In 1928, a man that goes by the name H.B. Reese, has made the peanut butter cup. Mr. Reese was a dairy farmer and a shipping forman for Milton S. Hershey, and found him inspiring.
Mr. Reese has left dairy farming and created the Harry Burnett Reese Candy Co. in his basement within his home located in Hershey Pennsylvania. In 1956, Mr. Reese died, leaving his candy company to his six sons. In 1963, the Reese’ sons merged their fathers’ company with the Hershey Chocolate Corp. The merger was a tax-free, stock-for-stock merger. The six brothers received 666,316 common stocks valued at $23.5 million dollars in 1963.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are made with the controversial ingredient PGPR (Polyglycerol polyricinoleate, which is used as a substitute for cocoa butter. The FDA has determined it to be “safe for humans as long as you restrict your intake to 7.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. Otherwise you’d be open to reversible liver enlargement at higher intakes”.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the other ingredients that one of the worlds favorite candy has.
Reese’s peanut butter cup ingredients:
Milk chocolate, (milk, chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, no fat milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR), peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, TBHQ and citric acid.
•PGPR (polyglycerol pilyricinoleate): Reese’s are made with an ingredient that is very controversial PGPR that has been replaced with cocoa butter in an effort that will cheap them on manufacturing costs. PGPR is made from castor beans that reduces the viscosity of chocolate. This chemical has been found to cause gastrointestinal discomfort and allergic reaction in children.
•Soy lecithin: 93% of soy is genetically modified. Soy lecithin can make the beginning of breast cancer, has negative effects on fertility and reproduction, may lead to behavioral and cerebral abnormalities.
•TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone):
TBHQ comes from petroleum and is ic common with butane. This can a lot of toxic and also the start of nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ear, delirium and collapse. It is known of causing stomach cancer in lab rats, fragment DNA and cause damage to humane lung and umbilical cells. In children it can cause anxiety, restlessness, and intensify the symptoms of ADHD.
Want to make your own? Enjoy this recipe I have included:
Organic Peanut Butter Cups
12 muffin tin liners
12 oz of organic dark chocolate
1 cup organic peanut butter
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 tsp organic salt