Everybody expect a cheesy announcement in the mail, because Reese’s is pregnant…
Reese’s Pieces are the all-too-neglected offspring of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It’s not that anybody dislikes Reese’s Pieces, but it seems that people only chose them over the more-mature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups when they’re piling candy on top of their Fro Yo, or when they’re buying poppable snacks at a movie theater. While they’re often overshadowed by the adult version, they have become the star of the new Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces Candy. Ladies and Gentlemen, we now have Reese’s stuffed with itself.
Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces Candy set the Internet on fire earlier this year. Images of the product first went viral in a Facebook post dated April 28th. This caused Reese’s to launch a social media campaign using the hashtag #Cupfusion, suggesting the rumors and leaked images were true. My excitement level was already throbbing one day before that April 28th post when a good friend of mine, @candyhunting on Instagram, sent me an image that she found of Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces Candy. Her words say it all:
Holy shit indeed! Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces stand no chance of being terrible and a decent chance at being perfect. The only way to review this properly is a new segment I like to call: The Reese’s Threesome.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (Original): Like, what can I even put here? Reese’s peanut butter cups will always be a top choice amongst Halloween trick-or-treaters and amongst everyone ever in the check-out aisle. They’re one of the best chocolate candy “bars” of all-time and THE best peanut butter/chocolate combination in existence. They feature a creamy milk chocolate surrounding a highly-sweetened peanut butter filling that still retains plenty of saltiness and a proud, roasted peanut flavor. The only reason I’m positive they’re not a Perfect 10 is because it has already been scientifically proven that the Reese’s Egg is better than the Peanut Butter Cup, which suggests that the ratios could be improved. Perhaps stuffing them with more candy can also improve them.
Reese’s Pieces: Fun, but not as complex. Reese’s Pieces are peanut butter candies in crunchy shells similar to M&M’s. I admire the hell out of that crunch. However, the peanut butter flavor isn’t as rich nor as authentic. They definitely taste awesome, but in a fake kind of way. Victims to the waxy shell. They were never designed to be substitutes; there’s no chocolate or cocoa in the ingredients. But sugar is the first ingredient, so at least there’s that.
Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces Candy: Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces Candy share about 95% of the flavor with the original Reese’s, so of course they are amazing and I love them. But sadly, this isn’t a perfect marriage. The Reese’s Pieces do next-to-nothing in the way of flavor. If the Reese’s Pieces do anything at all, the candy shells and all their sugar mutes the salt present in peanut butter filling ever-so-slightly. One could argue this shifts the filling’s flavor profile nominally away from “roasted peanuts” to just “candy.”
The Reese’s Pieces add a texture that is welcomed in my opinion. I like crunchy peanut butter precisely for this reason, so a crispy candy shell satisfies my desire for crunch. But even then, the Reese’s Pieces are carved up into tiny little bits and don’t amount to anything more than some grit in every bite. Since the pieces can’t really be larger, there simply needs to be more.
Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces Candy are disappointing only because they hit their floor instead of their ceiling. Fortunately for everyone, that floor was still really damn high. I would buy Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces over the original solely because I prefer the texture and because they’re just a ridiculously fun concept. However, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg is still the best Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and the best spin-off product is still the Nutrageous.
In summary, gimmicky product is still delicious.
Rating on the Reese’s Scale: 7 out of 10
Rating on the Junk Food Scale: Better out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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