Sunday, February 24, 2013

Exceptionally Accurate: Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping For Ice Cream Satisfies!

The Good: Wonderful taste, Easy to prepare, Fairly inexpensive
The Bad: Never gets entirely hard, Not at all healthy
The Basics: A pleasant surprise, Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping lives up on most fronts!

Sometimes, it is not until I am actually using a product that I look closely enough at it to see what I missed in the grocery store when I bought it. In the case of Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping for ice cream, given that others from the brand in the same area on the shelf were “Magic Shell” style ice cream toppings, I was very surprised when the Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping was not. I suspect that it is supposed to be a shell-type topping, given the way it does firm up some when placed on ice cream, but because it is made of real peanuts, it is unable to actually fully solidify. As a result, Hershey just markets this as an ice cream topping, as opposed to a shell ice cream topping and they are right to do so. Fortunately, this is an absolutely delicious ice cream topping for anyone who loves creamy peanut butter!


The Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping is part of Hershey’s ice cream topping line and it works similar to a Magic Shell ice cream topping, though it does not get as hard. The 7 oz. bottle has a flip top which allows one to squeeze the fluid out onto ice cream.

Ease Of Preparation

Shaking well is essential to Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping. One needs to shake the product up quite a bit, then dispense it by flipping the top and giving it about a minute to set on ice cream; it does not become solid, though it does firm up. It is that easy. It is equally important not to refrigerate the bottle of Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping.


For all of my ice cream topping reviews, I am utilizing Blue Bunny Chocolate Chip ice cream (reviewed here!) as it provides a neutral flavor base.

On its own, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping smells perfectly like roasted peanuts. It is an ideal embodiment of peanut butter scent , the topping is very inviting to those who love peanut butter. Out of the bottle, this ice cream topping is very salty and accurate to the flavor of peanut butter.

On ice cream, the saltiness dissipates quickly and what one is left with is a perfect embodiment of the flavor of creamy peanut butter! This flavor is like eating liquid peanuts, it is so true to the flavor of peanuts (even more than the flavor of peanut butter!). It has a slightly dry aftertaste, which is easily cut by the flavor of most ice creams. This topping overwhelms the flavor of weaker ice creams and is a compliment to ice creams – like plain chocolate – that have a more robust initial flavoring.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping is a dessert topping therefore not the most nutritious things in the known world. I was shocked that there was nothing unrecognizable in the Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping. The primary ingredients are peanuts, peanut oil and sugar. It seems to be vegan compliant, but is not marked as Kosher or gluten free.

What is not a mystery is how high this product is in sugars. In each 2 Tb serving (who measures this out, as opposed to squirting it on their ice cream?!) of Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping, there are 190 calories, sixteen of which are from fat. There are 2.5 grams of saturated fat, so one serving of this accounts for 13% of one’s saturated fat for a day! While there is no cholesterol, a consumer gets a whopping 8% of their recommended daily allowance of sodium out of a single serving of this topping! There are also 6 grams of protein, but not enough to live off this. In other words, this product is not a nutritious food product.


So long as one leaves the Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping in its bottle at room temperature, it ought to stay usable. Given that it has an expiration date only six months away, this seems to be one of the more perishable ice cream toppings from Hershey’s. I was surprised, though, that one 7 oz. bottle yields only six servings, which makes it more expensive than most syrup-style toppings.

Cleanup is very easy as a general rule. Before it freezes, it may easily be wiped up with a warm cloth. Because it is a fairly dark brown fluid, this ice cream topping does stain. In dishes, it may be washed off with warm water prior to being placed in a dishwasher.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping is good, but a little different from what one might expect when they pick up the bottle. Fortunately, this ice cream topper helps to prove that different can be really good!

For other ice cream toppings, please visit my reviews of:
Heath Shell Ice Cream Topping
York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup
Dr. Pepper Cherry Dessert Topping


For other ice cream reviews, please visit my Ice Cream Review Index Page!

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