Holloway's Milk Duds box
are a milk
-covered caramel candy
. They are currently manufactured by The Hershey Company
According to the manufacturer, the word "Milk" in the name refers
to the large amount of milk in the product; the use of "dud" came
about because the original aim of having a perfectly round piece
was found to be impossible.
- 1928: Philo J. Holloway took over the original
manufacturer of Milk Duds chocolate covered caramels, F.
& Company of Chicago.
- 1960: Holloway sold F. Hoffman & Company
to Beatrice Foods.
- 1986: Leaf
purchased the Milk Duds business.
- 1992: Production of Milk Duds candy was moved
to Leaf's Robinson, Illinois, plant.
- 1996: Leaf's North American confectionery
operation was acquired by Hershey
Ingredient changes to reduce production costs
The Hershey Company recently began to change the ingredients of
some of its products, in order to replace the relatively expensive
with cheaper oil
substitutes. This was done to cut costs, rather than having to
raise prices in the marketplace for products containing cocoa
Hershey's changed the description of the product and altered the
packaging slightly along with the ingredients. Though the new
formula contains chocolate, according to United States Food and Drug Administration
modified recipes which do not contain cocoa butter can not be
legally described as candy coated milk
Other products which no longer contain cocoa butter and cannot be
described in the United States as containing milk chocolate
include: Hershey's Kissables
- Milk Duds Candy - Hershey'S
- News article: Aggressive Mars breathes down Hershey's neck in
US, Associated Press, October 11, 2008
- News article: Chocoholics sour on new Hershey’s formula, MSNBC,
Sept. 19, 2008 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26788143/