Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Reese’s Big Cup with Caramel & Nuts

Another Limited Edition item from Reese’s and again playing around with similar ingredients. This time they’ve taken the Big Cup with Nuts (which was also a limited edition item - review here) and added some caramel to the bottom of the cup.


I don’t have a cross section of the actual cup because I kind of trashed it taking it out of the package and though it was certainly edible, it was not photogenic. So have a look at the Big Cup with Peanuts (click to get a pop up photo) and imagine a smidge of caramel at the bottom there.

The cup itself is nice and meaty, with lots of room to explore the nuts and peanut butter and a good balance of chocolate. The center is a bit salty which is good because the milk chocolate is a bit sweet and kind of greasy (I know that’s the hazard with chocolate and peanut butter). The caramel blends in well, it has its own salty kick but it doesn’t detract from the crunchy nuts or add too much sweetness. I’d prefer a chewier caramel like you find in a Snickers, but that’s not Hershey’s way.

I actually liked this one a bit better than the Reese’s with Caramel, the caramel was distinctive and the roominess of the peanut butter/peanut stack let it all breathe.

Just to give you a sense, here are the previous Reese’s reviews: Reese’s Bites (soon to be discontinued), Reese’s Cookies, FastBreak, Reese’s Sticks, Nutrageous, Reese’s Snack Barz, Reese’s Pieces Peanut, Reese’s Easter Eggs (two versions), Reese’s Bars for those who don’t like their candy in cups or shaped like trees, and of course the less-than-comprehensive Reese’s Full Line, another Big Cup (with mixed nuts) and their new favorite child, the Reese’s Crispy Crunchy Bar.

Name: Reese's Big Cup with Caramel & Nuts
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
Price: $.89
Size: 1.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 146
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, Caramel, United States, Hershey's, Limited Edition, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:43 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I was sort of blown away by the Caramel with Nuts when I first tried it.  I definitely experienced some sort of sensory overload, but it could’ve just been my mood and low blood-sugar level at the time of sampling.  I have resisted re-purchasing them only because I suspect it could possibly lead to some sort of addiction.
    You can snag the photo of the cross section from my less-lucid review - I was clearly still under the influence when I wrote it:

    (please don’t think I’m trying to one-up you by passively aggressively dropping the fact that I also reviewed this one.  You know I’m not that way…)

    Comment by Joanna on 1/17/07 at 12:45 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    No need to apologize ... I’m just shocked that you had it all the way back in July (I didn’t think to look that far back in the archives) ... and there’s STILL nothing on the Hershey’s website! Makes me wonder if this is even a Hershey’s product. Maybe it some sort of knock-off ... it’s enough like a Reese’s that we accept it but different enough that we don’t complain.

    (I think I’ve figured out the perfect criminal enterprise! Non-authorised limited editions!)

    Comment by Cybele on 1/17/07 at 12:54 pm #
  3. That is a brilliant idea. I can see a huge black market craze - we would generate publicity for a hypothetical bar (a dark chocolate marzipan Kit Kat, say), and then produce a supply so minimal that we could command $50 a pop for a single bar on ebay.  Am I right?

    Comment by Joanna on 1/17/07 at 1:03 pm #
  4. This sounds good, but I’m getting kind of tired of the tampering with Reese’s.  I’m pretty inclined to think that they got that one right the first time.

    Unauthorized limited editions…what an idea.

    Comment by Dave on 1/18/07 at 2:18 am #
  5. I certainly agree that “they got that one right the first time.”  However, I think that there is no harm in using the Reese’s chocolate-pb combo as the foundation for other branded products, as long as the spinoffs never allow another ingredient to dominate or over power that amazing, original flavor combination. 

    Judging by some of Hershey’s recent moves and acquisitions, I’ll be interested to see if Hershey will be further compelled by consumers’ growing demand for dark chocolate with higher percentages of cacao and create a limited edition Reese’s product with, say, 65% cacao chocolate.  Or a Scharffen Berger Reese’s cup, perhaps?

    Comment by MarkO on 1/18/07 at 8:46 am #
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