How Do You Actually Pronounce Reese’s Pieces (and More Important Questions)

Maybe you’ve never given a second thought to Reese’s Pieces, or maybe you lie awake at night yearning to learn more about these sweet candy gems. Maybe you’re lying awake because you have the sugar rushing through your system thanks to the entire bag of Reese’s Pieces you pounded at 10 p.m. Whatever the case, you have Reese’s Pieces questions—like how do you pronounce Reese’s Pieces, for once and for all—and we have the answers. 

How do you pronounce Reese’s Pieces?

There’s a lot of controversy about the pronunciation of Reese’s Pieces. Is it REE-sis pieces? Ree-SEEs pieces? While you can technically say it however you dang well want, it’s actually pronounced REE-sis. Like the possessive of Reese. Like H.B Reese, the Hershey’s employee who first invented the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Do Reese’s Pieces have chocolate?

Short answer? No. But you could have just Googled that, so we’ll do you one better and reassure you that you’re not alone in asking this. It certainly feels like there should be chocolate in Reese’s Pieces. In fact, we feel shaken to have learned there’s no chocolate in Reese’s Pieces. Given that the iconic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is built on a marriage of chocolate and peanut butter, you had every reason to assume their discus offspring would be too. But no, Reese’s Pieces are peanut butter and candy coating only. 

What are Reese’s Pieces made of?

Love. beauty. Everything that’s good in the world. Peanut butter is also an important part, but that fits squarely into the previous three categories. Simply put, Reese’s Pieces are candy coated peanut butter, but when it comes to the nitty gritty, specific, exhaustive list of ingredients, ask yourself, do you really want to know? Enjoy the Pieces and if you’re really curious, flip the bag over and remind yourself that food is supposed to nourish the soul, as well as the body. Nobody’s calling Reese’s a superfood, but they’re delicious and you deserve them. 

Are Reese’s Pieces gluten free?

Celiacs, rejoice! Reese’s pieces are gluten-free. Actually, many of Reese’s products are gluten-free, with a few exceptions such as the treats made with wafers or pretzels, as well as the seasonal shapes. We know, it’s cruel to rob the gluten-free community of a chocolate covered peanut butter ghost, but the seasonal shapes lack the liner that protects them from sticking to the mold, and the company instead uses a non-stick method that is not certified gluten-free. 

Are Reese’s Pieces vegan?

Reese’s pieces are not vegan, as they contain milk. Reese’s does have a line of plant-based chocolate peanut butter cups, but the little gems are not included so you’ll have to make do with a mini peanut butter cup. Oh, darn. 

When did Reese’s Pieces come out?

In the 1970s, the world became a little fuller and the sun started to shine a little brighter with the introduction of Reese’s Pieces. Reese’s Pieces debuted in America in 1978, followed by Canada in 1980, before it went gangbusters after being featured in E.T. in 1982. 

How many Reese’s Pieces are in a bag?

The answer is somehow both “depends on the size of the bag,” and consistently “never enough.” There is an option to buy a 48 ounce bag (3 pounds) that has about 1,700 pieces or, as we like to call it, “a good start.”

About the Author

Hebba Gouda

Hebba Gouda is a freelance contributor to Sporked who will die on the hill that a hot dog is not a sandwich. She’s proud to spend weekends falling asleep at 9 p.m. listening to podcasts, always uses the Oxford comma, and has been described as “the only person who actually likes New Jersey.” She’d love to know how on earth she somehow always has dirty dishes, if donkeys hear better than horses, and how the heck you’re doing today? Hopefully swell - thanks for reading!

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