There are many candies that are still popular today that have their origins around the turn of the century – that’s over 100 years of sweet treats !
Hershey Kisses are a perfect example of a nostalgic sweet that has stood the test of time. In 1903, Milton Hershey began construction of a chocolate plant in his hometown, Derry Church, Pennsylvania, which later came to be known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 1907, Hershey introduced a new candy, small flat-bottomed conical-shaped pieces of chocolate that he named “Hershey’s Kiss“. Initially they were individually wrapped by hand in squares of foil, and the introduction of machine wrapping in 1921 simplified the process while adding the small paper ribbon to the top of the package to indicate that it was a genuine Hershey’s kiss.
Tootsie Rolls have also been around since the 19th century. In 1896 its founder Leo Hirshfield, an Austrian immigrant to the United States of America, started his candy business in a small shop located in New York City. He wanted a chewy candy that would not melt easily in the heat, and would be an economical artificial alternative to traditional chocolates. He named the candy after the nickname of his daughter, Clara “Tootsie” Hirshfield.
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