1886

Third time's a charm? After walking away from two unprofitable confectionery ventures, Milton Hershey's spirits lifted when his caramel company was a hit.

1900

Most people don't realize that over a hundred years ago, chocolate was luxury enjoyed only by the wealthy. That is until Milton Hershey built a chocolate factory and began mass-producing milk chocolate-thus making it affordable for everyone!

1903-1905

Hoping to give his workers a better quality of life in the country, Milton designed, fostered and helped build a model town complete with trolley systems, houses, schools, swimming pools and even a zoo! This is the town that later became known as Hershey, PA.

1906

Knowing that happy workers made better workers, Milton Hershey built the Hershey Park so his employees and their families would have a place to relax, unwind, and have fun near their homes.

1907

When HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolates were first introduced, they were wrapped "by hand" in foil. Talk about a labor of love.

1928

Thanks to HERSHEY'S Chocolate Syrup being sold in stores, kids could enjoy homemade chocolate milk with their moms and dads. Excitement central!

1927

The first printed S'mores recipe appeared in the Girl Scout handbook. Folklore tells us the name "S'mores" came about because everyone who tasted one asked for "some more!"

1945

 

Long before Milton Hershey passed away in 1945, he entrusted his entire wealth to care for the company, town and charitable schools and institutions. Thanks to good direction Milton's legacy has prospered, and his philanthropic endeavors have educated and mentored thousands of young men and women.

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