Reese's 'Candy Converter Machine' Lets You Trade Your Most Hated Candy for Peanut Butter Cups
By Emily Petsko
Think about your least favorite Halloween candy. Is it black licorice? Candy corn? Those tooth-cracking Mary Janes? Whatever it is, you can now take those cursed confections and trade them in for something tasty—namely, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. As CNN reports, Reese’s is making every trick-or-treater’s dream come true by setting up a candy exchange machine that’s free to use and open to the public.
Unfortunately, it will only be available in New York City for now—if you're there, check it out today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside of Washington Square Park on Fifth Avenue—but the company says it could be rolled out in other cities next Halloween. The candy converter looks like an oversized vending machine, but it feeds on grandma candy instead of cash. Visitors simply deposit their unwanted treats into the slot, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will be spit out in exchange.
The idea was reportedly inspired by a survey conducted by Reese's, which found that 90 percent of Americans wish they could swap out their Halloween candy for something better. The machine also made an appearance at a parade in Tarrytown, New York, and the company expects to give away up to 10,000 peanut butter cups in total. As for the collected candy, it’s unclear where it will ultimately end up—but we’re sure that someone, somewhere, would take those Necco Wafers off Reese’s hands.