This is a story of one man who just wanted to eat a delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter …
But instead, he bit into a big cup of pure disappointment.
About two months ago, a Reddit user known as alexbchillin bought a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. He dove into the tastiness—but his excitement was tempered when he noticed something unusual about these cups.
“They were room temperature, and I knew something was off because it wasn’t squishy,” he told Insider.
Any candy lover will tell you that Reese’s should generally be a bit squishy, thanks to their peanut butter core—the things that makes a Reese’s cup a Reese’s cup.
But when alexbchillin broke apart the cup, he noticed something horrifying.
“I decided to break it in half after opening,” he said, “and found the disaster.”
(Warning: the following image may be NSFW for Reese’s fans. Viewer discretion is advised.)
THERE WAS NO PEANUT BUTTER INSIDE.
Alex told Insider that he had been eating Reese’s for 30 years, and had never a disaster quite like this.
“Understandably, I was pretty much in shock,” he said.
He posted the photo on Reddit, where it has gotten over 47,000 upvotes. Users shared his horror.
“This is the saddest picture of food I’ve ever seen,” wrote one commenter.
“Call the police,” added another user.
So how did Reese’s respond when this crime against humanity was revealed?
They sent Alex a care package to make amends.
The company sent him an assortment of different Reese’s products, along with a note—seemingly implying that this was all an elaborate experiment all along:
“Sometimes we like to remind people that you need both chocolate AND peanut butter, together, to have the perfect candy,” they wrote, as if anyone needed to be reminded of that.
“This was one of those times, and you were the unlucky person. Now that we made our point, here’s enough chocolate AND peanut butter to make everything cool between us.”
Alex was cool with it—in fact, he was never really mad.
“I more found it funny than anything,” he told Insider.
“I had no idea it would go viral,” he added. “I guess I severely underestimated how passionate people are about their Reese’s.”
Indeed he did. These were some dark, peanut butter-less times, but now we can all sleep well again knowing that balance has been restored to the universe, just as the prophecy foretold: