It never once in my life occurred to me wonder who the heck Reese was when it came to Reese’s Peanut Butter cup. Color me oblivious.
It turns out that Reese was a real person, and that the peanut butter cup later sold by Hershey was indeed his idea. Harry Burnett Reese came from a big family and he himself had many children. He had worked as a dairy manager for the Hershey company for a bit, but lost his job when the farm was later closed.
It was his desire to give his children a better life and feed his growing family that encouraged him to try his hand at making candy. He created the peanut butter cup in 1928 which quickly became his most popular item.