History of The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

The History Of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

The famous Peanut Butter Cup treat, can be traced back to 1928. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was invented/created by H.B. Reese, an employee at Hershey, in Pennsylvania; but the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was not invented in the Hershey factory. It was actually created in H.B. Reese’s basement, hence the name. H.B. used the chocolate from the Hershey company, and peanut butter to create what we know today, as the peanut butter cup. At the time H.B. was no longer employed at Hershey. According to most, the only thing H.B. actually did was roast and create his own peanut butter. These PB cups became a huge success. 

H.B. then, later on employed 62 people. At the time of his death, his sales were around 125 million. 6 or the 62 employees were his own sons. These sons then took over the company. The Reese brothers then merged with Hershey Chocolate Corporation in 1963. Within 6 years, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was the top seller for Hershey's Chocolate Corporation. In 2012, Reese's became the best-selling candy brand in the United States with sales of $2.603 billion. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups continue to grow today and expand.

Now, you can find a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in almost every convenience store you go into. As the Hershey company continues to grow new Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup products come out. They now have mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups in different sizes and or shapes. These being Christmas trees, pumpkins, eggs, etc., for the corresponding holiday. They also have things like Reese's Pieces, Reese’s Puffs, and Reese’s Fast Break. 

Most recently, they have created a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with caramel in the inside that will be released to stores very soon. As well as opening up stores and museums to not only show off the product, but to sell new items and merchandise. This merchandise is clothing, hats, cups, really anything you could think of. Personally, I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Writing this paper made me want one! I love the peanut butter in them, especially with ice cream!


Do you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? 

If so, what kind is your favorite? 

Do you think H.B.'s work deserves the credit he got? 






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  • Great topic chocie and super job Ari! I think I have to get one later today.

  • I'm actually not a big fan of peanut butter cups but sometimes in small amounts there good such as peanut butter cup ice cream or peanut butter cup MnM's as there isnt as mucn peanut butter put in them as there is the original.

  • Yes, I believe that Reeses's Peanut Butter Cups are a very good candy. Personally, I like the Reese's cups, especially the holiday themed ones. I believe that H.B. Reese deserved all the credit that he recieved.

  • I like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but they are not my favorite. My favorite kind is the Easter egg on because I like how they are different. I think H.B. deserves the credit because he thought of the idea. I could see, however, how people wouldn't think so because he used Hershey chocolate. 

  • Yes, top ten snack in my oppinion. I like the reese's  fast break or the outrageous the most. I think if I to choose i would choose the outrageous. it has reese's peices, carmal, peanut butter, and chocolate in it.

  • I love Reese's, they're so simple but so good. I like the thin ones because they're the perfect amount of peanut butter and milk chocolate. I think anyone who puts work into something should get credit.

  • I think Reese's are probably my favorite kind of chocolate to eat. My favorite would be just the regular cup, or one of the holiday shapes. I tried the caramel one, it was good but I still prefer the original. I think he deserves the credit because he made it on his own.

  • I do like reeces and my favorite is probably the regualar or the white one. I think he does deserve the credit because he created them.

  • I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I like just the original, I like all of the kinds of them but the original is my favorite. I think that he deserves more credit than what he got because Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are very popular.

  • I'm not really a big fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups because I don't like peanut butter. I do think that H.B. deserves the credit that he got because he literally came up with the idea in his basement.  Reese's is a very popular candy and he deserves the credit he gets.

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