Rhett & Link’s Favorite Peanut Butter Candy

If you’re a fan of Rhett & Link, you know the hold peanut butter has on their taste buds and hearts. When they tasted and ranked every Little Debbie snack on an episode of Good Mythical Morning, Peanut Butter Creme Pies landed in the top spot. Likewise, the dudes named Peanut Butter Dreams the best Keebler cookies of them all. Recently, R&L leaned even harder into this nutty love by embarking on a Peanut Butter Madness Tournament to find the best peanut butter ice cream, the best peanut butter snacks, and the best peanut butter candy. To determine the best peanut butter candy, Rhett & Link gathered the top six peanut butter candies on the market and tasted them back to back to find the peanut butteriest of them all. Make no mistake, this wasn’t an easy task. It took reasoning, tiebreakers, and foregoing bias to reach a consensus, so buckle up and let’s get into Rhett & Link’s ranking of the six best peanut butter candies.


Truth be told, Butterfinger lost before the taste test even started. Sure, the iconic candy bar has a pleasant peanut butter flavor, something even a Butterfinger pessimist like Link had to admit. In fact, he called the flavor “robust” and “more peanutty” than he had given it credit for in the past. But the texture tripped him up. It’s too rough, too confusingly like candy, and too little like a solid hunk of peanut butter. Plus, the crispetty, crunchetty Butterfinger base has a real tendency to get stuck in your teeth, which sucks. Even Rhett, a self-proclaimed Butterfinger fan, conceded that Butterfinger isn’t quite a good enough peanut butter candy to overcome all its shortcomings.

Reese’s Pieces

Rhett & Link had almost nothing bad to say about Reese’s Pieces, but they didn’t have a lot of praise for them either. Their kudos focused more on the format than the taste—both thoroughly enjoyed the candy coating and the sensation of breaking the shell to get to the peanut butter. According to Link, this gives the taster the chance for a “fun mouth discovery.” Reese’s Pieces are a good peanut butter candy, but not the best peanut butter candy.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

How can you complain about THE classic peanut butter candy? Rhett & Link sure didn’t. They truly had nothing bad to say about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and only sung the praises of the satisfying chocolate-to-peanut butter ratio that cements it as a peanut butter candy rather than a chocolate candy. The only reason these didn’t rank higher is that the peanut buttery competition was just too stiff, so to speak.

Reese’s Pretzels Big Cups

Rhett & Link named Reese’s Pretzel Big Cups the best Reese’s candy, and these made a respectable showing in this taste test, too. Who knew pretzels would make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups even better? Instead of overcomplicating things, the pretzels help to bring more of that signature Reese’s peanut butter saltiness and provide a fun additional textural experience. If Link had his way, these would have made it to the final two. In the end, a very scientific agility test tiebreaker led to a different candy advancing in the tournament.

Peanut Butter M&M’s

Much to Link’s disappointment and Rhett’s glee, Peanut Butter M&M’s made it to the final round over the Reese’s Big Cups. According to Rhett, Peanut Butter M&M’s provide an “unadulterated peanut butter experience.” Did Link agree? Perhaps not. However, what both Rhett & Link could agree on was that, despite being a quality peanut butter candy, Peanut Butter M&M’s could not compete with the best peanut butter candy of them all.

Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Mix

Are you surprised? Rhett & Link sure were. While it hurt them to see classic Reese’s candies left in the wake of Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Mix, this stuff was just too perfect to count out. This mixed frozen snack has an appealing ratio of roughly two cookie dough bites to every chocolate peanut butter cup. The cups burst with peanut butter flavor, and the cookie dough balls are not only tasty but happen to have peanut butter in them as well. Despite being frozen, the bites are pleasantly soft. This peanut butter candy was just so innovative and deliciously peanut butter-forward that Rhett & Link couldn’t help but hand it the prize.

About the Author

Madison Ramirez

Madison Ramirez is an LA-based writer who struggles with food getting cold on her while she’s too busy rambling about how its texture compliments its taste. Whether it’s a gourmet meal with the most tender steak known to man, or a pepperoni and cheese Hot Pocket, she has almost too many thoughts and opinions on it all.

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