Milton Hershey Biography

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Today when you hear the word Hershey you immediately think of chocolate and that is thanks to Milton Hershey. He began his candy making business with caramels, but moved into the chocolate market and made a hit. Hershey chocolate is incredibly successful even to this day.

Hershey was born in 1857 in Pennsylvania. He studied until the 4 th grade and then began working as an apprentice in a print shop. This did not last long and Hershey moved on as an apprentice candy maker. He had finally found his calling and opened his own candy shop, but it failed a short time later. Discouraged but still determined Hershey moved to Denver and worked with a caramel maker. He learned to make caramels with fresh milk and his love for candy making continued to bloom. He established the Lancaster Caramel Company when he returned to Pennsylvania after several failures. Immediately, this candy company succeeded and by 1900 it was a raging success. However, Hershey was not interested in chocolate so he sold the Lancaster Caramel Company for $1 million and invested in chocolate making machines.

Of course, the rest is history. Hershey was a smashing success in the chocolate market and his milk chocolate was the first of its kind to be sold to the American public from a national company. Before then milk chocolate was a luxury one could only obtain from Sweden. Fortunately, Hershey changed all that with his fascination with candy and chocolate making in particular. Today Hershey’s chocolate is still widely famous and produces all types of candy products.