There isn't enough peanut butter inside to take over the bitter dark chocolate flavor - I'd say it only accounts for 40% of the taste, and that's not quite good enough for a peanut butter lover like me. But I was still satisfied after finishing 2 cups, despite that being 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 14 grams of sugar - talk about a treat!
On the plus side, these cups are organic, fair-trade, and gluten-free (and of course vegan). Even more exciting is that the outside packaging is home compostable, the cups are paper, and the cardboard tray inside doubles as a coupon for Justin's delicious nut butters. They also have a whole section of their website devoted to their green efforts, listing their carbon footprint, the location of their ingredients (on a really cool map), a mention of their solar powered headquarters, and their sustainability goals. I wish every food company would put this much thought into their planetary impact! Now I can understand why their peanut butter cups cost so much - you're paying for true quality.
While they are quite tasty (and eco-friendly), I can't say I'd pay the premium price for them again, mainly because I have made something similar myself and they have a lot of (eco) packaging. Making your own peanut butter cups simple requires:
- melting dark chocolate
- pouring a thin layer in a small cup cake tin
- adding some peanut butter, sweetener, and perhaps a tad of vanilla, salt, and oil
- then pouring chocolate on top and freezing it