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Candy Girls: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with Caramel

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Both of the Candy Girls love the original Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and since we're pretty fond of caramel as well, we thought this might be a wonderful flavor combination.

First Reactions: In the store, the wrapper didn't strike us as particularly unusual, but upon closer scrutiny, wow, it really is ugly. Something about the traditional Reese's colors of electric orange, brown and yellow combined with more subdued butterscotch hues -- meant to, we suppose, evoke a caramel splash -- does not make for appetizing candy packaging.

Liz: The cups look exactly like the original ones. Except this one is leaking a blob of caramel. Aubrey: Only the wrapper is distinctly worse. It looks like somebody ate the 70s and vomited them back up all over the wrapper.

Taste: The chocolate is very soft and when we broke a cup in half, there was a visible gooey caramel layer. Yes! Unfortunately, it turns out you can only really taste the caramel if you make a specific effort to lick it separate from the peanut butter layer. Boo!

Aubrey: They're good, but not really different. Liz: I think regular cups use the chocolate as the sweet contrast to the salty peanut butter. The caramel here just gets lost in the chocolate. Aubrey: I might like them more than regular Reese's Cups, but only if I make a point of eating the caramel layer. Otherwise it all kinda melds together. Liz: Do you think they cut back on the peanut butter to add the caramel? Because that would upset me.

Conclusions: Aubrey: Remember those old commercials in the 90s that said, "There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's." Only, in the case of these suckers I think the only right way would be to eat the bottom layer of chocolate with the thin caramel coating first. Because that's the only way you are ever going to taste the caramel.

Rating: 4 out of 5 (but only a 2 out of 5 for effort)

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