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May
25
2013
May 25, 2013

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I was at a grocery store recently and came across this brand of peanut butter. Peanut Butter & Co.? A name I’ve never heard before. Intrigued, I picked up the jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl all natural peanut butter blended with cinnamon and raisins. According to the label, it’s all natural, has no trans fats and no cholesterol.

Okay, so my interest is peaked and I turn the jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl to read the ingredients.

*reads list of ingredients*
*pause*
*scratches head in puzzlement*
*reads list of ingredients again*

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May
21
2013
May 21, 2013

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Have you seen these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars? It seems like every time I turn a corner at my local health food store I see a new product by Nature’s Path.

Recently, I spotted these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars and decided to pick them up for a product review on ThingsThatWeDo.com. I don’t know why but chances are I got suckered into it because I saw the words peanut butter. Wait a second, it’s not even Peanut Butter. It says peanut BUDDY. Gosh, see what my brain did?

You’d think because I make my own no bake granola bars now that I wouldn’t be enticed. Well, you’re wrong! This box of Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars doesn’t even SAY see peanut butter and my brain says, “Oh yay! Let’s buy it and try it! It’s on SALE!” Well, let’s just see how these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars stand up to my passion for PB because one thing I know for sure, I don’t put up with substandard PB even if it’s not PB, it better be some seriously awesome peanut!

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May
20
2013
May 20, 2013

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Once upon a time, I thought peanut butter cups would be made with just peanut butter and chocolate. Maybe, when I was a kid that’s how they were made but I KNOW they’re not made like that anymore.

You see, I was recently in a grocery store and of course, my eyes zinged right over to the bag of Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups. I mean, how could I miss the signature orange colour? I walk right over, pick up the bag and I just had to do it. I turned the bag of Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups around and read the ingredients.

I know I’ve reviewed the Reese peanut butter cups before in the past but sometimes, I re-visit products just to see, if by some magic fairy miracle, companies may have decided to improve their choice of ingredients. Well, in this case, the magic fairy did not arrive.

Take a look at the list of ingredients that went into this one bag of Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups: milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, milk ingredients, unsweetened chocolate, lactose, soy lecithin, polyglycerol polyrinoleate) ..UH..I had to retype that a million times just to re-do my typing mistakes and I haven’t even gotten past the milk chocolate. Then comes peanuts (finally, something I can pronounce and spell), sugar, dextrose, cocoa butter, hydrogenated (are you serious?) palm kernel and palm oil, slat, polyglycerol polricinoleate, TBHQ.

WOW. There’s no way anyone can say all that in one breath of air and not choke half way through. So…let me get this straight. All that STUFF is what goes into making the Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups? Is it just me or is there something really wrong with that?

Today’s post isn’t meant to bash the Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups (okay, maybe a little) but more than anything else, I’m shocked at the list of ingredients and only wish these little tasty morsels that I used to love but now abhor could be made with a better set of ingredients. I mean reall, polyglycerol polricinoleate, what is that?

Back to my point: today’s post isn’t about Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups as it is about building customer awareness to know more about what we’re eating. It doesn’t have to be big changes. We can’t always buy organic but we can make these little changes. Just by reading a few more labels, imagine the difference you can make in your life.

See..just by reading this post, you know just a little bit more than you did yesterday!

Until tomorrow.

 

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Jul
20
2012
Jul 20, 2012

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Okay, it’s hot out. We all know that and yes, I’m leading up to the fact that I have yet another product review on ice cream. But hey, if I didn’t review ice cream and cold desserts in the summer time, when would I? For this product review, I decided to try out these new ice cream bars by President’s Choice Loblaws. Have you seen these PC loads of peanut butter chocolate ice cream bars yet? Well, they looked promising. I found them on sale at $4.99 for 6 bars which is a pretty good deal since a single ice cream bar at your local convenience store costs you an arm, leg, and kidney. This PC loads of peanut butter chocolate ice cream bar has peanut butter, chocolate, a crunchy looking coating, and it’s cold. Sounds promising, right?

