I Tried The New Reese's Stuffed With Pieces

by Jessica Learish

Last week, Reese's announced that, just in time for the summer wedding season, the candy company would be celebrating a marriage of sorts. That's right — starting in July, candy lovers will no longer have to choose between the classic Reese's Cup and the notoriously snackable Reese's Pieces, because the two candies will be joined in the holy matrimony otherwise known as the Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cup. The rumors you may have heard are true — two of the company's top selling candies will soon become one. And I just so happened to get my hands on one king-sized stuffed-cup for an advanced taste test.

I've spoken before about my fondness for the synergy between peanut butter and chocolate. In my opinion, all of the best desserts contain at least a little bit of both. And, honestly, there's pretty much nowhere this candy could've gone wrong as it joins all of the best things about cups and pieces. Cups are lacking the essential crunch of the candy-coated pieces. Pieces are missing chocolate. Together though, they form the complete candy experience.

First, I turned on The Beatles' "Come Together" on my Bluetooth speakers, tracked down a paring knife, and got down to the very important business of tasting a guaranteed-to-impress candy prototype.

It looked normal enough from the outside, albeit a little banged up from its journey to where I live in California. First, I cut the cup in half with a paring knife to examine the cross-section.

The product photos are a wee bit misleading when it comes to the quantity of Pieces per cup, making it seem like I would be greeted by a bunch of happy colorful Pieces right off the bat. The fact of the matter is the colors of the candy shells and the peanut butter filling of both the Pieces and the Cups are all sort of similar, which detracts somewhat from the visual impact, but I had yet to taste said candy at this point.

Here, you can see a little bit more of the pieces working their magic. The Reese's Cup stuffed with Pieces was crunchier and sweeter than a normal Reese's Cup — both a product of the addition of candy shells. The effect of adding Pieces was less the sheer novelty of the thing, and more a move toward the taste and texture of a homemade Buckeye, which is perfectly OK with me. This thing was delicious.

I will certainly pick up a few of these sweet treats this summer when they officially hit the shelves. Here are a few Reese's recipes to keep you satisfied until then.

1. Reese's Marshmallow Brownie Bars

Part brownie, part Reese's explosion, part s'more — this perfect dessert from Mom On Timeout is seriously speaking my language.

2. Reese's Fudge Pie

One of the first things I ever baked for my boyfriend was a chocolate and peanut butter pie, and we've been together for about a hundred years, so keep that in mind when you deploy this magic recipe from Cookies & Cups.

3. Reese's Stuffed Brownies

Splitting your brownie batter in two and stuffing the middle with Reese's is pretty much the best thing you can do to kick your brownie recipe up a level. Find out how to make these beauties at Table For Two.

Images: Courtesy of Reese's; Jessica Learish (3); Mom On Timeout; Cookies & Cups; Table For Two