Nothing is more magical than the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. You’ve likely been eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups your whole life and never questioned where they come from. Check out 10 things you never knew about Reese’s Cups that will make you love them even more.
The History of Reese’s Cups
- Harry Burnett Reese started working in Hershey’s shipping department after his first attempt at a chocolate almond and raisin candy company failed.
- Inspired by Milton Hershey, Reese started a successful candy company in his basement. The first candy bar he produced was known as the “Lizzie Bar,” made of coconut, caramel, and chocolate.
- Reese invented the peanut butter cup in 1923; he released it to the market in 1928 but did not have the means to advertise well for it.
Things To Know About Reese’s Cups
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups used to be called “penny cups” because they only cost one cent when they first appeared on the market.
- Since peanut butter was not rationed during World War II, Reese was able to keep producing peanut butter cups, which helped popularize the candy in the 1930s.
- In 1963, Hershey acquired the H.B. Reese Candy Company after Harry Reese passed away in 1956. Reese’s are the company’s best-selling candy.
Fun Facts About Reese’s Cups
- Hershey came out with Reese’s Pieces in 1978; their original name was PBs.
- The company has created more than 20 different variations of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, selling them mostly as limited editions for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween.
- Since 2011, “I Love Reese’s Day” has been celebrated on May 18 in the United States. Someone started a petition on Facebook to recognize this popular treat because it is one of the most popular retro candies from decades past.
- E.T. (the Extra-Terrestrial) snacks on Reese’s pieces in the famous film because Mars—the maker of M&M—declined to have their product featured in the film.
The wonderful world of Reese’s is more remarkable than you thought. Share these 10 things you never knew about Reese’s Cups with your friends and family. You can impress your loved ones with what you know about everyone’s favorite candy.