Cocoa was around for centuries before Milton Hershey came along. But his innovations—and the creativity he nurtured in others—revolutionized the confection.
Get a taste of these inspired ideas, beginning with Hershey’s groundbreaking approach to milk chocolate. See a working machine for wrapping Kisses, engineered by two self-taught brothers at the Hershey factory, and try to put together your own virtual kiss wrapping line.
The centerpiece of this area, a conche machine for mixing chocolate, comes to life with a roar and a rumble. Panels detailing the chocolate-making process, plus archival footage of the Hershey factory in the 1930s, surround the authentic equipment.
This exhibit area also explores the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which provided a pivotal “aha!” moment for Milton Hershey: It was at that celebration of ingenuity and invention that Hershey bought his first chocolate-making machines. Other displays evoke the Philadelphia soda fountain that Hershey operated, a savvy way to keep his name in the public eye between the sale of his Caramel Company in 1900 and the unveiling of his chocolate factory in 1905.