Hershey's Chocolate World


In 1893, one of the engineering exhibits at the Chicago World's Fair was German chocolate-making machinery. Milton Hershey, a candy-maker, saw the equipment and bought it to make chocolate coatings for his caramels. He soon expanded into breakfast cocoa, sweet chocolate, and baking chocolate. Finally, in 1900, Hershey sold the caramel operation to focus on making chocolate. He moved to the heart of Pennsylvania's dairy country, to ensure a large supply of fresh milk, and began building what is now the world's largest chocolate-manufacturing plant. His use of mass-production technology led Hershey to be called the "Henry Ford of chocolate."

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological, Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Milk chocolate's raw ingredients are cocoa beans, milk, and sugar. The 24 cocoa bean silos at the Hershey Plant can hold up to 90 million lbs of cocoa beans, enough to make 5.5 billion chocolate bars. The West Hershey Plant uses about 700,000 quarts of milk every day, enough for every person in a city the size of Philadelphia, Pa.
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