Milton Hershey and the ChocolateBar

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Table of Contents

!: Early Years

2: Hershey's First Experience With Candy

3: Finally, Success!

4: Learning About Chocolate

5: The Chocolate Master

6: Building Higher Goals

7: Helping Hands

8: Helping People Along the Way

9: Later Years

10: Timeline of Milton S. Hershey

Early Years

Milton Snavely Hershey was born on September 13, 1857, in Derrytown, Pennsylvania. He was the only child in his family that survived. His family consists of Henry, Milton's father, and Veronica, who liked to be called Fanny, who was Milton's mother. Milton also had a sister named Serena, but sadly, she died from Scarlet Fever. Milton was born a farm and spent most of his early childhood years looking up to his father, a dreamer who always had his eye out for the next big opportunity. During the next few years of Hershey's childhood, Hershey's parents fought a lot and in 1867, when Hershey was only ten years old, they separated.

Hershey's First Experience with Candy

After attending six different schools, Hershey dropped out of school in 1870, at the age of thirteen. At the age of fourteen, Hershey expressed an interest in candy making and began apprenticing with a master confectioner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He loved making candy and knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Four years later, in 1875, Hershey borrowed $150 from his Aunt and Uncle, and set up his own candy shop in Philadelphia, P.A. Hershey worked hard to keep his business running, but sadly five years later, he ran out of money and closed up the shop. He headed West, reuniting with his father in Denver, where he found work with a confectioner. This was the place where Hershey discovered caramel, and how fresh milk could be used to make it. Soon, though, Hershey realized he wanted to be the boss of himself and that he wasn't meant to work for someone else, so he opened up a candy shop in Chicago, but ran out of business again. He tried again in NY but failed yet again.

Finally, Success!

In 1883, Hershey went back to Lancaster and was still convinced that he could build a successful candy company. Luckily, he was right. He started a thriving business and called his business the Lancaster Caramel Company. He was very successful and within a few years, he was shipping caramels all over the country.

The Lancaster Caramel Company Sign

Learning About Chocolate

At the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Hershey got a up close look at the art of chocolate making. He immediately loved it and he decided that he wanted to start a business where he sold chocolate. While his caramel business was excelling, Hershey started the Hershey Chocolate Company. Hershey wanted to make smooth and rich milk chocolate, but how? Hershey was determined to find new formula that would allow him to mass-produce and mass-distribute milk chocolate candy.
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The Delectable Hershey's Chocolate Bar

The Chocolate Master

Hershey's mind was now focused on only chocolate. In 1900, Hershey sold the Lancaster Caramel Company for one million dollars, which is a lot! But before that, Hershey met the love of his life. Catherine, who likes to be called Kitty, was a very supportive wife to Hershey, and Hershey loved her. Then, in 1905, Hershey found the perfect recipe for making chocolate. In 1905, Hershey began building a modern candy-making facility in Derry Church. Hershey's new business was very successful and he loved what he was doing. Hershey's winning idea included the Hershey kiss in 1907. The foil wrapper was added in 1924.
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Hershey Kisses

Building Higher Goals

As the Hershey company grew, Hershey's wealth expanded. But unlike most wealthy people, Hershey had a vision to build a model community in his home region. Hershey ended up building schools, parks, churches, recreational facilities, and housing for his employees in what is now known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. He even added a trolley system for his workers!

Helping Hands

Unable to have children of their own, Milton and Catherine wanted to help kids. In 1909, they opened the Hershey Industrial School, a school that boys could attend and learn. It now is open for boys and girls and is known as the Milton Hershey School.

Sadly, on March 25, 1915, Catherine (KItty) died. She had pneumonia and was almost completely paralized. Until he died, Hershey carried her picture around everywhere he went.

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Catherine Sweeney/Hershey

Helping People Along the Way

In 1918, Hershey transferred much of his wealth, including ownership of the Hershey's Chocolate company, to Hershey Trust, which funds Hershey school. During the Great Depression in the 1930's, Hershey ignited a building mini-boom in his town in order to keep men working. He also ordered the construction of a large hotel, a community building and new offices for the Hershey Company. During World War II, Hershey even found yummy treats for the troops to have. He created the Ration D Bar and the Tropical Chocolate Bar.
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Ration D Chocolate Bar and Hershey's Tropical Chocolate Bar

Later Years

Hershey's generosity wasn't surprising to most people that knew him. He was a very generous and shy man. He created the legendary Hershey Bar that everyone loves. Hershey died on October 13, 1945.

Timeline of Milton S. Hershey

September 13, 1857: Milton S. Hershey was born.

1867: Hershey's parents separated.

1871: Hershey worked as an apprentice with a confectioner

1875: Hershey borrowed $150 and built his own candy shop in Pennsylvania.

1880: Hershey closed down the shop and headed West, where he found work with another confectioner. This is where he found out how fresh milk could be used to make caramels.

1883: Tried to open up two more shops, but failed

Later in 1883: Hershey convinced he could run a successful business. He opened up the Lancaster Caramel company and it was a very successful business.

1893: Hershey got an up close look at the art of chocolate making and decided he wanted to find out more about chocolate.

1898: Hershey married Catherine (Kitty) Sweeny.

1900: Hershey sold Caramel Company for 1 million.

1905: Hershey found the perfect recipe for making chocolate and bought a modern candy making facility in Derry Church.

1907: Hershey created the Hershey Kiss. Also, he built school, parks, churches, recreational facilities, and housing for his employees.

1909: Hershey opened the Hershey Industrial School for boys.

March 25,1915: Catherine (Kitty) Hershey died.

1918: Hershey transferred much of his wealth including ownership of Hershey's Chocolate Company to Hershey Trust, which funds the Hershey Industrial School.

1930s: During the Great Depression, Hershey ignite a building mini-boom in his town in order to keep men working. Also, ordered construction of a large hotel, a community building, and new offices for the company.

During World War ll: Created the Ration D Chocolate Bar and the Tropical Chocolate bar for the troops.

October 13, 1945: Hershey died.