Last weekend I had the good fortune of attending Mr. Hillman’s Helpings grandmothers 100th birthday celebration. Isn’t that amazing? I got to thinking, what foods were popular and/or ‘invented’ in the early 1900s? I found a wonderful website that gives a timeline of when certain foods were introduced.

Did you know that people have been drinking wine since 6000 BC? Anyway, in the early 1900s Americans were introduced to many different types of food including peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, Animal Crackers, Canned Tuna and Corn Flakes! (Isn’t the internet amazing?)

In 1908, the year Grandma was born, the Hershey Bar was first manufactured! Today’s recipe is an ode to the Hershey bar. It comes from my friend’s family and is one of Hr. Hillman’s Helpings favorite desserts!



Cream 1 cup unsalted butter and 3/4 cup sugar together. Add to the mixture 1 egg, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix until uniform. Slowly add 2.5 cups flour to the mixture until completely incorporated.

The dough should be sticky.

Wet your hands and cut the dough into 2 sections.

Spray Pam on the inside of a 9×13 baking dish. Press half of the dough into the pan, covering it completely. (Usually this requires thinning it out a whole lot)

Place whole Hershey Chocolate Bars onto the dough, enough so that the entire dish is covered (about 4 bars).

Smooth the remaining dough on top of the Hershey Bars.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the baked bars. Cut into squares before it cools completely.

Note: Once they harden, they are very difficult to cut.

This was your history lesson of the day. Have a great rest of the week!


Lauren Hillman
Hillman’s Helpings