I’ve had an ongoing relationship with Reese’s for years. By relationship, I mean I consume an excessive amount of peanut butter cups, peanut butter M&Ms, and Reese’s sticks on a daily basis. I open my heart to Reese’s day and when I eat too many peanut butter cups and end up with a stomach ache, I offer forgiveness and say to Reese’s, “it’s not you, it’s me.”
So when my dearly beloved candy company announced that they were launching their largest peanut butter cup ever—a 3.4-pound, nine-inch “pie”—just in time for Thanksgiving, I imagined myself popping some Tums and diving fork-first into the biggest slice of chocolate peanut butter goodness to grace my Turkey Day feast. 3,000 Reese’s Pies, which are essentially just giant peanut butter cups, were available for purchase exclusively through Hershey’s website for $44.99, plus tax.
“When you bring together friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner, no table spread is complete without dessert,” said Bo Jones, senior associate brand manager at Reese’s, in a statement. “At Reese’s, we wanted to create a dessert that everyone wants a piece of. You can thank us later.”
But before you reach for the credit card, some sad news: The pies sold out within minutes, and at this point, there is no indication that Hershey’s will be selling more of them in the future.
And while I deeply understand that nothing will fill the void of a Reese’s peanut butter cup, that doesn’t mean I won’t try to make a chocolate peanut butter dessert that’s almost as impressive.
If you’re someone who craves a Reese’s all day, every day (hi, let’s be friends!), then these fudgy chocolate cookies filled with a sweetened peanut butter filling is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.
I know this isn’t the same as Reese’s peanut butter pie, but hear me out. Use chocolate graham crackers for an Oreo crumb crust in place of the classic honey graham cracker crust instead. Fill the chocolate pie crust with the rich, no-bake peanut butter filling and drizzle melted chocolate on top. It’s not quite a nine-inch peanut butter cup, but it’s close (and quite frankly, cheaper)!
Have your chocolate and your peanut butter too with this dual mousse recipe that’s guaranteed to be a welcome change from all the pies on Thanksgiving.
In the time it would have taken to order a Reese’s peanut butter pie and wait for it to arrive on your doorstep, you can bake several batches of these quick and easy chocolate peanut butter squares…and devour them all, too. It only takes a handful of basic baking ingredients (sugar, milk, heavy cream, butter) to make the bars, plus the main characters: smooth peanut butter and high-quality dark chocolate.
Would you buy a 3.4 pound Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie for Thanksgiving? Sound off in the comments below!