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It’s the Cocoa Bean, Baby

Before the Hershey Kisses plume was used, a small square of printed tissue was include with every foil wrapped Hershey's Kiss.  1907-1921

Before the Hershey Kisses plume was introduced, a small square of printed tissue was included with every foil wrapped Hershey's Kiss. 1907-1921

 

Like most major corporations, The Hershey Company trademark logo has changed over time.  Changes are made to better communicate the core mission of the company.  Most companies seek to create something that will serve as a visual symbol of the business, an image that will be recognizable without words.

 

Early Hershey Chocolate Company product packaging often featured the company's first trademark, an intertwined H-C-Co.

Early Hershey Chocolate Company product packaging often featured the company's first trademark, an intertwined H-C-Co.

 

Shortly after Milton Hershey started his chocolate company he began searching for a trademark design that would reflect the promise of his new business. The first logo that he used was an intertwined  ‘H’, ‘C’, and ‘Co.’   Unfortunately, this monogram wasn’t very distinctive and it  was soon replaced by a design that would represent the Hershey Chocolate Corporation for 78 years.

 

Advertisement, Hershey Press, 5/25/1911

Advertisement, Hershey Press, 5/25/1911

The Cocoa Bean Baby company trademark was introduced on August 1, 1898. The design reflected the newness and promise of the young company.  The cocoa bean design reminded people that all the products produced by Hershey came from one main ingredient.  The trademark was officially registered on June 26, 1906, for “chocolate, cocoa, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate coatings, chocolate liquors, and chocolate powder.”  The trademark application stated the design featured “the representation of a portion of a vine bearing a broken cocoa bean, with the head, arms and shoulders of an infant projecting therefrom holding a cup in one hand.”

 

Until 1910, the cocoa bean baby held a chocolate bar when featured on Hershey's confectionery products.

Until 1910, the cocoa bean baby held a chocolate bar when featured on Hershey's confectionery products.

Until about 1910, two versions of the Cocoa Bean Baby were used concurrently.  Confectionery bar products featured a Baby holding a bar of chocolate.  Cocoa and baking products products showed the baby holding a cup of cocoa.  The Baby holding a bar was phased out after 1910.
Want to know more?  Check out the Archives’ website to learn more about how the cocoa bean baby has been used.

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