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Hershey Chronology

The Chronology is an ever-growing list of key events in Hershey’s history. Staff works to keep the Chronology as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

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Recent Entries

January 9, 2019
February 15, 2019

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company breaks ground for “Hershey’s Chocolatetown,” an all-new region at Hersheypark where guests can play, eat, shop, and gather year round. Opening is scheduled for Summer 2020.

June 25, 2018

Spencer Carbery is named the 26th head coach of the Hershey Bears hockey club.

December 13, 2017

The relocated Chocolate World Times Square store opens. It is located at 20 Times Square, 701 Seventh Ave, New York City, New York. The new store offers a variety of experiences including personalizing Hershey’s chocolate bar wrappers, warm baked treats and chocolate beverages at Hershey’s Kitchens Bakery, or visit Hershey’s largest permanent s’mores experience.

April 27, 2017

The Hershey Company introduces new summer inspired candy flavors: Kit Kat Strawberry flavored candy, Hershey’s Kisses Coconut Almond flavored candies, PayDay BBQ flavored candy, Reese’s Honey Roasted flavored Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers Key Lime flavored twists, and Twizzlers Orange Cream Pop flavored twists.

March 10, 2017

The Hershey Company introduces Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cups

March 1, 2017

The Hershey Company names Michele Buck President and Chief Executive Officer.

February 1, 2017
February 28, 2017

The Iberian Lounge at The Hotel Hershey reopens after renovations. [Event occurred in February 2017.]

January 1, 2017
January 31, 2017

"Hershey Triple Tower&quot thrill ride opens at Hersheypark. This ride includes three separate towers: Hershey’s Tower (189 feet high), Reese’s Tower (131 feet high), and Hershey’s Kisses Tower (80 feet high). Passengers slowly ride to the top and wait to be dropped back to the surface. [Specific date is unknown. Event occurred in 2017.]

December 22, 2016

Hershey’s Chocolate World welcomes its 100th millionth visitor. The Albert family from Pittsburgh becomes the Mayor of Chocolate World for the day.

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