The Story Behind the Hershey’s Kiss

How the iconic chocolate Kiss was born, the origin of Milk Duds, the company's WWII "power bar," the founder's close call with the Titanic and more.

2. This company town was built on sweets

Hershey, Pennsylvania in the early 1900s.Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, Pennsylvania, circa 1918. (Source: Hershey Community Archives.)

Hershey developed the town that bears his name — and which is now a world-famous tourist attraction — as a community for his employees. He established houses, schools, churches, parks and even a trolley system. Hershey had attended school only through the fourth grade but wanted more for the next generation. In addition to elementary and secondary schools, he founded Hershey Industrial School for orphan boys. In 1918, he discreetly transferred the bulk of his wealth (including ownership of the Hershey Chocolate Co.) to a trust held for the Hershey Industrial School, which now accepts girls.

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