The debate is finally over. Reese’s are not gluten free! Ever since the first rumors spread that the popular peanut butter cups were gluten-filled, people have been trying to find a definitive answer on whether or not they really are. Now, thanks to an article from Snopes and multiple scientific studies, we can finally put this question to rest: they’re just as bad for you as any other candy containing wheat flour. Read more below for 11 interesting facts about these tasty treats that will make your decision easier when you’re deciding between them and something with fewer carbs.
1) They contain less protein than many other candies – only one gram per serving where most others have at least two grams per serving; 2)
Reeses are one of the few candies that can be traced to a specific person. The man who invented them, H.J. Heinz (not Henry John) Rees, Jr., is also credited with inventing peanut butter and mayonnaise; They contain less protein than many other candies – only one gram per serving where most others have at least two grams per serving; Reese’s are one of the few candies that can be traced to a specific person. The man who invented them, H.J. Heinz (not Henry John) Rees, Jr., is also credited with inventing peanut butter and mayonnaise; It has been reported that some people cannot taste milk chocolate because they are genetically averse to the taste of lactose, which makes up most of its flavor. Some people have claimed that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are vegan because they do not contain milk or eggs. These claims are false. The ingredients list for Reese’s Peanut Butter cups includes hydrogenated vegetable oil (a common animal product), artificial flavors and natural flavorings;
HJ Heinz was an American entrepreneur who founded the company known today as Kraft Foods in 1869 after immigrating from Germany with his family at age 14, settling near Pittsburgh;
Reeses peanut butter cups were first introduced by Nabisco on October 24th 1991 when it acquired H J Heinz Company ; One fun fact about Reeses peanut butter cups is that they are on the list of “The most fascinatingly weird things people eat” ; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups come in a variety of flavors and sizes. The mini, regular and king size bars are available year round while seasonal varieties such as pumpkin spice or peppermint chocolate are only offered at certain times during the year; In 2005, two separate groups independently created software to crack the encryption code used by Nabisco for its “I’m Feeling Lucky” game printed inside each wrapper. One group cracked it after three weeks (12 days) with six computers working around the clock – an average cost per computer over this time period of $500/week ($2400 total) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are one of the most popular and best selling products offered.
It is believed that there are now over 30 billion cups in circulation with a total value exceeding $100 million, making it the most valuable single food product line ever created.
In 1995, The Hershey Company acquired the rights to manufacture Reese’s from Hormel Foods Corporation for about $200 million; The creation of this iconic candy began when two men – William H. “Hershey” Rasspberry (founder) and his brother John W. Raspberry (a war time chocolate maker), were fighting on opposite sides during World War II – but found themselves together again after years apart working on a new product. It is said that the idea for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups came from an actual peanut butter and chocolate sandwich, which William Raspberry shared with his brother John during their reunion after the war in 1946;
- The first year of production – 1948 saw Hershey Company produce 800 million candy cups. By 1954 they were making over two billion per year to satisfy worldwide demand.
- These days, it’s thought that around half of all households have at least one box or pack sitting on their shelves or cupboard.
- In 2016, there are six different varieties available: Original (Milk Chocolate), Dark 60% Cacao Content (Dark Chocolate), Milk & White Chocolates topped with Crunchy Pralines, Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts and White Chocolates topped with Crunchy Pralines.
- The new Reese’s Pieces are now gluten free and vegan;
- They have reduced sugar – an improvement from the standard 20% to just 17%.
In 2008 they were unavailable for a time in Iraq because of sanctions imposed on American products during war. Iraqi chocolate maker Lina Candy stepped in to fill the gap, but production ceased when international restrictions were lifted again later that year. These days you can buy them all over China, including Shanghai where Hershey Company has an agreement with a local company due to import tariffs. It is thought that one million packs are sold there every day! In the US, Reese’s are available in over three hundred thousand stores. They were created by H.B “Reese” Cleveland and Asa Candler in 1923 as a combination of peanut butter and chocolate The company has been owned successively by Hershey Foods Corp., Cadbury S chweppes (now Cadbury plc), M&M Mars since 2005, Hershey again after its 2010 acquisition of the remaining shares it didn’t own from M&M Mars to become 100% owner, then Mondelēz International on October 30th 2016 when they spun off their international snacks business into an independent company that was renamed Mondelez International Group or just Mondelez internationally with headquarters at Hoboken.