It is a sad day in our household. Hershey products are banned. All of them. Even those Cherry Cordial Kisses I like so much.
Once, Hershey was an icon of freedom. Their chocolate bars were carried by American GIs overseas. They must have handed out thousands and thousands of Hershey’s chocolate bars during wartime. Almost all Americans can remember having a Hershey’s treat during their childhood. We asked, cajoled, begged, made promises of doing chores to get mom or dad to buy us a Hershey’s chocolate bar while at the store. But those days are gone. Our image of the chocolate giant is forever changed.
My personal experience of the Chocolate Monster comes in the form of a small, local business. The owner created small cakes drenched in chocolate. They were delicious bite sized cakes. She often brought samples to our networking meetings. She worked very hard to get her product into several local businesses. That was her downfall. She was noticed by Hershey. . Nothing she made even remotely resembled a Hershey product, but Hershey shut her down. Because of a word. One word. One silly, little word. She used the word ‘kisses’ in her company name.
I am sure she is not the first small business to be shut down by the Chocolate Monster, but it is the one I know on a personal basis. And it stinks. What was Hershey so afraid of? That a baker in a small Pacific Northwest town was serious competition? To what? They make NOTHING like her product.
Hershey is a bully.
Now, Hershey has managed to ban the import of British and other European candies and chocolates to the United States. Their premise for this lawsuit was packaging. We, the stupid Americans, may confuse the British packaging with Hershey’s packaging and buy the ‘wrong’ product. As in not Hershey’s products.
Let us all remember that Mirco Soft, and even farther back, old Ma Bell were forced to divide their companies up so they would not to have a monopoly. How is what Hershey has done not fall under that same umbrella?
Hershey is forcing Americans to buy only their products. Oh sure, I can go buy Nestles’, but did you know that some of the Nestles’ products are licensed to Hershey? Kit Kat and Rolo are two of those. And now, I am not allowed to make the choice to buy British chocolate. The impact of this will be much further reaching than one may think. All those little Irish and British import stores will no longer be able to carry Cadbury chocolate, or any other British made chocolates.
Hershey is jealous and insecure. Make a better chocolate? Nope. We’d rather shut down any and all competition. You want a choice in the chocolate you buy? HA! We can control your choices. Just watch us.
Guess what, Hershey. We won’t tolerate your pettiness. Go look at your Facebook page. See all those people telling you off? See how many consumers are no longer buying your products? We may love our chocolate, but we will go without if it means buying anything Hershey makes.
Just watch us.