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I've never eaten much peanut butter, it's one of those foods I enjoy but as I'm the only one who eats it I don't like to buy a full jar as no way could I eat it all to myself and I wouldn't want to waste it. To get the flavour I'll buy myself a pack of Hershey's Cups from Morrisons, but yesterday in Sainsburys I spotted a grungy looking orange packet claiming to be Hershey's Reese's Pieces. Or peanut butter-filled M&Ms to you and me. I was looking forward to them all day but didn't get to try them until the evening, by then I'd worked my tastebuds into a frenzy of anticipation as I imagined the smooth salty peanut butter inside a crispy sugar shell. My tastebuds were disappointed. People rave about these, but I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. The main problem is the fact that the sweets are the same size as M&Ms, which is too small really for the flavour of the peanut butter to come through. It works with a Hershey's Cup as they are so much bigger but there is barely enough peanut butter in each 'Piece' for you to be able to taste it. The problem then is that there is nothing else added to the sweets to give them any other flavour, either to compliment the peanut butter or to detract from it. You've got the sweet hollow sugariness of the shell but that pretty much disappears as soon as you've sucked or crunched the sweet, then you'll find you're left with a sticky paste of what is obviously peanut butter - only without the rich flavour. Maybe I'm being a bit unfair. The taste of peanut butter is definitely there in these sweets, it's just much more subtle than I'd like and they go no way towards dealing with a craving for the sticky stuff. They don't look great either, whereas M&Ms are brightly coloured these are a mix of beige and brown sweets which honestly don't look half as good when tipped into a bowl! They're sweet, slightly greasy tasting and quite nice in a not-what-they're-supposed-to-be kinda way. I won't buy them again though as I love 'ordinary' M&Ms and I love Hershey's Cups so there isn't really any reason for me to add these to my long list of weekend munchies. 55p from Sainsburys.
Reeses is a part of the American chocolate and confectionary company, Hersheys. They specialise in the chocolate and peanut butter range, like peanut butter cups, and these little beautys, Reese's Pieces. Reeses pieces are basically little pieces of peanut butter, coated in thick, creamy, hersheys milk chocolate. Think of an M and M, but with peanut butter in the centre. They may sound gross, but trust me this is something you need to try at least once. I thought I would hate the taste of peanut butter and chocolate together, but I actually love these and can not get enough of them. They come in a similiar package to M and Ms, but the color of the packaging is orange, with little pieces on the packaging too. The words on the packaging are written in yellow, and on the back of the packaging there is the nutritional information and a small blurb about the pieces themselves. I am unsure as to where you can get these in the UK, I once saw them in Morrissons but now I get them sent from the US by friends as I can not find them. If you know where to get them in the UK, please message me and let me know, it will be much appreciated. The only downside to these Reeses Pieces, other than being hard to find, is the fact that they are proper full of fat and calories, more so than most other chocolate snacks, so do not eat them too often if you can help it.
These have been around for 15p in Home Bargains near my house for a while now and every time I see them when I go in I can't resist picking up a few packets. They are small, crunchy coated little rounds which are full of smooth, salty peanut butter. They are sort of smaller than smarties, and peanut butter instead of chocolate, but basically the same thing and they are yummy!! They come in the bag like you can see in the picture and this weighs 43g. I think this is quite a lot because they are bad for you and they are quite small so there are a lot in there. This makes it good for sharing though! They are brown, yellow or orange and sometimes they seem a bit knocked about a bit, but this might be because I have got them from a bargain shop. It doesn't really affect the taste though so thats fine and it doesn't bother me. I have used these a lot in baking either for decoration or to add something to cookies instead of chocolate chips etc. They really work well and I now actually keep a little few packets in my baking cupboard :) So I do really like these and I always look out for them but they are not good for you. They are an American product and don't state the nutritional info really but they do have a whole bunch of ingrediants in them, including some genetically modified ones so if this bothers you, stay away!! The best bit with these for me is when they slowly sort of 'melt' in your mouth, they are so yummy and the contrast between sweet of the sugar shell and then salty of the peanut butter is awesome.
