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Incredible and inspring, the Hershey story starts off focused on one determined pioneer; Milton S. Hershey-but quickly becomes about so much more.
Raised in rural central Pennsylvania, and with little formal education, Milton became known for the famous HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar that bears his family name. He also became known for his philanthrophy and open-hearted generosity which still touches the lives of thousands. Milton Hershey was genuinely passionate about people and their happiness.
Happiness for Milton Hershey started with simple and delicious ingredients, simple processes, and sharing smiles by sharing HERSHEY'S products. Milton took that philosophy very seriously, and our company still does.
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.
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!
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.
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.
When HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolates were first introduced, they were wrapped "by hand" in foil. Talk about a labor of love.
Thanks to HERSHEY'S Chocolate Syrup being sold in stores, kids could enjoy homemade chocolate milk with their moms and dads. Excitement central!
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!"
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.