Monday, April 21, 2008

Reese Hazelnut Creme

Reese Hazelnut CremeThis curious limited edition comes from Canada. In Canada there are fewer possessives in their confections. Hershey’s products are marked only Hershey Canada and Reese’s products have a logo that omits the apostrophe S entirely. (Okay those are the only two instances I could find.)

The package says it was Imported by Hershey Canada, Inc., but I guess Canadian labeling laws don’t necessitate saying where the product is actually from, just that it’s not from Canada. We certainly didn’t get these in the States ... I find it hard to believe that the American factory would churn these out for Canada and not us, and that only leaves the Mexican factories as a possible source.

Reese Hazelnut Creme

I first learned of the existence of the Limited Edition Reese Hazelnut Creme candy on CacaoBug‘s blog. Even though she wasn’t pleased with them, I still wanted to give it a try and asked Canadian reader Amber to see if she could find them when she visited Los Angeles last month. (She’s my Canadian candy mule!)

Reese Hazelnut CremeThe cups, as viewed here, are naked. They have no paper cups. They’re also smaller than the typical Reese’s Peanut Butter cup, these clock in at a mere 15 grams each. (About the same size as the junior size individually wrapped ones.)

They smell like Easter. I think you know the smell, sweet and milky. The “chocolate” is marginal. Not chocolatey and though it smells milky, it doesn’t taste like milk chocolate. The melt on the tongue is waxy, which I was willing to chalk up to the hazelnut butter until ... well, read on.

The hazelnut creme center is less than creamy. It’s stiff, not quite a peanut butter and though it has sweet and smooth melt, I wouldn’t characterize it a creme.

The whole thing, sadly, doesn’t taste much like hazelnut. Not like the giuandiua I was hoping for. Oh, wouldn’t a Nuttela meets Reese’s be nice? This isn’t it.

I understand that hazelnuts are far more expensive than peanuts, so I understand why the little cups are 15 grams instead of the full-sized 21 grams. But if you’re gonna go to all the trouble of making a special edition for hazelnut lovers, give them what you promise. Hazelnuts! The ingredients for a RPBC are: milk chocolate then peanuts then all that other stuff. The Hazelnut Creme cup has an unappealing list of ingredients that goes like this: sugar, modified milk ingredients, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, hydrogenated coconut oil, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, dextrose, soy lecithin, artificial flavour, propyl gallate & ascorbyl palmitate.

So not only are you not getting any actual chocolate in here, you’re getting a scant amount of hazelnuts and that creme is made from modified milk ingredients.

It may as well be from R.M. Palmer, because that “Easter” taste I mentioned earlier is pretty much the Palmer taste. The taste of disappointment.

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Name: Limited Edition Hazelnut Creme Candy
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey Canada Inc.
Place Purchased: via Amber
Price: $.75 CDN
Size: 1.06 ounces
Calories per ounce: 151
Categories: Mockolate, Nuts, Hershey's, Limited Edition

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:40 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Wow, been a while since I’ve seen a 1.

    Comment by Jitterro on 4/21/08 at 9:52 am #
  2. Wow, the taste of epic fail.

    Comment by Sera on 4/21/08 at 10:24 am #
  3. I was so prepared to be envious. Must say I’m kinda glad they’re bad, since I don’t have access.
    Sorry you had to go through the process, though. Our favorite candy martyr smile.

    Comment by KateC on 4/21/08 at 10:34 am #
  4. You’ve matched my feeling on this bar completely.  I’m curious about the size of the cups.  I’m going to have to check the ‘normal’ Reese cup size… other than the fact that there were only 2 in the package instead of 3, but I don’t remember them being that much smaller than the normal cups.

    Comment by Amber on 4/21/08 at 10:35 am #
  5. Ouch!  You have successfully squelched my desire to try these.

    Comment by Alicia on 4/21/08 at 11:13 am #
  6. I don’t go to Canada too often, so I’m glad you didn’t say these were good. smile  I love hazelnuts.  Sad that these aren’t up to par.  I may be one of the minorities, but I actually don’t like regular Reese Cups.  Too much of one taste.  I do like the mini’s, though.  They have more of a chocolate/peanut butter balance for my taste.

    Comment by Mandy on 4/21/08 at 12:40 pm #
  7. Oh no! When I saw “Hazelnut Reese’s” (sorry..“Reese”) I thought they had stumbled upon the newest brilliant combination. Hazelnuts and chocolate are sooo delicious, like the aforementioned Nuttela and the Kinder Bueno. Mmm. But a rating of inedible? What a waste of the concept on their part.

    Comment by Ali Marie on 4/21/08 at 12:56 pm #
  8. oh dear oh dear….it just sounds so good aswell Reese Hazelnut Creme..good review Cybele.

    I really wont be reviewing these myself in the near future.

    Comment by James on 4/21/08 at 1:14 pm #
  9. i found these up here(canadian) at the local dollar store. giving them a 1 is being generous…

    Comment by William on 4/21/08 at 1:33 pm #
  10. I’m a hazelnut-fanatic, so I’m quite disappointed that these candies were so inedible - bummer! :0(

    Comment by VeggieGirl on 4/21/08 at 2:16 pm #
  11. Wow, that’s such a shame.  I had high hopes for these.

    Comment by Porgy on 4/21/08 at 2:25 pm #
  12. It’s a little sad that I’m happy these are no good.  I love Reese’s and I love hazelnuts, but living in the US, have no way of trying these. At least I’m not missing anything.

