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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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