Low Carb Peanut Butter Cups

I’ve been on a low-carb diet now for three months, and the results are good. I’ve lost about 30 pounds, generally have quite a bit more energy, and am not having troublesome food cravings as I have had on other diets.

That’s not to say I don’t occasionally crave something sweet – I do, but there are lots of decent low carb options out there now.

Among them are peanut butter cups.

I’ve tried two different brands of peanut butter cups, with mixed results.

The brand leader in chocolate covered peanut butter cups is undoubtedly Reese’s (a division of Hershey). Their full carb peanut butter cups are great.

Not so the Reese’s 1 Gram Sugar Carb Peanut Butter Cups, which come two to a package and claim to have one gram of “sugar carbs”. (In the Atkin’s low carbohydrate diet, during the initial 2 week induction phase you should limit your carb intake to no more than 20 grams per day, and can scale up slowly from there).

I tried these both at room temperature and out of the fridge, and politely stated, they are gross. While the chocolate coating is just okay, the peanut butter filling is bland and has a disgustingly mealy texture. About the only thing with a worse mealy texture I have experienced is “uni” (raw sea urchin) or maybe an overdry nectarine.

Brand visibility only goes so far, and with this product, Reese’s has utterly failed in producing a palatable product.

I give Reese’s 1 Gram Sugar Carb Peanut Butter Cups a pitiful 1.0 out of 10.0 on The Richter Scale.


The other product I tried was from Atkins Nutrionals – the Atkins Endulge Peanut Butter Cups. These come three to a package (same weight for three as for two of the Reese’s cups – 1.2 ounces or 34 grams), and claim 2 grams of carbs for all three pieces total, double the number of carbs of the Reese’s product, but still very low.

These peanut butter cups are an amazing contrast from Reese’s. The peanut butter has flavor, and texture-wise, it feels a lot closer to a full carb peanut butter cup. The chocolate coating also tastes and melts like chocolate. While it’s still a far cry from real peanut butter, it’s still a pretty decent substitute.

You can get 5-packs of the Atkins Endulge Peanut Butter Cups for around $6.00 at CVS. I’ve got a fridge full of them for after dinner treats.

I rate the Atkins Endulge Peanut Butter Cups a respectable 7.0 out of 10.0 on The Richter Scale.


One Response to “Low Carb Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. Jake Richter says:

    That not-so-indiscreet part of my anatomy known as my waist grin

    I figured once I felt like I was forming jowls it was time to start dropping the pounds. At 34 pounds lost now. Another 8-10 to go.