Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Reese’s Fast Break

Name: Fast Break
Brand: Reese’s (Hershey’s)
Place Purchased: Long’s Drug
Price: $.33 (on sale!)
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Type: Chocolate/Peanut Butter

I’ve mentioned brand extension before. Mars has done this with M&Ms beautifully in the past ten years with the introduction of Almond, Crispy, Mint, Peanut Butter and now Megas. Reese’s is no exception (part of the Hershey family). The base of the Reese’s brand is Peanut Butter. You can’t make a Reese’s product without it, as far as I know.

I bought four of these new candy bars, this is the first of the reviews of them. The Fast Break. Yes, it’s like Breakfast, only backwards and two words. I’)m eating it for lunch. Hey! It does have a lot of protein in it for a candy bar! (5 grams.)

I’m a nut fan, as many of you know (except for walnuts, to which I’m sadly allergic) so Reese’s have always been a huge favorite of mine. The Fast Break bar package says that it has milk chocolate, peanut butter (duh) and soft nougats.

The soft nougats part confused me. Nougats? More than one? Apparently. The center of the bar is a crumbly log of salted peanut butter. Good roasted flavor and not too creamy so that it sets off the other textures well. The bottom of the bar is soft, bland, light colored nougat that might have a hint of cinnamon flavor in it (though it didn’t say so on the ingredients). Plain old vanilla nougat. The peanut butter log is on top of that, and then there’s a thin layer (you can’t see it in the photo) of a caramelly nougat that drapes over the two before the chocolate enrobement (I just like saying that word). It gives the whole thing a nice texture that things mix up well when you chew it. It has a little chocolately/caramelized taste to it.

It’s a good bar, really. I like the roasted flavors and how it isn’t too cloyingly sweet like a Snickers or Mars bar can be. It’s a good snack because of the salty taste, like a Payday bar is.

Rating - 8 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:02 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReese'sReviewHershey'sReese'sChocolateNougatPeanuts8-TastyUnited States

  1. Cybele's avatar

    (comments copied over from previous version of blog)

    Vikke said…

      Oh man, despite my aversion to junky candy, I still can’t help but have one of these once in a while.

      November 02, 2005 2:17 PM
    Michal said…

      I caught sight of these bars recently, for the first time, but wasn’t sure what kind of nougat to expect, so decided to get the old PB Cups instead. Reading this, I will buy them safely the next time I see them. So that’s a new candy for me to try… Thanks grin

      November 02, 2005 6:22 PM
    Capt. Eucalyptus
    Capt. Eucalyptus said…

      I was able to try these before they actually came out some time back. A candy salesman stopped by my mom’s restaurant and gave out samples. I love these things.

      As a side note, though not strictly speaking candy, you need to try the Reese’s Klondike Bar and the Sara Lee Strawberry Cheesecake Klondike Bar.

      November 03, 2005 5:35 AM
    TG said…

      does cybele (or the captain) know when these came out? (and captain, i’m following you around today)

      November 03, 2005 9:01 AM
    Cybele said…

      Thanks Capt for the Klondike recommendations!

      TG - The site says that Fast Breaks were introduced in 2001. I don’t think the packaging looked like that at the time, but I could be wrong.

      November 03, 2005 10:18 AM
    Will Campbell said…

      I’ve been a fan of these since 2001 and while there might be a variation in the packaging from the original, it’s minimal.

      November 03, 2005 10:56 AM
    Capt. Eucalyptus
    Capt. Eucalyptus said…

      The sample I got (and this was probably back in 2001) was blue. I see them everywhere know.

      And tg I hope it isn’t a case of the blind leading the blind.

      November 03, 2005 11:08 AM
    Capt. Eucalyptus
    Capt. Eucalyptus said…

      Sorry the sample was not blue the sample packaging was blue. Not surprised that they went orange. Tradition dontcha know.

      November 03, 2005 11:09 AM
    Cybele said…

      Yeah, capt, I think you’re right about the color of the package.

      But they’re definitely really filling. I think if I were to buy them again in the future I’d want snack size or something so I’d have more control over the portion size. (2 oz is a big candy bar.)

      November 04, 2005 1:26 PM
    Joe said…

      These are good. It looks as if the one you tried was a little dried out. Some candy bars, particularly Fast Breaks, are much better when fresh. Fresher samples have a better upper chocolate-y nougat layer. Also, weirdly, the King Size has a better flavor—the proportion of peanut butter to nougat is in my opinion more balanced.

      Former addict over and out…

      November 08, 2005 8:46 AM

    Comment by Cybele on 11/16/05 at 2:07 pm #
  2. They are very good..  If you go to some gas stations and you buy two, you can get a free Snapple up to $1.39.  I had to pay .10 more..  It was worth it.  They also had a promotion to buy one water, get one free..  It was massive.. 

    The only downfall of the fast break is that it makes my mouth extremely parched..  It makes me talk funny..

    I tried to feed one to my horse, but he won’t accept..  I was sad..  He did enjoy some of the Snapple - Raspberry iced tea..  It was scrumptious - Casey was upset because he wanted the snapple but i got it to the horse..

    Comment by Runningturtle on 4/18/06 at 8:54 am #
  3. Someone mentioned the king size being different-

    It’s weird, I don’t like the regular size fastbreak, but the “Fun Size” is my easily my favorite candy bar (next to ferraro rochero’s or something high end).

    It’s not only the proportions are different,but there is actually something MISSING in the fun size- there is no hard bar like in the regular size.  The fun size is pretty much a reeses pb cub with SOFT chocolate, not that powdery dry thin stale stuff, and just a touch of nougat(s) at the base.

    fun size fastbreak>>fastbreak

    Comment by Justin on 6/12/06 at 12:56 am #
  4. Ok, that makes more sense then.  Because I have only had the fin size ones and there is nothing “breaking” about them.  I don’t know, but “break” made me think crunchy.  And these are soft and mushy.  Better frozen, but still I would have to go for a nutrageous instead just for the crunch factor.  But maybe the full size ones are better then?

    Comment by Diane on 7/17/06 at 3:40 pm #
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