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[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman]

Ed. Note: When's the last time you tried a new candy—just because? For the SE staff, that time is now. Each day for the two weeks leading up to Halloween, we will try a candy we haven't had before, and tell the tale.

Though I can easily convince myself that granola bars are not cookies, and granola is not just broken up cookies, I have trouble with candy bars that proclaim their usefulness at snack time. Candy is dessert, for after a meal when it won't matter if you drift into a sugar-laced sleep.

And it gets better: apparently Reese's Fast Break wasn't just meant for snacking, but as a breakfast replacement. I mean, if breakfast can be chocolate chip muffins, why not, right? (Wrong.) The Fast Break has peanut butter and then...some non-breakfasty stuff. Shall we crack it open and give it a try?

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When you peek inside a Fast Break, you'll see a thick layer of milk chocolate filled with a flat base of nougat and a square of peanut butter. The shape of the peanut butter hints at how solid it is. It's more crumbly than creamy, and drier than you might expect, but with a good punch of salty flavor. The nougat is chewy and tooth-achingly sweet, similar to what you'd find in a Snickers.

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The chocolate that coats the whole thing is thick and standard-issue waxy. But the waxyness of the chocolate and the chewiness of the nougat makes me crave some kind of crunchy texture to break things up. Is there a Crunchy Peanut Butter Fast Break? Would adding a bit of wafer, Kit-Kat style, help?

Having finally tasted a Fast Break, I feel like it emphasizes the worst parts of Reese's Cups (the chocolate), plus changes the texture from creamy to chewy. I think I'll stick with the cups for now....and probably not for breakfast.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is a Senior Editor at Serious Eats, based in San Francisco. She founded Serious Eats: Drinks in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.

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