After trying Reese peanut butter chocolate frozen dessert, as seen on this very website, I was curious to try this new Reese ice cream bar, which has only recently turned up in stores. Given how much I love most other Reese products, there was little doubt I’d eventually get around to trying these.
The Pitch: “Peanut butter ice cream with a Reese peanut butter swirl dipped in a milk chocolate flavoured coating.” Milk chocolate flavoured coating? Sounds dodgy.
The Look: Like a chocolate hockey puck with crinkle-cut edges. They’re circular, like Reese peanut butter cups. The box uses the standard Reese orange colour branding, along with the familiar logo. (Note to U.S. readers: It’s Reese in Canada, not Reese’s. Same thing, though.)
The Taste: The chocolate coating is bland and waxy, which is not what I was hoping for. It tastes like the chocolate coating on so many other middle-of-the-road chocolate-covered-ice-cream products, and it isn’t up to the Reese standard. The filling, meanwhile, doesn’t contain chunks of peanut butter cups, unlike the chunk-filled Reese frozen dessert. However, the ice cream does taste like peanut butter, and the peanut butter swirl is yummy as hell. The texture varies from smooth and creamy in the ice cream, to thick and pasty in the peanut butter seam. It’s not a bad filling, even though the chocolate shell disappoints, and more peanut butter swirl would be appreciated.
Useful Tip: Unless you like getting melted chocolate all over your hands, eat it while holding it in the plastic wrapper.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $7.99 for a 4-pack at Sobeys in Edmonton.
Value for cash money: About $2 per treat isn’t bad. Compared to ice-cream-truck prices, good. Compared to other frozen treats in the freezer section, not quite as good.
Availability: I’ve seen signs in many supermarket freezer sections, though I’ve had mixed luck finding them in stock.
Nutrition?: Per 110 mL bar: 300 calories, 21 grams of fat (including 0.3 grams of trans fat), 135 mg of sodium, 5 grams of protein. Eek.
The verdict: One versus the other, I’d pick Reese frozen dessert over these bars with very little hesitation. Still, worth trying if you’re a Reese enthusiast.