Reese's Dark Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures Package
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Before I started www.sugarpressure.com, I remember buying a Reese's Dark Peanut Butter Cup with a large Batman on the package. It was a tie-in with the Batman movie that was out at the time. Back then it was a limited edition candy, but now Reese's Dark minis and regular size have become a regular product in the Reese's lineup. I think it is a smart idea for Hershey to add this because there are many people that like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate and it is a good idea to cater to as many palates as possible in the candy business.
The important thing to remember though is that this is a mass-produced and mass-distributed candy, so this isn't really dark chocolate. This is what I'd call a "stronger" chocolate. It's almost as if when they were making milk chocolate peanut butter cups, they tripled the amount of cocoa that went into the chocolate. That's not a bad thing, this change makes the chocolate taste pretty decent (unlike the normal milk chocolate). A lot of people say the milk chocolate in a Reese's is waxy, clay-like, fudgy, too sweet, etc... but the dark version is slightly bitter and not bad at all. I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, so these were just okay for me. By the way, I like the chocolate in the milk chocolate version. I wouldn't want to eat a whole bar of it, but I think it is a great match for the peanut butter.
There is some nice consistency between this version and the milk chocolate version. The packaging is similar but different enough that you can tell it's a different flavor. The miniatures are wrapped in the same foil with a paper cup around the chocolate. The color is different but I really like how Reese's has put the entire "dark" packaging together. The peanut butter inside is the same--slightly gritty, a tad bit salty and nicely peanut-y peanut butter that I love. My opinion is that the slightly bitter more chocolatey chocolate is not a good match for the peanut butter, but remember, I really like the super sweet milk chocolate version and the flavor it lends to the peanut butter interior. These are good for casual snacking and even though they aren't my favorite, we enjoyed a few on a movie night. Let me emphasize, we enjoyed A FEW...as these miniatures weigh in at 44 calories each. You might think a candy blogger wouldn't think about calories, but I do. And I try to "spend" my calories on candies I really like...so co-workers, expect a mostly full bag of Reece's Dark Miniatures in the kitchenette on Monday!
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 5 pieces = 1 serving = 220 calories, 14g fat
Price: $2.99 purchased at Target (free with coupon supplied to me by Reece's)
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