Peanut butter and Hershey’s milk chocolate. It’s not a complicated thing. Two very popular ingredients that came together to become one of America’s favorite candy treats.
Remember the commercials from the 70s and 80s? Two people would collide, and then, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!” Then they tasted the result, and had a Eureka! moment.
Well, the product didn’t quite develop that way. H.B. Reese lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania and worked for Milton Hershey as a shipping foreman. Reese had the idea for a new candy, so he quit and started making his new creation in the basement of his house. He combined specially blended peanut butter with Hershey’s milk chocolate in a number of ways, but the creation that caught on was peanut butter cups. The H.B. Reese Candy Co. continued to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups throughout its founder’s life. Only after his death was the company purchased by Hershey’s.
Since then, the Reese’s name has been branded on a wide assortment of food products, from Reese’s Pieces to actual Reese’s Peanut Butter. But America still loves Mr. Reese’s original cups best of all. Peanut butter and Hershey’s milk chocolate. It’s not a complicated thing.