Title: Chocolate by HersheyChocolate by Hershey
Author: Betty Burford
Illustrator: Loren Chantland
Pages: 64
Recommended Ages: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Chocolate. Yum.

His Life.

Born on a farm in Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey had no clue that he would one day become a successful, world-famous candy maker. His first business venture was as an apprentice to a newspaper editor. Although Milton enjoyed his job, his employer was a hot-tempered man and the two quickly parted ways. It was after this fall out that Milton first considered pursuing confectionary.

Milton loved making candy. At the age of eighteen he established his own candy store, but six years later fell ill and was unable to work. His business was consumed by debt.

Milton continued in his quest to own his own store. Several more attempts fell through until he established a caramel factory and began shipping his candies to England. Having narrowed in on his expertise – making creamy candies, his business flourished.

Ever the innovator, Milton became interested in the newest candy – chocolate – and, after much deliberation, decided to sell out his caramel business and establish a chocolate factory. This factory became the center of the famous Hershey, Pennsylvania where Milton not only created chocolate, but also fashioned an entire community for his horde of workers. Unable to have children of the own, Milton and his wife Kitty poured much of their fortune into providing homes and education for needy children.

In the last years of his life, Milton continued to fashion new blends of chocolate and created the host of bars that we enjoy today. He lived just long enough to see the Allies win World War II before he breathed his last.

Discussion.

One thing that struck me as I read Chocolate by Hershey was the fact that Milton Hershey lived through the War Between the States, World War I, and World War II. Can you imagine!?!

It is explained that Milton was born to Mennonite parents and that Mennonites are peace-lovers who dislike war, dancing, pleasure reading, card playing, and the theater. It is said that Milton didn’t hold to the same beliefs.

It is explained that as Milton grew up, his parents no longer lived together because they were “just too different from each other”. His father drifts out of his life and it is his mother and aunt who support him and help him develop his business ideas.

Conclusion. Excellent. Chocolate lovers need to read this account of the growth of the chocolate empire.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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