Let’s be real: Not even a new Reese’s product can salvage this disaster of a year. But sinking your teeth into the brand’s latest chocolaty, peanut butter-filled concoction can undoubtedly bring you a few delicious moments of comfort.
Reese’s Snack Cakes, the newest addition to the beloved Reese’s candy family, are here to put another fresh spin on the classic peanut butter cup. The tasty treats are small slabs of soft baked chocolate cake topped with Reese’s signature peanut butter creme and coated with smooth milk chocolate. And honestly? They’re pretty damn good.
A Snack Cake package includes two familiar-looking candy bars — each about 3.5 inches long — but once you bite into the chocolate blocks you’ll see the beautiful layers of peanut butter and cake that make the product so unique.
The Snack Cakes don’t hit stores until December, but Reese’s sent us a few packages for review purposes. So we decided to break the novel snacking experience down for you.
The anatomy of a Snack Cake
If you’re a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate cake, I don’t see why you wouldn’t love Reese’s Snack Cakes. The structure is different from a cup, but the flavors remain the same. The only major difference is that you now have an added cushiony bite of cake mixed in.
To be clear, the flavor of the cake isn’t the star of the show here. It doesn’t have an overwhelmingly rich, chocolate taste or anything. Rather it’s the cake’s consistency that brings something new to your snacking experience. After chewing and swallowing a Snack Cake, the taste of chocolate and peanut butter — not cake — linger in your mouth, just like it would with a normal Reese’s product. But while you’re chowing down, the chewiness of the cake makes for a more decadent, savory journey.
Though they’re extremely dense, Snack Cakes are soft and delicate. You won’t have to chomp into the bars or break through any hard chocolate shell to enjoy them. The outer layer of milk chocolate is super thin, the cake is squishy, and the peanut butter is a bit creamier than that in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
The three layers — chocolate, peanut butter, and cake — complement each other nicely, but the Snack Cake packs a slightly more mild flavor punch than a cup does. And for those wondering, the Snack Cakes taste great cold. I obviously put one in the fridge to check.
Snack Cakes for breakfast?
One of the first things that was made clear about these Snack Cakes is that Reese’s is — for some strange reason — marketing them to the tired, confused, emotionally vulnerable people of this world as a breakfast food.
Because the world feels “upside down” at the moment, the people at Reese’s figured why not just go ahead and eat dessert in the morning? So they made Snack Cakes and called them “a first-of-its-kind mid-morning cake treat.”
“We wanted to create the perfect treat for Reese’s fans to satisfy that mid-morning sweet tooth,” Mike Orr, Snacks brand manager said in a statement. “We know that sometimes you just don’t want to wait until lunch — that’s how Reese’s Snack Cakes were born!”
Here’s the thing: I’m all for eating Reese’s Snack Cakes in the morning. But they’re in no way a breakfast food.
They essentially added chocolate cake to a regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, right? So wouldn’t it technically be better to just eat a cup (milk chocolate + peanut butter) instead of a Snack Cake (milk chocolate + peanut butter + cake) for breakfast?
Anyway, just as I believe it’s never too early to eat lunch, I think it’s fine to eat dessert before noon. So if you want a Snack Cake — or any other Reese’s product — before lunch, go ahead. But you can definitely snack on these bad boys later in the day, too.
I’m not sure I’ll ever like a new Reese’s product more than the original cup (or the superior seasonal candies,) but if you’re a true Reese’s fan you obviously need to give Snack Cakes a try.