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Old 10-27-2014, 07:51 PM
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Reese's Peanut Butter Cups question

Just in time for Halloween: do you consider Reese's Peanut Butter cups a candy bar?
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:04 PM
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No. A candy bar requires rigidity as one would expect of a bar.

It's a cup or some other form of candy.

DQed as a bar of candy for insufficient rigidity. Sorry.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:06 PM
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While probably technically not, since it's not bar shaped, I voted yes. If I'm going in to buy a candy bar I'll just as likely buy a Reese cup as anything else more bar-shaped.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:08 PM
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No. It is a candy, but not a candy bar.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:13 PM
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In Canada it's a chocolate bar. So yes.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:58 PM
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No. It is a candy, but not a candy bar.
This is correct.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:06 PM
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No. It is a candy, but not a candy bar.
Exactly. So far, the majority has it wrong on this one.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:13 PM
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Technically no, but for all intents and purposes that matter yes, so yes.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:14 PM
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No, and neither is a length of steel. They're both halfway there.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:35 PM
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No. It's a candy cup, not a candy bar.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:37 PM
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No. It's a candy cup, not a candy bar.
That was my daughter's answer, verbatim.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:45 PM
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There is this: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/featu...0411-post.html which like dozens of others lists them at the #2 favorite candy bar.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:50 PM
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How in the shit is "yes" leading this poll? No it's not a candy bar. In what world is it a candy bar? It's like I'm living in bizarro world or something. Seriously, I'm surprised that a majority of voters consider it a candy bar.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:54 PM
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Yes, if I have a hankering for a candy bar, a Reeses cup is likely to satisfy it. So? So are a handful of Hershey's kisses or M&Ms, and I don't think anyone would claim that those are candy bars.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:55 PM
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Reeses Fast Break is a candy bar. A normal Reeses is no more a candy bar than a chocolate truffle is. Insanity.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:14 PM
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Yes, if I have a hankering for a candy bar, a Reeses cup is likely to satisfy it. So? So are a handful of Hershey's kisses or M&Ms, and I don't think anyone would claim that those are candy bars.
Tell me then, what is the distinction between candy and candy bar?
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:16 PM
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Tell me then, what is the distinction between candy and candy bar?

Presumably a candy bar is in the shape of a bar, but it seems to me there's a lot of leeway in that.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:19 PM
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Presumably a candy bar is in the shape of a bar, but it seems to me there's a lot of leeway in that.
Right, but if you claim Hersey Kisses and M&Ms are candy bars, than pretty much any form of candy can be called a candy bar. Which is ridiculous.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:20 PM
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Speaking precisely it's not a bar. But in context, like in a list off best-selling candy bars, it's close enough.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:24 PM
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If I have a hankering for a candy bar, more often than not I'll satisfy it with a couple Resse's Peanut Butter Cups (the rest or the time, I'll probably be in the mood for a three Musketeers). That said, it's not a 'candy bar'. It's not even a 'candy cup'; it's a 'pair of candy cups'.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:25 PM
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No, but it's delicious, so I don't really care what everyone calls it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:31 PM
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If it's in the shelves at the checkout stand and not mints or gum, it's a candy bar. I know it's not a BAR, but when my mom said pick a candy bar on the rare occasion we finished shopping without fighting, Reese's was included.
By that definition, M&Ms and Starburst are also candy bars. They just are.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:33 PM
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It's a functional definition, not a geometric one.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:37 PM
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Wow. I love Reese's, but if somebody asked me what my favorite candy bar was, it wouldn't even come up. Like, I'm not trying to be overly literal here. It simply would not pop into my mind in a question about "candy bars." I would probably answer something like "Whatchamacallit" or "Snickers" or even possibly "Butterfingers" or "a Heath Bar" for that, even though I prefer Reese's to all of these.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:43 PM
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Right, but if you claim Hersey Kisses and M&Ms are candy bars, than pretty much any form of candy can be called a candy bar. Which is ridiculous.
Eh, I wouldn't call M&Ms or Kisses a candy bar, but I'm fine with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups being included in a list of candy bars. Language is funny like that.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:45 PM
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As an aside, I like the "dark chocolate" version, because the kind that uses regular Hershey's chocolate is yuck, because regular Hershey's chocolate is the worst. (I am obligated to say how bad Hershey's chocolate is whenever it seems even tangentially relevant.)

