The Hershey Company employs approximately 21,000 employees worldwide.
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TV Commercials for Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey's Instant Chocolate Milk Mix products first aired in the United States in 1970.
The Hershey Company does not own Cadbury Schweppes. However, Hershey has license agreements with affiliated companies of Cadbury Schweppes p.l.c. to manufacture and/or market and distribute York, Peter Paul Almond Joy and Peter Paul Mounds confectionery products worldwide, as well as Cadbury and Caramello confectionery products in the United States. Hershey's rights under these agreements are extendible on a long-term basis at the Corporation's option.
Hershey also has an agreement with Societe des Produits Nestle SA, which licenses Hershey to manufacture and distribute Kit Kat® and Rolo® confectionery products in the United States. Hershey's rights under this agreement are extendible on a long-term basis at Hershey's option, subject to certain conditions.
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Hershey has a deep commitment to giving and provides donations to a variety of charitable organizations. Visit our Corporate Contributions webpage to see if your organization is eligible for a donation.
We value and strive to develop relationships with a small number of agencies who are well positioned to provide us with top-tier talent. Agency submissions are reviewed on a biannual basis, and we contact agencies directly if they align with recruiting efforts.
The Hershey Company (originally Hershey Chocolate Corporation) was organized under the laws of the State of Delaware on October 24, 1927, as a successor to a business founded in 1894 by Milton S. Hershey. Find out more in the This is Hershey section of the site.
Yes! Our history in the town goes back more than 100 years, and we are committed to continue making the world's best chocolate products right here in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In fact, the company has created one of the world's largest, most advanced chocolate facilities in Hershey. This project represents a significant investment and will ensure that we continue to make Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars, Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates, Hershey's Syrup and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups as well as a wide range of other products in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We also make about a million miles of Twizzlers Candies each year at our Lancaster facility, a few miles from Hershey.
Yes. A parent or legal guardian may submit an idea on behalf of his or her minor child.
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In the past we did not accept any outside ideas or suggestions. New products are under independent consideration and development by our company for many years. At the time of your suggestion, we were not in a position to reveal our product development plans for competitive reasons. On July 10th, 2008, The Hershey Company began a new program which encourages consumers to submit their ideas on our website. Any ideas submitted previous to this date were not reviewed due to our policy at that time.
Yes, GMO ingredients are safe. The international scientific community, including the U.S. American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the National Academy of Sciences and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations have examined the health effects of genetically modified crops in widespread commercial production and concluded they are safe for human consumption.
We have found that allergen lists become outdated and old versions remain in circulation. Rather than have you make purchase decisions based on outdated information, we encourage you to check the ingredient and allergen information on the package for information about a product. If you have additional questions, we are happy to help.
Yes, many Hershey products contain GMO ingredients. The most common crops grown in the United States are primarily GMO crops, so many Hershey’s ingredients such as corn, soy and sugar beets come from the same sources broadly used throughout the U.S. food and beverage industry.
We understand that non-genetically modified ingredients are important to some of our consumers, which is why we offer a range of products that are made from non-GMO ingredients that are verified by third parties, such as The Non-GMO Project.
The Gluten-Free Confections list is located in the Dietary Needs webpage of our website.
Hershey produces a number of zero sugar products that may be useful in a diet for people living with diabetes. Visit the Dietary Needs webpage to learn more about our zero sugar products.
Yes, these currently include SkinnyPop, Pirate’s Booty, Paqui Tortilla Chips, barkTHINS snacking chocolate, organic Dagoba Chocolates, Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup and Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate.
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The amount of PGPR used is quite small (as is the amount of soy lecithin). For example, in our milk chocolate, it is less than 1% of all ingredients.
The small amount of caffeine present in chocolate occurs naturally in the cocoa bean, unlike the caffeine in soft drinks which is added during the manufacturing process.
The amount of theobromine in specific Hershey's chocolate products are listed in the Ingredient Topics page.
No. PGPR is a processed ingredient, but it is made from natural ingredients such as castor beans, soybean oil and sunflower oil.
Yes, PGPR is a commonly used and a safe ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) and other international regulatory authorities have reviewed PGPR and indicate that it is safe and suitable for use in food production.
According to the World Health Organization, GMOs are organisms such as plants, animals or microorganisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.
Farmers have used selective cross-breeding of genetically superior plants for thousands of years to improve the quality and productivity of crops. Today, plant biotechnology has enabled the development of plants with genetic traits that create a more reliable and affordable food supply.
The USDA estimates 70-75% of food products consumed in the United States use ingredients that are produced from crops that were developed using genetic modification, a practice that has been used for almost 25 years. These include ingredients from common crops such as corn, soy and sugar beets.
Polyglycerol polyricinoleate, more commonly known as PGPR, is an emulsifier that is made from castor beans, soybeans or sunflower seeds. It’s used in cooking oils and fats, spreads, low fat dressings, ice cream, and flour. In the confectionery industry, it is used to improve the consistency of chocolate. It improves the flow of chocolate to aid in moulding it into bars.
An emulsifier is an ingredient that is typically used to keep fat and water from separating in the product. When cooking at home, egg yolks are often used as an emulsifier. They also facilitate the moulding of chocolates into various shapes. PGPR is made from natural ingredients such as castor beans, soybean oil and sunflower oil. Another emulsifier used by Hershey is soy lecithin, which is commonly obtained from soybeans. It is not a substitute for the cocoa butter or fats used in chocolate.
There is an ink stamped "BB" or "Best By" date code on our products. This best by date represents the month and year until which the product is expected to be within its peak freshness.
Check out our Product Locator to find your favorite Hershey product. Hershey's product line is available to all distributors and retailers. Unfortunately, shelf-space in stores is limited. Retailers and distributors determine which items they stock based on consumer demand. Asking local store managers to stock a particular product often helps to expand the selection of our products on store shelves.
No. Dutch processed cocoa has an alkalizing agent similar to baking soda added to neutralize the natural acidity of cocoa. It has a more mellow flavor and a darker color.
Most confectionery products are at their best flavor for one year after manufacture. Ingredients such as nuts will shorten the shelf life. Products kept beyond recommended "best before" date may have flavor loss or texture changes. Keep in mind, however, that storage conditions greatly affect the quality of our products.
Chocolate contains cocoa butter, a vegetable fat that is sensitive to heat and humidity. Temperatures above 75°F will cause chocolate to melt. The cocoa butter can rise to the surface and form a discoloration called "cocoa butter bloom." Condensation on milk or semi-sweet chocolate may cause the sugar to dissolve and rise to the surface as "sugar bloom." Chocolate that has "bloomed" is certainly safe to use, but flavor loss and texture changes may be noticed.
Solid chocolate products will maintain their quality if well wrapped and stored in a cool, dry place (55-60°F). While refrigerated chocolate is certainly safe to use, we don't recommend it. Chocolate kept in the refrigerator may "sweat" when brought to room temperature.
Cocoa is considered a non-perishable item which should maintain quality if stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.
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Yes. This substitution can also be found on each Hershey's Cocoa can. 3 level tablespoons of cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening equals 1 ounce of unsweetened baking chocolate.
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View our Hershey’s Recipes webpage to view our Rich Cocoa Fudge Recipe and other delicious recipes.