I can’t think of a person who doesn’t like peanut butter cups, unless they have a peanut allergy, of course. The problem with the conventional variety is the chocolate is not organic, nor do they care where its sourced or how the farmers are treated.
Newman’s Own makes a variety of cups: Peanut Butter in Dark or Milk Chocolate, a Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cup, and a Caramel cup in Dark or Milk. All five are organic, and carry Rainforest Alliance Certification, which guarantees the cocoa used was grown on farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainable farming, protecting soil, waterways and wildlife habitat as well as the rights and welfare of workers, their families and communities.
I liked every one. My favorites were the peanut butter cups in milk chocolate, and the dark chocolate peppermint cups; so sublimely minty and sweet. I generally don’t prefer milk chocolate, but with peanut butter, the combination is exactly what the six year old inside craved. The caramel cups had a gooey filling that managed to stay contained and not make a big mess. I think the milk chocolate here appealed to me more than the dark, another shock to the system.
I aslo sampled four of their six bars:
Espresso Dark (54%) was a definite keeper. Little bits of organic ground espresso beans punctuated a nicely sweet, well-tempered bar.
Orange Dark Chocolate (54%) had a lovely, rounded profile of medium intensity dark chocolate, natural orange flavor, evaporated cane juice (the sweetener in all their products), and a bit of vanilla to bridge the chocolate and orange flavors. The more I ate this, the more I liked it.
Super Dark (70%), was far less sweet than all the others, as you might expect, but just as easy to enjoy. The dark chocolate was balanced, a bit fruity, and had a lovely, creamy texture.
Mocha Milk Chocolate (34%) could be called latte in a bar. Very desserty, rich, satisfying, and fun.