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:56 PM
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Eh, I wouldn't call M&Ms or Kisses a candy bar, but I'm fine with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups being included in a list of candy bars. Language is funny like that.
I agree. You can't be too literal. For example, a Chunky is not bar-shaped, but it is unquestionably a candy bar. OTOH, the standard Reese's package of two cups, is bar-shaped. Only the individual candies inside are not.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:59 PM
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Eh, I wouldn't call M&Ms or Kisses a candy bar, but I'm fine with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups being included in a list of candy bars. Language is funny like that.
Language is funny like that, sure. But I've literally never heard of anyone, outside this thread, referring to Reese's Peanut Butter cups as a candy bar. Maybe it's a regional thing.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:02 PM
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I agree. You can't be too literal. For example, a Chunky is not bar-shaped, but it is unquestionably a candy bar. OTOH, the standard Reese's package of two cups, is bar-shaped. Only the individual candies inside are not.
Nailed it. It's a rectangle, same as all the others.

Is peppermint patty not a candy bar, either, since it's a patty, not a bar?
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:03 PM
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Language is funny like that, sure. But I've literally never heard of anyone, outside this thread, referring to Reese's Peanut Butter cups as a candy bar. Maybe it's a regional thing.
I think if someone asked what kind of candy bar they wanted from the store and they answered "Reese Cups" no one would blink an eye. Or if I asked someone to get me a candy bar from the store and I followed up with "a Snickers or Reese Cups" it would not be weird sounding either.

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Language is funny like that, sure. But I've literally never heard of anyone, outside this thread, referring to Reese's Peanut Butter cups as a candy bar. Maybe it's a regional thing.
It's a matter of context. By itself, I wouldn't point to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and say "That's a candy bar!"

If I ask a shopkeeper, "where are the candy bars?," I'd expect them to be included.

As others have said, if someone says, "You can get a candy bar," Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is an appropriate choice.

If an industry monitor is making a list of the most popular candy bars, I would not think twice about seeing Reese's on that list.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:07 PM
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It's a round candy bar. At least I'd call the bigger ones, that come packaged 2 to a pack, a candy bar.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:09 PM
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It's a matter of context. By itself, I wouldn't point to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and say "That's a candy bar!"

If I ask a shopkeeper, "where are the candy bars?," I'd expect them to be included.

As others have said, if someone says, "You can get a candy bar," Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is an appropriate choice.

If an industry monitor is making a list of the most popular candy bars, I would not think twice about seeing Reese's on that list.
I can't or won't argue with that. They get lopped into the candy bar section, yes. But as far as the OP goes, I personally don't consider them "candy bars" anymore than I consider, I dunno, Ferraro Rochers (or similar) candy bars, even though they're in the same section.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:12 PM
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It's a matter of context. By itself, I wouldn't point to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and say "That's a candy bar!"

If I ask a shopkeeper, "where are the candy bars?," I'd expect them to be included.

As others have said, if someone says, "You can get a candy bar," Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is an appropriate choice.

If an industry monitor is making a list of the most popular candy bars, I would not think twice about seeing Reese's on that list.

I don't disagree with any of this, but the OP asked a very specific question, which in my opinion requires a very specific answer,.


Just like: Do you consider a tomato a vegetable? No

However, if I asked the grocer: Where are your vegetable? I'd expect to find tomatoes there as well.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:19 PM
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I don't disagree with any of this, but the OP asked a very specific question, which in my opinion requires a very specific answer,.





Just like: Do you consider a tomato a vegetable? No



However, if I asked the grocer: Where are your vegetable? I'd expect to find tomatoes there as well.

You can ask a precise question, but that doesn't mean there is a precise answer, especially when it comes to language.

Your tomato question is a very good example. The answer is both yes and no.

A tomato is a vegetable for some meanings of "vegetable."

