Humanities › History & Culture History of Hershey's Chocolate and Milton Hershey Share Flipboard Email Print Scott Olson/Getty Images History & Culture Inventions Famous Inventors Famous Inventions Patents & Trademarks Invention Timelines Computers & The Internet American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Mary Bellis Inventions Expert Mary Bellis covered inventions and inventors for ThoughtCo for 18 years. She is known for her independent films and documentaries, including one about Alexander Graham Bell. our editorial process Mary Bellis Updated August 16, 2019 Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1857, in a farmhouse near the Central Pennsylvania village of Derry Church. Milton was in the fourth grade when his Mennonite father, Henry Hershey, found his son a position as a printer's apprentice in Gap, Pennsylvania. Milton later became an apprentice to a candy-maker in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and candy-making became a passion which Milton grew to love. Milton Hershey: First Candy Shop In 1876, when Milton was only eighteen-years-old, he opened his own candy shop in Philadelphia. However, the shop was closed after six years and Milton moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked with a caramel manufacturer and learned caramel-making. In 1886, Milton Hershey moved back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and started the successful Lancaster Caramel Company. Hershey's Chocolate In 1893, Milton Hershey attended the Chicago International Exposition where he bought German chocolate-making machinery and began making chocolate-coated caramels. In 1894, Milton started the Hershey Chocolate Company and produced Hershey chocolate caramels, breakfast cocoa, sweet chocolate, and baking chocolate. He sold his caramel business and concentrated on chocolate-making. Famous Brands The Hershey Chocolate Company has made or currently owns many famous Hershey chocolate candies including: Almond Joy and Mounds candy barsCadbury Creme Eggs candyHershey's Cookies 'n' Creme candy barHershey's milk chocolate and milk chocolate with almonds barsHershey's Nuggets chocolatesHershey's Kisses and Hershey's Hugs chocolatesKit Kat wafer barReese's crunchy cookie cupsM&MsReese's NutRageous candy barReese's Peanut Butter CupsSweet Escapes candy barsTasteTations candyTwizzlers candyWhoppers malted milk ballsYork Peppermint Patties Hershey's Kisses chocolates were first introduced in 1907 by Milton Hershey, who trademarked the "plume" extending out of the wrapper in 1924. Photo Descriptions First: Heart-shaped boxes of Hershey's chocolate are displayed at Hershey's Chicago February 13, 2006, in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The store, the second retail shop for the company outside Hershey, Pennsylvania, opened in Chicago in June 2005. Business at the store has been better than anticipated leading up to Valentine's Day Second: The world's largest Hershey's Kisses chocolate is unveiled at the Metropolitan Pavilion on July 31, 2003, in New York City. The consumer-sized chocolate contains 25 calories; the world's largest contains 15,990,900.