Many people like Reese’s peanut butter cups and because of that they are everyone’s favorite sweet snacks. However, in this article we will present you very good reasons for avoiding them no matter how appealing and tasty they appear.
When you read the following data you will never want to eat this favorite snack.
Background information of Reese’s peanut butter cups
Their name comes from their founder Mr. Reese who presented them in 1928. Mr. Reese was a farmer and as well as a shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey.
Thanks to the huge success of this sweet snack, he quit his dairy farming business, and started his own candy company that was first located in his basement.
Nowadays, these butter cups can be found in all different shapes and sizes, and they always seem appealing as there isn’t a person in the world that does not like chocolate and peanut butter. Yet, aside these ingredients it contains also TBHQ.
Let us be more specific, the content of Reese’s peanut butter cups is: milk chocolate, (milk, chocolate, cocoa butter, no fat milk, sugar, milk fat, soy lecithin, lactose, PGPR), peanuts, salt, sugar dextrose, TBHQ and citric acid.
Tertiary butylhidroquinone (TBHQ) is a toxic as it is derived from petroleum. This substance can cause vomiting, nausea, ringing in the ears, delirium, and collapse. It can significantly harm the lungs and the umbilical cells. According to some researchers it can lead to stomach cancer. When children are concerned, TBHQ can lead to anxiety, restlessness, and intensified ADHD symptoms.
Polyglycerol polyricinoleate(PGPR) is utilized as a substitute to cocoa butter in order to save money in the production process. This substance is obtained from castor beans, and it lowers the viscosity of chocolate. Many performed studies have revealed that it causes gastrointestinal issues and allergies in children.
Statistics say that around 93% of the soy in our country is genetically modified. Soy lecithin impacts fertility and reproduction. It can cause severe behavioral and cerebral abnormalities, and likewise researchers state that it can provoke the development of abnormal breast cancer cells.
Homemade organic peanut butter cups
We know that Reese’s peanut butter cups are extremely delicious, but if you consume them you will risk your health and well-being. Therefore, it is always best solution to prepare them at home with well-known ingredients. You can use the following recipe and enjoy these savory cups. You can purchase organic peanut butter cups or simply make your own tiny cups.
1 cup of organic peanut butter
12 oz. organic dark chocolate
12 muffin tin liners
¼ cup of raw honey
¼ teaspoon of organic salt
Method of Preparation:
Start with the muffin cups, trim them in order to make them shallow. Next, melt the dark chocolate over steam for 1 to 2 minutes, but be careful not to overcook it. Then, transfer the melted chocolate into the muffin cups by using a teaspoon, and freeze them.
Now, use a separate bowl and mix the peanut butter, honey and salt. Place the mixture in a small saucepan and heat it on low heat.
Take out the frozen cups from the freezer and pour in it the peanut butter mixture, however leave a tiny space for the other chocolate layer. Store the cups in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, and then flatten the butter. After that, put them again in the fridge for 1 hour.
The chocolate has become hard; therefore you need to rewarm it. Once rewarmed, put another layer of chocolate over the cups. Place the cups back to your refrigerator.
Now, you have homemade peanut butter cups which are organic and delicious. For a vegan-friendly version of this recipe watch the video below.