I Love Reese’s Day is observed every year on May 18. The holiday was created by the “Hershey Company” in 2010 to celebrate the all-time favorite candy known as ‘Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.’ The company sponsored an online petition, which was signed by 40,000 fans who deemed it fit to give Reese’s its own special holiday. Since its creation by H.B Reese in 1928, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been a favorite in America. In fact, the candy tops the list of best-selling today.
History of I Love Reese's Day
The creation of I Love Reese’s Day is credited to “The Hershey Company.” The month of May was chosen because of its position between March and July, during which National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and Chocolate Day are respectively celebrated.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was created by Harry Burnett Reese — a former employee of the Hershey Company. In 1917, Reese began working on a dairy farm owned by Hershey but later began working at the company’s candy factory during the 1920s. During this time, Reese began making candy in the basement of his Hershey home.
The chocolate Reese used in coating his candy was supplied by “The Hershey Company.” His candy-making business became so successful, that he resigned from Hershey and founded the “H.B Reese Candy Company” in 1923. However, he maintained a close relationship with his former employer. Reese’s candy company succeeded in creating a wide variety of candies but his famous Peanut Butter Cups weren’t produced until 1928. These ended up becoming his best-selling product. They were nicknamed ‘penny cups’ as they were sold for only a penny apiece.
When Reese passed away in 1956, his company passed to his six male children. However, in 1963, they sold the “H.B Reese Candy Company” to “Hershey’s Chocolate Company” for $23.5 million in stock. Those shares are now worth more than a billion dollars.
I Love Reese's Day timeline
Harry Burnett Reese begins working on a dairy farm owned by Hershey.
The “H.B Reese Candy Company” is founded by Harry Burnett Reese.
H.B Reese creates Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, selling them for a penny a piece.
“The H.B Reese Candy Company” is sold to Hershey’s Chocolate Company.
I Love Reese's Day FAQs
Are there gluten-free Reese’s?
Yes, almost all of Reese’s peanut butter cups are gluten-free — except for seasonably shaped items.
How many kinds of Reese’s products are there?
Reese’s product line has over 100 candy bars, cookies, spreads, and cereals.
When was the Hershey Company founded?
“The Hershey Company” was founded on February 8, 1894, by Milton Snavely Hershey.
I Love Reese's Day Activities
Eat a peanut butter cup
Celebrate by treating yourself to a sweet peanut butter cup. Don’t eat alone, share with someone you love!
Study the process
Ever wondered about how your favorite candy is made? Satisfy your curiosity by watching videos or reading articles about how candy, especially Reese’s, is made!
Use the hashtag
We want more people to learn about this chocolatey holiday! Share this article and add the hashtag #reesesday.
5 Interesting Facts About Chocolate
Obtained from seeds
Chocolate is obtained from cacao beans from the tropical cacao tree.
Chocolate contains antibacterial properties
‘Cocoa’ — from which chocolate is made — contains antibacterial agents that are capable of preventing tooth decay and the growth of bacteria.
Cacao beans were once a currency
Cacao beans were once so valued and highly prized that they were used by the Aztecs as a money currency.
Chocolate lowers fat
According to a study conducted by the University of Grenada in 2013, chocolate has been proven to lower levels of fat in the body.
It takes a village
Making just one pound of chocolate requires about 400 cocoa beans.
Why We Love I Love Reese's Day
We love chocolate!
Who doesn’t love chocolate? We love this holiday because it celebrates one of the most well-known chocolates in the U.S.!
We love H.B Reese’s ingenuity
What would chocolate lovers do without Reese’s peanut butter cups? We appreciate the ingenuity of H.B Reese in creating a new and unique piece of candy that’s been charming people ever since its creation.
We love the peaceful merger
We love the peaceful merger between the “H.B Reese Candy Company” and the “Hershey Company.” It’s more admirable because Reese himself was once an employee of “The Hershey Company.”
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