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There Is No Chocolate In Reese’s Pieces! (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Are you wondering is there chocolate in reese’s pieces?
PSA: There is no chocolate in Reese’s Pieces. See below for proof.

Here’s a Hidden Object game for you — find the chocolate hidden in this Reese’s Pieces ingredients list:

Couldn’t find it, could you? Give up? Well, as it turns out our favorite peanut butter and chocolate candy pieces are more peanut butter than chocolate. To be precise, they’re more peanuts, oil, syrup, artificial colors, salt, glaze, wax and milk. But, no chocolate. How did we miss this?

Pay close attention to the front packaging:

It reads, “Peanut butter candy in a crunchy shell.” No mention of chocolate. It was spelled out for us and yet here we are — almost 40 years since its release — suffering a gooey ball of emotions: baffled, confused and a little disenchanted.

Here’s a little tonic for your wound: a few explanations as to why you may have missed this tiny detail.

For one, Reese’s introduction as Peanut Butter Cups began in 1928. Since then, they’ve become a household name in peanut butter and chocolate confections. (For example, a peanut butter and chocolate cake is not complete without Reese’s Pieces.) The name stuck for nearly 90 years, so don’t feel bad. The chocolate association with Reese’s has been inherent for a while now.

Second, Reese’s Pieces look a lot like the chocolate-filled candy shells, M&M’s. Crack one of the tiny shells open and you’ll clearly see chocolate, but in the case of Reese’s Pieces, you can clearly see it’s just peanut butter.

So what really makes up a single Reese’s Piece? Well, according to Delish, chocolate company Hershey’s developed a formula in the 1970s for sweetened peanut meal with the same consistency as chocolate. The filling is essentially a peanut-flavored fudge made from brown sugar, butter and milk.

So next time you have an equal craving for both chocolate and peanut butter, opt out of Reese’s Pieces and just grab a two-piece Reese’s Pieces Big Cup, where every bite is reliably robed in chocolate.

It’s chocolate cups stuffed with peanut butter stuffed with peanut butter.

Sources: BuzzFeed, Delish / Featured Image: Ged Carroll/Flickr / Embedded Images: BuzzFeed, 3D Ham, Endlessly Inspired, DelishTags: chocolate, peanut butter, peanut butter candy, Reese's Pieces
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Hershey’s Sued For Underfilling Candy Boxes


By Cooking Panda

Instead of kisses, Hershey’s just got slapped with a federal lawsuit. Who could hold a grudge against the chocolate manufacturer that brought us Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and Hershey’s syrup?

Apparently, someone who loves Hershey’s products a little too much. A man in Missouri filed a federal class action lawsuit against Hershey’s for “slack-fill,” or the empty space inside the packaging. Now, here’s a guy who really cares about his candy. 

The complaint he filed even includes nifty photographs of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers boxes he cut open to show just how underfilled they are.

 According to the plaintiff, the Reese’s box he photographed is underfilled by 29 percent, while the Whoppers box is underfilled by a whopping 41 percent. 

Not sure how he came up with those very precise figures; but in his defense, there really is quite a bit of space left in those boxes. 

He claims that the size of the boxes misleads shoppers by making them think there’s more candy inside than is actually the case. 

We’ve all felt our hearts break just a little when that bag of chips we rip open is only a third full. But this guy is taking popular resentment of slack-fill to the next level. 

Slack-fill sometimes has a justifiable purpose, like keeping extra air in a bag to preserve the contents. However, the extra space in the Reese’s and Whoppers packaging isn’t necessary to protect the candy, according to Consumerist. 

Hershey’s doesn’t deny that the packages are underfilled, but sees no problem with this since the number of candies and the weight of the product is printed on the box.

“It is not possible to view the product packaging without also seeing the net weight and quantity disclosures,” Hershey’s motion to dismiss the case argues. 

Moreover, even customers who don’t know how much 113 grams of candy actually is can pick up the box and feel the weight. The motion to dismiss also argues that the fact that candy rattles inside the box should make it obvious that the box is not filled all the way. 

“Consumers are well aware of the fact that substantially all commercial packaging contains some empty space,” Hershey’s attorneys said, according to Consumerist. 

Still, Hershey’s defense did not persuade the judge, who said that the cases cited by the Hershey’s attorneys did not apply in Missouri. 

Perhaps this case will have a happy ending for the chocolate lovers out there who want their box of candy 100 percent full. In fact, who doesn’t want this? 

Sources: Consumerist , Hershey's Defense   / Photo credit: Ged Caroll/Flickr

Tags: Class Action Lawsuit, Hershey's, Reese's Pieces, whoppers
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#Cupfusion: Is Reese’s Launching A New Product This Summer? (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Reese’s is preparing to release a new product and leaving hints throughout social media for its excited customers.

Although no official details have been released, it looks like The Hershey Company is planning to debut a new Reese’s product that combines two of their most beloved offerings. Using the social media tag #Cupfusion, the company released a series of social media posts to hint at a possible Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup filled with Reese’s Pieces treat.

Rumors first started with a Facebook post by Marlena Courchain, who posted a picture of the rumored Reese’s fusion on April 28. She said the candy will debut in July, according to what she’s heard.

On May 5 and 10, Reese’s released some social media posts as well. Their most loyal fans went wild.

A cup can dream… #Cupfusion

— REESE’S (@ReesesPBCups) May 5, 2016

When Eater requested comment on the social media posts, Hershey did not offer much information but did hint that this tasty fusion may soon become a reality.

“Guess you’ve heard about the #Cupfusion,” a Hershey spokesman wrote in an email. “Would Reese’s make consumer dreams come true and bring together two beloved favorites — Cups and Pieces — into one mind-blowing delicious cup of goodness? You’ll just have to keep watching as it unfolds!”

Delish received a similar response from the company.

“Would Reese’s make consumer dreams come true and bring together two beloved favorites into one mind-blowing delicious cup of goodness?” wrote a brand representative. “Now you’re #cupfused.”

I must admit, this is a clever strategy to get people excited about this launch. Hopefully the rumors are true, and we’ll be able to enjoy this nostalgic fusion over the summer! 

Sources: Delish, Eater / Photo credit: Marlena Courchain/Facebook

Tags: CupFusion, Launch, peanut butter cups, reese's, Reese's Pieces
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