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Snickers Peanut Butter (Squared)

Anyone tried these yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e0Gsn...

Do you like them better than the Reese's PB Easter Egg?

Speaking of Reese's, how are those tiny ones without the wrappers? "Minis"?

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  1. i haven't tried them, but I'm super curious. I love Reese's... have you seen the Snickers commercial with the sharks in the conference room? it's hilarious!

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      i linked it in the OP. it is clever: they're a "focus group/" ;^D.

      1. re: alkapal

        ah, I can't see youtube videos at work, so I couldn't check the link. :)

        1. re: alkapal

          now just imagine your the "other focus group"...

          you sit at the table probably blindfolded...you think-- awesome i get to try a new snickers candy bar!! this is the coolest focus group ever!!..
          then you finish the candy bar..start to write down your responses to the focus group questions..
          How did candy bar "A" taste?
          How did candy bar "B" make you feel..

          then the floor drops out from under you...and the "real test" begins...

          you get eaten by a great white shark...

          1. re: srsone

            your ad agency must be a little on the sadistic side. LOL! or i could think of my old boss coming to my office door. "who's there?" "land shark."

            1. re: alkapal

              land shark was a little before my time...
              i was too young to watch snl back in the 70s

              1. re: srsone

                for those who have never met the land shark, he liked to gobble up pretty young ladies. (see, this is food-related). http://www.spike.com/video-clips/gytf...

        2. re: jujuthomas

          They taste alright, but the Peanut butter in the ones I had was DRY!

        3. I tried the snickers PB a couple of weeks ago. I liked it, but it's no replacement for reese's eggs or cups if you want a full PB experience. The snickers squares still have nougat and caramel, which brings the PB punch down a little.

          I haven't tried the new mini reese's cups. I like unwrapping them, plus the wrappers slow me down a little. I'm pretty sure I would inhale the bag of wrapper-free ones before I could even taste them.

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          1. re: mpjmph

            i hear you on the "slowing" factor of unwrapping. that's why i don't wanna go near those little candies, like the "york peppermint" "pieces", and the "mounds pieces." gyaack, i'd be a freakin' whale! peanut m&ms are bad enough in that "easy eatin'" category. <same thing with unshelled pistachios>

            i wonder how it'd be to combine a payday with a reese's egg?

            1. re: alkapal

              You know when they market test these things (candy, snacks) one of the criteria is whether or not eating one leads to the compulsive eating of many, right? And if so that's the formulation that's marketed?

              1. re: buttertart

                well, they got me on peanut m&ms.....

                1. re: alkapal

                  Absolutely, I worked with a woman who was semi-veg and she ALWAYS had a pound bag in her desk for snacks. So easy to go for handfuls upon handfuls.

              2. re: alkapal

                <same thing with unshelled pistachios>
                it's an element of what we nutrition professionals actually call the Pistachio Principle (i can't take credit for the term, we've been tossing it around for ages, but it was officially coined by an eating behavior expert in Illinois a few years ago). the harder you have to work to get at the edible part of a food, the less you end up eating.

                and back on-topic re: the Snickers PB squares, i saw them handing out samples at Costco here in LA - think it was around the middle of last month - and i heard a couple of people say it pretty much just tasted like a Snickers.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Not true with me and in-shell pistachios. Step away! from the pistachios!

                  1. re: buttertart

                    well, at least it slows you down so it takes you *longer* to eat as many as you would if they were shelled, right? ;)

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I suppose inasmuch as you can't scarf them by the mittful. I can leave shelled pistachios alone more easily than the ones in shell, however. I like the fiddliness.

            2. Maybe it's my age, but I wish they'd quit tinkering with long established products. It takes forever to locate a package of plain old Oreos amidst the double stuffed, low fat, Super Bowl football shaped edition, vanilla cookie/chocolate frosted, mint filling, minis, minis in 100 calorie pack etc. varieties. Make them bigger by all means, but let Oreos be Oreos, and Snickers be Snickers. I don't want almonds in my Snickers, or peanut butter.

              I may start a non-profit group to fight this phenomenon.

              For the record I think the Reeses PB egg has the best Chocolate to PB ratio of all the Reeses holiday editions. They are the reason that Easter is my favorite holiday, and should be held at least twice each year.

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              1. re: laststandchili

                AMEN. the reese's Easter egg PB-to-choc ratio is perfect. no other reese's meets this high standard.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    My fridge is forever stocked with Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. It can be Easter whenever I need it to. Nothing will ever top them for me.

                    As for Snickers Peanut Butter Squared: When I first saw them advertised, then actually found them, I was so excited. I love Snickers & love peanut butter even more. Everything about them points to the fact that I should love them but...they are just good, not bad but not great. The rich almost buttery taste of a regular Snickers is not there. They taste more just sweet than anything. There was one in a red wrapper awhile ago (Snickers Nut'n butter crunch) that was much better. Many, many years ago there was Peanut Butter Snickers (orange wrapper) that was phenomenal. I would be ecstatic if they brought that back!

