Each time the Reese’s Dark Peanut Butter Cups come out as a limited edition, I’ve always missed them. One of the original rounds, and you can see the wrapper on Mike’s Candy Wrapper Page here, and as a part of the Dark Knight movie release last summer (I was only able to find the milk chocolate ones). I’m sure there were other released that I’m missing, but most of them came out at a time when I wasn’t paying much attention to candy. Crazy, I know.
I only knew they were on shelves again by first finding them on display at my local Wawa and then seeing Cybele’s review of them not even thirty minutes later.
The package design is interesting because looks like a RPBC, as it keeps the same colors and yet it’s different enough to know it’s not the normal kind. Aside from the word “DARK” printed on the front in white, I don’t know what stood out to tell me this was a different candy beast. Telepathic candy vibes perhaps?
Out of the wrapper, the cups smell awesome and similar to the regular RPBC. I do get notes of something darker, more roasted and less sweet. The cups have one of those hard paper trays to sit on to protect them, and it has a game piece on it telling me I didn’t win (the wrapper has a contest on the front as a part of some promo). Which is sad cause I could use $2,500,000. The cups themselves are much darker in appearance and the chocolate is a nice deep dark reddish brown. I glance at the ingredients list to see there’s milk solids in here, which always confuses me as to why companies put them in dark chocolate. Is it cost effective? More shelf stable? Note to self: I need to look that up.
Handling the cups, they’re very solid. No softness or sticking to my fingers like the normal kind. The bite is still soft and I was almost expecting a snap to the chocolate. The chocolate is still sweet, but much milder and more rich with a hint of coconut and strawberries. The peanut butter is the same as we all know and love: salty, roasted and very nutty with that signature texture. The milder chocolate and the peanut butter go so well together, as does the more rich texture of the chocolate. Luscious, just luscious.
It’s hard to say they’ve improved on the original RPBC, as it’s such a classic candy and has so much perfection about it. Still, I am just smitten with these and I find myself buying them again and again. I have a new candy crush.
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Whatchamacallit has a new friend! It was…oh, I forgot the name already. What was it called? That Thingamajig type candy bar?
Thingamajig is a new Limited Edition bar that Hershey’s is producing, I am unsure for how long exactly, as a nice compliment to the Watchamacallit bar. It cleverly sports another placeholder name and is essentially the same sort of candy bar. A few things have been tweaked and switched, but the two are really candy bar siblings as so to speak.
Thingamajig comes in a sassy red wrapper, which is much more eye-catching than Watchamacallit’s beige/yellow color scheme. The wrapper describes it as “Made with chocolate, cocoa crisps and peanut butter”. I admit, I’m suspicious of this, as I know Watchamacallit is made with mockolate. So I can’t help but scrutinize the semantics here. Does “made with” mean the same as “chocolatey”? From a glance at the ingredients, it does. *sigh*
I’ll refrain from comparing the two bars for the sake of brevity, as that territory has been covered by many of the other candy blogs out there. The main difference is that the crispies in Thingamajig are cocoa flavored, and it has a stripe of peanut butter instead of caramel like Whatchamacallit. We all clear here now?
Out of the wrapper, the Thingamajig smells a little like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (RPBC): sweet, peanut buttery with a hint of chocolate.
The flavor is sweet and chocolatey at first, with notes of caramel and cream and that signature mockolate greay texture. Then the peanut butter taste comes in, similar to a Reese’s PBC, but not as intense and fresh. I don’t get any extra chocolate kick from the cocoa crispies, which doesn’t surprise me, as flavored crisped rice is a mild beast to begin with. As I taste this, I am annoyed by the fact that the mockolate coating melts on my fingers as I hold the bar (yes, I don’t like to use the wrapper for that, I like my bars to be free and break off pieces). The cripiss are very fresh and crispy, as I hear them crunch so loudly in my head when I chew them, it’s like there’s a war going on the there.
It was good, better than I expected, but still nothing stellar to knock me off my feet. Use real chocolate next time and it’s very possible I’ll change my mind.
Also check out these reviews at Candyblog.net, Candy Yum Yum!, Cocoa Heaven, A.V. Club, and Limited Edition Foods.
Rating: Might Eat Again
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I only just discovered the existence of these new Limited Edition M&Ms released for the new Transformer’s movie on Tuesday. Mars had only announced them on Monday, so I guess I’m faster on the pickup than I thought. I wistfully pondered when I’d ever find them, as my area doesn’t get many first releases of candy and they show up a month or two later than everyone else. So imagine my utter delight when I find these in an display while grocery shopping that very evening. Luck was surely smiling upon me.
