The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar commonly called the Hershey’s Bar, or more simply the Hershey Bar is the flagship chocolate bar of the Hershey Company.
The Hershey Company, commonly known as Hershey’s, is an American multinational company and one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which is also home to Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World. It was founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894 as the Hershey Chocolate Company, a subsidiary of his Lancaster Caramel Company.
In 1896, Milton built a milk-processing plant so he could create and refine a recipe for milk chocolate candies.
In 1899, he developed the Hershey process, which is less sensitive to milk quality than traditional methods.
In 1900, he began manufacturing Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars and and selling them for 5-cents.
An early slogan — “More sustaining than meat” — promoted it as a daily necessity for health. When you unwrapped the bar, you found a postcard that mythologized Lancaster, Pa., “the chocolate town” where workers cavorted in a swimming park and cows roamed an emerald pasture.
Hershey refers to the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar as “The Great American Chocolate Bar.”
The Hershey Process milk chocolate in these bars uses fresh milk delivered directly from local farms. The process was developed by Milton Hershey and produced the first mass-produced chocolate in the United States. As a result, the Hershey flavor is widely recognized in the United States, but less so internationally, especially in areas where European chocolates are more widely available.
The process is a company and trade secret, but experts speculate that the milk is partially lipolyzed. This produces butyric acid (a compound found in substances such as butter and parmesan cheese) which stabilizes the milk from further fermentation.
This flavor gives the product a “tangy” taste that the US public has come to associate with the taste of chocolate, to the point that other manufacturers often add butyric acid to their milk chocolates.
Outside of the US people are not as accustomed to the taste. In Canada this lead to Hershey introducing a reformulated Canadian bar in 1983.
In addition to the standard Milk Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with Almonds varieties, Hershey’s produces several other chocolate bars in various flavors: Special Dark chocolate, Cookies ‘N’ Creme, Symphony (both Milk Chocolate and Almond Toffee), Mr. Goodbar (with peanuts), and Krackel (with crisped rice).
Nine flavors were available for limited periods: Double Chocolate, Nut Lovers, Twosomes Reese’s Pieces, Cookies ‘N’ Chocolate, Cookies ‘N’ Mint, Strawberries ‘n’ Creme, Raspberries ‘n’ Creme, Twosomes Heath, and Twosomes Whoppers.
A gold variant with pretzels and peanuts was sold for its 100th anniversary.
All flavors have between 210 and 230 calories per standard-sized bar.
The largest Hershey’s bar commercially available weighs 2.3 kg (2.3 kg) and costs US$59.99 on Hershey’s website.
The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar contains about 30% dry cocoa solids – cocoa powder and cocoa butter combined.