Did You Know – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are an American candy by The Hershey Company consisting of a peanut butter cup encased in chocolate. They were created on November 15, 1928, by H. B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey. Reese left his job with Hershey to start his own candy business.Wikipedia

The original name was inspired by the cost because H.B Reese originally sold the peanut butter cups for a penny and named them “Penny Cups”.

Reese’s Peanut Butter cups begin with roasting fresh peanuts for REESE’S one-of-a-kind peanut butter. The peanut butter and milk chocolate are then dropped and pressed into a mold that gives REESE’S cups their iconic shape. 

They sell over 2 billion Peanut Butter Cups every year.

The largest peanut butter cup in the world weighed 441 pounds!

Did you know that Reese’s has a university? An example of the application to enroll is below and the acceptance rate is 99.99% as the website states. However, the small disclaimer at the bottom of the site says that Reese’s lawyers want you to know Reese’s University is not a real university. It is just a means of celebrating your allegiance to the iconic candy brand that boasts tons of different products. You may not be able to live on the Reese’s Campus, but you can still buy the campus merchandise, laugh at the schools fictional course list and Fighting Cuppies sports team.



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  1. Peanut butter is loaded with protein and some good trans fats. Plus it tastes great. But with all the protein and stuff it can also be considered health food. Add to it the chocolate and you have a midday meal!
    Does Reese’s University offer scholarships? Maybe i can apply!

  2. There’s a university I would have no difficulty getting into! We always eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups while traveling. We didn’t miss out on them this year, either.

  3. How fun is that idea with the university and swag! Well he was smart to start his own company. I think everyone loves Reese’s cups or candies … unless you are allergic to peanut butter, who can resist them?

    • When I first started reading about the University I thought it was real. Then as I read more I had to laugh! Yes, I think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups taste amazing as well as Hershey’s chocolate! Guess where I just came home from? Holland and I thought of you as I drove through Michigan!

      • Oh, I didn’t realize the Tulip Festival started already – the news never even mentioned it. I hope it was good weather for you as I see you wrote this comment yesterday … today is the first nice weather day we’ve had since Saturday. Were all the tulips in bloom? Was it too much walking for all three of you?

      • I didn’t know and they usually have ads or do news stories about it … I don’t blame you for going to beat the crowds as they are very busy … there are people go there from all over the U.S.

  4. Even though they taste a bit too sweet for me now, I just love Reese’s. They’re building a new Reese’s factory in Hershey, by the way. When I was a kid, you’d drive through Hershey and smell nothing but chocolate. More modern production has interfered with that pleasant experience, but I think Hanover PA still smells like potato chips. 🙂

    • I didn’t know they were building a new factory Angela. What a shame the scent of chocolate is gone and potato chips wouldn’t be bad! A town not too far from us makes Heinz’s Ketchup and when you drive through all you smell is tomatoes.

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