Friday, June 5, 2009

Dove Peanut Butter Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate

It seemed odd to me that Dove never had any peanut butter items in their line. While most of us probably think that Reese’s has the corner on peanut butter, Mars has been doing a pretty good job with peanut confections with Snickers, Peanut M&Ms and PB Twix.

Dove Peanut Butter

The new Dove Peanut Butter Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate comes in both in the form of a single-serving bar and the foil wrapped Promises. I found the bar at 7-11 but the Promises were sent to me by Mars.

The bar, like all Dove single serve bars, is rather small. It looks like a series of conjoined Dove Promises. Inside each little domed piece is a bit of peanut butter filling.

Dove Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Promises

The Promises are wrapped in orange foil (the universal color for peanut butter).

The silky & sweet milk chocolate stands up well flavor-wise to the peanut butter filling. The filling is a smooth peanut butter paste that’s both sweet and salty. Both of those qualities overshadow the peanut butter flavors, which exhibit a nice even roasting but a bit of blandness.

The bar seems to have less peanut butter filling, for some reason, than the Promises, so overall I preferred them. (I also like foil wrapped things.)

Dove Peanut Butter Promises vs Reese's Select Cremes

Because they were introduced at virtually the same time, I had to do a little comparison between the Dove Peanut Butter Promises and the Reese’s Select Cremes.

The Reese’s Cremes are a bit bigger (same footprint but taller). The ingredients are similar (especially use of salt, partially hydrogenated palm oil & TBHQ) ... but surprisingly Dove uses PGPR in their chocolate while the Reese’s Cremes don’t plus use real vanilla instead of artificial flavorings.

The centers are different - the Reese’s Cremes are whipped-smooth but shockingly salty and of course the larger reservoir of filling makes it more of a counterpoint to the chocolate. The Dove Promises are more of an even ratio of chocolate & filling, but a similarly salty center.

I don’t think either quite rise to the level of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures (when fresh) but the Dove Promises are quite elegant and definitely an item to satisfy folks who like both milk chocolate and peanut butter. However, since I had both a bag of the Reese’s Cremes and a dozen of the Dove Peanut Butter Promises sitting around as a test, the Reese’s Cremes disappeared first.

Other reviews (Mars PR folks sent a lot of these around to tastemaking blogs): Heather from Chocolate Bytes, ZOMG Candy, the Candy Addict and The AV Club.

Related Candies

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Bar
  2. Dove Desserts Bananas Foster
  3. Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Bars
  4. Colt’s Bolts
  5. Peanut Butter Kisses
  6. Dove Chocolate
  7. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Line
Name: Dove Peanut Butter Silky Smooth Chocolate (bar & Promises)
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Dove (Mars)
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Vermonica) & samples from All Candy Expo
Price: varies
Size: 1.16 ounces (bar)
Calories per ounce: 155
Categories: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, United States, Mars, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:57 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Dove Rocks!  Reeses selects is a flash in the pan and won’t be around long.

    Comment by candyman99 on 6/05/09 at 8:48 am #
  2. pb & chocolate my all time fav.  I wonder if we can get Dove to send me some samples to air on my blog.  LOL.
    this is one review I love, as I was hoping, eventually Dove would make a PB & C bar/creation.  Now hopefully I can find them around here to devour.

    Comment by dawn on 6/05/09 at 10:06 am #
  3. Hey—this is completely OT… but pro bono.

    ... but I just bought a tub of the “Assorted Fruit Jellies” from TJ’s… and they are pretty durn good. Plus—there’s grapefruit.

    Comment by perry on 6/07/09 at 2:21 pm #
  4. i really like this blog:) it makes me a little hungry. the information is really interesting & i really really enjoyed reading this blog. who ever the author is, is a very good writer! thank you.

    Comment by Duralee on 6/10/09 at 8:46 am #
  5. I bought a Dove w/Peanut Butter candy bar during a 50% off candy sale and I’m sorry to say that I thought it was awful. The Dove chocolate was delicious as usual but the peanut butter filling was fake tasting and gross. It was hard to eat it all, although I managed somehow smile

    Comment by Suzanne on 11/24/09 at 8:23 am #
  6. I received a sample of your Dove Peanut Butter milk chocolate bar yesterday in the mail…and it was so very smooth and tasty, it melted in my mouth.  It was my first encounter with this delicious bar….but it won’t be my last! Kathy

    Comment by Kathy Mikeal on 5/07/10 at 9:13 am #
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