The peanut butter cup was created by H.B. Reese in 1928. He was a dairy farmer who abandoned dairy farming to start the Harry Burnett Reese Candy Co. in the basement of his house in Hershey Pennsylvania.
After his death in 1956, his candy company was took over by his six sons. They merged the company with the Hershey Chocolate Corp in 1963 receiving 666,316 common stocks valued at $23.5 million dollars in 1963.
Currently there are twenty types of Reese’s peanut butter cups. We are not questioning the original ingredients of this product in the past, but over time they got changed and are causing controversy.
For instance instead of cocoa butter, PGPR (Polyglycerol polyricinoleate) is used as a substitute. Although it is approved by the FDA as safe, it can cause some heath problems like liver enlargement if consumed in higher doses.
The other ingredients found in the b=peanut buttercup are : chocolate, no fat milk, salt, milk fat, peanuts, sugars, citric acid, lecithin, cocoa butter , lactose, PGRP, soy, dextrose and TBHQ.
- Soy Lecithin
A high percent of the soy used in the USA is GMO (genetically modified) More precisely, it’s 93% genetically modified. Soy lecithin can cause serious health problems and it has negative effects on reproduction and fertility. It can trigger the development of breast cancer cells and it may even cause serious cerebral and behavioral problems.
Polyglycerol polyricinoleate is used as a substitute for cocoa butter because it costs less money. PGRP is obtained from castor beans, and it reduces the viscosity of chocolate. According to various studies, this substance can cause allergies and gastrointestinal problems in children.
Tertiary butylhidroquinone is also a toxic substance that is obtained from petroleum. It can cause some side effects such as vomiting, nausea, delirium and even collapse. Some research shows that it can severely damage the lungs and even cause stomach cancer. In children this ingredient causes restlessness, anxiety and intensified ADHD symptoms.
Homemade organic peanut butter cups
We all agree that Reese’s peanut butter cup’s taste is amazing, but you don’t want to put your health at risk. So why don’t you try a healthier alternative instead? If you love the taste of peanut butter you can buy organic one or you can just prepare it yourself.
This is the recipe we offer you:
- 12 muffin tin liners
- 1 cup of organic peanut butter
- 12 ounces of organic dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic salt
- Trim the muffin cups to make them shallow.
- Melt the dark chocolate over steam for 1-2 minutes, but don’t overcook it.
- Use a teaspoon to pour the melted chocolate into the muffin cups and freeze them.
- Mix the honey, salt and peanut butter in a separate bowl. Heat the mixture in a small saucepan.Don’t use high heat.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into the frozen cups, but make sure you leave a tiny bit of space at the top for another chocolate layer.
- Put the cups in the fridge for 10 minutes and then flatten the butter. Put them in the fridge for another hour.
- By now your chocolate has become hard again, so you need to rewarm it. Add another layer over your cups. Put the cups back in your fridge.
The delicious homemade peanut butter cups are ready! Go organic and enjoy! Check the video below : it is a vegan-friendly version of the same recipe :