March 20th: Reese's Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures

Kcal 160 Fat 12.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 24.0g (per 39.0g - 5 pieces)

*IShop4YouII* have been so kind to send me across the entire Hershey's Sugar Free range to sample, included in which were these Reese's Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures. In addition to containing several ingredients I had never heard of before - Lactitol? Polydextrose? ... the packaging also carried a warning stating 'Individuals sensitive to sugar substitutes may experience a laxative effect' ... suffice to say I didn't indulge in too many of these at a time.

I received these in a 85.0g bag that I ate over the course of a week (not the two servings as suggested on the pack). The packaging incorporated the usual Reese's theme, though you might be able to tell from the picture that the actual plastic material used gave a rather dull looking complexion. The pieces were a little better aesthetically and were contained within both foil and paper cups - when cross sectioned the peanut butter appeared as generously portioned as ever. Opening up the plastic bag I was met with a familiar Reese's peanut butter smell - it was ever so slightly less fragrant than normal but it was still very tempting.

I am one for normally carrying on about how Reese's milk chocolate lacks flavour, however these pieces really brought things to a lower level. The milk chocolate was even milder than the surprisingly enjoyable Sugar Free Hershey's Chocolates I tried the other day, and really just gave nothing to the end taste. The texture of the chocolate was disappointingly waxy and lazy in its melt, but was surprisingly upstaged in its awfulness by the sheer terror that was the peanut butter centre. Reese's peanut butter normally has a degree of dryness to it, but it still retains a lovely smooth texture - this wasn't the case here. The texture was dry, lumpy and cloyed in the mouth ... really unpleasant. What was probably more disappointing was that not only was the peanut butter lacking in its sweet appeal, but it also lacked its usual buttery, nut flavours with the hint of salt its only redeeming feature. As mentioned above this was not a product I felt like consuming in anything more than two at a time, it was hardly like the taste was leaving me wanting more anyway.

Overall the poorness of the chocolate and disappointing peanut butter summated to what was really a substandard product. The lack of flavour from the chocolate meant it was almost pointless, whilst the peanut butter lacked its usual exerting flavours, and had a texture that was dry and unappealing. I am a massive fan of Reese's products, but I wouldn't recommend anyone go near these. My advice would be to stick with the real stuff and just eat it in moderation if your worried about the nutritional side of things.

4.6 out of 10

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