                    1. re: alkapal

                      The marked-down sales of these eggs after Easter
                      are really what freezers are for.

                      PB Snickers are passable
                      but Reeses be better.

                  2. Yes, I've tried the new Snickers PNB squared and I liked them. The PNB hit isn't really that pronounced.

                    I'm not sure comparing them to the Reese's PNB Easter egg is an apt comparison. I don't think Snicker's is aiming for this to be a PNB candy bar as much as it is simply a Snicker's variant with a mild PNB flavor. One of our employees here at work keeps both in the candy jar on her desk and I can't say that one reminds me very much of the other. Or maybe it's just because I like both them :-)

                    1. I'm not feeling this.

                      PB + Chocolate = good

                      Nougat + Caramel + PB + Chocolate = "too many cooks in the kitchen"

                        1. as i was picking up my peanut m&ms deal last night at rite-aid, i picked up the snickers peanut butter bar, then put it back down. (maybe i'll try it when it is on sale. ha ha).

                          1. in the interest of leading-edge scientific research, i tasted two reese's peanut butter easter eggs: the larger one, with the cardboard in the wrapping (6 to a package), and a smaller version, individually wrapped but without cardboard, and probably 20 in a plastic bag.

                            findings: size matters! lo and behold, the bigger egg is better. it has a little softer texture, and everything is thicker-- the peanut butter as well as the chocolate.

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                            1. re: alkapal

                              Nicely done. I've been busy taste testing jelly beans. So far, out of the new fangled flavors I'm liking the Hawiian Punch beans best. The Sweet Tart variety have an odd and vaguely unpleasant texture. Smooth and somewhat slimey. Not very jelly at all.

                              Last year I had my blood drawn for an annual physical the Monday after Easter. Blood sugar results had my Doc really freaked out.

                              1. re: laststandchili

                                oooh, i was tempted to try the sweet tart ones, but didn't get them; instead, i got the jolly rancher and the starburst "tropical" jelly beans. who does the hawaiian punch (i LOVE hawaiian punch)? edit: i see it is brach's. http://www.candywarehouse.com/punchbe... <Fruit Juicy Red, Green Berry Rush, Berry Blue Typhoon, Lemon Berry Squeeze, Mango Passionfruit Squeeze, and Orange Ocean>

                                oh look, a redeeming value: ""Naturally and artificially flavored
                                100% vitamin C per serving
                                Made with real fruit pectin

                                the jolly ranchers taste like their candies -- and i like the watermelon the best. the starburst don't really have an identifiable "tropical" flavor to me -- any of them -- but they are definitely much tarter than the others i've bought.

                                i also got the russell stover pectin jelly beans, and they are "softer" than the old fake jelly beans that i'm used to, but their flavor is pretty good -- but i'm not running out to buy another bag.

                                i want some with some honest to goodness passion fruit, guava, banana, pineapple, cantaloupe and mango flavors. (guess i'll have to order those expensive jelly bellys -- like i NEED more jelly beans!).

                                i haven't seen ANY all-licorice jelly beans this year. it is a good thing i have half a bag that i got on clearance for 49 cents last year. (or was it the year before? hey those things dont go bad!).

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  alka- where in our area (NOVA/DC) do you go for your jelly belly fix? This is a little embarrassing, but I have my favorite purveyors (yes, I eat A LOT of jelly bellies). The best place, in my experience, is the little candy/dried fruit joint on the top (or 3rd?) floor of the Ballston mall. Their prices are relatively cheap for jelly bellies and they seem to have pretty high turnover (maybe due to me...) so they seem consistently "fresher". My other option is the candy shop at the shops at Georgetown, but they're more expensive and usually stale(ish).

                                  Ok, since I'm apparently all-in on the jelly bean tips today- you might also try Whole Foods for some of the fruit flavored jelly beans. I saw containers in the bakery/treat area and tried the pomegranite (great texture, good flavor, just not sure if it was true "pomegranite"), but I think they may have mango as well, and some others.

                                  Crap. Now I want jelly bellies.

                                  1. re: mjhals

                                    you know, i've never sprung for the jelly belly beans myself. but i'll check out the ballston mall -- is it near macy's?

                                    and i'll go to the whole foods in clarendon. i need to pick a time when it is not like grand central terminal. but if they have mango, then they may have the other flavors on my list! are they in bulk bins?

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      alka- sorry it's taken me so long to report back, but trust me, jelly bellies/beans have been on my mind. They seem to always be on my mind. Anyway, I've been keeping an eye out at WF in Clarendon for the jelly beans and they seem to be gone! I know there are certain things that aren't always stocked (the homemade marshmallows always seem to come and go), but the jelly beans have just disappeared. I haven't seen them since I posted, and I've returned several times throughout the week.

