Monday, February 15, 2016

Chocolat redux

Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth for chocolate, you may have wondered about the iconic Hershey Kiss—how did that luscious temptation get started?

You remember Milton Hershey, the Hershey Bar guy. Hershey was a caramel kind of guy who switched to chocolate and struck the mother lode. In 1900 he created the Hershey Bar, probably America’s milk chocolate favorite.

In 1903 he started building his first chocolate factory in what was then called Derry Church, PA. The town later changed its name to Hershey.

In 1907 the diminutive masterpiece made its debut: a little hunk of milk chocolate, flat on the bottom with an approximately teardrop shape, called the Hershey Kiss. For more than a decade that famous morsel was painstakingly produced and wrapped in foil by hand. By 1921, it was machine-produced with the little paper strip sticking out the top.

Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention that Mr. Goodbar came along in 1925.

And hey, you can'y eat just one.

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