Reese’s – A brief History
You know the name, it’s been making waves all over Britain for a good while now. But do you know the lucrative history behind Reese’s success? Our guess is probably not! So we’re here to shed light on what is arguably America’s favourite candy.
It starts where all American Candy stories seemingly begin, a small brand called Hershey. Harry Burnett Reese needed a job in 1916, he ended up landing a spot at one of the Hershey Chocolate Company’s dairy farms. He rose from a gig milking cows to managing the part of the Hershey milk operation known as the Round Barn. While he was working at this job, Reese realized the financial rewards the candy industry could offer—but when the experimental Round Barn facility closed in 1919, he found himself unemployed.
After many failed attempts , Harry Reese’s found his break through in 1928 with the breakthrough of a now classic, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Since the death of Harry Reese in 1963, the Reese’s empire has gone full circle and has ended up where everything started…Hershey’s. After the inventors death, Hershey’s acquired the company, a move which ended up being definitely worth the investment!
Since the original Peanut Butter Cup, there has been over 20 variations of the famous chocolate coated cups for occasions such as Christmas, Halloween and even Valentines day!
Here’s some further interesting facts about Reese’s which you may not know.
- The largest Peanut Butter Cup weighs 80z, coming in a pack of 2, and is sold on the official Reese’s website for anyone to buy!
- 40,000 fans joined an online campaign in 2011 to make an ‘I love Reese’s day’ an official holiday for the candy.
- This has become a holiday and is celebrated on May 18th….
- They produce enough Peanut Butter Cups per year to feed one cup per person in the USA, Japan, Europe, China, Australia, Africa and India….Thats a lot of people!
- Reese’s big breakthrough came from their product placement in a certain film you may just have heard of…E.T? The contract was originally offered to Mars, to use their M&M’s. They declined and Reese’s said yes…The sales from the movie released soared by at least 60%.
In honour of Reese’s best selling product, we have decided to rank our top 5 favourite Peanut Butter Cups which are still available today.
Not all heroes wear capes, some are wrapped in a bright orange packaging and are peanut butter covered in Chocolate. A true modern day classic. We guarantee this is the one product that will come to mind when you here the brands name. Deliciously smooth chocolate that begins to melt upon touch covering the creamiest peanut butter you ever tried. Not a bad word to say about this Reese’s product and we challenge anyone who says otherwise.
Is there such a thing as too much peanut butter? We’ve been testing this theory for a while now. You see, the thing is, we’re not sure there is…Peanuts and peanut butter has become the partner in crime for a chocolate treat in recent times. You can almost be certain that the two, in any situation, will work together. This Peanut Butter Cup with Reese’s Pieces is no exception to that rule. The original peanut butter can’t be topped in our eyes, but this comes pretty close. The crunch and extra nuttyness are making a very strong case!
This is one for all of you with a real sweet tooth! The problem, as we soon discovered when reviewing Reese’s candy, is that no matter the combination, no matter what type of chocolate they coat the peanut butter in, it is never going to be a ‘bad’ product. They just know what they’re doing and they do it better than anyone else. This products silky white chocolate coating is a great compliment to the peanut filling. Try it for yourself!
Is bigger always better? We’re not so convinced. Exactly the same taste and consistency as our winner, however, just a lot bigger! We don’t have the capacity to get through both cups! As much as these are still delicious, we have to take the loss on this one. Definitely a winner for the younger audiences, although Mum and Dad may disagree!
We love this product from Reese’s and the only reason for it not being higher is that we love the smooth texture of the originals! This cup contains small crushed cookie chunks throughout the smooth peanut butter layer. We’re sure everyone who is a fan of peanut butter is going to love every one of the products on this list. We strongly recommend you try them all!
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