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I am a pretty healthy Bumble. Three years ago I quit smoking, cut out soda almost completely, learned to eat vegetables instead of fried food, joined a gym and lost 25 pounds. That was a royal pain in the ass. It still is. Which is why I believe in the reward system. Every night, after a long day of work and a sweaty work-out at the gym I come home, kick off my sneakers and grab a handful of mini-Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Without guilt. Nothing but joy is allowed during reward time.
I have always had a sweet tooth. Fudge. Ice cream sandwiches. Chocolate chip cookies. Brownies. Butterscotch. Hell, even super sweet juicy fruit like pineapple will do the trick in a pinch. But I've always had the softest spot in my heart for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Friendly's makes a yummy Reese's sundae. There are chocolate peanut butter pies. Reese's Pieces at the movies. But no combination of chocolate and peanut butter is as perfect as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
I was horrified to learn that several bloggers out there in other parts of the world had never heard of them before. Weren't familiar with the friendly Reese's cursive logo on the orange package of the big cups or foil wrapping of the minis. Had never peeled the inner paper wrapper gently away from the crimped edges of the cup. Did not know about the thin but firm layer of chocolate. Or the smooth and dense filling of peanut butter hidden beneath. The travesty.
I prefer mine at room temperature but have been guilty of licking the melted remains off of the mushy wrapper on a hot day. They don't ever taste the same after they have melted and hardened again. That is a total bummer. A re-hardened bag of mini-cups is the most disappointing thing ever to occur in the world of rewards. So, during these hot summer days you will find my stash in the vegetable drawer of our fridge where they stay cool but not crunchy. Plus, the orange label of the Reese's bag blends in quite nicely with the lonely bag of healthy baby carrots that disguise their existence and ensure they are not gobbled up by others not so deserving of the reward.