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Anyone notice that the Reese's PB cups are stale
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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- I pulled out a bag of individually wrapped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (RPBC's)and noticed that the they tasted differrent, thought nothing else of it until a coworker gave me half of a two pack the next week when I noticed it again, so I went on a Qwest to try to find one that did not taste bad to me I could not find one until I tried the mini's in a holloween bag and they tasted normal to me. So I had some coworkers test out my theory without saying they tasted bad and they both said the peanuts are stale. That's it! I exclaimed, So why the bad Peanut' Reese's? you trying to lose business or get someone really sick? just wanted to know why your product is so nasty now.

I will not buy any until you fix the problem, is anyone else eating stale RPBC's?

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Venice09 on 12/06/2010:
You pulled out a bag.. from where? Did you check the dates?

I've never had a stale RPBC.
Stale Peanuts on 12/06/2010:
They were recently purchased for Halloween, and were fresh off the shelf, My coworker's purchased some separately and said they were stale also, bad ones were the individually wrapped regular size and the good ones were the mini size.
Venice09 on 12/06/2010:
Were these all purchased from the same place? Did you check the dates? Did they look like they had melted at some point? Peanuts do get rancid under certain conditions or if they're old.
Stale Peanuts on 12/06/2010:
They were purchased from different stores at different times. They looked perfectly normal to me, you can tell when they have melted and they do not look very good to eat, they were not expired. I have eaten Reese's that were nearly a year old and they don't taste bad like these ones did. I think my point is that the peanuts that were used were bad when the product was made, The chocolate portion tasted fine.
Venice09 on 12/06/2010:
I agree, it does sound like a problem with the peanuts. You should call or contact them through their website. If you saved any of the packaging, give them the lot numbers. I'm sure the company would want to know about this, and you will probably get some coupons out of it, as well.
Anonymous on 12/06/2010:
I have on occasion come across Reese's that seemed "bad." I know exactly what the OP is talking about. All you can do is return them to the store where you bought them and/or contact Reese's. I'm sure they would appreciate hearing about this.
Skye on 12/06/2010:
Contact them directly also. Nobody wants or likes a stale Reese's peanut butter cup. I love Reese's peanut butter cups. I have never had a bad one or stale one, but I would defintely, as Linus says, contact them. You can call them directly, or fill in the contact form, or do both. I'm sure they will resolve the situation for you.
Venice09 on 12/06/2010:
I recently found a jar of peanut butter in the back of the cabinet that had expired. It had a funky smell and taste so I threw it away. Peanuts do get stale, but I doubt that Reese's uses stale peanuts. I think it was probably a bad batch for some other reason. I'm a little surprised at the quality control though. I wish they would hire me to taste test the product. I would even volunteer!
shawn on 01/25/2013:
Yes u are right seems it doesn't matter where I buy them Wal Mart Fry's grocery store or convience store they are stale candy bars
I will not buy them anymore either an no they were not melted or old either.
michael on 02/24/2013:
I've noticed over the last year or so. every package no matter the size tastes horrible. I travel for work I've been all over the united states and it doesn't matter what store or what place I'm in they all seem to taste horribly stale. they used to be my favorite but I nor anyone I know buy them any more.
ricks on 09/02/2013:
They taste like a generic copy that's not even close to original Reese's cup taste and a little stale also. I will not buy anymore until I hear news that they have resolved this issue.
Kate on 09/04/2013:
I know exactly what all of you mean. Question - the packaging of the Reeses did it have the white paper lining underneath it? I found that the ones without the white paper taste stale while the ones with white paper (or come in the 2/4 pack sold in convenience stores) taste like the classic Reeses. I looked it up but only found theories about how different size Reeses taste different. I'd love to see if anyone matches my theory about different tastes without without the white paper!
Liz on 12/31/2013:
I got a Holiday candy cane of mini's they were horrible!! I thought they must have changed the recipe but now think maybe they were also stale? This is not cool!!!!!!!!!
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I also love this product and over the last year have thought the taste was not right. It does have a stale taste. I always check the date on everything buy. The dates were good. Wonder what is going on.
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Mrs.Cole on 01/26/2011:
Don't you just hate that??!!!... get your mouth all ready for something sinfully delicious... only to go ewww that's nasty... then what is really bad is when the taste lingers in you mouth.. YUCK!!
Anonymous on 01/26/2011:
Have you contacted Reeses? Maybe they changed something with the recipe?

I am not much of a sweets eater, but I love Reeses PB cups, especially the dark chocolate ones, once in a while. I would be so bummed to have it taste stale!
saj80 on 01/26/2011:
Many food manufacturers are changing recipes, choosing lower cost ingredients in order to avoid raising prices. Unfortunately, most consumers want the same taste at the same price, and rising input costs have created a dilemma for many manufacturers. I agree with just cause in contacting Reese's, giving them the benefit that they actually may care about hearing from a disappointed consumer.
Venice09 on 01/27/2011:
Stale or rancid peanuts have a distinct smell and taste. I don't think changing the recipe would cause them to taste stale. This is the second complaint I've seen. I wonder what's going on over at Hershey. Could they possibly be using old peanuts? Definitely contact them. They should know about this.
They do on 11/02/2012:
Def changed the recipe. Both the peanut parts and Choc parts have gotten cheaper tasting to me recently. Slimming down till they taste good again
peaches on 08/23/2014:
Reeses taste horrible don't know what's in them but it's certainly not peanut butter or chocolate I am not buying them anymore they taste plastic
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