Not long after Hershey discovered an interest in candy making and selling. Four years later he opened a candy shop, but unfortunately competition got the better of his shop and closed in 1882. Hershey then moved to Denver, Colorado to work for a manufacturer of caramel. There he learned that good fresh milk can make candy taste better and sell better. Finally in 1894, Milton Hershey started the Hersheys Chocolate Company (Hinkle). Hersheys Chocolate first sold caramels with chocolate coatings, along with breakfast cocoa, sweet chocolate, baking chocolate, and novelty chocolate candies (Hinkle).
In 1900 Hersheys start manufacturing the first original Hersheys Milk Chocolate bars, started construction on a factory in his home town of Derry Church, Pennsylvania, and because of the dairy farms producing milk rapidly, Hershey did the same (Hinkle). Selling his chocolate for 5 cents a bar, Hershey became wealthy very quick (Lancto). Hersheys also released there Chocolate kisses, Almond chocolate, and Mr. Good bars (Hinkle). Milton Hershey believed that the money he had made with his chocolate should be used to help others instead of keeping it to himself (Lancto).
Hershey started making the town of Derry Church, where his factory was located, more exciting and enjoyable (Lancto). He gave low cost housing for his workers, built fire stations, schools, churches, gold courses, and even a zoo (Lancto)! In 1910, Hershey created a school and establishment for less fortunate, orphaned boys. The school was taught the youth important stills for life and for success. Miltons reason is so children wouldnt have the life style he had, always moving and not having a proper education.
The school property eventually grew big with every student that attended, including girls, from 500 acres to 2,500 acres by 1976 (Lancto). By the year 1937, the U. S. government had an idea of a chocolate bar that could with stand temperatures of 120 degrees and packed with energy for American troop who were out in the field and so Hersheys decided to make it happen (Lancto). Rations D bars were then mass produced and sent to over 100,000 troops a day (Lancto). For four years, Hersheys Ration D bars were produced around the clock, seven days a week, for a total of one billion rations (Lancto).
Milton Hershey died while sleeping on October 13, 1945, shortly after retiring (Adams). Today, Hersheys Chocolate Company is still manufacturing chocolate sweets making billions of dollars a year, selling Hersheys milk chocolate bars, M&Ms, Reeses Peanut butter cups, Hershey kisses, and many verities of products created over the years, using different commercials for each product, like the talking M&Ms or how Charlie Armstrong dominoed his Reeses so he would catch and eat one in the end.
Hersheys Chocolate is everyones favorite chocolate, so dont expect it to disappear so quickly.
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