Hershey's Tropical Chocolate Bar


Physical Description

Paper candy wrapper over candy bar.

General History

In 1943, the procurement division of the army inquired about the possibility of obtaining a heat-resistant chocolate bar with an improved flavor. After a short period of experimentation, Hershey's Tropical Chocolate Bar in both one- and two-ounce sizes was added to the list of war production items. This bar was destined to exceed all other items in the tonnage produced. The Army-Navy "E" Production Award was given to Hershey Chocolate Corporation on August 22, 1942, in recognition of its outstanding war effort. The corporation received a flag to fly above the chocolate plant and a lapel pin for every employee. The award was presented for exceeding all production expectations in the manufacturing of an Emergency Field Ration. The ā€œEā€ production award was not easily won nor lightly bestowed. The award recognized companies that consistently met high standards of quality and quantity in light of available resources. Major General Edmund Gregory said of Hershey, "The men and women of Hershey Chocolate Corporation have every reason to be proud of their great work in backing up our soldiers on the fighting fronts." In all, the Hershey Chocolate Corporation received five Army-Navy "E" awards.

Date Made: 1943

Maker: Hershey Chocolate Corporation

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Hershey

Related Event: World War IIThe Great Depression and World War II


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Hershey Foods Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.0865.07Catalog Number: 1977.0865.07Accession Number: 1977.0865Catalog Number: 80015M

Object Name: ration barOther Terms: ration bar; Rations

Physical Description: chocolate (overall material)paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 1 cm x 4 cm x 8.5 cm; 3/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 3 3/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-a143-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1121923

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