                                      I did, however, just see a bag at Trader Joes (looked seasonal for Easter), with lots of tropical flavors in the mix. I didn't pick up a bag since I dislike mixes, but they're probably a better price than WFs, especially if they have a post-Easter discount. Good luck on the jelly bean hunt my friend.

                              2. re: alkapal

                                Thanks for taking one for the team. I know it must have been an arduous experience ;)

                                1. re: gaffk

                                  oh honey, let me tell ya! i should have had the videographer over to record it for my memoir. <snicker>

                                  <is it out of line to ask if "snicker" is the word for that sound that you make sort of up in your upper back of the throat/bottom of nasal passages area? anyway, that's the sound i mean.>

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    I think that's a chortle.

                                    Snickering at a Snickers? I think that's just jumping the shark.

                                    1. re: gaffk

                                      i was chorting (or snortling!) at my video memoir concept -- taste testing reeses' peanut butter easter eggs -- not snickers.

                                      snickers would make it "jumping the snickers shark" -- or...the "SNARK" OH HO!

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        Please don't be snarky . . . Muttley never was ;)

                                      1. re: srsone

                                        exactly. muttley was a serial snickerer.

                                        then, my sound was a "snort." LOL or a snort and a chortle. i'll call it a "snortle;" that *sounds more accurate than "chort"! or maybe the brevity makes "chort" more apropos! hmmm......

                                        not many peeps remember muttley!

                                  2. re: alkapal

                                    Have you tried the new Reese's version of the mini cadbury creme eggs? They are packed 12 to a carton designed to look like an egg carton. I think I like them even more than traditional reese's eggs. I'm also intrigued by the giant reese's egg, about the size of a fist. My great uncle used to make chocolate covered peanut butter fudge eggs, and the giant reese's egg reminds me of those.

                                    1. re: mpjmph

                                      ooooohhhhhh mmmmmyyyyyyyyy! i will definitely be on the LOOKOUT for those!

                                      didn't cadbury do a coconut cream egg? someone did....

                                      my friend originally from philly gets a shioment around easter from some chocolate candy place there that has the most delicious easter eggs. "
                                      "krak" and "double krak' if i recall correctly. i'll search for the site.

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        Search no more . . . that would be Zitner's. Right now you cannot enter a store in the Philly area without seeing this candy crack (pun intended) on the counter. Not that I'm complaining.


                                        1. re: gaffk

                                          that's it: zitner's (sort of an ironic name if one's a teenager, huh? tee hee).

                                          that double coconut krak is the. best. chocolate. coconut. candy. ever. made. in. the . history. of. time. (or at least of the many, many chocolate coconut confections i have sought out and tried).

                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            i hate coconut................


                                            1. re: srsone

                                              I don't pretend to understand coconut haters . . . but their butter cream is pretty fabulous too.

                                      2. The reeses minis are absolutely amazing!
                                        Each one is like the perfect bite of a reeses cup!

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                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            No, there is nothing to peel, they are too small for that.

                                            1. re: leepinleemur

                                              oooh, very, very dangerous! like pistachios without the shells.

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                They could be, I suppose. I found that one or two was enough to satisfy for a long time. The bag lasted a few weeks, much longer than large cups.

                                          2. re: leepinleemur

                                            Damn, now I have to go out and find these minis . . . I hadn't noticed them before.

                                            I see an April 23 road trip to Hershey in my future. (I was there a few days before Christmas a few years ago, and there were massive bags of candy 50-75% off . . . the agony of living 2 hrs away from the epicenter.)

                                            1. re: gaffk

                                              i did a brief survey of the candy at CVS checkout and did not see a bag of these "minis."

                                          3. Not a fan of the Snickers peanut butter ones, and I'm a loyal fan of regular Snickers. Found the peanut butter to be a weird consistency--not creamy, but more crumbly. Of course, that didn't stop me from finishing the bag, but won't be buying them again.

                                            1. i tried them and liked them, but they do not hold a candle to the original snickers. i agree with other posters that they are not as buttery or rich, and they have a somewhat dry consistency. they lack the substantial chew of the original, and they do not improve upon freezing as does the original.

                                              i am not a fan of reese's - i think the filling is too grainy, although i do enjoy the dark chocolate version. the minis are even worse since the chocolate to filling ratio is too high. my favorite peanut butter candy bar is the take 5 - pretzels, peanuts, peanut butter, and caramel covered in chocolate. it is my number 2 candy behind snickers, with 3 musketeers being 3.

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                                              1. re: tastycakes

                                                take 5 sounds like the elusive nutrageous -- sans pretzels.

                                              2. Aw, man. I tried one a few weeks ago and it was sooo disappointing. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups wins again.