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Recently, our oldest son and I were walking out of the grocery store and he saw one of those chocolate Easter Bunnies (you know – the chocolate that looks like chocolate, but tastes awful). He said, “I wish that was made with HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. We’d eat the whole thing. I’d buy that!” Hahaha! A boy after my own heart.
A few months ago, I was able to visit the Hershey Tech Center to learn more about what goes into HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. I remember having it as a kid and I love it as much today as I did then, and maybe more after visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania. I saw first-hand how they use farm fresh milk from farms within 100 miles of Hershey, Pennsylvania, like Meadow Lane Dairy. I love knowing that the HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate I give my kids (and myself!) has farm fresh milk in it! And it was great to see how well the cows were treated, too.
Did you know that HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate is made with familiar ingredients, like cocoa, sugar and farm fresh milk, but NOT with artificial flavors? They start with farm fresh milk that is delivered fresh daily to the factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The farms are all within 100 miles, so they know it will arrive fresh. Plus, the farms are SO nice – the Rohrers of Meadow Lane Dairy really educated us about dairy and what it takes to supply the farm fresh milk for HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate.
Can you believe more than 17,000 cows are milked every day to provide enough milk for HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate? Once the cows are milked, the milk is tested and sent to the factory where Hershey tests it again, just to be sure that it is at its peak freshness before they actually use it. That fresh milk is what makes HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate so creamy (and delicious!).
Hershey is actually one of only a few large-scale chocolate makers in the U.S. that use farm fresh milk in HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. I learned a lot of this while I was there and more when I visited www.FreshMilkChocolate.com. Take a look at this infographic for an even close look at the farm fresh milk in HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate:
I’m all for sharing with my family, and one thing we love is making food together, especially when it involves chocolate. You can make this yummy S’Mores dip that our family loves. My friend Stephanie wrote it for my readers, so we gave it a try, and we eat it all of the time now!
1. Melt HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars in a pan on low heat. This takes roughly 3-5 minutes. Stir regularly. It should have a smooth appearance such as pudding.
2. Dip snack crackers in chocolate with tongs. Lay on wax paper. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles. Place in fridge for 30 minutes or until set.
3. Place marshmallows in the skillet and put in the oven at 350 degrees. I let mine bake for roughly 10 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking.
4. Drizzle marshmallows with leftover melted chocolate and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles.
5. When ready to serve, bring cookies out promptly from the fridge and serve with the dip.
6. Dip, eat and enjoy, knowing that you are eating chocolate made with ingredients like cocoa, sugar and farm fresh milk (and no artificial flavors!).
I want to thank The Hershey Company for working with me on this blog! To learn more about the farm fresh milk and other simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate, be sure to visit www.FreshMilkChocolate.com.