Ingredients: Milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, nonfat milk, milk fat, corn syrup solids, soy lecithin, PGPR) peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, TBHQ
Now, I'm not entirely well versed on what different ingredients are in processed food (I'm working on it, but I still use Google quite a bit) but my general rule of thumb is that if I can't tell you what it is, I probably shouldn't eat it. Google did, however, tell me this:
PGPR, which began showing up on the ingredient list of drugstore chocolate several years ago, is short for polyglycerol polyricinoleate, a goopy yellowish liquid made from castor beans that reduces the viscosity of chocolate. Since 2006, big chocolate manufacturers such as Hershey’s have been replacing the expensive raw ingredient cocoa butter with PGPR in their recipes. (Source plus more info : Progressive Charlestown )
Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ as it is more commonly referred to as, is in fact a chemical preservative which is a form of butane. It is used in foodstuffs to delay the onset of rancidness and greatly extends the storage life of foods. (Source plus more info: Natural News )
Both of these just sound super ick, and I don't need Google to tell me that corn syrup solids sounds like an icky item! Definitely decided to put the pretty orange packaged candy back on the shelf and try my hand at my own delicious version at home. I tend not to have peanut butter on hand (nothing against it, we just tend to use almond butter) so I thought that I would try it with almond butter instead. I'm very glad I did, because it was delicious. GOODBYE REESE'S CUPS!"