1. A tomato is a culinary vegetable, because in cooking it is used more like how vegetables are used than how fruits are used.

2. For botanical definitions of "vegetable" that exclude fruits, a tomato is a fruit, not s vegetable.

3. For broader definitions of "vegetable," all fruits are vegetables, so a tomato is both a fruit and a vegetable.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:20 PM
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Just like: Do you consider a tomato a vegetable? No
Yeah, and that one I go "yes."
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:41 AM
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I agree. You can't be too literal. For example, a Chunky is not bar-shaped, but it is unquestionably a candy bar. OTOH, the standard Reese's package of two cups, is bar-shaped. Only the individual candies inside are not.
So if I throw a bunch of skittles into an envelope, that's a candy bar?
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:18 AM
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It's delicious, yes. It's candy, yes. But a "bar"? Absolutely not.

Not that it matters, but the question as it stands must be answered with a resounding NO.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:04 AM
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I think it's considered a bar more than M&Ms and stuff because, unlike those, it's packaged like a bar. They come in a flat, bar-shaped package. Not a box or a bag, but the same shape and packaging as many candy bars, with that posterboardcardboard(?) insert holding the shape.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:25 AM
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If I have a hankering for a candy bar, more often than not I'll satisfy it with a couple Resse's Peanut Butter Cups
Sometimes I have a hankering that I satisfy with something else too, doesn't mean my hand is Benedict Cumberbatch.


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I think it's considered a bar more than M&Ms and stuff because, unlike those, it's packaged like a bar. They come in a flat, bar-shaped package. Not a box or a bag, but the same shape and packaging as many candy bars, with that posterboardcardboard(?) insert holding the shape.
Yeah, and the moment it becomes normal to eat the cardboard inserts in addition to the cup-shaped chocolates, you can call them candy bars, dammit.
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Yeah, and the moment it becomes normal to eat the cardboard inserts in addition to the cup-shaped chocolates, you can call them candy bars, dammit.
You mean it's not?

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Old 10-28-2014, 07:24 AM
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I don't consider it a candy bar because it's not candy - it's chocolate. If it were bar-shaped, it would be a chocolate bar.
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:32 AM
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You know, I sense a war brewing here, and surprisingly, the lines are not divided by chocolate or peanut butter.


*poof* [mind blown]

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Old 10-28-2014, 07:50 AM
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I don't disagree with any of this, but the OP asked a very specific question, which in my opinion requires a very specific answer,.


Just like: Do you consider a tomato a vegetable? No

However, if I asked the grocer: Where are your vegetable? I'd expect to find tomatoes there as well.
Tomatoes are vegetables.

I'm not aware of any botanical definition of the word vegetable.

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Old 10-28-2014, 08:10 AM
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I don't consider it a candy bar because it's not candy - it's chocolate. If it were bar-shaped, it would be a chocolate bar.

Chocolate in candy form (that is, not a powder or a beverage) is candy.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:22 AM
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Tomatoes are vegetables.
And why does tomato get singled out? Many vegetables are technically fruits besides the tomato. Like peppers, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkin, okra, eggplant, etc.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:28 AM
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It's peanut butter pie with a chocolate crust.

Dang, now I'm all hungry...
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:41 AM
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Of course it's a candy bar. Why the hell do you care what exact shape it is?
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:35 AM
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And why does tomato get singled out? Many vegetables are technically fruits besides the tomato. Like peppers, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkin, okra, eggplant, etc.
Exactly. That's what I tell people who trot out the old "tomatoes aren't vegetables" line.

It's like saying "Carrots aren't vegetables, they're roots!"
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Of course it's a candy bar. Why the hell do you care what exact shape it is?
Because that's kind of what makes a candy bar a candy bar. Otherwise, might as well call peanut butter chocolate truffles candy bars. They're more like Reeses than a regular candy bar is (in my opinion.) Part of what makes a candy bar nice and useful is that you can roll down the wrapper, and eat it with one hand, pushing along as necessary. It's a functional difference. For example, I can be in my car and chomp along on a candy bar while still keeping one hand on the wheel. I can't do that easily (or at all) with a Reese's.
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