The bag is a little busy. It has a gray iron base with two versions of Mecha (or should I say Transformer?) Orange, who looks very nervous despite the fact that’s he’s now a killer robot. The M&M’s name is still the most prominent feature on the bag and the flavor is brightly listed above it. I kept re-reading the flavor title though: Strawberried Peanut Butter? It sounded very odd to me, I would have never guessed that sort of flavor combination in an M&M, it seems a little out of the box to me. Kudos to Mars for trying something so unique.
The size of these M&Ms are large, like the crispy and the peanut butter varieties. They come in three colors that fit the Transformer’s palate: red, brown and yellow with red flecks. They look similar to the Wildly Cherry M&Ms and the Limited Editions Indiana Jones IV version from last year. They smell lightly fruity, which is a little strange, yet inviting. It’s a little like how Skittles smell, but it’s much milder here.
Curious to see what’s makes up these M&Ms, I bit one in half to see the innards. As I suspected it’s made up of a candy shell, chocolate, then a peanut butter center. They break very easily in my mouth and are somewhat soft, not as crunchy as the other varieties of M&Ms.
The first thing you taste is a hit of strawberry flavor. It’s light, fruity, and pleasantly not artificial (like many found the Wildly Cherry M&Ms to be). Next you get the sweetness from the chocolate, followed by the nicely roasted and salty flavor of the peanut butter center. I’m guessing that the flavor of the strawberry is in the candy shell, since once I chew it and dissolve it, all I get are chocolate peanut butter flavors. The strawberry flavor doesn’t mix too much with the peanut butter center either. It tends to disappear before you get to it, at least that’s how it tastes when I eat them. I find that the flavor grows on me as I keep tasting more and more of them.
These are a little strange at first, until your taste buds and head recognize the flavor combo. That’s right, it tastes of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in M&M form. It’s good, but not anything classic in my mind. Now I just gotta keep my eyes peeled for the Snickers Nougabot Bar!
Rating: Will Eat Again
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I’ve shared my thoughts on Reese’s pieces before: hated as a child and I’ve come to appreciate them with special and infrequent cravings. I really just miss the chocolate with the peanut butter. I saw these on one of the candy hunts and wanted to give them a try, mainly because I hear so many good things about these in their Pastel Eggs format. Part of the allure was that if I didn’t end up liking them, I could at least get some pretty photos of them and then give the rest to my boyfriend, who is crazy about Reese’s Pieces.
All I can say right now, these changed my mind about Reese’s Pieces. This new shape and size changes everything. The pieces are eggs shaped: fatter like marbles with one end a little pointier than the other. They come in festive pastel colors: green, yellow, blue and pink. The quality control here is excellent as there’s little variation in shape and texture of the shells.
Taking my first bite, I realize immediately what makes them special. There’s just more of everything. The shell is bigger and thicker, giving a more satisfying crunch and there’s more peanut butter. Enough to pleasantly coat your tongue if you’re patient enough to let it melt in in your mouth. This means there’s much more flavor, obviously. Some things are the same though: the shells feels nice and smooth on the tongue and the peanut butter is creamy, sweet with that perfect kick of salt.
A glowing example of how a small change in format can change a so-so candy into something stellar. If only I could get Reese’s Pieces like this year ‘round! I’m definitely going to look for more of these as the Easter sales continue.
Rating: Will Buy Again
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I think most everyone can agree with me that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (RPBC) and all the Reese’s family home a special place in our hearts and tummies. There’s just something about them that just screams taste, comfort and nostalgia to me. That’s why partly I love the holidays too, as you can find a Reese’s to match the occasion. There’s pumpkin-shaped Reese’s in the fall, heart ones in February, and egg-shaped ones near Easter. There’s seems to always be a different shape in which to enjoy them, in case you get bored with the traditional cup.
Now, there’s one thing that’s very interesting about RPBC, is that depending on the size and shape, the peanut butter to chocolate ratio changes. Many swear by the minis because there’s more peanut butter, others like the regular cups because the chocolate and peanut butter are a little more equal. That’s why I was very interested to try these Reese’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs (the name is a mouth full by itself!) because I was curious if it followed the mini’s ratio or if it had one that was entirely new.
Once unwrapped, you see they’re egg shaped with a big seam running along the sides. You can tell right away that each side was individually piped though of PB and then smooshes together to make the eggs. The flavor is the same we all know and love with the RPBC, smooth milk chocolate with the salty, roasted, creamy flavor of the peanut butter. I’d say the ratio is pretty darned similar to the real RPBC minis, so aside from the shape and the easier breakage in the mouth, these are pretty much the same thing. I have to say, that the round eggs shape does feel very wonderful to roll around in the mouth.
Any RPBC lover would be thrilled to find these beauties in their Easter basket or shopping cart. The wrappers are so attractive and festive I can’t help but love them. I’m going after more of these once the sales start.
Rating: Will Buy Again
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