Comparing: Reese Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups vs. the Klondike Bar – Who Reigns Supreme?
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If you’ve been following my blog reviews, you’ll know that we tried the original Klondike bars (click here to read my Klondike bars review) which were delicious and satisfying and my daughter really enjoyed them too. Since this is summer time, there have been a lot of ice cream sales so I figured, let’s try a few more products and see how they measure up. Lo and behold, the Reese Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream bars go on sale – same price as the Klondike bars were when I had bought them on sale. I happen to love Reese peanut butter cups (a ‘sometimes’ food). So, why not? I bought Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars and try them because I certainly won’t pay full price for them.
Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars: what do you get?
First off, this is not an everyday food item. I won’t get into all of it but it’s definitely one of those ‘in moderation’ foods that you keep in the freezer and eat once in a blue moon (translation: if I’m good, this box of Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars will last me until winter). Anyway, the box of Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars I purchased contained 4 of them. The box cover says “Reese Peanut Butter Swirl dipped in milk chocolate flavored coating”.
Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars vs. Klondike Bar: Round 1 – design on the product box
Let me be flat out honest with you right now and tell you I don’t actually know what these Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars are called because no where on the box does it tell you. There is nothing on the box that says they’re ‘ice cream bars’. For ease of communicating on this blog, I call them Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars because I figured the Klondike bars are called bars so I’ll call them bars as well. The Klondike bar box design communicates much better of its branding: you know it’s a Klondike bar and you can’t miss it. I don’t really know what to call them since they don’t have an identifying product title beyond the Reese stamp of authenticity.
Now, the good news is both the Klondike bars and Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars say ‘ice cream’ on the boxes so at least you know it’s ice cream that you’re eating and not just a ‘frozen dessert’ which always makes me wary.
Having said all that, both box designs do a great job of conveying what they’re selling. There’s no mistaking that you are buying Klondike bars and you know that you’re buying a Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream treat of some sort even if you’re not sure what to call them. The signature orange background with the big Reese peanut butter cup ice cream bar is a dead giveaway!
Round 1 winner: Klondike bar for better labeling. Hey, everyone ones it’s a Klondike bar but I honestly don’t know what I should be calling those Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars.
Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars vs. Klondike Bar: Round 2 – how do the ice cream bars look?
As you can see from the photos, they come in the same white little plastic bag as the Klondike bars. Also, they have similar designs. Both are in block forms, no little wooden popsicle stick. The Klondike bar is square in shape; the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars resemble their original chocolate Reese Peanut Butter cup shape. Both are dipped in chocolate with ice cream in the middle. Of course, the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars being peanut butter in base has a different composition than the plain old original Klondike bars I tried.
Round 2 winner: goes to the Klondike bar. Based on observations alone, the chocolate coating on the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars seems a little thin and fragile to me which leads me to wonder about the balance of chocolate to peanut butter ratio for these Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars. After all, one reason why I love Reese peanut butter cups is the perfect balance between its outer chocolate layer and its peanut butter inner core.
Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars vs. Klondike Bar: Round 3 – what about taste?
If you’ve ever had a Klondike bar, you’ll know what it tastes like. Vanilla ice cream covered with a good helping of chocolate but I’ve never had a Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar before so I take my first bite and I guess, it’s okay. I wish I could be more enthusiastic but after having the PC Ice Cream Shop Flavours: PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream (see that review here ) pretty much any peanut butter concoction needs to surpass its greatness.
Unfortunately, for me, the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar was a little lacking in that category. For me, the chocolate coating on the outside was too thin in some areas (much thinner than the Klondike one) and as a result, the ice cream to chocolate crunch ratio was off (ice cream bar connoisseurs will understand this point). The ice cream flavour itself was adequate but one dimensional throughout and although it claimed to have a peanut butter swirl, I didn’t even get a taste of the swirl until the end of my Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar (see the photo). If I had bitten into that chunk of the ice cream bar first, I would have hit gold in the beginning but again, the rest of the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar was too one-dimensional.
Now, the husband tried it and he liked the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar. He agrees that he prefers the PC Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream because there’s more depth in the flavour combinations but that he still likes the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar. He even agrees that the Klondike bar tastes better than the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar and yet, he said he’d still buy it again. Not me!
Round 3 winner: the Klondike bar wins in flavour. Even though the one I tried was just plain old vanilla wrapped in chocolate, the balance of chocolate crunk to vanilla ice cream was perfect so I was able to thoroughly enjoy the Klondike bar. The Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar chocolate coating was too flimsy to leave a textural impact on the tongue and the Reese peanut butter swirl, although tasty and true to its Reese roots, was insignificant because there was so little of it!
VERDICT: AND THE WINNER IS BY TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT – THE KLONDIKE BAR
This one is a no brainer: the original Klondike bar wins by technical knock out clobbering the living daylights out of the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar in each round. In my Klondike bar review, I said I’d only buy them on sale (which I did again) but I wouldn’t even buy these Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bars again even if they were on sale because it’s not worth the calories I’d be sacrificing when I eat it again (now I have no idea what to do with the other 2 that are in my freezer). Now, it’s quite possible that you’ll like them if this is the first peanut butter ice cream treat you’ve ever had because you have nothing to compare it with but the minute you do, sadly, you may find that the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar does not hold up to its name.
NOTE: when I was searching for the Reese Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream Bar website for you, I couldn’t find the official site that showcased the exact product that I had purchased. So, the link above will take you to Breyers to a similar Reese peanut butter ice cream bar but it’s not identical.
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