For the first ever snack review we’re doing here on our site, we decided to try out this new snack we saw pop up at our local supermarket – Reese’s Snack Cakes!
With James being a huge fan of anything Reese’s (or any peanut butter / chocolate for that matter), I knew we’d be excited to try this one out.
What Are Reese’s Crunchy Snack Cakes?
Reese’s new crunchy Snack Cakes can essentially be though of as three parts:
On the outer layer, you have the typical chocolate Reese’s uses for their classic peanut butter cups.
Once you’re inside, the top will have a peanut butter filling. The crunchy version – which is the one we tried, also contains chopped up peanuts layered within it, which as the name implies, gives it a little extra crunch.
Finally, underneath we have what truly makes Reese’s Snack Cakes unique – the ‘cake’ base that gives it most of its flavor and texture.
How Are They?
Truthfully, we both felt that the Snack Cakes were a bit of a letdown, and didn’t really have anything unique about them that made them better than other snacks.
The cake part of the treat – while it looked fluffy and spongy on the packaging, ended up being dense and hard, ending up more like a brownie than an actual cake like material.
Rather than having the consistency of say, a Hostess cupcake or Ding Dong, it reminded me more of what protein bar chocolate tastes like. Which, while the flavor wasn’t terrible, it was far from what I was expecting, and didn’t remind of a typical Reese’s treat at all!
The peanut butter layer was too thin to have any sort of real impact, and was overpowered by the brownie-cake underneath. While it was most prominent as an aftertaste, I didn’t feel like it was there in great enough quantities to really taste like a Reese’s snack at all.
In fact, the only part of it that reminded me of Reese’s was the outer chocolate covering it.
Needless to say, we weren’t very impressed with it, and probably won’t end up buying it again – which is too bad, because it was a neat concept!
Here is the nutrition information for Reese’s Crunchy Snack Cakes, per serving. Note that the nutrition information is slightly different for the non-crunchy version, so you may want to double check if that’s the one you’re considering buying!
Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories Per Serving: 190
Total Fat: 22 grams (10 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat.)
Cholesterol: Less than 5 mg.
Carbohydrates: 44 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sugars: 32 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Allergies: Reese’s Crunchy Snack Cakes contains peanuts, soy, wheat, and milk.
For a final analysis, I’ll share each one of our thoughts that we wrote down while trying Reese’s Snack Cakes!
When I bit into this, I did not think it was a cake at all. It definitely tasted more like fudge or a brownie than actual cake.
However, it does taste like it might be good crumbled up in ice cream! I’m not a huge fan of Reese’s or peanut butter snacks anyway, and this didn’t change anything.
The chocolate flavor in this is way too strong for me to think of this as a Reese’s snack. The peanut butter is even more prominent in Reese’s popcorn, which is kind of ridiculous!
The peanut butter that’s there doesn’t taste like what you’d find inside of a Peanut Butter Cup either. I’d feel fine eating this if it was offered to me, but I’d go out of my way to pick something else if I had the option. Especially since 190 calories per bar is quite a lot for what you’re getting.
Overall, we both agreed we won’t be buying this again, even though we picked it up pretty cheap for just 69 cents.
Have you tried Reese’s snack cakes? If so, what did you think about it? We’d love to hear your own opinion through the comment form below!