I love peanut butter, and I love the Reeses peanut butter cups, so when I saw these I just had to try them.... And these are even better. They are a chocolate treat that come in a vivid orange wrapper, making them very difficult to miss, and they look a lot like m&m's. But inside, they are bright brown, yellow and orange coloured crispy coated chocolate balls that have a yummy peanut butter flavour filling (apparently it isn't real peanut butter, but you cant tell the difference). The chocolate shell is really crunchy and tasty, whilst the filling is really smooth and creamy. You get a nice amount of them too - not too many so you don't make yourself sick but enough so that you don't feel cheated. Considering it's quite a small bag they are quite high in calories and fat - 210 calories and 10g of fat per bag. But they're really tasty. The best bit about these is that I picked them up in Home and Bargains for 11p a pack! But I havent seen them anywhere else, so i dont know how readily available they are - for that ive docked a star. Now ive tried them I am definitely going to go back and stock up - for that price, I advise you to do the same!
I love Hershey's chocolate in all its forms (I am a chocoholic and do need help for this addiction). I was quite surprised the first time I tried Reeses Pieces, when I was on holiday in Florida, that they did not contain any chocolate. I'm a huge fan their Peanut Butter Cups, which do in fact contain chocolate. Reeses pieces are a peanut butter penuche (a little bit like a fudge but softer) encased in a crisp shell. If you like peanut butter then you'll love reeses pieces. They look similar to M&M's in size, but only come in 3 colours, orange, brown and yellow. Can you remember them from the ET movie? The taste is a very smooth peanut butter (I'm a smooth not crunchy fan), they also have quite a buttery after taste too. The crisp shell is very much like you'd find with smarties or m&m's but it doesn't add anything to the taste of the product. The only draw back is that they can be pretty hard to find. In terms of price for a small 43g bag is anything from 50p - 70p depending upon retailer.
Whilst watching a film last night I wanted something tasty to munch on and having been to Morrisons earlier that day I had bought a few goodies in, one of which was a bag of Reese's Pieces. Not normally a fan of peanut butter by itself I was only introduced to this range a few months ago when the bars were on offer and this was my first experience of the pieces variety. Contained in a bright orange bag as shown above, the weight is 43 grams and you are informed that these are peanut butter candy in a crunchy shell. When opened the contents of the bag remind me of mini-M&M's smaller in diameter than Smarties and in earthy brown colours. Similar to Smarties and M&Ms each piece has a hard outer shell over a centre of smooth peanut butter. Once bit into the smooth butter centre is a savoury contrast to the sweet shell and these are incredibly moreish. Allowing them to melt in your mouth releases all the flavour and these really are unlike anything else available to buy. I usually find peanut butter to be quite stodgy and sickly so don't tend to eat it out of a jar, but the small amount contained here combined with chocolate really is delicious and I found myself enjoying every single one. I am pleased that they are only available in the smaller size bags rather than the larger hanging ones as I could easily see me making a pig of myself if they were available in a larger size. Being an American company; Hershey and manufactured in the US the bag does not provide any nutritional information which I wouldn't normally have noticed but would have liked to include in my review. Being a peanut butter based treat I can't imagine they would be healthy for you as peanuts are well known for having a high fat and calorie content. Luckily due to the small size of the bag and the limited contents within I wouldn't have thought that they would be that calorific but don't quote me on that! I did enjoy these Reese's Pieces and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone who is fond of peanut butter. Delicious and a change from the norm they were well received by me and I would definitely buy them again. They don't seem to be available all over the place like Cadburys and Nestle and I bought my bag in Morrisons for 55p, if you can get hold of any then give them a try; they really are a tasty little treat that more than satisfied my sweet tooth. 4/5 Dooyoo star rating from me, losing a star for the lack of nutritional information and the smallness of the bag, 43 grams isn't a lot and definitely left me wanting more.
