Monday, December 18, 2023

How Do I Love My Reese's Puffs?

Over the summer, I bought a couple of boxes of Reese's Puffs from Costco and - during one of the morning's at the breakfast table - I found myself reading the back of the packaging.

The cereal box had a diagram on its back asking the consumer 'How do you love your Reese's Puffs?' It then had a number of suggestions masked as questions.

'Ah,' I thought. 'An idea for a blog post!'

Now, many months later, I shall find out just how I love my Reese's Puffs.

Reese's Puffs Cereal Box

Pop 'em One at a Time?
I more or less did that when I first bought my first ever box of Reese's Puff in the mid-2010s. 

The parcel from one of the US food shops came one Saturday afternoon and I couldn't wait to try the cereal. I had a bowl for lunch, but then ended up popping some of the Puffs in handfuls throughout the rest of the day.

To steal a line from Pringles: once I popped, I couldn't stop. 

By the time the box was emptied, I had eaten most of its contents by helping myself at intervals during the days rather than inside bowls at breakfasts.

On Peanut Butter Toast?
I placed a handful of Reese's Puffs on a couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter on them.

I enjoy peanut butter on toast. I enjoy Reese's Puffs. I thought it would be a perfect combination. Unfortunately, it wasn't.

Reese's Puffs on toast

Reese's Puffs are far too dry to have with regular peanut butter. The texture of peanut butter and the puffs didn't work together. Add in the toast and it didn't make as perfect a medley as I had anticipated.

Shake Toppers?
The next thing the box asked me to try was to have Reese's Puffs as a topper to milkshake.

So, when it came time to order a McDonald's one evening, I added a chocolate milkshake to try out the breakfast cereal on top.

McDonald's Chocolate Milkshake

As soon as my order arrived, I took off the lid and placed a handful of Puffs into the cup.

McDonald's Chocolate Milkshake with Reese's Puffs Topper

It didn't work.

I surmise the chocolate in the milkshake was far too strong and made the peanut flavour of the Puffs to be ineffective. I didn't taste any peanut whatsoever.

All I ended up with was soggy Reese's Puffs after I had finished off the drink. 

Notice how this is turning into Goldilocks and the Three Bears? The Puffs on the toast were too dry and then the Puffs as milkshake topping turned out to be too soggy.

I had to close out the project with with something I thought could end up.. just right!

Reese's Puffs Pizza?
It took a while for me to decide how I would get around to creating a Reese's Puffs pizza. 

Remembering back when I was a child, there used to be Teenage Mutant Hero (not Ninja!) Turtles pizzas with marshmallows on them, I bought a bag to have as an additional topping even though I'm not keen on marshmallow.

The plan was to then use Nutella on dough and then top the 'pizza' with the Puffs and marshmallow pieces.

I took a long time to execute the plan. It was originally meant to take place around Halloween, but I had a mess up with the dough I wanted to use so it made me go in a different direction.

And then something else came along which made my toppings idea go further off along the new route I was considering.

While shopping, I bought a premade pizza base to use. As well as that, I bought Cadbury Fudge icing and a sharing sized block of Milky Bar.

I used the Fudge icing on the base as the 'sauce' of the pizza.

Pizza Base with Cadbury's Fudge Icing

As you can see, immediately below, I grated up the Milky Bar to create something which resembled 'cheese' on the pizza.

Grated Milky Bar

I then loaded the grated Milky Bar onto the base to create what looked like a margherita pizza. All I needed was toppings.

Fudge and Milky Bar Pizza

A friend of mine had gifted me some Reese's chocolates sometime in November and - as I was looking through the stash - I realised there was an opportunity to do away with the marshmallow idea and go all-in with only Reese's products on top of the pizza.

I ended up having the required Reese's Puffs, but I also used some mini Reese's Cups and Reese's Pieces that were in the gift set.

Here's what the pizza looked like before I placed it in the oven.

Reese's Pizza

And here's what it looked like after I cut it up post-oven. 

Reese's Pizza

And on my plate:

Reese's Pizza

To be straight up, I strongly believe I would have disliked the pizza with only the Reese's Puffs and Marshmallows as the toppings. So, the gift came at the most perfect time during the planning stage.

As for the Reese's Puffs - I believe they were a pointless part of the pizza. Everything but the cereal complimented each other. The texture of the cereal made it misplaced in what turned out to be a treat everybody at home enjoyed.

So, to answer the question - how do I love my Reese's Puffs?

Call me old fashioned, but the answer is a simple one: in a cereal bowl with milk. 

And even then, I'd prefer to have Aldi's version!

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