HARRY BURNETT "H. B." REESE (May 24, 1879 – May 16, 1956) was an
American inventor and businessman known for creating Reese\'s Peanut
Butter Cups and founding the H. B. REESE CANDY COMPANY.
* 1 Biography
* 2 Death
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Reese was born in York County ,
Pennsylvania on an agricultural and
dairy farm. He was the son of Annie Belinda (Manifold) and Aquilla
Asbury Reese. He married Blanche Edna (Hyson) Reese on August 1,
1900. H.B Reese invented
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in 1928.
He first moved to Hershey ,
Pennsylvania in 1917, where he enjoyed a
relatively prosperous job on a dairy farm owned by The Hershey Company
until the farm was closed by Hershey's. Not long after moving his
family to Spring Grove , Pennsylvania, Reese moved back to Hershey,
again working for Hershey's. Always an entrepreneur and inspired by
his work, Reese began experimenting with candies in his basement, by
1923 he created the
H. B. Reese
H. B. Reese Candy Company. He built a new home
and factory for his growing business in 1926, selling a large
assortment of candies. By 1928, H. B. and Blanche had sixteen
children. That same year,
H. B. Reese
H. B. Reese invented Reese\'s Peanut Butter
Cups . H.B. Reese initially sold his many candies on consignment to
retail stores, but by 1935 he was a success and was able to pay off
all his mortgages.
World War II
World War II , economic constraints and scarcity of materials
led him to discontinue his other candies and concentrate solely on his
peanut butter cups, his most popular offering.
Reese died on May 16, 1956 of a heart attack in West Palm Beach ,
Florida , at the age of 76.
* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L "REESE\'S Peanut Butter Cups". Brad
Reese Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
* ^ Reese, Andrew (2008). REESE\'S Peanut Butter Cups: The Untold
Story: Inventor, H.B. Reese. iUniverse . p. 2. ISBN 978-0595487073 .
* ^ "Reese Candy Company". Hershey Community Archives. Retrieved 14