I can’t … even begin … to … describe. I don’t know if anybody has been broken by a candy bar, but I’ve just been bested by six. The delicious combination of creamy peanut butter and chipper chocolate is more than fantastic in moderation, but if caution is not exercised, then your ass should be.
Jokes aside, all six bars pictured above are sweet and indulgent. I mean, it’s 2012. Pretty much every candy bar distributor out there has gotten hip to the jive, slim, and realized peanut butter sells. I took it upon myself to do some field research and compare six brands of PB+chocolate goodness. Some, such as Reese’s, are original, with others, such as the Twix PB, new to the legume realm.
Here’s the lowdown (In the order from lowest to highest peanut butter content):
Take5: I consider Take 5 to be a bit of a dark horse in the candy aisle, although this bar’s got it all! Caramel, peanut butter, kale, marmalade, cayenne pepper … just playing. My favorite part about this candy is the pretzel does wonders for the PB – the salty really compliments the creamy richness. However, our nutty paste plays less of a role and has much to compete with.
Twix PB: Mars, Inc. is doing something right here. The peanut butter gives it a much softer texture than the original. They even replaced the cookie! What a great departure from the original.
Snicker’s PB: It looks like a bar in the package, but when unwrapped, Snickers PB comes in cute, compact squares. It’s easy to eat, but is quite messy in this warm weather. At first bite, it tastes just like original Snickers, just without the tang and gooeyness of caramel.
Peanut Butter M&Ms: Zero melting. This is by far the easiest to eat on a warm summer day. Unlike the Butterfinger, where it’s soft on the outside and crunchier on the inside, you have to break through the candy outside to reach the smooth spread within. Somehow, I feel like all my hard work of biting through the exterior is for naught when I eat these. It’s unsettling.
Butterfinger: That unique, crispy peanut butter center makes you really concentrate on the act of chewing. The chocolate exterior is melty and the bar rates low in appearance … you don’t need me to tell you what I think it looks like.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: This pure, unadulterated peanut butter treat is a classic. I feel like I have to tread carefully or else blaspheme and have people swear off this blog forever. As you can see in the photo above, this one is extremely susceptible to premature melting. I want my dessert to melt in my mouth, not in the wrapper, especially pre-photo! I would recommend this one for peanut butter purists, although there’s something sugary and artificial about the peanut butter – not as creamy as I remember it.
I am about to piss off 5/6ths of people reading this, but Twix PB ranked highly enough on the eatability scale – very little melting and easy to just push on out of the wrapper and insert directly into a gullet. Take 5 was my favorite, but the peanut butter wasn’t as integral of a component, and the M&Ms were by far the prettiest to eat, but the texture disparity is too extreme. I love the solid, yet crunchy, cookie texture mixed with the peanut butter.
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