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Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Skulls: how the Halloween game changer tastes

Adriana Velez is Food Editor for SheKnows. She spent her formative years in Brooklyn, which pretty much explains everything about her. She now lives somewhere else and has discovered life after kale and kombucha. She's written for Civil ...

We tasted this exciting new Halloween candy and here's what we thought

For a holiday that's all about candy, Halloween sure isn't very creative with its sweets. It's like they came up with candy corn and called it a day. Every year, it's the same batch of snack sizes of bars we eat all year round — the same Smarties, the same boxes of raisins that lead to someone toilet-papering your house. (Thanks, Mom!)

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It's about time someone came out with something new. So when we first heard about Nestlé's Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Skulls we were stoked. Not only are these a candy mashup, they're in a really cool shape.

First, let's talk about what happened the last time a Peanut Butter Cup took on a holiday shape.

Right? So it's like someone saw that and was, like, "We can do better!" And not only did they get the shape on point, they didn't go with a boring old bat or a lame pumpkin. No. They went Goth. They did skulls.

We tasted this exciting new Halloween candy and here's what we thought
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And now look at the cute things you can make with them.

We tasted this exciting new Halloween candy and here's what we thought
Image: Nestlé

So, we've established that as far as form goes, these Halloween candies are legit game-changers. But how to do they taste? We sampled them here at SheKnows HQ, and here's what we thought.

"I'm not a fan of anything creamy. It's kind of like a Reece's Pieces knockoff. But... I just want the filling, actually." —Lashanda, intern

"I think it's too creamy, too. Just a Butterfinger in a skull shape would have been novelty enough for me." —Kat, social media manager

"It's good, but the originals [Butterfingers and Peanut Butter Cups] are better. I don't think they belong together. It's a bad marriage. I just don't feel like this is what we need. I would have rather seen a Kit Kat and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I think Butterfinger is one of those very special stand-alone candies. Oh, but I'm definitely going to finish this one!" —Jess, editor-in-chief

"This is delicious! I like it better than the regular Peanut Butter Cup, but I missed the Butterfinger crunch. I'd like it better chilled, though." —Reshma, VP of video

We did try the skulls chilled in the refrigerator later on, and they were pretty good — less creamy and the crunch came through more.

"It's awesome. It's like a softer Butterfinger. Nothing is better than the original Peanut Butter Cup, though." —Jeff, video producer

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By the way, these skulls are made by Nestlé, while Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are made by Hershey's. So this wasn't like a Marvel/DC Comics intercompany crossover. Nestlé's take on peanut butter cups is creamier and sweeter than Reese's.

As for me, I liked the skulls quite a bit, but then I rarely eat candy besides dark chocolate. Speaking of which, I really wish this came in dark chocolate. And for that matter, I'd love it if it were made with half the sugar, so the savory taste of peanut could come through more.

Could this be the dawning of an era of new Halloween candy? We can only hope. Go on, candy companies. Try and top this. Until then, Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Skulls are available in stores nationwide.

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