REVIEW: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese's Pieces

In a perfect world food would be an easy linear math problem.

Most the time this concept stands to reason. Just as we recite 2 + 2 = 4 ad nauseam during our earliest days of grade school, our first adventures in the world of taste confirm basic premises upon which all further knowledge of sweet and salty is built upon. Bacon + Burger = Excellent, Fish + Cheese = Why?, and, my personal favorite, Peanut Butter + Chocolate = All You Need In Life.

Yes, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is all you need in life.

This is not subject to relativism. Name for me one person who does not like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. What’s that, you can’t? I’m telling you such people do not exist. You don’t become the highest selling candy in the country because you have haters. Okay then, try one person who does not like a handful of Reese’s Pieces? Speak up! Are those crickets chirping in the background? Thought so.

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So if we’re talking math and we’re talking candy, it should follow that Awesome Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy + Another Awesome Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy = Exponentially Awesome Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy. Unfortunately, the new Reese’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups stuffed with Reece’s Pieces taste remarkably like…Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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I am not trying to say this is a bad thing (I did call them “awesome”). Far be it from me to audit the millions of dollars we fork over annually for that creamy peanut butter center and smooth milk chocolate shell. But when one expects the crunchy, intense burst of even more peanut butter and chocolate to give the cups the all-important textural variation that makes a simple candy like Crunch so popular, one only returns with slightly grainy shards of chocolate shell sticking from the peanut butter. The two peanut butter elements even meld into each other, creating a completely indistinguishable flavor that tastes both unequivocally yummy and devastatingly disappointing.

2 + 2 = 4? Psh. Now I get what Orwell meant when he wrote that 2 + 2 = 5. Except 5 is not any better than 4.

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I’m sure there are a fair number of people saying, “Well, what did you expect?” Fair question, but excuse me for holding the Reese’s R&D people to a high standard. The brand has only given us, what, about as many variations of peanut butter and chocolate as there are Duggar children? Yet where every Reese’s product seems to offer a bit of something extra when it comes to taste and texture, the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with Reese’s Pieces provide just an additional military-sized acronym to memorize in all your favorite candy forums (RMCPBCswRP in the unabridged form).

And, for the record, a bolder choice would have been to wrap an entire dark chocolate Reese’s cup in a Reese’s Pieces milk chocolate shell, thus encasing the smooth and creamy peanut butter to two levels of chocolate and increasing the crunch a gazillion times. And while we’re at it, can we add a white chocolate drizzle?

But then again, what do I know. I’m just a guy who has only been eating Reese’s PB Cups and Reese’s Pieces since I learned that 2 + 2 = 4.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 package or 2 cups – 220 calories, 100 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 5.0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 gram of dietary fiber, 23 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.00
Size: 1.5 oz
Purchased at: Shoppers Food
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: It’s a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Of course you love that smooth and slightly salty peanut butter and sweet milk chocolate! The simple life of linear first grade math equations. Military-grade acronyms for candy.
Cons: Tastes exactly like a regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Pieces provide a barely distinguishable textural contrast. A whimper in a banging tradition of product innovation. Rereading 1984

12 thoughts to “REVIEW: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces”

  1. When I tried it, I tried one room temp and one cold from the fridge. The room temp one tasted more like a regular cup, but the cold one tasted like it was filled with the slightly sweeter tasting innards of the reese’s pieces, but with a little texture, I found it quite delicious.

  2. I really liked these. Yes, they do basically taste like a regular Reese’s Cup, but with the added bonus of the crunchy texture of the candy shell on the Pieces.

  3. You should try one of the big cups. I think there’s a pretty distinguishable texture and flavor difference, thanks to obviously more space for more candy, between a regular Reese’s Big Cup and a Reese’s Pieces Big Cup. I loved it. I need to not make a habit out of grabbing one every time I go through the checkout line.

    1. I’ve only had the Big Cup variety so far, but I have to agree with Brittany. There is a texture difference and you get that sweet taste from the Reese’s pieces coating coming through the normal chocolate and peanut butter. I normally don’t like the Big Cup’s except for the crunchy kind with the nuts in it, but looks like Big Cup is the best for Reese’s Pieces also.

  4. I like the regular, old-school Reese’s cup better. The filling has a hint of salt, which blends the flavors together better in my opinion.

  5. Now THIS is the way to apply math skills in everyday life!! I imagine E.T. would feel extremely jilted by those teeny Pieces inside. Thanks for the heads up and the chuckles!

  6. So, how come you cant just buy them? From hersheys or a regular grocery store? Whats with all these advanced reviews? Cmon Hershey! bring em out ALREADY!

  7. I bought the Big Cup version of this. Can’t wait to try it. Oh, and I do know someone who hates Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups products. My girlfriend. She can’t stand peanut butter so naturally she hates Reese’s. Weird, I know. But hey, more for me!

    Also, my favorite Reese’s product needs to come back, like, NOW. It’s been almost 10 years and no word about a come back. The variety I’m talking about was the limited edition Smooth and Creamy Reese’s PB Cups.

    The innards were so creamy and good. I preferred it over the grainier normal cups. That’s not to say that I don’t like normal Reese’s. I love them.

  8. Reese’s now a days taste awful, the peanut butter is like dried sawdust and the chocolate is always melted, and it just taste terrible, I wonder why they keep changing the ingredients? I would love to see the original recipe and what is is today. The M&M peanut butter blows Reese’s away.

    another american product that has just became below average from it’s original orgin.

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