Your Favourite Chocolate Duo Available At GiftBox!

Please stand to welcome your favourite chocolate duo… HERSHEY’S AND REESE’S CHOCCIES! These guys would have to be two of the most iconic and loved confectionary known around the world, in which GiftBox now proudly stocks as a range of gifting confectionary (or even better, a gift for yourself!) From chocolate packs, travel mugs and multi packs, you’ll find the perfect gift amongst our brand-new confectionary range! Because who doesn’t love receiving chocolate as a gift?! Let’s take a trip down memory lane and outline a brief history of one of the top chocolate manufacturers in the world!

Harry Burnett (H.B) Reese is the creator of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. H.B was born May 24, 1879 in Pennsylvania to a farming family, going on to marry in 1900 having 16 children. With such a large family, H.B was facing monetary struggles. In 1917, H.B came across an advertisement to work on a dairy farm, owned by Milton S. Hershey – owner of Hershey Chocolate Company. H.B progressed through the business and ended up working in the company’s chocolate factory. It was here he was inspired to turn a new leaf and attempted to make his own chocolates, as a means of providing extra money for his family. H.B began creating confections in his basement, naming chocolate bars after his many children, and using Hershey’s chocolate in his creations. Three years had passed, and in 1920, Reese’s basement chocolate factory had taken off – doing much better than he had expected. Here, he created what is now known as H.B Reese Candy Company, progressing from just making candies to making peanut butter cups or “penny cups”, as they cost just one penny to make. These were so successful, H.B quit his job at the factory and began to concentrate on his own business.

Due to his great success, H.B built his own 100,000 square foot factory on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, Pennsylvania, focusing primarily on his peanut butter cups which seemed to be his most successful product. As his cups continued to grow rapidly, in 1956 aged 77, H.B unexpectedly died of a heart attack. A lengthy seven years later, six of H.B’s sons decided to sell the family business to the Hershey’s Chocolate Company – the very company that had inspired H.B to begin his own business. The H.B Reese Candy Company was sold for $23.5 million, in 1963. To this day, Reese’s Cups continue to prosper under Hershey’s, now featuring hundreds of variations of the candy. These include Big Cups, Miniatures, Minis, as well as Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Caramel, Marshmallow and Hazelnut Cream.

The confectionary is now available just about worldwide and is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Starting from its humble beginning, the confectionary remains as one of the top ten favourite chocolate treats in the US!

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