Friday, 29 August 2008

August 29th: Reese's Brownie

Kcal 390 Fat 18.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 54.0g (per 85g brownie)

Every now and then a product comes along that makes me think 'Wow I seriously have to try that' - today's review was one of those products. Thanks to the guys at CandyPirate I today got the opportunity to sample the 'Reese's Brownie' - a 'Brownie with Reese's Peanut Butter and Hershey's chocolate chips, topped with a drizzle of Reese's peanut butter icing' ... for me reading this description brought on one of those Homer Simpson moments :)

The brownie came in a 85g pack that said it contained two servings... well go figure, the picture above shows the brownie split in two, though that was only down to me cutting it myself - it originally came all in one piece. I guessing the 'two servings' suggestion was down to the nutritional values attached to the product (which they divided by two for 'two servings!) ... hmmm they don't make pretty reading do they! Well anyway I ate this all in one sitting, which was certainly a very filling snack due to its stodginess.

As you can see above it looked very appetising - the dark coloured brownie was nicely decorated with the lighter peanut butter icing, the different coloured chocolate chips further added to a stunning look. The packet was foil sealed which once opened released a wonderful mixture of smells. A nice mixture of nutty, chocolaty scents emanated, which just made my anticipation grow that little but more.

The brownie had a very dense texture that had a very heavy weighty feel in the mouth. As I said above this was a very stodgy product, and its heavy, almost chewy, cake like texture seemed to be at slight detriment to the taste. The flavours were not quite as impactful or forthcoming as I was hoping; it almost sounds silly to say but the brownie's taste was almost entirely cake based ... the point im trying to get across is that there was a distinct lack of chocolate flavour coming from it. Despite this the brownie was still pleasant, its sweet cake like taste had a minor saltiness to it, that made it very moreish - all it lacked was that real chocolate hit. The peanut butter icing and chips were also slightly lacking in their flavour. I was really excited about this product due to its peanut butter content, though the usual strong peanut flavours normally found with Reese's products were nearly all but absent here. The icing added a nice moistness to the brownie, though it simply lacked a definitive nutty taste.

Overall I must admit I was left feeling a little disappointed by this offering. It was by no means a bad tasting product - the brownie had a sweet cakey appeal, and the icing further added an extra moist sugary sweetness. Unfortunately I just can't help but feel a little dissatisfied by the lack of chocolate and peanut butter flavours I got from the product. I was expecting a really intense synergy of both ingredients, but it simply just didn't deliver fully on either. Of course they were both there, but really played nothing more than background roles to the dominant cakey flavour of the brownie. Again let me reiterate this isn't a bad product in any sense - just slightly lacking in the flavours it should deliver in abundance. If you enjoyed products like the Oreo Cakesters, and are after a filling snack, this is certainly a product you can go little wrong with - a product that is both great and disappointing.

7.4 out of 10



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