Milk Duds

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Milk Duds are a caramel candy, enrobed with a confectionery coating made from cocoa and vegetable oil. They are manufactured by The Hershey Company, and sold in a yellow box.

Milk Duds
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,823 kJ (436 kcal)
71.8 g
Sugars 51.3 g
Dietary fibre 0 g
15.4 g
Saturated 9 g
Trans 0 g
2.6 g
Vitamin A equiv.
0 μg
Vitamin C
0 mg
102.6 mg
0 mg
256.4 mg

Amounts converted and rounded to be relative to 100 g serving. Hershey's listed serving size is 39 g or 13 pieces (above amounts are ~2.5641 servings or ~33 pieces).
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: Milk Duds candy - Hershey's


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. Milk Duds were first created in 1926 by Sean le Noble.[1]


  • 1926: Sean le Noble from Le Noble and Company, Chicago, tries to manufacture a perfectly round, chocolate-covered caramel candy, but when its machines produce confections that are less than round, an employee calls them "duds".[citation needed]
  • 1928: Holloway takes over the original manufacturer of Milk Duds chocolate-covered caramels from Le Noble & Company of Chicago.
  • 1960: Holloway sells Le Noble & Company to Beatrice Foods.
  • 1986: Leaf purchases the Milk Duds business.
  • 1992: Production of Milk Duds candy is moved to Leaf Candy Company's Robinson, Illinois, plant.
  • 1996: Leaf's North American confectionery operation is acquired by Hershey Foods Corporation of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Ingredient changes to reduce production costs[edit]

A vintage Holloway's Milk Duds box

The Hershey Company, in 2008, changed the ingredients of some of its products, in order to replace the relatively expensive cocoa butter with cheaper oil substitutes. This was done to retain a current product price, rather than having to raise prices in the marketplace for products containing cocoa butter.[2]

Hershey's changed the description of the product and altered the packaging slightly along with the ingredients. According to United States Food and Drug Administration food labeling laws, these modified recipes that do not contain cocoa butter can not be legally described as candy coated in milk chocolate and described as "chocolate candy" or "chocolate coating."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Milk Duds". The Hershey Company. 
  2. ^ Levy, Marc (11 October 2008). "Aggressive Mars breathes down Hershey's neck in US". USA Today. 
  3. ^ Coffey, Laura T. (September 19, 2008). "Chocoholics sour on new Hershey's formula". Today. 

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