Friday, January 6, 2006

Take 5 Peanut Butter

This candy bar irritated me from the moment I picked it up. First was the rich mustard color of the wrapper. A compelling “look at me!” color, but not one that makes me think of peanuts in a fond way. (In fact, it makes me think of a peanut butter and mustard sandwich, which probably has some fans out there, but I can’t count myself as one of them.) The second thing that rubbed me that wrong way when I read the package was the description, “pretzels, caramel, peanuts, peanut butter & peanut butter candy.” What the heck is “peanut butter candy” and how is that different than the whole thing being considered a “peanut butter candy?”


What I thought the peanut butter candy part meant was something like the inside of a Butterfinger bar (or a 5th Avenue if we’re sticking to Hershey’s products). And that actually sounds kind of interesting, have a layer of peanut crisp in there somewhere. What I didn’t realize is that this bar has no chocolate (poor reading comprehension on my part) ... and that’s what the peanut butter candy replaces. It’s basically a peanut butter-white chocolate. Like the insides of Reese’s Pieces! Of course this means partially hydrogenated oils. Bah! I don’t want partially hydrogenated oils in my candy!

Anyway, you get two bars in each package (which has a nice cardboard tray to keep them from getting crushed). The outside is a little odd looking as you can see the grains of peanut butter, but I got over that. It smells peanutty and is smooth, crunchy and has a nice hit of salt in it. I got no sense of the caramel at all. There was no chewiness to this bar at all, in the caramel sense. I suspect that the fats from the various peanut incarnations invaded the caramel and de-chewified it. If you’re a big peanut fan and are not satisfied with the bazillion other Reese’s branded bars, you can pick this up and argue with me about the glory that is a Peanut Butter Take 5.

Instead of mucking around with adding more peanuts to the Take 5 line, they need to start making my version with extra dark chocolate and pecans!

Interesting things: Take 5 bars are called Max 5 in Canada. The peanut butter version of the bar contains 2 more grams of saturated fat over the regular chocolate one, but twice the fiber. This is not a limited edition bar. Other Take 5 versions: Take 5 Chocolate (9/10) & White Chocolate Take 5 (6/10).

Name: Peanut Butter Take 5
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: Sav-On
Price: $.33 (on sale)
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 147
Categories: Peanuts, Caramels, United States, Hersheys, Cookie

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:38 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Seems like it should be called the Take 3—I mean, look at the label: “peanuts, peanut butter, peanut-butter candy.”

    On another note, this would be one deadly bar for someone with a peanut allergy.

    Comment by Adam on 1/06/06 at 1:34 pm #
  2. I really hated this bar and I love the original take 5.  They really ruined a good thing.  Have you reviewed a Nut Goodie? They are my favorite candy, my friend just sent me a case of them from MN.

    Comment by randi on 1/06/06 at 6:57 pm #
  3. I bought these from the Superstore-Behemoth-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named and I also didn’t care for them.  I think adding some chocolate would’ve made it better, but if they added chocolate it would’ve been a Take 6.

    At least the original one was good.

    Comment by Marvo on 1/06/06 at 8:36 pm #
  4. I think I had one of these awhile back at a friend’s house and wasn’t too impressed.  I didn’t like the outsided in particular… too peanut-y for its own good.

    I like your use of the word “de-chewified” =)

    Comment by Bryan on 1/08/06 at 10:46 pm #
  5. I just finished my first Peanut Butter Take 5, and was surprised by how good it was! Now, don’t get me wrong…the original is the best…but this isn’t too bad.

    Comment by Stephanie on 1/14/06 at 8:38 pm #
  6. i Absolutaly love this candy it is exactly what the label says it is a “PEANUT BUTTER CANDY” i eat one for breakfast every freakin morning im hooked ..

    Comment by Rken on 4/12/06 at 10:32 am #
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