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Chapter 4: Hershey, Cocoa, and Child Slavery/Labor Abuse
In 1894, Milton Hershey decided to make chocolate to cover his caramels. From that choice, the Hershey Chocolate Company was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The enterprise has grown over the years with the Hershey Company becoming the largest chocolate confectionary in North America. Hershey's is a global brand with operations in over 90 countries. When people hear the name Hershey's, they think chocolate. The Hershey's Kisses are an iconic candy known around the world.
Chocolate is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree known as cocoa beans and originated in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The beans grow in pods with each pod containing 20 to 60 beans. The cacao tree grows ...