One of the most peculiar packaged chocolate products are the Reese's Pieces from Hersheys, along side the Reese's Cups and the Reese's Nutrageous. Coming in the Reese's orange and yellow the packet promises to have Peanut Butter candy in a crunchy shell so it sounds quite like the typical Reese's products in a crunchy shell. Feeling through the bag they feel tiny and hard about the size of a chocolate coated peanut, maybe a little smaller. When they are taken out of the pack they look a lot like chocolate (plain) m&m's in little circles and of various colours such as orange, yellow and brown and are small and hard coated though lack the trademark "m". Eating them provides a rather nice soft inside to the sweet from the peanut butter that funnily tastes softer and therefore nice than it does in the cup where it can seem a bit over powering. As an all round candy it resembles a small m&m peanut with out the actual nut being solid, instead the taste is from the butter and tastes identical almost to the m&m's. Although they can be eaten in bigger handfuls than the m&m's due to the size and this may mean they get eaten quicker, they also seem to be easier to eat and are less hard to chew threw. The weight of the packet it 43g they cost around 56p and contain Peanuts, Soya, Whey, 9 separate E numbers and corn syrup. Sadly the packaging fails to mention anything about the nutrition of the product, in fact Reese's products seem void of this all the time a rather worrying trait. Though having never had them previously they were surprisingly nice and reassuringly similar to the m&m's that have always been a wonderfully nice treat. Though they don't seem to be easy to find with only Morrison's seeming to stock them in the UK they are worth hunting out to try them especially if you like the Peanut m&m's. The candy is delightful and shows just how peanut butter should be used in candy's so as to not be too over powering which it can be in bigger portions. The taste lovely, have a nice texture and despite having a higher price than they deserve they are something that should tried before anyone dismisses them. Though these are little other than an m&m clone, it may be worth noting m&m were originally made from Hershey's chocolate and takes one of the "m"'s from Murray who was one of the leading figures in the Hershey company when Hershey and Mars teamed up.
This morning I wanted to take my son swimming, and needed change for the Bus, so I popped into our local Tesco to buy something small so I would have the right fare. I fancied some chocolate and saw these Reese Pieces. I havent seen them before, but I am a big fan of the Nutrageous bars which are also made by Reese, so I thought I would give them a try. When I opened the bag I was a bit surprised, I dont know what I had expected but it wasnt what I got. They looked alot like M 'n' M's, the original ones, I suppose I expected them to be bigger. They are orange, yellow and brown sweets, and they have a crispy shell, much like Smarties, and inside is smooth Peanut Butter. I am more of a crunchy peanut butter girl, but these are very nice. They are not too sweet and they dont stick to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter tends to do. I like them alot better than I like Peanut M 'n' M's and I would definately buy them again. They cost me 54p from Tesco, which seems a little steep but I did notice that there were alot more sweets in this bag than you get in some other bags,which seem to be full of air. I havent seen them anywhere else but I do think they might be a new product on the market.
The first time I ever had these little nuggets of sweet joy was when I was just a child. The Hershey company choose to release them with the release of the popular 80's movie E.T. It was in the movie that a little boy named Elliot lured ET from the tool shed using Reese's Pieces. I can remember leaving trails of them around the house trying to catch my own alien from outer space. Needless to say the only thing I ever caught was my little brother, ants and the wrath of my mother for making a mess. So last night I went to the store and bought a bag of these. I have not had them in quite a while and thought I would try them again to see if they were still as good as I remember them. The bag was easy to open with a nice little tab with directions that state tear here to open. As soon as the bag was open I was greeted with a burst of peanut butter goodness. Bringing a smile to my face as the memories came back of me very carefully placing them on the ground one by one to trap my own alien. I pour a few from the bag into my hand and pop them into my mouth. At first there is not even a slight flavor of the peanut butter filling that is hiding inside the candy shells. As the hard candy shells slowly melt my mouth is filled with a smooth creamy sweet peanut butter filling. As the filling melts over my taste buds sending smalls shivers of pleasure through my mouth. I pour a few more into my hand and pop them into my mouth closing my eyes as the pleasure of eating them starts over again. I would have to say that yes they are the same sweet goodness that I remember as a child. Now as an adult I have to say that they are actually better than I remember them. The flavors are very nice, does not seem to be a artificial flavor that so many other candies have. Once again I am a fan. I will have to buy a few more bags to have on hand. This is a great product and as I sit here I am thinking that they would be great in cookies. The uses are endless.
