Reese’s Minis Milk Chocolate Unwrapped Peanut Butter Cups Review

Reese’s Minis Milk Chocolate Unwrapped Peanut Butter Cups   is the smallest peanut butter and chocolate cup yet from Hershey’s candy company.  These have been my unmitigated favorite candies since I noticed them at the local quick shop about a year ago.

Though my girth hates these even-smaller-than-miniature candy cups, my mouth loves them.  That signature blend of milk chocolate and peanut butter remains omnipresent in these little guys.  And since they come already unwrapped, in bags similar to what you’d see on Reese’s Pieces, there’s less waste paper to throw out as compared to the bigger sizes of Reese’s cups, which they encase in a thin, dark brown paper.  So the Reese’s Minis are a greener product in this regard.

As with all their other milk chocolate peanut butter cups, Reese’s hit upon a winning chocolate formula with their long-running line of candy confections.  The biggest cups (king-sized 1.4-ounce cups) have a small ratio of chocolate to peanut butter.  The original size and foil-wrapped Reese’s Miniatures cups have much more chocolate to peanut butter. Finally, these newest and smallest minis cups have the most chocolate to peanut butter. This makes this smallest size cup (the mini),  at three fourths of an inch in diameter and one-half of an inch thick, an even more unique delight.  While the minis still taste undeniably like traditional Reese’s peanut butter and chocolate candies, their proportionately greater chocolate amounts lure more avid chocolate lovers as well as those enthralled with peanut butter.

So if you like candies that tilt the scales more toward chocolate than other ingredients, then these very small peanut butter cups are for you. It’s a taste that, like hot dogs and apple pie, never grows boring —  unless you eat fifty mini cups in a single sitting, which I’ve done rarely, but still have done nonetheless.


Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

  • Though a bit more chocolaty than the larger Reese’s cups, these barely-bigger-than-chocolate-chips peanut butter mini cups, mimic well the trade mark Reese’s taste.
  • Though some candies use trans fats like partially hydrogenated oils in their recipes, Reese’s does not taint their products with these dietary offenders.
  • Though these mini peanut butter cups are indeed a candy, percentage wise, real peanut butter comprises a bit less than half their weight in my estimation, which is still quite nutritious.
  • Unlike so many other sugary chocolate candies, the peanut butter in these minis gives you some valuable minerals not found in the others.
  • While there may be many empty calories in this newfangled treat, some essential vitamins, protein, and healthy nut fats exist as well.
  • In recent years, Reese’s made the wrappers for this candy more air-tight, opting for a plastic-based covering over a glossy paper one.  The result is that this high-tech wrapper better confines the peanut butter aroma to the inside, and outside odors are diverted away from this candy as well.  So you don’t taste nearly the amount of cross-contamination of flavors between candies ajacent to each other on the store shelves these days.
  • These mini cups stay fresh and chocolaty-nutty for many months, and never taste diluted or contaminated with any other alien flavors.
  • It’s surprising that as delicious as these candies are, that you’d find much in them besides sugar and additives.  Yet each 2.5-ounce serving has about 2 grams of dietary fiber and  180 MG of sodium.
  • It’s impressive that Reese’s has been able to retain the same flavor for nearly nine decades.  I suppose that means that this is a tried-and-true recipe, like Coca-Cola, that generations of candy lovers have liked, including mine.
  • Reese’s is a well-established name in the peanut butter cup-making business.  Indeed, every other brand has yet to build the long-lived acclaim of that signature Reese’s combo flavor.  Stores big and small are already carrying the minis, figuring that if it’s Reese’s, it’s bound to be a success.


Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns

  • At 360 calories per king-sized minis bag, these peanut butter cups, due to how good they taste, can really cram on the pounds because putting them away before they’re all gone is just so hard.  I wish they made a dieter’s version.
  • Each bag has 10 grams of saturated fat.  Thus, as is the case with most  candy, moderate consumption is key to weight-gain-free enjoyment of this treat.
  • The king-sized packs of mini cups costs approximately $1 each.  Decent.
  • This candy is quite succumbing to heat.  The chocolate shell melts easily in warmer rooms and in the sun; leaving a chocolaty mess on the fingers when you try to grab these little warmed-up cups.  But if addressing this problem means adding more hard saturated fats to the formula, then I’d recommend leaving the current recipe untouched.


Product Rating

So, If you could take only one candy with you into exile at the North Pole, I’d suggest that you arm yourself with these Reese’s peanut butter minis. They taste great frozen. But I’d recommend them either warm or cold, because of their satisfying nutty sweet flavor.  Even if melted, that excellent taste remains and is worth messing up my fingers for.  But since these cups have so much fat and sugar, I’ll temper my rating, and rank this candy at 88 out of 100.


Where To Buy Reese’s Minis Milk Chocolate Unwrapped Peanut Butter Cups

Look for Reese’s Minis Peanut Butter Cups at most any candy or bigger grocery store, quick shopper places, or wholesale outlet.  They come in the bright orange wrapper with the yellow and brown lettering. Enjoy responsibly.




Revision History

  • : Moved this post to the   Tom’s Diet Quest   blog, added whitespace, adjusted ad placement, and tweaked the content.
  • 2012-04-26: Originally published.