Yep, here we go. In all my years of being an obsessed, er, enthusiastic fan of Reese’s, it’s time to answer an important question: which Reese’s holiday shape is the best.
I’m about to rate each of the Reese’s holiday shapes to determine, once and for all, which is the most delicious.
I’m surprised it has taken me this long to formally document the process but recently I got the inspiration I needed to really dive in and take on this important piece of writing.
How the winner will be chosen:
I’ve included a few categories of comparison so that I’m not just going with a gut reaction, but truly examining what makes the shape worthy of the ultimate title.
One thing to note, I did set aside all personal holiday feelings to make this decision. For example, my sis-in-law, Danielle, loves the fall season. Naturally, Reese’s Pumpkins are her favorite. While this is certainly one way to make the decision, I assure you, I’ve gone through the appropriate layers and remained as unbiased as possible to arrive at the final decision.
Without further ado, let’s get on with the Reese’s rankings!
Round #1: Best Combo of Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Perhaps the most important factor in this discussion is the overall taste, which really comes down to the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter.
I don’t think there’s any room for argument on this – the Reese’s Egg has the best ratio of chocolate-to-peanut butter. It’s really quite simple, there’s no design to the egg, no nooks and crannies to work around like the Bat or Tree, which leaves room for a big ole blob of peanut butter.
Coming in at a close second: the Reese’s Pumpkin.
Round #2: Most Fun to Eat
Because eating is fun and should always remain fun, I weighed a fun factor into this decision.
The winner: Reese’s Christmas Tree. I enjoy eating this one in bites, starting with the small top of the tree chunk, then going from there.
Coming in second: the Reese’s Bat. Side note, I believe last year was the first time I discovered this new shape and I recall enjoying the process of biting off a wing, then working my way through the rest.
Round #3: Best for Sharing
Want to make someone’s day brighter? Reese’s, the answer is Reese’s. In the spirit of easy sharing, there’s one shape with a design that naturally lends itself to sharing.
The winter: the Reese’s Heart. You could easily split it in half to share your Reese’s with someone.
But, who wants to do that? Reese’s shapes aren’t meant to be shared. If you really want to share with someone, you get them their own bag. End of story. This category is bogus, I’m done with it, and the Reese’s Heart has been eliminated from the competition.
Round #4: The Holiday’s Choice Candy
Every season has its recurring candy staples, the stuff you always know is coming. Think Cadbury eggs for Easter, candy hearts with sweet phrases at Valentine’s, and fun-size everything for Halloween.
One of the seasons in which we find a Reese’s shape is severely lacking in its own special identity: Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, there are always plenty of Christmas-themed candies, but there isn’t one true standout, one unique staple of the holiday. I think that’s because there are so many foods associated with Christmas. Candy is often the last thing on anyone’s mind when there are Christmas cookies, fudge, pies, and a smorgasbord of sweet treats all throughout the season.
The winner: the Reese’s Christmas Tree. Every other season has pretty stiff competition when it comes to themed candy (looking at you, Cadbury chocolate eggs) so the tree easily stands out as the best option to take the trophy as the hallmark Christmas-themed candy.
Round #5: The Nostalgia Factor
There’s something to be said for throwbacks. Things that bring up pleasant memories. Your first time experiencing something.
That said, the winner of this category is the one that started it all, the one that set the stage for many years of happy, holiday-themed snacking.
The winner: the Reese’s Egg.
Coming in second to the Egg, again: the Reese’s Pumpkin.
I think back to my own college years when my roommate Heidi and I had a philosophy during the Easter season of, “An egg a day.” Simply meaning, we felt it was appropriate and necessary to eat a Reese’s egg every day. And we did. We kept them in the fridge, oh they were just chilled perfection and something I think we both looked forward to after a long day of class and work. Ah, memories.
The Best Reese’s Holiday Shape
The competition has been pretty stiff, with all five choices showing up in at least one category.
It wasn’t an easy decision. After careful deliberation and all things considered, I declare the winner of the Reese’s holiday shapes to be: The Reese’s Egg.
While the Christmas Tree took two categories and the Pumpkin was close to the Egg in both of its categories, for me the final decision was both the Egg’s nostalgia factor and it’s ideal peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio.
But here’s the really good news: All five shapes are delicious. Enjoy them all with each new season. Just be sure to stock up on Eggs during the Easter season because it can get long waiting for Fall and the Pumpkin and Bat to make their appearances.
Your turn: Which Reese’s holiday shape is your favorite? The comments are all yours so please share.