I'm sure I had seen these in Asda, but I kept well away from Reese's Chocolate. I tried it a couple of years ago, and although I like Peanut products, I just found it odd to eat Peanut Butter covered in Chocolate, so I didn't bother with it again. I saw these on sale at the checkout in Morrison's yesterday, and decided to buy a Sweet treat, and the other choices such as Mars Bars, Twix etc didn't appeal to me at that time. This came in a 43g pack and cost 51p. Quite pricey I thought, but all the Sweets at the check out seemed a bit more expensive than I would have though. The pack is quite eye catching. It is a bright orange colour and quite shiny. The writing on the pack is large enough, but not that bold against the bright orange of the pack, as it is written in a yellow and light orange colour. There is a picture of the Candy on thr front as well, but again this doesn't stand out much. Upon opening the pack I saw the pieces, which I didn't know what they were like since all the writing on the pack was foreign, and I couldn't find any english. There isn't the Nutritional Information on the pack either, but luckily enough the ingredients list was easy enough to read. The pieces look a bit like Smarties. The shell isn't quite as crisp, and they are a teeny bit smaller, bit I figured the concept was the same. The colours of the Shells weren't as pretty as Smarties, as they were Brown, Orange and Yelllow. I guess they done the job though. Inside the crisp shells were little mounds of Peanut Butter. this tasted smooth and salty, and went well enough with the Milky taste of the sugar shell. There was just enough in here, and I was surprised that I found these very more-ish, and not sickly at all. You get a good amount in the pack, probably because they are pretty small. I didn't count them, but at a roung guess I would say you get more than 60. These aren't something I would go out of my way to get, as although they were nice enough, i've had nicer Sweet treats, but now and again when i'm up at Morrison's then I may end up buying more of these.
I hardly believed that I would be able to remember my own name nevermind a single solitary thing outside of the gates of Disney World in Florida. That magical and breathtakingly inspirational fantasty land that is created in the centre of the Sunshine State overwhelms every sense you possess, and instills an addictive trait for nostalgia whenever you remember those long, wonderous fourteen days you spend there. It is notably outstanding then that I came back home with an insatiable craving for one, very particular sweet from a land full of devestatingly spectacular snack foods. There is something about Hershey's Reese's Pieces that brings upon my unquiet mind a gulf stream of serratonin that whitewashes the darkest days of winter, and fills my heart with a sweet pleasure. Let me state here that I am a British Anglophile and would defeat any invading army by placating them with bars of Cadburys Dairy Milk, one of the most ethereal and delicious mainstream confectionary in the world. In fact, I can't stand the bitter, dusty tasty of American immitations. And, I have never been able to eat even half a peanut butter sandwich. But when I have a bag of these bad boys in my hands the planets align, my feet leave the floor and I am spirited away to a world without stress. Now that these are more readily imported into the country I urge everyone to pick up a packet, head to the park, and indulge yourself with an American delight.
Hard to come by in the UK, Reeses Pieces are just basically peanut butter M and Ms (which is also a product in the states that has not made its' way over here). They come in a decent sized packet, which is orange and the sweets themselves only come in 3 colours - orange, brown and yellow. Apparently colour co-ordination matters to the Hersey company. I love sweets, but I could not manage to eat a full packet in one sitting, now thats not to say they are not good, these sweets are amazing, but they are just so sweet and in such a big packet, it is a challege to wolf the whole packet down. Now the taste, these sweets are basically M and M's in size, shape and the style of the coating. But as you eat them they taste like a Snickers bar. It may sound strange, but they do! They have a really nice strong peanut butter taste, and are just really nice! I found mine in Aldi, during July, they were doing an american theme, and they sold import packs of these, 3 packets of sweets for £1.49, but other than that I would not know where to find them in the UK, which is a shame, because they are really nice.