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Jul
5
2012
Jul 5, 2012

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If you’ve been an avid reader of ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that I have quite the soft spot for peanut butter, which in my opinion, qualifies me to give decent reviews on all things peanut butter since I eat so much of it. I have my preferred brand of peanut butter at home and the rest of the products are purchased purely for review purposes for ThingsThatWeDo.com. I don’t intend to switch my brand of peanut butter any time soon so I have tough expectations to meet when it comes to peanut butter.

Lo and behold my next peanut butter victim. Loblaws President’s Choice recently came out with a new ice cream sandwich, what they called PC The Decadent Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Try saying that 5 times in a row. Well, you see, it says peanut butter and it’s an ice cream sandwich and it’s summer time so those 3 things combined along with a sale price of $4.99 determined today’s product review. Given my love of peanut butter, you may be surprised by my verdict.

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Apr
24
2012
Apr 24, 2012

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Once upon a time, I had written about how disappointed I was in the Reese Peanut butter cups. I don’t know what changed but something changed in their formulation. The peanut butter cups I had grown up loving no longer tasted the same. The size of the Reese peanut butter cups is now smaller and the balance between peanut butter goodness and decadent sweetness is completely off. I haven’t eaten any Reese peanut butter cups since my review but I still reminisce about them.

Well, if you’ve been looking for a new and improved substitute for your Reese peanut butter cup disappointment, then you HAVE to try President’s Choice Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Melts. I bought a bag on a recent trip to my neighborhood Loblaw’s and these delicious morsels do not disappoint.

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Apr
20
2012
Apr 20, 2012

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It’s no secret on ThingsThatWeDo.com that I love peanut butter. At the same time, my love of peanut butter makes me a bit of a PB snob because I won’t eat just any ol’ kind of peanut butter. I do have some standards: the more natural the better. After all, why would you want to mess with the goodness that is peanut butter? Anything else is just a filler and conflicts with my freedom to do as I please with my peanut butter. Allow me to profess my love then for the PC Organics crunchy peanut butter. If you’re a peanut butter lover too, then this is one peanut butter you must try!

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Feb
15
2012
Feb 15, 2012

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One thing we do often as a family is comparison shop, not just because it saves money but it also allows us to be informed consumers so we can use our money as wisely as possible at that given moment.  My child also  gets to practice reading and learns how to analyze the information she acquires to make informed decisions.

A quick comparison of different types of peanut butter from different companies quickly highlights this point. Now, let me preface this blog by saying this review is not going to tell you which peanut butter is the best peanut butter to buy. They all taste great and have different textures and different consistencies.  This post is about noticing those subtle differences between ingredients which can only be realized if you read labels.  If you want to know about what you’re putting in your bodies, you have to read the labels because not all peanut butter is created equal. – Continue Reading

Sep
8
2011
Sep 8, 2011

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If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the PC Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice cream (if you haven’t read it yet, here it is click here ) so when I found a different type of PC ice cream with peanut butter, you know I had to try it. The  PC Loads of Chocolatey Peanut Butter Treats Ice Cream looked really promising at my local Loblaws with peanut butter cups, chocolate and vanilla ice cream and a peanut butter ribbon? I mean, how could I NOT try it? So, yes, despite my previous update that you’d start to see fewer summery treats reviewed, I just couldn’t resist and had to try the PC Loads of Chocolatey Peanut Butter Treats Ice Cream before the end of summer since it’s still technically summer, right?
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Jul
9
2011
Jul 9, 2011

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?

Reese – still in the bag

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

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

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?

Reese ice cream bar revealed – see the signature edges

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?

Klondike: chocolate coating

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.

Reese: uneven chocolate coating?

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.

Reese: thinner chocolate coating revealed

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

Klondike wins by technical knockout

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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