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Hershey's Ice Cream Where To Buy

Your four-legged friends are always welcome here. Families can come in with their dogs. You might even buy a vanilla cone for your furry pal. We've been dishing out ice cream in Cape Coral, FL for one year, but our other location in Fort Myers Beach has been open longer. As proud servers of all Hershey's Ice Cream flavors and products, we offer a huge variety of ice cream options. Our flavors change monthly, but we stick to a steady stream of regular favorites. Visit our ice cream shop in Cape Coral, FL or Fort Myers, FL today to see for yourself why generations of people love coming here.

hershey's ice cream where to buy

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Part of the early rivalry appears to relate to the local milk supply, dairy being an essential ingredient for both companies. In 1910, a story in the Lebanon, Pennsylvania Evening Report detailed a series of deals and consolidations of various regional creameries that had effectively put the two businesses in control of the regional dairy industry.

The exasperation here runs deep: It\u2019s not just \u201CHey, we don\u2019t make ice cream,\u201D it\u2019s \u201CTell your friends we\u2019re sick and tired of this crap; stop listening to those imposters; we\u2019re the real Hershey\u2019s and we\u2019re FROM Hershey, the CHOCOLATE TOWN, dammit.\u201D

This overlap sometimes made things confusing for area residents. In 1916, when a typhoid outbreak was traced to a creamery run by Hershey\u2019s Ice Cream (a local headline screamed that there were \u201Ctoo many bacilli to count!\u201D), the newspaper coverage included a statement from Hershey\u2019s Chocolate saying that they had \u201Cabsolutely no connection\u201D to that other business and also did \u201Cnot deal in milk, ice cream or butter.\u201D But this clarification apparently wasn\u2019t enough, as the candy company president complained, with evident frustration, in a long letter to the editor:

From the tone here, and in the ad included earlier in this post, and in everything else I found in the newspaper archives, it\u2019s clear that from the very outset, the chocolate company considered the ice cream company to be second-string chumps, not real rivals to the claim of The One True Hershey.

Two years later, in February 1918, Hershey Chocolate bought up more creameries, \u201Cthe whole milk output of the upper end of the county.\u201D It was a power move, one built on business; given the broader stakes and Milton Hershey\u2019s evident desires to be a sort of local king, it seems likely that he was also simply trying to flex a bit. The Lancaster Intelligencer ran this graphic at the top of its front page, overshadowing multiple headlines about the war raging in Europe:

I can\u2019t prove that this is where Hershey\u2019s Ice Cream got feisty, but something seems to have snapped right around this time, because by 1920\u2014and perhaps a bit earlier\u2014it had spun off a new company, Hershey Brothers Chocolate. Not subtle!

Milton Hershey\u2019s lawyer sent the ice cream company a threatening letter, but they didn\u2019t stop, so in 1926, he sued, and won. The Hershey brothers were legally forbidden from using their name to sell chocolate or cocoa products. Once again, though, they didn\u2019t stop\u2014they simply took their operation out of town, hoping that the specifics of the legal restrictions wouldn\u2019t travel too far. Unfortunately for them, both brand awareness and the telegraph already existed. In 1929, Milton received a telegram from one of his reps in Omaha, who had heard that Hershey Brothers were at it once more in Nebraska, trying to sell chocolate under the Hershey name.

For a few decades after the Omaha incident, it appears that there was something of a truce between the two companies, or at least they managed to keep their battles out of the headlines. But in 1966, it was Hershey Chocolate\u2019s turn to play the bad guy. The company, then making $212 million every year, wanted to get into the ice cream business, using its branded chocolate as the coating for a bar produced another corporation. Hershey\u2019s Ice Cream\u2014by now a major underdog, doing $8 million in sales at the time\u2014sued, and the two companies eventually settled in court. The deal was this: Hershey\u2019s Ice Cream had exclusive right to sell ice cream with the Hershey\u2019s brand name. Hershey\u2019s Chocolate, meanwhile, could use its name for pretty much anything else.

Now. Frozen yogurt is not ice cream, as every purveyor of frozen yogurt is quick to point out (BTW: Pinkberry got busted a while back for its claims that its product was \u201Call natural\u201D and therefore better for you). But they occupy adjacent places in grocery store freezers and in consumer perceptions. It\u2019s like ice cream, or at least sufficiently so that most reasonable people might agree that frozen yogurt is fair game for a company with exclusive rights to marketing a particular brand name of ice cream.

Hershey\u2019s Chocolate, naturally, had other opinions, and pointed back to the 1960s settlement (which, again, pointed back to earlier lawsuits; it\u2019s just an endless chain of animosity). Hershey\u2019s Chocolate took the stance that ice cream is ice cream, and that this new product was \u201Clikely to cause confusion by giving consumers the false impression that the Creamery\u2019s frozen yogurt originates from Hershey Foods.\u201D

And so it is today that the two companies remain rivals, although there\u2019s a tremendous asymmetry to the contentious relationship. Here\u2019s the court-ordered fine print on every cup of ice cream sold at the Hershey's scoop shops:

Hershey\u2019s Chocolate, for its part, prefers not to even acknowledge its competitor, and apparently has not legal obligation to do so. Its website has an entire ice cream section, touting its products as toppings, with nary a mention of what ice cream, exactly, one should use as the base.

If you go to Hersheypark, you\u2019ll find plenty of synergy with other brands. There\u2019s a Pepsi Pop Star Store and a Chik-fil-A and a Dunkin\u2019 stand and a Starbucks and a Nathan\u2019s Famous and a Subway. If you want ice cream, there are various options, including several kiosks selling Dippin\u2019 Dots.

But there is, of course, nowhere to buy Hershey\u2019s Ice Cream, despite it being a historic brand from just up the road. The closest thing you\u2019ll find at Hersheypark is a place called\u2014pay close attention to the name here\u2014Milton's Ice Cream Parlor, which was \u201Cinspired by Mr. Hershey's early ventures in sweetness that came before his famous chocolate factory.\u201D 041b061a72


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