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Reese's Peanut Butter Trees

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Reese's might be having a quality assurance problem. People are buying their holiday-themed candy and ripping open the delicious treat with glee and finding that instead of a festive Christmas tree shape, the candy is instead just a blob of nothing.

For shame, Reese's! FOR SHAME.

Just look at your Twitter replies! It's a cornucopia of rage, betrayal and defeat:

And because we here at E! truly, madly and deeply care about your holiday candy needs, we decided to see if this Reese's outrage is an isolated incident or if we should all really start to panic about the state of peanut butter chocolate treats in America. We went out and bought a bunch of Reese's Peanut Butter Trees to test their tree likeness. Now we all know what you're thinking:

"You're getting paid to eat candy?!"

To that we say:

"Hell yeah, we are!" 

Reese's Peanut Butter Trees experiment

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We bought seven Reese's Peanut Butter Trees, studied their shapes and recording our findings below. As you'll note in the evidence produced, we spared no expense or amount of time to look in to this matter. What we found may shock you. 

First, a look at the trees in question, pre-unwrapping. We discovered it was really quite difficult to discern tree shape through this mask of disguise.

Reese's Peanut Butter Trees experiment

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Next, we ever-so-carefully removed the wrapping to find...a bunch of candy that looks marginally like trees. Please see Exhibits A and B.

Reese's Peanut Butter Trees experiment

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Reese's Peanut Butter Trees experiment

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We even went so far as to try the controversial candies ourselves, in case the misshapen-ness was a quality not discovered until digestion. It is not. But here's Exhibit C anyway.

Reese's Peanut Butter Trees experiment

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So what is our final ruling? That the average Reese's peanut butter tree doesn't look great, but also doesn't look as bad as Twitter users would suggest. (After all, one must remember that these are Christmas trees formed out of a blob of peanut butter and chocolate). It would seem that there are a few bad seeds out there, in which case we recommend bringing the issue up to your local quality control employee. Or you could just eat it anyways, because it probably tastes the exact same.

This has been your official E! investigation.