With the return of Easter season, my taste buds begin to bubble (sick) in anticipation for what I declare to be the best candy in the known world (aka, my world) – Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. It's quite difficult to top chocolate, in my book. But when Harry Burnett Reese combined peanut butter with Hershey's chocolate in 1928, well, dude was just a genius worthy of many a virgin sacrifices (NOTE: I DO NOT CONDONE THE SACRIFICING OF VIRGINS, it was just a metaphor).
Because I love the Peanut Butter Eggs, it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy the other Peanut Butter Cup varieties that Hershey's has created throughout the years. I love them all, pretty much. Here's how they all rank in my book:
#6. Peanut Butter Cups NOT in the form of Peanut Butter Cups
Reese's Select Clusters? Reese's Crispy Crunchy? Reese's Brownie? Dude, seriously? I want peanut butter in a chocolate cup. That's all.
#5. Peanut Butter Cups, the OTHER flavors
White chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate crunch ... why don't you all just go to hell. It's MILK chocolate and peanut butter. End of story.
You gotta give Hershey's for trying to own the mini market. First Kisses and then Mini Peanut Butter Cups. Bravo. Unfortunately, the chocolate to peanut butter ratio is a bit out of whack here. These guys are good in a pinch, but if you have time, get the real stuff – it'll save you time from having to unwrap 16 of them to get your fix.
#3. Big Cups
While we're talking about ratios that are out of whack, let's go from one size extreme to the other. The Big Cup basically replaces the traditional two-cup pack with one giant cup. It's delicious for sure, but it's no original. Someone told me they recently saw a Big Cup Two Pack. Ready to get less trim?
#2. The Original Two-Cup Pack
You really can't go wrong with this one. In fact, if you DO go wrong with the first one, you have another shot. The peanut butter to chocolate ratio is the best and the chocolate edges are so well defined that you can actually punch-out the peanut butter middle and have a chocolate thumb ring to munch on after lunch...on.
#1. Holiday Shapes (Namely the Egg)
Where the Big Cup has deficiencies, the holiday shapes make up for that in a hurry. First of all, they're shaped for the holidays! You got the eggs for Easter, the trees for the Christmas season, the pumpkins for Halloween and the hearts for Valentine's Day. Secondly, it's the PERFECT ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. Each bite has nearly equal parts peanut butter to chocolate – so there's no real eating strategy except getting enough to be happy, while saving enough to prolong the joy.
So there you have it, the top six Reese's Peanut Butter Cup variations. Now, go get a six-pack of eggs before Easter is over.
+ original post date: March 10, 2010 07:00 AM
+ categories: All About Seth