Peanut butter. America’s favourite chocolate accessory. Just about every chocolate has a peanut butter variant. I don’t understand it one little bit. What I also don’t understand is the ability for two candies to coexist while being so incredibly alike. So I’ve got a bag of Reese’s Pieces and a bag of Peanut Butter M&Ms to see just how this is possible.
My only exposure to Reese’s Pieces so far is from the movie E.T. The Extraterrestrial, where the kid lured E.T. into the house by giving him chocolate. I’ve tried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as well, but as far as I know, they’re a different thing.
Reese’s Pieces are quite small, round little discs, just like M&Ms, but (for obvious reasons) don’t have ‘m’ printed on them. They’re also slightly irregular, not as smoothly curved as I’d expect. The candy shell s quite thin, and when bitten into, rather sharp. There’s a slightly chocolatey taste, but strangely enough, upon examination, there is no chocolate within! Each piece is essentially a peanut butter pellet. This is a surprise to me, as I assumed that all sweets in this category contain chocolate. Though there is the distinct taste of peanuts, the peanut butter is dry, almost powdery, feeling more like some sort of fudge than peanut butter. It is also very sugary, also adding to its fudgelike quality.
Peanut Butter M&Ms are noticeably larger than Reese’s Pieces, both in diameter and thickness. The difference is about 50%. The shell is much smoother than that of Reese’s Pieces as well. Like regular M&Ms (and its other variants), Peanut Butter M&Ms have an outer layer of chocolate, with the peanut butter forming the center. This makes for a more pleasing taste, as the peanut butter melds with the chocolate flavour. The peanut butter has a slightly oily consistency, with a touch of saltiness, almost like regular peanut butter. It is also much more flavoursome than its equivalent in Reese’s Pieces.
Basically, the Peanut Butter M&M is a whole lot nicer than Reese’s Pieces. The flavour and consistency of the M&M is much higher quality, as it tastes and feels like peanut butter, whereas Reese’s Pieces are overly sugary and dry.
The Baby Ruth bar is one of those iconic American chocolates. You hear about them all the time in movies and books and stuff. It is thought to be named after the baseball player Babe Ruth, but as it was manufactured before Babe Ruth became hugely famous, this isn’t the case. In actual fact, it was named after a baby called Ruth. I don’t know whose baby it was, or even why this happened.
Anyway, Nestle (the company behind Baby Ruth) is running a competition running in which you can win 5 million dollars. On the instructions on the back, it says:
Carefully open wrapper to see if you have won instantly and for a game code to play the online game. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
So they’re asking you to open the chocolates without purchasing them! Way to go, Nestle!
The Baby Ruth looks much like the Australian Picnic bar. All mis-shapen and lumpy. It smells of sweetened chocolate. However, it’s not very much like a Picnic on the inside. Rather, it’s a sort of chewy concoction of nougat, caramel and peanuts. Basically, it’s like a mutated Snickers.
The caramel is negated by the thick taste and mouth-feel of the nougat, while the peanuts are hidden away on the sides, making for an imbalanced flavour. The chocolate coating is also incredibly sweet – you can almost feel the sugar, but the slight salt of the peanuts (which are half-stuck in the chocolate) cuts the sugar taste down. But only marginally. The Baby Ruth is also quite crumbly, as it isn’t held together by much. It’s not so much a mixture of ingredients, but rather a length of nougat with bits stuck around it.
While Baby Ruth tastes good, it’s not great. The sugary chocolate leaves a strange feel in the mouth and throat, and the peanuts leave me wanting more peanuts. Also, though it tastes like a Snickers, and is about the same size as a Snickers, it doesn’t provide the same feeling of satisfaction a Snickers often does. A decent chocolate, but I don’t think it deserves so much of the fame it holds.
And that’s it for my Sweets Reviews!
Just to round up, I quite enjoyed Peanut Butter M&Ms, liked Baby Ruth, didn’t think much of Scottish Soft Rock or Reese’s Pieces, found Barratt’s Sherbet Fountain frustrating, and Tizer quite nauseating.
I might do another one of these some day, but not with as many sweets. I have quite a headache, and I was feeling a tad unwell last night. I wouldn’t recommend doing this sort of thing every week, and I salute all those people who run blogs that focus on sweets, because I could never do it on a daily basis
Just to repeat, I bought everything I talked about in these reviews from:
Chocolates On Parade
Shop 10 Norwood Mall
The Parade, Norwood SA
They’ve only opened recently, but sure do have a great selection of imported and local confectionery (and crisps!).
Thanks for reading, and Goodnight!