These are last of the Q.bel reviews I have to share. Take my word for it though, as these may be last, but not the least of the bunch!
Q.bel PB Wafer Bars
I can’t comment much more on the packaging without it feeling like I’m beating a dead horse. Unwrapping these bars, I am pleased to say these smell exactly like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (RPBC) to me. The aroma is so strong of fresh peanut butter with a kiss of chocolate. It’s something I could sit and inhale all day.
The Peanut Butter Wafer Bars are a little different in terms of construction than the Milk and Dark Chocolate ones. There’s no rice crisps in this bar and I was sort of expecting to find bits of peanut in there as a replacement. Alas, I was wrong. The peanut butter is beautifully sandwiched in between the wafers, as you can see in the photo.
There’s a really nice crispness to the bite in these despite the lack of the crisped rice. The flavor isn’t as punchy as the Wafer Rolls, there’s more wafer here to soften the bold flavors of the peanut butter and chocolate. It’s very creamy, nutty with a touch of salt. There’s nice sweetness under the whole flavor from the chocolate that’s smooth and cool on the tongue. I got a bit of a throat tickle from eating this, as the peanut butter is intense. I like it that way though.
Out of all the Wafer Bars I had, these were the ones that disappeared first out of the bunch that I shared with friends.
Q.bel Peanut Butter Wafer Rolls
The Peanut Butter Wafer Rolls, like their Milk and Dark Chocolate counterparts, didn’t disappoint. They too smelled strongly and are reminiscent of RPBC. The coating didn’t melt as easily in my hands as the others did, which I found perplexing. I’m not complaining though!
The Rolls are wonderfully peanutty, roasted and salty. The flavor is great and I’d consider this an awesome snack for peanut butter lovers. You get an intense flavor hit of the smooth, extremely fresh creamy peanut butter. It’s sweet, roasted, salty, and plain tasty! The Roll even lets you get the thick peanut butter texture on your tongue if you eat it in just the right way. The chocolate coating gives it that needed edge of sweetness and the wafer provides a wonderful crunchy/crispy texture.
Addicting. Simply addicting.
Even though I’m more of a chocolate than a peanut butter person, I’d say these were beautifully done and tie with the dark chocolate wafer rolls as my favorite in the Q.bel line.
You don’t have to take my opinions on these as the final word though, be sure to check out what Cybele at CandyBlog.net, Rosa at ZOMG! Candy, CandyAddict.com and Chocolate Blog has to say about them.
Links Q.bel Website
I’ve known of Atkinson’s Candy Company for some time now, as they’re the makes if the infamous Chick-o-Stick. I was surprised to see these in my local Wal-Mart, as I consider the Atkinson’s candy a bit of a regional/retro candy, and therefore pretty difficult to locate. I acted on my luck and brought a packet home to the candy labs for further evaluation. I’d never heard of the Peanut Butter bars before, and I was giddy about my new discovery.
The package holds two long sticks, each white with brown stripes on them. They look like a hard candy, as they appear dense and glossy. Picking one up, the sticks are heavier than they look and they smell lightly of salty peanut butter.
The inside is white like the exterior, but it’s marbled with light brown stripes of peanut butter. The bite is hard and crunchy at first, but softens up pretty quickly as you start chewing. It’s an interesting texture combination, with the harder outside bits shattering and turning tacky, then chewy as you work it with your teeth. It’s a very satisfying mouth experience.
The flavor is full of fresh peanut butter that’s not too strong or too light. Like all god peanut butter, it has good salty notes and a hit of sweetness. I felt pretty satisfied after I finished the sticks, and wish I had gotten more. I hadn’t had anything quite like these before.
I appreciate that these are pretty sturdy and wont melt in extremely hot temperatures, which sadly is not a concern for me right now as it’s so cold out.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Now this is interesting, isn’t it? It’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (RPBC for short!) minis with chopped nuts. Another one of my random grocery store finds, and I had to get them. I admit, I was interested to see how they managed to get bits of chopped nuts into the minis. They’re small enough to begin with. This also seems like a pretty pathetic attempt on Hershey’s part to introduce a totally unnecessary variety twist on a classic.
