The Story Behind the Hershey’s Kiss

1. The third time was a charm

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Milton S. Hershey as an apprentice at Royer’s Ice Cream Parlor with another worker in 1873. (Source: Hershey Community Archives, Hershey, Pennsylvania)

Founder of the Hershey Co., Milton Snavely Hershey, was born in 1857 in Derry Church, Pennsylvania, a city now known as Hershey. He became fascinated with chocolate-making after he attended the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. He worked for years to perfect a recipe for milk chocolate, something the Swiss had kept a closely guarded secret.

Hershey failed at two businesses before he started the successful Lancaster Caramel Co. and its trademarked line of Crystal A caramels. The Hershey Chocolate Co. was a subsidiary of the caramel company. He sold the parent company in 1900 for $1 million so he could concentrate on chocolate-making.

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