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The Great Peanut Butter Cup Off

Think of it as the Triple Crown of chocolate candy eating. A few familiar faces, a few new that snuck in but have intriguing names like “Absolute Bullet Proof” or “Cupids Cowboy” and the odds that point to who might win, but in the end, it might come down to a nose.

The Players & Order:
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (the classic favorite)
Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups (who?)
Sunspire Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (the weirdo)
Trader Joe’s Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (the runt)
Newman’s Own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (the celebrity)
Safeway Brand Creamy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (the generic)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Ah, can the other 5 entries beat one of the most famous combinations of milk chocolate and peanut butter? Let’s face it, Reese’s PBC are popular for a reason, they’re good. The smooth milk chocolate, that little bit of a snap when you bite into one due to that nice thick top layer and the powerful peanut butter taste. The only complaint about a Reese’s? Greasy. The bottom is always slick and shiny with grease that could make you feel sick if you ate too many.

Result: Reese’s jumps out to a commanding lead.

Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups


I am afraid to try this one, it looks very very dry. It broke apart like dust and while I just complained about grease, I wish this one had more. The back of the package does say “Think about your favorite peanut butter cup. How would you feel if I told you that compared to ours it taste like chocolate sawdust?” I would disagree. The milk chocolate is a buttery smooth deliciousness but the peanut butter, while not as dry as I thought it would be in my mouth, has a bitter finish and an overall taste of ick.

Result: Falls to back of the pack.

Sunspire Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups


Cute, two bite size, this almond entry in a peanut butter world is the non-thoroughbred entry into this race. And after tasting just one bite…it should not enter any more races. The dark chocolate is bitter in the right way but it almost overpowers the almond. Normally I love almond butter, but this just doesn’t work and makes me feel a little sick in sweetness and dirt-tasting likeness.

Result: Ahead of Justin’s, but not by much.

Trader Joe’s Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Tiny but powerful, and even more so when eaten three at a time, these runts pack a lot of peanut butter punch for such a small cup. Just one is a great little taste of smooth milk chocolate and peanut butter in a way that causes happy dances. These are sweet, smooth and nutty in all the right ways.

Result: TJ closes the gap. Photo finish perhaps?

Newman’s Own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Organic dark chocolate and the most liquid-y looking entry so far, leads to a fast dissolve once it hits your mouth. The dark chocolate is actually the part I think should go, for a milk chocolate version to house this salty peanut burst would be better. The dark chocolate tempers it a bit, as it overall verges on that dirt like taste- but is a good quality peanut butter that sticks the roof of your mouth when removed from the chocolate shell.

Result: Lost in the middle of the pack.

Safeway Creamy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

The smell isn’t getting my hopes up…and neither is the taste. It grows on me as a chew, the milk chocolate is clearly a lower quality, greasy type, but the actual peanut butter isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s loaded with sugar, my guess to help mask that cheap peanut butter undertone taste. This is not a standalone peanut butter cup, this is the kind you insert into a cupcake when baking or a cookie when Reese’s mini cups aren’t on sale.

Result: Can’t catch up.

All right, so who wins the Triple Crown of Peanut Butter Cups?

At the line, by a nose…it’s Trader Joe’s!

After polling co-workers who tried both front runners Reese’s and TJ’s the overwhelming response (and Cocoazilla concurred) was that Trader Joe’s is nut for nut is the tastiest peanut butter cup.

9 thoughts on “The Great Peanut Butter Cup Off

  • Dan

    The Safeway brand was not that bad. Definitely of lower quality but still enjoyable.
    Justin’s organic brand reminded me of a desert treat you would get out of a military MRE. Blah.
    The rest were just okay.
    I think I will stick with the classic! Reese’s all the way.

  • Jaelithe

    Trader Joe’s never lets me down. The mini milk chocolate packed big flavor. I think I’ll be adding them to my basket weekly.

  • Amanda cocoa bean

    I’m a tried-and-true fan of Reese’s and can’t even fathom another peanut butter cup. And I think you’re 100% correct – it’s all the grease. I’m curious about the almond ones but I’m not a huge almond-butter fan anyway.

    I’d love to see you do the same thing with Kit Kats (perhaps you have?). I don’t know what it is but the Canadian Kit Kat tastes 10 times better than the American ones.

  • Ariana

    LOVE Trader Joes! I do love me some reese’s and probably get those most often since they are at the movie theaters and TJ’s isn’t.

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  • Suzanne

    The TJ’s minis kicked the pants off of the Reese’s, despite their tininess. Check out the larger, dark chocolate peanut butter cups from TJ’s too. The day that I tried those marked graduation day from Reeses.

    They’re a close tie with the almond butter cups. I wanted many, many more of them.

  • Lot-O-Choc

    So many peanut butter cups yum!! We’ve only just started selling the Reese’s ones in the UK never mind all the other ones! So jealous, would like the option to at least try some other ones hehe!

  • CocoaZilla Post author

    My next task is to get the new Reese’s minis and pit them against the Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups!

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