NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CANDY DAY TIMELINE
Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten invented a hydraulic press that could separate the cocoa butter from the cacao, thereby producing a powder.
Rodolphe Lindt's invention of the conching machine resulted in the mass production of chocolate, paving the way for John Cadbury to introduce his first chocolate egg.
Chocolate - once considered a luxury for the wealthy, is made affordable by Milton Hershey.
By the end of World War II, the entire Hershey plant was producing ration bars at a rate of 24 million a week.