Food Review: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Mallow-Top

For the record, 200 calories is pretty solid, comparatively; the big cup potato chip one (which is literally one cup) is 180 calories, whereas you’re getting two cups here (smaller size, but still) for 200 calories total.

Eh. There’s your one-word review, if you don’t feel like reading the next 400-some words.

Folks, I’m as shocked as you are. Reese’s has never failed me. They make some of the best stuff on the market.

There’s Reese’s big cups, Reese’s big cups with potato chip and/or pretzel, original Reese’s peanut butter and chocolate of course, Reese’s ultimate peanut butter lovers (where it’s all peanut butter!) and perhaps the best of the lot, the Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins. Something about the pumpkins makes it even better than the cups. Or hearts, or whatever shape they’re doing per the seasonal offering.

(I haven’t yet tried the thin cups or the Take 5 variations, but the latter sounds quite good!)

But Reese’s peanut butter cups mallow-top? It’s not for me! I’ve tried it twice now before coming to you folks, thinking maybe I was just off the first time, but nope, the second experience wasn’t any better!

See, mallow.

So, the Reese’s peanut butter cup mallow-top is what it sounds like: a typical Reese’s peanut butter chocolate cup, but the top of the cup is marshmallow flavored creme. There’s even two cute little marshmallows on the packaging to indicate the marshmallow to come.

The first time I tried it, I ate it at room temperature and the second time I tried it, I did my preferred (and obviously, the best) method of freezing it beforehand. Neither method made an appreciable difference to my dissatisfaction.

You know what it tasted like to me? Not a marshmallow you get at the store and dunk in some hot chocolate, but like Kraft’s Jet-Puffed marshmallow creme (I’m most familiar with that as an ingredient in my mom’s peanut butter fudge recipe), which is more of a confectionery spread rather than the solid marshmallow.

I guess I should have taken heed of the “marshmallow flavored creme” on the packaging. But I’d prefer a distillation of the actual solid marshmallow more than the creme! Okay, that is creme. Carry on.

The creme just has a weird taste to me and isn’t overpowered enough by the peanut butter to compensate, which I think is what happens with the peanut butter fudge. That is, there is so much peanut butter in the mix, that the marshmallow creme only adds to the flavor rather than being one of three principal flavors, whereas here, it’s a principal flavor because the top of the cup is literally “mallow.”

It doesn’t work! Not for me, at least. I mean, to be sure, I’ve eaten four of these things. I certainly wouldn’t waste them, but I didn’t enjoy them, either.

I’m sorry, Reese’s. I didn’t want it to be like this, either.

Doesn’t that look good, though? And yes, that is blurry Spongebob in the background.

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