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October 26, 2015

Reese’s Snack Sizes — Trick or Treat?

Filed under: Food/Groceries,Retail — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 6:45 am

With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to examine some candy labels.

Nancy S. wrote to Mouse Print* about a strange situation she found involving Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. It seems depending on which “snack size” package you pick up, the size of the snack is different.


Reese 21g - 14 servings

Reese 21g - 7 servings

Both bags are 10.5 ounces, but the top one says it has 14 servings in the bag, and the bottom one says only seven servings. Each individual package inside is 21 grams or 0.75 oz. The difference is on the nutritional label that that seems to have upped the serving size to two patties (43 grams) instead of just one.

But it gets more interesting.

As noted, in those 10.5 ounce bags above, each peanut butter cup is 21 grams. However, each individual “snack size” patty varies in weight depending on how big a bag it comes in.


Reese 15-17-21 grams

So, the “snack size” peanut butter cups ranged from 15 grams each to 21 grams.

We asked the PR folks at Hershey to explain why they use the same term, “snack size,” for candy of varying sizes; and why the portion size was doubled to two peanut butter cups. They did not respond.

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  1. I’ll take the two-cup serving size any day! Twice as much for half the guilt, right? Wow, their “nutrition facts” are a mess and can’t be trusted. No wonder they didn’t respond.

    Comment by Shawn — October 26, 2015 @ 10:02 am
  2. I also noticed this discrepancy when I purchased Reese’s cups from a dollar store and when I purchased them from a local department store (I think it was Kmart).

    The dollar store had a smaller ‘snack size’ than the department store. I was very confused about why Reese’s would advertise a single snack size but manufacture 2 different sizes…and then I realized that I had been fooled into thinking that the dollar store size was as large as the department store size. I have also seen some brands use “fun” size and “snack size” to distinguish between products.

    Moral of the story: There is a reason why dollar store prices are less, and it’s not just because they want to give consumers a discount.

    Comment by Wayne R — October 26, 2015 @ 10:44 am
  3. I found this to be true lvory soap 10 ok pack at Walmart. Size of bar is smaller than that of supermarket 10 pack

    Comment by Rosemarie lauria — October 26, 2015 @ 12:09 pm
  4. Why do they need that many sizes???

    Comment by Richard — October 26, 2015 @ 3:03 pm
  5. The only way to send a message to companies like these is to start a massive boycott of their products. That is the only thing that these companies understand – the loss of money!

    Comment by Jerry B — November 2, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

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