Monday, June 9, 2008

Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bats (Dark Knight)

Reese's Dark Knight Bats

One of the items teased at the September 2007 All Candy Expo was the series of The Dark Knight (Batman) tie in products. As the Indiana Jones Mars products (Mint Crisp M&Ms & Snickers Adventure Bar) found their way onto the shelves about 6-8 weeks in advance of the movie release, I was keeping a close watch for the new Reese’s & KitKat products in the past weeks.

The Limited Edition line features:

  • Reese’s Pieces - black and dark blue Reese’s Pieces (peanut butter with a crunchy candy shell) - comes in both large bags and single serve size.
  • KitKat Special Edition - a regular Milk Chocolate KitKat with a bat symbol molded onto the fingers. (I’m really sorry they didn’t bring back the dark chocolate KitKat for this tie-in.) Photo here.
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Bats

  • Reese’s Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bats - mini oval medallions of dark chocolate filled with Reese’s peanut butter sold in 10.5 ounce bags.
  • Reese’s Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bats - mini oval medallions of milk chocolate filled with Reese’s peanut butter sold in 10.5 ounce bags.
  • Reese’s Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bat - a single serve (1.2 ounces) dark chocolate with peanut butter version of the Reese’s Peanut Butter egg in the shape of a bat.
  • Reese’s Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bat - a single serve (1.2 ounces) dark chocolate with peanut butter version of the Reese’s Peanut Butter egg in the shape of a bat.
  • Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter BatI found the bags of the medallions at Target yesterday. They also had the Reese’s Pieces, but frankly, different colored RP just weren’t distinctive enough to get me to buy them. A new proportion of chocolate and peanut butter and the further enticement of dark chocolate is enough to get me to buy them, though.

    The Reese’s Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bats bag is a rich chocolate brown, setting it apart from the regular Reese’s orange offerings (though it has that signature orange on the wrapper as an accent).

    There’s also some sort of a sweepstakes thing going on where you can Find the bat-signal and win instantly but there was no game piece in either bag so I’m left to wonder how this thing works. (If it’s not a regular game piece that you open to find out if you’ve won, then what prevents someone from going through all the bags at the store and peeking through the little “window” in the package to see if there is a winning game piece?)

    Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bat

    The dark ones are just shy of 1.75 inches in length and a little over 1 inch across and a half an inch tall. They weigh about 10 grams each (a regular Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cup is about 9 grams).

    I assume that these are absolutely fresh, and have an expiry date of April 2009. However, the sheen of the chocolate was slightly greasy, as Reese’s products usually are. (The exception is pretty much the Fresh from the Factory cups.) The bag smells like dark roasted peanuts.

    The chocolate is very soft, so the whole thing has a mellow fudgy bite to it. It melts quickly, rather slick on the tongue but pretty smooth. The peanut butter filling, on the other hand, is exactly the sort of Reese’s peanut butter center you’d expect. A little sandy in texture, a bit salty and sweet.

    The dark chocolate is actually bitter, so there’s a whole mix of flavors here - sweet, salt and bitter plus the textures of the chocolate and light crunch of the rough peanut butter.

    It’s a great combination and really refreshing. The proportions here are weighted heavily towards the dark chocolate (which isn’t really “dark” as it has milk fat in it), much more than the previous regular-sized Limited Edition Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

    The foil wrapper is also very appealing; it’s a bronzy brown around the sides and the top has the Reese’s logo and bat logo.

    There’s a strange molding anomaly on them, just about all that I unwrapped had little bubbles on either end of the top. (I opened quite a few, looking for a pristine one for the photo, then finding this to be the norm, photographed it.)

    Rating: 9 out of 10

    Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter BatThe little oval medallion has the stylized bat-signal symbol molded into the top of each piece. Yes, the logo on these is a little different. As with most continuations of classic franchises, the bat-signal has evolved. The original was not an actual bat, but Batman & his cape ... at some point them omitted his head. Back in the old TV show days and the first few movies it looked like this which was pretty consistent with the TV series emblem.

    But just as superheroes change their costumes, the logo became more angular and lost some of its bat-ness and wing fringes. (To me it looks more like a car logo now.)

    Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Bat

    The Reese’s Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bats are simply tasty. They’re everything you’d expect in a flattened Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniature. The chocolate is sweet and pretty mellow but has a slight cool feeling on the tongue. The peanut butter center is immediately salty, squishy and has the dark roasted flavors of peanuts & a sandy texture.

    There’s less peanut butter, so fans of the peanut part and not the chocolate part should probably stick with the original or seek out the single serve size Bats (I haven’t found those yet).

    Rating: 8 out of 10

    Overall, this is a good tie in. I like the use of dark chocolate on a tried-and-true favorite. I also like that they tried a new shape instead of just tossing some different foil on the regular minis. (Of course then it just makes us sadder when they go away.) The proportions on the milk chocolate just didn’t have the same appeal as the regular minis or the larger eggs - but I’m sure some other folks will find them to be their ideal version.

    Anyone found the large sized bats yet?

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    Name: Reese's Dark Knight Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bats
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Hershey's
    Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
    Price: $3.49
    Size: 10.5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 142
    Categories: Chocolate, Peanut, United States, Reese's, Hershey's, Kosher, Limited Edition

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    Comments
    1. Although the 1.2-ounce big bats were available at Hershey’s Chocolate World about a month ago, I just noticed them on grocery store shelves in the Central PA area last week.

      The chocolate on the big bats has a much less greasy look and feel than on the miniature bats, and the chocolate-to-peanut-butter ratio is weighted toward the peanut butter.

      The miniature dark chocolate bats are the best of the lot, IMHO.