I’m curious as to why they’d do this to the candy. More peanut flavor? New texture? I’m skeptical. I like RPBC to get a nutty flavor, yet no debris in my teeth. We’ll see how this goes down.
On the outside, these looks the same to the normal mini RPBC: size, smell, shape, flavor. Taking a bite it’s immediately apparent what this is like. This is the chunky peanut butter version to the normal “smooth” peanut butter of the normal ones. It’s just that simple. The flavor of the chocolate and peanut butter center is exactly the same, so I don’t feel like I need to re hash what that’s like. So if you’re a crunchy peanut butter person (survey says 40% of you prefer crunchy to smooth) then give these a go. It’s your favorite peanut butter texture now in your favorite peanut butter cup!
Theses are good product, yet extremely unnecessary in my mind. Only worth getting if you’re very OCD about your peanut butter texture.
Rating:Will Eat Again
I’m sure many of you have never heard of Boyer’s Smoothie, as it’s the ignored sibling to the ever popular Mallo Cup. The Smoothie was a creation that Boyer Candy Company made back in the day to ride the popularity of the Mallo Cup. It’s a unique candy, as it’s made of a smooth peanut butter center covered with butterscotch coating.
I was lucky to find a package of Smoothies in a random gas station in Upstate New York on my way to visit my parents. The package is so very dated in it’s design with almost garish colors and bland font. For some reason I find it terribly appealing, because it reminds me of a time when the flavor of a candy was it’s selling point. Not the package design and marketing campaigns.
Opening the package reveals the two cups, same format as Mallo Cup. They’re yellowish brown in color and I’m reminded of those horrid Reeses’ Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups that came out a few years ago. The Smoothie also comes with those cute cardboard money cards you can collect and save up for prizes. I’m still saving mine up.
The butterscotch is very sweet with that strong buttery flavor. The texture a little greasy and therefore slick on the tongue. Like the Mallo Cup it has a bit of texture, but instead of bits of coconut there’s small chopped chunks of peanuts layered in the coating on the top. If I had to liken the taste to something else, I’d say that these tasted like Reese’s Pieces if they were in cup form. I was disappointed with the flavor a little as it’s hard to taste where the butterscotch flavor ends and the peanut butter flavor begins, and vise versa. Last time I ate one of each they tasted very different, so I was of let down by this. Texture was the only tell tale sign I was eating one or the other.
Despite the faults I find with Smoothie, I still liked it. I can’t really explain it, but something about it appeals to me. It’s not something I’d eat regularly, though.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Boyer Candy Company Website
Since I began expanding my candy horizons for the past couple of years I’ve been finding some interesting new favorites amongst the zillions of options out there. One of these not-so-recent discoveries has been Hershey’s Take 5 bar. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s a blend of five ingredients (milk chocolate ( or rather, it was once upon a time), caramel, peanuts, pretzel and peanut butter) so you get the ultimate sweet and salty candy experience.
So imagine my curiosity when I spotted the Peanut Butter Take 5. The package description the only difference is that the milk chocolate is gone (warning #1) and is replaces with “peanut butter candy”. They don’t specifically say what that exactly is. Granted, this was late year (yes, my notes do run that far back), but that doesn’t mean that Hershey’s won’t ever revive this limited edition.
Here’s what the bars look like one the packaging is removed. Don’t you love the advertising for Kissables on the back card? Anyways, you can now see the “peanut butter candy” is really a peanut butter coating that replaced the chocolate.
The taste is not where it should be. The loss of the chocolate really delivers a big blow. It doesn’t have that nice sweetness to balance the saltiness anymore. The coating doesn’t impart anything new except a strange greasy feeling in your mouth. There really is too much peanut butter in this and destroys the balance that was so perfect in the original. In this case, don’t mess with perfection Hersheys. Mmm, kay?
Rating: Not Worth It
Hershey’s Take 5 Webpage