[Review] Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces

Recently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ate candy for the first time since 1989, and gave the world this:

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Recently, I ate candy for the first time since last week, and I now give the world this:

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Your move, Rock.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces are the result of what can only be described as a true American s***fit. In late April, one of the greatest Instagram accounts in existence (seriously, follow her) broke the news that a peanut butter lover’s wet dream was in the works. The internet and news outlets everywhere went insane, but credited a random person on Facebook who had reposted the image from Instagram. Sigh…”journalists.”

Nonetheless, Reese’s was forced to respond, rolling out their #Cupfusion campaign and confirming the new candy for a July release. I’ve always struggled with choices, so I was overjoyed that this candy saves me from the heartache of choosing between Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Pieces. Unfortunately, it doesn’t save me from the heart failure caused by choosing to eat too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Pieces throughout my life.

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When the waitress at Olive Garden asks me if I want soup or salad with my Tour of Italy, I usually just panic and stuff breadsticks in my mouth.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces will be hitting shelves in both regular and King Size versions, but so far I’ve only been able to locate the regular size. From a quick sweep of Instagram, it also seems that they’re currently only available in Utah (at a store called Maverik) and Minnesota (in my pantry, because I bought every last package from Cub Foods).

At first glance, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces look just like a normal Reese’s cup. The outside still consists of a soft, slightly waxy milk chocolate, which carries a delicious creamy sweetness. Biting into the cup, there’s a very slight crunch from the Reese’s Pieces, which are chopped up rather than whole. The crunch is closer to a crisped rice than the familiar heft of Reese’s Pieces candy. As a whole, the filling is a bit smoother than the usual crumbly center of a Reese’s cup.

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Stuffed vs. Unstuffed

The peanut butter center still carries a good amount of flavor, but the dominant taste is the sugary, more artificial peanut butter taste of the Reese’s Pieces. It’s not off-putting, but it definitely takes center stage over the dynamic sweet/salty combo of typical Reese’s peanut butter, and even mutes the richness of the milk chocolate exterior. The aftertaste leans strongly toward Reese’s Pieces, as well.

I enjoyed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces, just not as much as I thought I would. As I thought about where this particular candy suffered, I wondered if those shortcomings were due to it being a “normal-sized” variety. The amount and size of the Reese’s Pieces, as well as the balance with the peanut butter filling, could benefit from a larger “King Size” cup. In this version though, there just wasn’t a huge textural difference, and the peanut butter cup lost its signature sweet and salty balance in favor of the ultra-sugary peanut butter Pieces.

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I’ll leave it at this: is this a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world candy? Not quite…but at the end of the day, it’s still two awesome sweets combined into one. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces should please fans of both candies. If you like Reese’s Pieces, you’ll probably love this. If you prefer Reese’s cups, I think you’ll still enjoy this, as long as you’re not expecting the simple-yet-complex flavor of a normal cup. Meanwhile, I’m going to keep searching for the “King Size” cup, with the hopes that it solves some of the issues with the normal-sized version.

Oh, and in the off chance that The Rock sees my challenge above, I have just a couple of things to say: 1) Please don’t hurt me Rock, I love you so much; and 2) What do you say we bury the hatchet over your next cheat meal? I put together something special, just for you.

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Reese’s Oreo stuffed with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces
Item: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces
Price and Place of Purchase: $.50 at Cub Foods (expected to retail for $1.29)
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 package): 220 calories, 100 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 23 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Rich milk chocolate and salty peanut butter center of a Reese’s cup combine with the sugary peanut butter sweetness of Reese’s Pieces. Pieces candies overshadow richer flavors a bit. Being hypnotized by an image of The Rock swinging a giant gummy worm.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10

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