Hershey’s Chocolate played a role in World War II with the company creating a special chocolate bar just for the US troops, as part of emergency rations to sustain the soldiers’ energy levels during combat. The US government requested that Hershey create a chocolate bar that would be able to provide quick nutrition to soldiers, while also being lightweight and able to withstand high temperatures. The chocolate company created an emergency ration bar, known as the “D-ration bar” that contained dark chocolate, as well as skim milk powder and oat flour. The recipe was so thick, it originally had to be molded by hand instead of in the Hershey factories, and soldiers had to slice it with knives to eat.
More about Hershey’s chocolate :
- The founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, Milton Hershey, actually first got his start in the sweets business by starting a caramel company in 1876 before moving onto chocolate in 1894.
- During the Great Depression, Hershey’s Chocolate products remained so profitable that the company did not have to lay off any workers.
- Hershey Kisses, the company’s bite-sized chocolates wrapped in foil, were not produced at all during WWII because of rationing of aluminum.