How are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups made?

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – November 4th is National Candy Day and Pennsylvania is no stranger to being home to delicious sweet treats. One of those treats turned out to be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Harry Burnett Reese is the man responsible for the creation of the confection. Reese was a former employee of the Hershey Company and began making his own candies in his home. He created the peanut butter cups as part of a candy collection in 1928.

Hershey provided Reese with the chocolate coating for the candy. Reese’s sons then sold the cups to the Hershey Company in 1963.

How are these treats created?

According to Food Network, it all starts with the peanuts, around 2,500 pounds to be exact! The peanuts come from the southeastern United States and are cleaned, sorted and roasted.

Once roasted, the peanuts are crushed and slowly moved towards the chocolate.

From there, the paper cups are designed in the famous Reese’s design and filled with a small portion of chocolate. Once the first layer of chocolate is formed, a “peanut butter wad” is placed on top.

Once the “plugs” are placed, the conveyor belt shakes the half-filled cups to allow the peanut butter to spread evenly over the chocolate. Once this is done, the final portion of chocolate is added to the cup and a blast of air is blown onto the cups to distribute the chocolate.

The cups are then cooled for 30 minutes, packaged and shipped to locations around the world.

According to Food Network, Hershey’s makes enough Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in one year to circle the globe seven times.

James Brien

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