Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded: Feb 9
In 1876, when Milton was only eighteen-years old, he opened his own candy shop in Philadelphia. However, the shop was closed after six years and Milton moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked with a caramel manufacturer and learned caramel-making. In 1886, Milton Hershey moved back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and started the successful Lancaster Caramel Company.
In 1893, Milton Hershey attended the Chicago International Exposition where he bought German chocolate-making machinery and began making chocolate-coated caramels. On February 9, 1894, Milton started the Hershey Chocolate Company and produced Hershey chocolate caramels, breakfast cocoa, sweet chocolate and baking chocolate. He sold his caramel business and concentrated on chocolate-making.
The Hershey Chocolate Company has made or currently owns many famous Hershey chocolate candies including: Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars, Cadbury Creme Eggs candy, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme candy bar, Hershey’s milk chocolate and milk chocolate with almonds bars, Hershey’s Nuggets chocolates, Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Hugs chocolates, Kit Kat wafer bar, Reese’s crunchy cookie cups, Reese’s NutRageous candy bar, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Sweet Escapes candy bars, TasteTations candy, Twizzlers candy, Whoppers malted milk balls, and York Peppermint Patties.
Hershey’s Kisses chocolates were first introduced in 1907 by Milton Hershey, who trademarked the “plume” extending out of the wrapper in 1924.