Science in Action – Peanut Butter Cup Research

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were my favorite when I was a kid a thousand years ago, and I still love them today. I also love Butterfinger candy bars. So, imagine my shock when I see that there now exists Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups!

This called for serious scientific research! So, I bought a few packages of each.  Here are the results:


This is the Reese’s wrapper. Bright orange almost red.  Yellow writing and a picture of a peanut butter cup with a bite taken out of it. Yummie!








This is the wrapper for the  Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups. Same colors only reversed with blue added. Also, the peanut butter cup with a bite taken out of it.








Below is a photo of the two cups. Notice the Butterfinger cup is square and has no container.

On this I give the nod to Reese’s. It just looks better to me.












Now comes the sniff test.  No, that is not my nose. Did you really want to see MY nose? I thought so. This is the nose of some woman I work with. Much beter looking nose than mine. But it was my nose that did the sniffing. The Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup smelled like chocolate. Not peanuts. The Reese’s smelled like peanuts and chocolate.











Next came the critical taste test. I had to consume several of each in order to obtain an accurate taste. I am THAT dedicated to science!

The result? I liked both. But as far as a peanut butter cup goes, Reese’s has Butterfinger beat hands down.  Much more peanut like flavor, and a smooth chocolate finish.

The Butterfinger was crunchy, like a Butterfinger candy bar. But not as good as a candy bar.

By the way, Reese’s has 100 calories per piece. Butterfinger 110.

Reese’s is owned by Hersey’s and Butterfinger by Nestle.

Have you tried either of these? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment or take the poll.

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2 thoughts on “Science in Action – Peanut Butter Cup Research

  1. Steve says:

    I have given your conundrum all of the attention it deserves and decided to approach it, like most things on the internet, from the Al Bundy school of thought. “Don’t know, don’t care.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Al Bundy had a simple philosophy that seemed to work.

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