      Comment by Frances on 6/09/08 at 9:23 am #
    2. why bother producing limited editions where the only difference is a logo stamped into the top of your product?  at least the batman reese’s is a slightly different proportion of chocolate to peanut butter, but that kit kat just sounds stupid.

      Comment by ruffy on 6/09/08 at 10:14 am #
    3. I’m so glad you reviewed these (the dark medallions) and rated them so highly! I completely agree. I can’t get enough. We’ve gone through almost 3 bags at work already. I like to eat off all the edges then have the peanutty center last. The chocolate on these was much better than I expected, though no Domori raspberry.

      I actually found them at Target about 2 weeks ago. When I went back recently to get more, they were already on sale, hidden away in a corner of the store. I bought a bunch. How odd that the promo for a movie that hasn’t even come out yet, should be winding down so quickly.

      Comment by KateC on 6/09/08 at 11:59 am #
    4. Different parts of the country have different experiences.

      Found these at Dollar Tree late April/early May. Really like the Bat RP because they had a better texture than regular RP.

      The PB Bats were fresher than most Reeses PB cups, but otherwise, nothing different.

      Haven’t seen these anywhere else in Metro Detroit, other than at Speedway Gas Stations which just got ‘em last week.

      Comment by Will Emero II on 6/09/08 at 12:31 pm #
    5. Most of the contests they have on food and drink packaging anymore seem to involve a code number that you have to input on a website to see if you have won. In my opinion, that’s just too much work for a contest, and not nearly as fun as ripping open a game piece. I guess I’ll never win a million dollars worth of penut butter cups ...

      Comment by Maybelline Jones on 6/10/08 at 1:45 am #
    6. They should be selling these at Halloween! Maybe I should put some bags away until then (right, like nobody in the house would try to eat them before October 31st…)

      Comment by Tricia on 6/10/08 at 5:56 am #
    7. The Wawa around the corner from my office has had the large bats for a few weeks now. smile

      Comment by Sera on 6/10/08 at 12:21 pm #
    8. I reviewed the dark chocolate bats on CM a few weeks back. I really enjoyed them to be honest…so much better tasting than the usual Reese’s chocolate!

      Jim

      Comment by Jim on 6/12/08 at 12:46 pm #
    9. They have the large bats here already, but i’ve yet to try them even though I love Reese’s peanut butter cups.. wink

      Comment by Ryan on 6/13/08 at 6:22 am #
    10. i found the big bats in truck stops surprisingly…they are really good! i only found the milk chocolate ones though….they seem to be bigger than the standard 2 cups combined but a very good proportion of chocolate to peanut butter…and you know on the cups when you peel them out of the paper, how some chocolate sticks to it? i hate that….the bat has no paper so that doesn’t happen! although a bat shaped paper would be kinda cool!!!

      Comment by sarah on 6/14/08 at 9:33 pm #
    11. Reese’s is LOVE!!!

      Comment by u8mypinkcookies on 6/16/08 at 8:05 pm #
    12. I like truffles the best!!!

      Comment by Maggie Schumaker on 6/17/08 at 9:27 am #
    13. Is there any location where I can buy the Dark Chocolate Reeses peanut butter cups or bats? I haven’t found them in any store and want to buy them for my husband.
      Thanks!

      Comment by tammy on 6/23/08 at 1:11 pm #
    14. I’m jonesing for the dark chocolate bats, big or small!  Has anyone seen them in the Baltimore/DC area?  Any leads would be appreciated to help me get my fix.  Thanks!!

      Comment by linda on 6/28/08 at 2:14 pm #
    15. gracecarriveau's avatar

      We finally got the milk and dark bats here at one of the grocery stores in Mid-Missouri. I have looked for these everywhere. I usually make a 4 to 5 store run looking for the candy I want. It’s never all in the same store!

      I love both of them! I love it when they do special edition types of the original candy. It all has to do with getting to experience it in a different size and different peanut butter to chocolate ratio. Hopefully I’ll be able to locate the larger bats soon, as I love the peanut butter most of all.

      Comment by gracecarriveau on 7/08/08 at 1:38 pm #
    16. I have yet to find these dark chocolate peanut butter cups anywhere, and the movie opening has come and gone.  Can someone tell me where I can find them in Connecticut?

      thanks, janet

      Comment by janet sullivan on 8/07/08 at 4:34 am #
    17. I was freaked out to notice, when buying Halloween candy today, that the milk chocolate bats and some of the other Reeses candy now list shea butter as one of the ingredients. As someone with a shea nut allergy, this is not something I want to ingest. I thought shea butter was relegated mainly to body products (lotions etc.), but there it was. It’s not even bolded the way some companies mark potential allergens.

      Comment by Jenn on 10/26/08 at 1:41 pm #
    18. I have been buying Dark chocolate BATS for months. I have done this by the box. I am on my 4th box and have yet to see one that The Joker has not gotten away with all the Dark Knight prizes. Were there ever any real prizes or was this another gimmick? I did not buy them for this purpose, but after a while I have began to wonder.
      Thanks
      David

      Comment by David on 2/03/09 at 1:36 pm #
    19. I ate a heart chololate today that contained peanut butter and had stomach cramps, shivers and diarrea. The bag was from a variety pack purchased at Kroger over Valentine’s.

      Comment by Naomi Rodriguez on 2/21/09 at 12:25 pm #
    20. I see the television spots for dark chocolate Reeses cups and cannot find them anyplace, CVS, Giant Foods etc

      Whats the point of advertising them if the consumer cannot buy them?

      Comment by MAX IMAGE on 8/05/10 at 2:27 pm #

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