December 3, 2015

2095 UNITED STATES (Pennsylvania) - The Hershey Company

Known until April 2005 as the Hershey Foods Corporation, but commonly called Hershey's, The Hershey Company is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and increasingly elsewhere throughout the world. Its headquarters are in Hershey, located 14 miles east of Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania. It was founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894 as a subsidiary of Lancaster Caramel Company.

In 1907, Hershey introduced a new candy, small flat-bottomed conical-shaped pieces of chocolate that he named "Hershey's Kiss". Initially they were individually wrapped by hand in squares of foil, and the introduction of machine wrapping in 1921 simplified the process while adding the small paper ribbon to the top of the package to indicate that it was a genuine Hershey product. Now, 80 million of the candies are produced each day.

Other products introduced included Mr. Goodbar, containing peanuts in chocolate, in 1925, Hershey's Syrup in 1926, semi-sweet dark chocolate chips in 1928, and the Krackel bar containing crisped rice in 1938. Harry Burnett Reese worked at Hershey beginning in 1917, and in 1926 he built his own factory and then in 1941 focused all of his production resources on the peanut butter cup. In 1963, Hershey Chocolate Corporation acquired Reese's company.

Shortly before WWII, Bruce Murrie, son of long-term president of Hershey's, William F.R. Murrie, struck a deal with Forrest Mars to create a hard sugar-coated chocolate that would be called M&M's (for Mars and Murrie). The new confection would use Hershey chocolate during the rationing era during WWII. In 1948 Mars bought out Murrie's interest and would become one of Hershey's primary competitors.

About the stamps
The first stamp, Neon Celebrate!, was issued on March 6, 2011. The second is part of the Wedding series, about which I wrote here.

The Hershey Company - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Jerycho (New York / United States), on 07.01.2014

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