One of the most famous chocolate companies in the world, Hershey’s, has been producing a wide variety of sweets and treats for over a century. Founded in 1894, this iconic brand began in Pennsylvania and has created some of the most recognizable chocolates on the market today. Hence, it is clear that a company as old as it is will inevitably have some skeletons in the closet.
The brand of delicious chocolates, like any other, has its mysteries. These secrets should not be shared, but some are! No wonder we bring you four interesting facts about the company that you’ll want to know.
Milton Hershey almost died on the Titanic
According to the Hershey Archives (Brand Society), Titanic founder Milton Hershey was supposed to be a passenger, however he canceled his ticket at the last minute and decided to return to America on another ship. Hershey had returned a few days earlier from his European vacation.
An exclusive school for white male orphans
When his wife died, Hershey still had no children. In 1909, he founded the Hershey Industrial School, now known as the Milton Hershey School. It was a boarding school designed to help white male orphans. Beginning in the 1960s, girls and people of color were also admitted to the school.
Secret Chocolate Lab
Just a few miles from the famous Hershey Park is Hershey’s Assorted Product Development Lab. In an undefined building, closed to outside visitors, this special space is where the company thinks and tests its ideas before sharing them with the rest of the world.
Bor-themed unflavored chocolate bar
Over the decades, Hershey’s has produced a wide variety of chocolates for various occasions, including World War II veterans. In 1937, Army Captain Paul Logan asked if the company could produce small, tasteless, high-calorie, nutrient-dense chocolate bars that could withstand the heat.
Captain Logan wanted something that would sustain his soldiers if they ran into danger without food. This resulted in the “T Ration Bar” that combatants ate in emergency situations.
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