I never know quite what to think about Reese’s peanut butter stuff. Sometimes it is really enjoyable, but it can be unpleasantly greasy and overly sweet too. There isn’t much consistency from Hershey across the Reese’s product range, meaning that every bar A)has the potential to be great and B) has the potential to be god awful. Which is exciting in a way! Today, I’ve got the white chocolate version of their famous peanut butter cups.
For those who haven’t come across Reese’s Cups before, it is very simply a peanut butter centre covered in a shell of chocolate- usually milk. But having tried the milk and dark versions in the past (and not reviewed them yet…shame on me) I thought that it was finally time I cracked open a packet of their white chocolate variety.
I picked them up from CyberCandy and they cost me about £1.50. Probably about double what you’d pay for them in America, but a fair price all things considered. When opened, they were a little battered and weren’t quite the perfect Cup shape. It’s hard to assess where exactly the damage might have occurred though- it could have been the 3,000 mile flight over here or it could have been the boxing match that they had in my bag after I’d bought them. (They were fighting a book and a pair of shoes in there… fairly obvious who won that one!)
I was also willing to cut them some slack because everyone looks a bit knackered after long distance travel. The chances are, unless you’re insanely photogenic, if you have ever got off a long haul flight you’ll have resembled either Herman Munster or Chewbacca depending on how much hair you have.
For your £1.50, you get a 42g packet. This is made up of two 21g individual cups making it perfect for sharing with a mate, saving for later…or eating in one go because these aren’t the biggest. They fit easily in the palm of my hand; not that that’s a useful reference point because everyone has decent sized hands ergo maybe they were giant and I’ve just got incredible big (foam finger glove style) hands. I would say that they’re just a little bit bigger than a Jaffa Cake for comparison.
The wrapper did a job in that it was unambiguous and clear. But I have to say that I thought it looked a little tacky and cheap. Inside, there is a little card container to protect the two Cups, and they had actually done their job very well- whilst the tops of the cups were a little dented, the shells themselves were in perfect shape. So whilst I didn’t like the actual look itself, kudos to Hershey because they got the packet to me in acceptable nick.
And it smelt absolutely excellent. Peanut butter products tend to have a generic (peanut buttery) scent. But Reese’s is immediately identifiable to me. It is totally unique. There is waaay more of the buttery side of things going on, with it being weighed more to the butter than the peanut. You still do get lush savoury notes from the peanuts…but the emphasis with Reese’s stuff is on the indulgently buttery.
I was still a wee bit concerned that the size was unclear. So I called in a mate and asked him to pose. (By that, I mean I stole my sister’s bear. She doesn’t know and hasn’t figured out why it smells of peanut butter yet…)
This is a bear holding the cup. Well, actually, due to his lack of opposable thumbs, he couldn’t hold the entire cup so in fact he is holding a bear sized portion. Which is about a fifth of a cup.
The peanut butter component is very nice here, as you’d hope and maybe expect from a company which specialises in the stuff. There is loads of peanut flavour, with a roasted and more savoury taste. As the smell indicated, it was nicely buttery and melted in the mouth pleasantly and without being too mealy as Reese’s stuff occasionally is.
But the above paragraph can obviously describe any of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, be they milk, dark or (as is the case here) white chocolate coated. The USP of these particular Cups is the white chocolate. And I’m afraid to say that the chocolate element here is God awful. It is horribly sugary and lacks any kind of flavour at all. It’s essentially just throat burning badness which was on the verge of being inedible. I managed to eat one cup for tasting purposes but these would have been on a one way trip to the bin if they had been an ordinary purchase.
So it’s bad news here. The peanut butter centre is delicious and I’d eat it again and again. But it is covered in an absolute horror show of a white chocolate. It was horrendously bad and whilst this hasn’t put me off Reese’s stuff in the slightest, I’m not going to eat their white chocolate again in a hurry- I’l just stick to milk and dark chocolate flavoured stuff instead.
Essentially what Hershey has done here is take Mila Kunis (or George Clooney for female readers) and put them in a £3.99 hoody from Primark. It’s a tremendous centre enrobed in a horrendous covering.
I’d give these a wide berth.