy Chicken Sandwich and applied it to the dippable menu item. The Crispy Chicken Tenders are made with whole muscle white meat chicken with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and are coated in a homestyle seasoned breading. It comes with your choice of dipping sauce — BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Buffalo, Sweet & Sour, and the wonderful Zesty.

The new Crispy Chicken Tenders are available for a limited time at a recommended price of $2.49 for 2 pieces and $4.49 for 4 pieces, but the 4-piece order is available as part of the 2 for $6 Mix or Match promotion.

A 4-piece serving has 630 calories, 31 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 100 milligrams of cholesterol, 2200 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 36 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Burger King.)

QUICK REVIEW: Limited Edition Chocolatey Winter Lucky Charms Cereal

Limited Edition Chocolatey Winter Lucky Charms Cereal

What is it?

General Mills has launched a new festive cereal just in time for the holidays.

Except that it isn’t new. Chocolatey Winter Lucky Charms is just regular Chocolate Lucky Charms with the marshmallows from last year’s Cinnamon Vanilla version.

How is it?

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I am disappointed that this cereal is so unoriginal. But I’m not that disappointed, because Chocolate Lucky Charms is great, and I would even say it’s better than the original. It’s OK dry, but it creates chocolate milk, which makes consumption delightful.

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I wonder if this cereal is an attempt to be a hot cocoa flavor, since it already has the essential elements of chocolate and marshmallow. So I heated up some milk and ate it in a mug. The marshmallows became foamy and dissolved, just like the marshmallows in a packet of Swiss Miss. It takes a lot of cereal to make the milk chocolatey, but this would be a comforting breakfast or snack when it’s actually cold outside (i.e. not September).

Is there anything else I need to know?

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This cereal contains my biggest yuletide pet peeve: eight-pointed snowflakes. Snowflakes only have six points, people! It’s basic science!

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Scientific inaccuracy aside, I cannot possibly think of anything more appropriate for someone to eat while watching The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold.


If you’re looking for something new, this isn’t what you want. But it’s a fun tweak to a classic cereal.

Purchased Price: $3.64
Size: 21.2 oz. box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (3/4 cup) 100 calories, 10 calories from fat, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 65 milligrams of potassium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 10 grams of sugar, 12 grams of other carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.