Hershey's Tropical Chocolate Bar

Hershey's Tropical Chocolate Bar

Usage conditions apply
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 “E” 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.
Object Name
ration bar
Other Terms
ration bar; Rations
date made
Hershey Chocolate Corporation
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Hershey
Physical Description
chocolate (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
average spatial: 1 cm x 4 cm x 8.5 cm; 3/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 3 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Hershey Foods Corporation
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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