I remember when I was growing up that there were only two types of candy bars my mother liked. One was Payday. The other was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I really wasn’t a fan of either. I guess the gene skipped a generation because my children are all about Reese’s.
With Halloween just around the corner, no candy analysis would be complete without including Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I chose the Pack-A-Snack Size, which includes 8 cups per 4.4-oz bag.
Each individual peanut butter cup is .55-oz. There are 8 servings in each Pack-A-Snack carton.
Each Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is 80 calories, making it one of the lowest calorie candies that I have reviewed thusfar. The other was Twix, also at 80 calories.
Half of the calories are fat-related, which may sound bad. However, there are only 4.5 grams of fat in each peanut butter cup. Of that amount. 1.5 grams comes from saturated fat.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups also boast a low carbohydrate count in comparison to other candy options. There are only 9 grams of carbs in each cup.
Additionally, the sugar count is significantly lower at just 8 grams. On the flip side, Reese’s offers 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. Unfortunately, they have no other nutritional value.
The ingredients of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups include cocoa butter, chocolate, dextrose, milk fat, nonfat milk, peanuts, soy lecithin and sugar. They also contain lactose, PGPR emulsifiers and TBHQ preservatives.
H.B. Reese Candy Company makes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They are a subsidiary branch of The Hershey Company.
The combination of peanut butter and chocolate provided in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was inspired. It made the candy a household name. Other companies have tried, and failed, to capture the same magic in a candy bar. However, the truth is that nobody does it better than Reese’s.
The only problems associated with this candy choice are obvious – – peanuts and lactose – – both of which cause major allergies in some children.
Here is my summary review:
Smart Choice? Yes. One serving of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is more than enough to satisfy the sweet tooth of most children and it does it with a mere 80 calories. The fact that this candy is also lower in fat, carbs, and sugar are a definite bonus.
Tasty? Yes. I don’t know very many children who aren’t enamored with peanut butter and chocolate. Mix them together and they are in candy heaven.
Variety? Yes and No. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups pretty much stand-alone but there are other Reese’s products in the line. These include Reese Stix and Reese’s Pieces.
Attractive Packaging? Yes. The bright orange wrapper identifies Reese’s Peanut Butter products at a mere glance. The packaging with its brown and yellow trim is unmistakable.
Easy to Store? Yes, the Pack-A-Snack pack measures 11″ by just less than 4 1/2″ by 1/2″. It is nearly flat. That makes the Pack-A-Snack bundle easy to store almost anywhere in the kitchen. That could include a drawer, cupboard, cabinet or pantry. The little individual peanut butter cups measure 2″ by 2″ by 1/2. That makes them small enough to put in a pocket, throw in a handbag or store a candy bowl.
Are They Fresh? Nearly Always. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are individually wrapped and sealed. Then they are put into the Pack-A-Snack carton and sealed one more. As long as the candy isn’t exposed to moisture, extreme heat or cold, it should keep fresh for quite a while. Additionally, each package comes with an expiration date coded on the back to tell the grocer when to pull the product off of the shelf.
Diet Safe? In moderation. Candy consumption isn’t really recommended for any healthy diet plan. However, realistically everyone is likely to cheat from time to time. When that time comes, Reese’s Peanut Cups is one of the best choices to make. It is the lowest in fat of any candy I have reviewed thusfar. It also has a low content of carbs and sugar. Considering the size of one cup is enough for two snacks, we are talking minimal caloric intake. This is the route I would definitely go.
Easily Available? Yes. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are carried virtually anywhere that candy is distributed. That includes grocery stores, discount department stores, convenience stores and drug stores.
Price Effective? It’s okay. One Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is considered a serving and there are 8 servings in each Pack-A-Snack carton. With a price tag of between $1 and $2, depending upon where the candy is purchased, that makes the cups about $.12 to $.24 each. I’ve seen worse so-called bargains.
Product Purchase Recommendation? Yes. Of course this recommendation extends only to children who are not lactose intolerant or allergic to peanuts. For the majority of kids; however, Reese’s offers a good Halloween treat option.