I've always been a fan of peanut butter. Not so much peanuts themselves - I've never been one to ask for a pack of Salted peanuts from the "Big D - wannabe Pirelli Tyre Calendar" card from behind the bar.....but peanut butter.....well, I could (and have) just spoon it out of the jar when I think no one is looking....... Peanut butter doesn't really make much of an appearance in confectionary. KitKat have recently made an effort to rectify this with a version of their Chunky bar, and very nice it is too. M&Ms I believe have a peanut butter version that is almost impossible to find in the UK.....so that leaves us relying on Reese's. Made by US company Hershey's, Reeses had, for many years as I was growing up, been something that I only bought when I was visiting my Expat dad on an American compound. Of course, I thought I was in teenage confectionary heaven.....nothing like this was available at home. At the time, Peanut Butter Cups and Reeses's Pieces were not available in the UK, so I certainly made the most of them when I could. I even started saying "Peanut Butter" in a Pseudo-American accent that probably sounded pretty awful, rather than pretty awesome! Anyway, I was very very pleased to see at the weekend that Reese's pieces have made their way into my local One Stop convenience store......and even at the ridiculously silly price of 59p (the price of sweets has gone up SOOO much in the last 12 months!!), I obviously could not pass them by, for fear of not having another opportunity for several years! Imagine a small smartie type sweet. About half the size of Smarties, these pieces come in three colours only - orange, brown, and yellow. There is no difference in flavour of the outer shell, so you don't need to be working out whether the orange one really does taste of orange.....it doesn't, it just tastes of sweet candy shell....! Inside each of these little beauties, though, is not chocolate, but smooth peanut butter. For a peanut butter fan like me, this is like heaven. Because these sweets are so small, you can either eat them slowly, one by one, and make the pack last a long time. Or you can shake several out onto your hand and throw them in your mouth in one go..... .....bet you can't guess which I did.....?!! Onto the nutrition bit - and I can't tell you a great deal because the pack is seriously lacking in anything other than the million and one ingredients that make up these sweets.......it is probably best not to look at them because they don't look particularly appetising. Taking a sneaky peak though, it includes words like "genetically modified" and "partially hydrogenated".....hmm, they will get marked down a star for these. There are no indications of calories or fat......so that must mean that they are calorie and fat free. Doesn't it? Amazingly enough, there is nothing on there to say "may contain nuts".....given the compensation culture, I would have thought that these American made sweets would have had that plastered all over the packs, but No.....could it be that they are relying on the common sense of the consumer.....ooh, dangerous stuff! All in all, these are not something I will be buying every day, simply because they are likely to be hideously bad for me. But from time to time, I will definitely be popping pieces into my mouth!
I hadn't tried peanut butter before I went to work in America for 6 weeks just over a year ago. It's huge over there and I seemed to be the only one who hadn't tried it. The thought of scooping peanut butter out of a jar and onto a sandwich doesn't appeal to me, neither does shoving my finger in the jar and eating a dollop of it. Disguising it in chocolate was more up my street, so I gave the vending machines a run for their money. I must admit, if you haven't tried peanut butter in chocolate before it may not taste like the nicest thing in the world, but you get used to it and it does have something slightly addictive about it. Reese's cups have been available in the UK for a little while now but aren't always found in every supermarket or convenience store. They're usually sold individually with other confectionary, and when I was browsing around Tesco the other day I came across Reese's Pieces. It's not something I would have picked up if it wasn't for the discount sign, and at half the usual price they seemed like a bargain. Reese's are a brand produced by the Hershey Company which was founded in 1894. As they're primarily an American brand, they're not as widely known or available over here though they seem to be becoming more so. Reese's Pieces was branched in 1978 from the much-loved Reese's Cups, which are sold in many supermarkets, and are small chocolate cups of peanut butter. The Pieces variety are a similar concept to m&ms, so I would imagine they're the American Hershey's version of peanut butter M&Ms. They're sold in a 43g bag and cost 54p (Tesco) though they're currently on offer (26.3.09) at half price in Morrisons. Compared to similar products, 54p is a few pennies more than average when compared to a 45g bag of m&ms at 49p. The packaging is a mix of yellow, orange and brown and colour co-ordinates with the colours of the pieces inside. Reese's Pieces are small and circular in shape and have a crisp sugar shell on the outside (mix of yellow, orange & brown). Inside is smooth, creamy peanut butter. I can't quite describe the peanut butter, but it's something you should try if you haven't already as you might be pleasantly surprised. It took me a little while to get used to it, as it does seem to have a peanutty taste, somewhat salty yet sweet, but it does complement the crisp outer shell well. It's crunchy on the outside but smooth on the inside, and has a strangely moreish appeal. Each bag contains 210 calories and 10g fat, which would be similar to a normal sized chocolate bar roughly. You seem to get quite a few in the bag, though the Pieces themselves are rather small. I don't think I've actually tried Peanut Butter M&Ms yet, so I'll have to give them a try and compare them, but I have taken to Reese's Pieces because they're a bit different to the average chocolate/sweet treat. At the price however I wouldn't rate these 5 stars as I haven't seen any multi-packs available, so they're not something I would buy regularly. Definitely worth a try though if you haven't tried Hershey's or peanut butter before.