The Candy Man

If you can guess the name of this “sweet” guy, we’ve got a kiss for you!

Art glass kisses

He was a native of Pennsylvania. He started as an apprentice ice cream maker. He suffered two major business failures but went on to become one of the world’s best-known candy makers. In 1883, he established the Lancaster Caramel Company but got bitten by the “chocolate bug” and sold his caramel biz for $l million in 1900.


It took this candy-making pro three years to move his dream forward. In 1903, he was finally able to obtain the large supplies of fresh milk he needed to perfect and produce fine milk chocolate.


Awash in milk, he began construction on what was to become the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing plant. It would also be known as the birthplace of “chocolate kisses.”


Who is the candy man? It’s Milton S. Hershey, the founder of Hershey’s Chocolate.


Today, more than 100 years after Milton made magic, his chocolate is still making its way into our mouths, hearts, and minds. Chocolate has been proven to stimulate the release of endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemical. A substance in chocolate called phenyl ethylamine is believed to trigger feelings similar to “falling in love.” We’re in love all right…with chocolate! And we’re not the only ones. Folks gobble up Hershey’s collectibles as passionately as they devour the company’s signature kisses and candy bars. Vintage tins, magazine ads, and even candy wrappers have found their way into the hands of private collectors and public museums.

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*This story is an excerpt, courtesy of: Betcha Didn’t Know That! 101 Antiques and Collectibles Trivia Tips That Can Make You Rich, Famous, and Hit of the Party, Volume One, by Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes ~


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