    Comment by Justin on 4/21/08 at 3:19 pm #
  13. I think you’re being a little harsh.  1 should be reserved for stuff you wouldn’t eat after being trapped with a broken leg in a snow covered car for 3 days.  I could understand 2, but 1 doesn’t belong on this one.

    I wonder why they don’t just do what Mars does with Snickers almond.  Fill it up with mild peanuts and add just enough of the costlier nut as needed for flavor.

    Comment by Dave on 4/21/08 at 5:20 pm #
  14. With such a low rating, I’d almost think that “Reese” was not affiliated with “Reese’s” and was just a knock-off.  Normally Reese’s is pretty consistent with their offerings.  But then again, I even like the Whipped ones :D

    Comment by Jaycatt on 4/22/08 at 5:28 am #
  15. Whoa!  They MUST be bad.  Which is sad, I love everything hazelnut.

    Comment by Doreen on 4/22/08 at 5:34 am #
  16. I’m one of those people who is glad that it wasn’t full of hazelnutty deliciousness. I know, I’m evil.

    Also, there’s a reason why it is called ‘Creme’ and not ‘Cream’. I always learn that too late.

    Comment by Abi Jones on 4/22/08 at 6:36 pm #
  17. these look like an interesting idea but it’s a shame they used such sub-par ingredients and quantities.  I agree with the good chocolate meets nutella combination.  Reese’s uses the preservative TBHQ in their chocolate; that can’t be good.

    Comment by brak on 4/22/08 at 7:20 pm #
  18. “Reese’s” becomes “Reese” so that the brand name makes sense in French as well as English (French doesn’t mark the possessive with an apostrophe S). I think this change is required by Quebec provincial—if not Canadian federal—law.

    Comment by David on 4/23/08 at 2:35 am #
  19. Oh no! This is terrible. I almost want to try them now, out of curiosity.

    Comment by cassie on 4/23/08 at 7:23 am #
  20. I thought it might be a pirated bar… I called Reese’s and indeed they make/made a hazelnut cup in their Canadian plant for the French Canadian market.

    It’s odd about the paper cups….but different markets, different requirements.  Surf to the Hershey website and you can order the traditional Reese’s fresh from the factory AND MORE.

    Comment by Joan Soldwisch on 4/23/08 at 9:12 am #
  21. Cybele's avatar

    Jitterro - I have some sitting around, but it’s hard to muster the desire to eat a bit more in order to do the write up. (But you know, I have a responsibility.)

    Sera, KateC & Alicia - cacaobug said they weren’t good ...and yet I still had Amber search for them. I never saw them on eBay though.

    Amber - they used to sell those “3 in a package” cups here in the States. Seems Canadians & Brits get bigger candy portions than we do.

    Mandy - it’s definitely all about the proportions, which is great that Reese’s makes so many different shapes & sizes.

    Ali Marie - definitely go for the Kinder Bueno or other Kinder stuff if you have a hankering for hazelnuts. They know what they’re doing.

    James - it’s always to have something at the very bottom! Things can only look up from there.

    William - I don’t have a zero.

    Justin & Porgy - maybe they’re test marketing them and will tweak them for the US market based on comments like these? (We can only hope!)

    VeggieGirl - well, they wouldn’t be vegan. (Though they could be! Someone should work on some vegan hazelnut cups.)

    Dave - maybe I got an old one? It said it expires in July though. Still, even with the bad nuts, that doesn’t explain why they couldn’t use real milk chocolate.

    David - thank you so much for the explanation of the apostrophes! I totally forgot about that (and I took five years of Spanish).

    Jaycatt & Joan - I thought about the knockoff thing too and poked around the Hershey Canada website to be sure.

    Joan - I did try the Fresh from the Factory Reese’s last year.

    Cassie - hah! I’d send you what I had left if I had any of them. (I waited a whole month before consuming the first and second.)

    brak - yeah, the TBHQ thing in Reese’s is kind of disturbing, but so is a peanut butter cup with rancid PB. TBHQ is a pretty good antioxidant used in small quantites. But so is vitamin E. You’d think they could just use a natural and perhaps even desirable ingredient.

    Abi - well after reading the recent WP Pizza review, I think we can both agree that bad food makes for interesting reviews!

    Doreen - I’m going to keep my eyes out for potential good versions. (I’m off on a candy adventure this weekend.)

    Comment by Cybele on 4/23/08 at 9:42 am #
  22. I havent seen these in my town, but I’d pass the up anyway since I wont eat mockolate.  I did buy some of those dark choc batman peanut butter disks at Target( in MI).  Those are good!!

    Comment by Randi on 5/16/08 at 2:03 pm #
  23. My mom bought a package of those at the dollar store, when I tasted them I wanted to die, since normally I love Reese Cups.

    Comment by Veronica on 6/30/08 at 5:56 am #
  24. I’m going to play devil’s advocate since the previous commenters are now deterred from trying them.

    I liked them. I found them once and couldn’t find them again in my whole time in Canada.

    Comment by Wendy on 9/14/08 at 11:07 am #
  25. Hello,

    I just got back from Playa Del Carmen , Mexico and found the hazelnut filled Reese’s and fell in love with them…I bought all 10 bars from 1 store that I found them in…Where can I buy these in Canada ???

    Help !!!  Thanks, Diana

    Comment by Di on 4/06/10 at 11:45 am #
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