We Tried International Delight's Reese's Creamer, and This Is What You Need to Know
International Delight recently released a candy-flavored creamer that claims to taste just like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Does it live up to its hype?
By Nicole Doster, Digital Associate Editor
A Reese's Peanut Butter Cup is pure candy perfection. Its fluffy peanut butter filling, milk chocolate coating and delicate crinkled edges are something I've always found irresistible. Now there's a shameless way to enjoy that peanut butter-chocolate goodness at breakfast time. (No, it's not our copycat recipe!) I'm talking about International Delight's new coffee creamer that claims to taste just like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. The product launched this summer.
Skeptical about the hype, I decided to try the creamer to see for myself. Would the product finally combine my two loves in life—coffee and candy? I whipped out my French press, filled up a mug and got ready to taste. How does it rate? Here's what you need to know:
At a Glance
Not surprisingly, the creamer looks like thick chocolate milk—almost as if you were pouring the melted candy into your cup. That makes sense because International Delight says it transforms coffee into a chocolate treat. A major drawback of having a chocolate-colored creamer? It's difficult to tell when you've poured enough into your mug. Normally with milk or half and half I use visual cues to tell me when I've hit the perfect coffee-to-cream ratio. For me, a splash will turn my coffee a perfect shade of hazelnut brown, whereas my mother much prefers a coffee to be practically beige.
The Taste Test
Carefully eyeballing my pour, I splashed about a tablespoon or two into my mug. The coffee turned a murky dark brown. I took a sip and—drum roll, please—no strong flavors rang through. The coffee tasted artificially sweetened and a tad bit creamier. But there certainly wasn't any of that chocolate or peanut butter flavor I adore.
Thinking the ratio might be off, I decided to add another splash of creamer. Now I began to taste a hint of mocha, but little more than a hot-chocolate packet could provide. I added a few more glugs of the stuff into my mug. At last, there it was. The drink tasted like a liquid Reese's Peanut Butter Cup—but absolutely nothing like coffee.
Though International Delight's promise of Reese's flavor eventually was achieved, I'd probably choose to skip this product next time. It took about 2 inches of creamer to get the full candy flavor. I don't know about you, but a heavy cup of creamer doesn't make me feel bright and fresh in the morning.
I added about 8 tablespoons of creamer to get that candy-like flavor. Curious to know how this measured up to healthy doses, I took a peek at the nutrition label. My jaw fell to the floor. A single tablespoon of the creamer was 35 calories. That means the mug I drank was nearly 300 calories. That's more than a plain package of Reese's candy! With that knowledge, I'd definitely opt for a plain candy bar over the mild coffee.
My opinion? If you're going to indulge, go all out and make something that you're sure you'll enjoy. And you bet we have a recipe that fits the bill.