The Hershey's chocolate bar is one of the most recognizable candy bars on the planet, with hundreds of millions consumed worldwide every year. The company bases its success on simplicity, concentrating on basic ingredients combined in an appealing manner rather than fancy confections or faddish trends.
The Hershey bar's creator, Milton Hershey, started out making caramel candy. He was already quite successful when he first released the Hershey bar in 1900.
At the time the chocolate bar was created, milk chocolate was only available to the wealthy. Milton Hershey released the bar in part to bring the taste to a wider audience.
The first Hershey bar was just milk chocolate. The company released a Hershey bar with almonds--the second staple of the brand--in 1908.
World War II
Hershey did its part for the war effort in the 1940s: every GI's ration kit contained a Hershey bar.
Each basic Hershey chocolate bar contains 43 grams of chocolate. At any time, there is enough material at the Hershey factory to produce five million individual bars.
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