The Chocolate Cult: Peanut Butter Cup Showdown: Reese's vs Justin

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Peanut Butter Cup Showdown: Reese's vs Justin

We aren't done comparing peanut butter cups yet. Today let's look at my old favorite, Reese's, and a brand I only learned about a few years ago, Justin. The Justin was on sale and I had a coupon and the Reese's was on sale so I'm able to do this new comparison. I'm going to try and save up some of each to do more comparisons in the future as well.

The Justin's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups that I could find on sale with my coupon was the mini type but in that case 3 of these equal 2 of the Reese's when you look at the nutritional information and compare by weight. The big difference is that Jusin's is organic ingredients versus mainstream method of farming for the ingredients.

Let's compare the two cups first and foremost in terms of size, color, and what's inside them. The Justin's are darker in color and even given that these are smaller they are still taller than a Reese's so much of their weight is the peanut butter filling.

Let's compare the two on flavor and texture. The Reese's is a sweet, creamy lightly roasted peanut butter with a sweet light chocolate as an aftertaste. The Justin's chocolate is more intense but so is the roasted peanut butter, little sweetness until at the end of the chewing. Between the two, I have to go with Justin's!

Justin's vs Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups... which is your favorite?


The Prosey Rose said...

Great review. I'd be interested in a review between a regular Reese's peanut butter cup and their holiday specialty "cups" like their current "Pumpkin" or the "Trees" that they release for the winter holidays. While I've found I don't really care for the regular Reese's anymore, for some reason, I find the specialty ones quite tasty. Wonder what your palette makes of the difference.

The Chocolate Priestess said...

That's an interesting idea for a future comparison. Recently a reader gave me a dark chocolate 2-cup from Justin's so I have find some darker varieties of at least two other brands to compare that with.

I find that the seasonal items seem to taste better to me, too, but I'm not sure why. We've covered in the past I believe.

The Prosey Rose said...

I personally think it's because they've made the chocolate "sweeter" than what it used to be so on the regular size cups the sweetness and ratio of the chocolate are overwhelming for the amount of peanut butter provided. In the holiday treat, there is more peanut butter filling, and I think the balance is better. However, that's just my opinion.

In any case, your review prompted me to try Justin's. I picked up the dark chocolate and milk chocolate last night. Tried one of the dark chocolate cups. I definitely like the stronger cocoa flavor (and less sugar). Looking forward to your review.

Robert Dory said...

I personally prefer traditional Reese's over Justin's but I've got simple tastes, low standards and a massive sweet tooth. The thing you've got to keep in mind about Justin's is that they're a 'healthy' brand, so they can be hard to find in the usual grocery store candy aisles. I've spotted them in the "healthy/organic" section of Krogers, and at the more health-oriented 'organic' local markets, but I can't recall seeing them at places like gas stations or WalMart. Also, they're typically going to be more expensive than a similar size/type of Reese's.

The Chocolate Priestess said...

Cost is a factor for many folks. Heck, I won't even buy mainstream candy unless it is sale of some type so I get that.

I'm not sure organic = healthy myself. I have so many allergies to the natural world that a little unnaturalness can be good for me personally.

Thank you for commenting, Robert!

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