The New Reese’s Take 5 vs. Old Hershey’s Take 5

It’s getting to be Halloween time and just about every candy known to Americans is available in large quantities in stores all across the U.S. Among them? The New Reese’s Take 5, formerly the Hershey’s Take 5. Is it new? Is it different?

According to the internet, this is a simple packaging change, changing from drab black to the classic Reese’s in-yo-face orange.

I find this to be a damnable lie. And I have proof.

The thing is, I’m not a big candy/sugar person. But the Hershey’s Take 5 was a great little treat every now and then (I even had a few old ones in my cabinet). It was sweet and salty and crunchy – yum! The Reese’s Take 5 simply isn’t as good. It’s too sweet. The salty goodness is muted.

My daughter and I cut these two treats into quarters and had a taste test. Here’s our findings:
The new chocolate looks darker but is sweeter
The new candy has more peanut butter
The new candy is missing the proper amount of caramel
There are less peanuts
The candy is smaller
The pretzel is thinner

Mostly, the new candy tastes like a Reese’s peanut butter cup with a pretzel inside. I’m sad to say these aren’t very high up on my treat list anymore.



9 thoughts on “The New Reese’s Take 5 vs. Old Hershey’s Take 5

  1. I totally agree. I emailed Hershey’s and they gave me the runaround about being sorry they didn’t meet my expectations yada yada yada.
    I googled the difference and there’s article after article explaining that nothing’s changed. I get they want me to believe their corporate nonsense over my own tastebuds. Thank you for posting this

  2. I totally agree. I had the Take 5 once, and fell in love. Then I couldn’t find it, and when I saw the Reese’s, I thought oh there it is. NO! This is way too sweet. The original was perfectly balanced. I hate this one!

  3. Thank you for doing a side by side! I just knew they were different! I don’t like the new ones, I wish they would go back to the old formula!

  4. I am so disappointed now. Take 5s were my favorite candy for a good 10 years and now I absolutely hate them. I was googling it today because I really thought that Reesies Take 5 was a different type, and that you could still get the regular one but I see that is not the case. I’m already upset that the candy I loved is gone, but reading that the company is lying about it being the same makes me angry. They were fools to change the recipe. Thank you so much for writing this. I finally have the answer to a nagging question.

  5. Thank you for doing this!! I bought three jumbo size bags of Take 5s now that they’re readily available for Halloween. I hadn’t been able to find them online before that. I was really excited for them to arrive, but when I bit into one, it didn’t taste like what I remembered. I looked it up and read that all they changed was the packaging, but without a version of the old one, there was no way for me to compare. I agree, the new Reese’s version is inferior to the original – way too sweet. Pretty bummed I won’t be able to get my favorite candy bar anymore 😦

  6. Thank you for this! I thought it was me. Then I googled “old take 5” and scrolled through some pictures to find your review. As I get older, my pallet is changing but not that much. Reese’s has taken this over and overloaded with peanut butter so that we know it’s Reese’s. all you taste now is peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels. You cannot taste the peanuts or caramel. The real OG Take 5 people can see the lies. Thanks again for your review.

  7. Hi there, thank you so much for writing this, I was crazy in love with the black wrapper take 5 a few years ago when I used to buy it regularly, then one day It was gone hard to find. Today I saw the orange wrapper and bought it and once I tasted it I thought to myself, “what happened? ” it used to taste better, more salty, more peanuts and more caramel. I didn’t remember so much peanut butter, it was awful too sweet and peanut butter was way to artifical tasting and overpowering. I’ts offical I don’t like the orange wrapper version, it is not the same candy bar they must have changed the recipe, I bought a king size and threw the other two pieces out, it’s just not the same too sweet. The original black wrapper take 5 was well balance salty/sweet, you can taste all 5 componets without any of them being overpowering.

  8. Oh my, the new Reese’s Take5 is sooo disappointing and disgusting. I used to REALLY LOVE the original candy bar with the salty and sweet mixed to perfection. Now it’s just not the same. Yuck. I will never understand why they changed the recipe. Too sweet now and overall just terrible. Not worth purchasing.

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