Milton S. Hershey
Almost every child in this country has eaten a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar, a Hershey’s Kiss or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. But did you know that the entrepreneur who made it possible for us to enjoy these treats, Milton S. Hershey, overcame the failure of his first two candy businesses? Discouraged, but not defeated, he returned to his Lancaster, PA hometown but found himself shunned by most of his relatives who viewed him as an irresponsible drifter. However, Hershey was undeterred. He started another candy business, the Lancaster Caramel Company, and made chewy caramels using fresh milk. This time he succeeded and soon he was shipping his “Crystal A Caramels” throughout the U.S. and Europe. That gave him enough money to make semisweet and milk chocolate and to launch his namesake company in 1894.