Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Peanut Butter Cup Showdown: Justin's vs Chocolove

Two weeks ago, a reader who was loving these peanut butter cup showdowns, gave me a Justin's Dark Chocolate 2-cup package. I think it is unfair to compare dark to milk chocolates just as it would be unfair to compare white to dark chocolates or milk to white chocolates. While we cover all types of chocolate here on The Chocolate Cult, we try to be fair about the comparisons starting with the general types of chocolate -- white, milk, and dark. Let's compare a few other dark versions of peanut butter cups starting with Justin's vs Chocolove.

Both come in 2-cup sleeves that I found at Target or my local Co-op grocery store. The Chocolove has a heart inscribed on the bottom so I took the comparison from the bottom then the Chocolove on top of the Justin's. You can see that the Chocolove is a bit smaller but also darker in color.

It isn't until I cut them in half that you can see that the Chocolove cups are thicker. Inside the peanut butter filling looks very similar. The Chocolove has thicker chocolate around the filling.

Eating them reveals that dark chocolate in the Justin's is not the initial flavor but it builds with each chew, the peanut butter filling is creamy and has a powerful roasted flavor. The flavor is so intense that I must rinse out my mouth and wait a while before the next test of the Chocolove version which smells more chocolatey, has a very dark slightly bitter chocolate flavor at every stage of eating it to the point of drowning out the peanut butter. I think I like the Justin's more in terms of balance but the Chocolove in terms of chocolate.

What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know please.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Is it the Simple Truth that Organic Makes Delicious?

I did a recent testing of more products from Kroger via the MyMagazine Sharing Network. I got a coupon to try out the Simple Truth ice cream I'll be talking about some but the #freesample I got were of Simple Truth Organic Classic Thin and Crispy Vegan Pizza Crusts and a coupon for a free bottle of Simple Truth Pizza Sauce along with more coupons, some of which I passed on to friends. I'll show you the pizza later but here's what you really want to see, Simple Truth Organic Chocolate Ice Cream Pint. This photo is 1/2 of that pint scooped out, 3 servings per pint is what the nutritional value says which is more realistic than the standard 4 servings per pint I normally see. The label also showed the nutritional values for the entire pint. Be honest, a lot of us would just eat the entire container, right? How did it taste? It was only mildly chocolate flavored, a problem for many frozen treats, but it was as good as other brands, not sure I'd spend the extra cash for a pint of this unless it was on sale.

Let's look at the pizzas I made using the other coupons and the two free samples from MyMagazine Sharing Network. On the left is a mostly non-organic pepperoni and on the right is the fully organic pizza made only with ingredients from Simple Truth.

My one big criticism of the crust is that it didn't get crispy at all even though I followed the directions for the temperature and the time to bake the pizzas. The taste was fine and the taste was fine for all the other ingredients I used.

However, you need to know that making these two pizzas, even using some ingredients I had on hand for the pepperoni one, these pizzas were expensive. Most of the ingredients were not on sale at my local Kroger so the coupons didn't do much to curb the cost. Honestly I could have ordered two larger pizzas that were organic from a local pizza place.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Peanut Butter Cup Showdown: Jusin's vs. Reese's Pieces

Let's continue with the Pieces version of the Reese's Milk Chocolate Cups but now we'll compare it to the Justin's mini version like we did for the original Reese's last week. Is it fair to compare mini versions with regular sized versions? I think so because the point of the mini is to be the same flavor experience just in a smaller and possibly cuter version.

Obviously there is a difference in size. 3 of the Justin's minis equal 2 of the Reese's Pieces Cups.

Inside the darkness of the peanut butter filling is very similar and we can see a bit of the candy in the Reese's.

The Justin's has a strong milk chocolate, roasted peanut butter, and then a return to the chocolate with a bit of a kick to it. The Reese's Pieces Cup is very sweet and creamy, the milk chocolate is barely noticable. The Justin's wins again!

Which do you prefer? Leave a comment and let me know.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Peanut Butter Cup Showdown: Reese's vs. Reese's?

Today is the Midterm Elections in the USA but we're going to have another showdown: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups versus Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with Reese's Pieces! Let's see if the pieces just add more sweetness and more peanut butter while undermining the milk chocolate.

First, thing to note is that they are the same size and I wouldn't expect it to be much different.

Yet when cut in half where are the pieces? I see some tiny specks of something in the peanut butter filling but not what I was expecting from the packing.

In terms of eating them, the Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup is creamy and sweet peanut butter with only a bit of milk chocolate flavor. The Reese's with Pieces Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup makes a light crunch and the sweetness and peanut butter comes stronger Between the two, I side with the original Reese's this time.

Have you tried the pieces vs of Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups? Do you like it more than the original? Leave a comment and let us know.

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