Three different brands of peanut butter cups.

The classic milk chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup has been around since 1928. Today, Reese’s and other brands tout a ton of tempting new options, including dark chocolate and organic ingredients. But does that make them a healthier choice? Our nutritionists say that a dark chocolate cup, which is richer in antioxidants, is indeed better than a milk chocolate one, and organic can mean better ingredients—but you still need to check labels before biting in.

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We compared three national brands of dark chocolate PB cups: Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Justin's Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. While the calorie counts are all similar, Theo cups are much lower in sodium and sugar than the other two and use the highest-quality ingredients of the three, with the main ones being cocoa beans and roasted peanuts. Both Theo and Justin’s are organic, which means they cannot contain synthetic ingredients such as those found in Reese’s. But don’t forget that even the best of the bunch is still candy, says CR nutritionist Amy Keating, R.D.

Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 PB cups, 38 g
  • CALORIES:    210
  • SUGAR:    13 g
  • SAT. FAT:   6 g
  • SODIUM:   55 mg
Justin's Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 PB cups, 40 g
  • CALORIES:    220
  • SUGAR:    16 g
  • SAT. FAT:   7 g
  • SODIUM:   120 mg
Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 PB cups, 39 g
  • CALORIES:    200
  • SUGAR:    18 g
  • SAT. FAT:   5 g
  • SODIUM:   125 mg
Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 PB cups, 38 g
  • CALORIES:    210
  • SUGAR:    13 g
  • SAT. FAT:   6 g
  • SODIUM:   55 mg
Justin's Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 PB cups, 40 g
  • CALORIES:    220
  • SUGAR:    16 g
  • SAT. FAT:   7 g
  • SODIUM:   120 mg
Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 PB cups, 39 g
  • CALORIES:    200
  • SUGAR:    18 g
  • SAT. FAT:   5 g
  • SODIUM:   125 mg

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2019 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.