Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook

Oh, what a rare find from a local antique store.  To read the recipes, just view the original with extra pictures.   I must confess, another side of me that I’m just sharing is my love of antiquing.  Each antique store is like exploring a free museum chock full of treasures.  When I pick out an antique it is to use and not just store away to admire later.  This week I found a well preserved Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook.  Who do you know that didn’t learn to make their first batch of icing with Hersey’s chocolate.  The book I found was actually a reproduction done in 1971 where they did revise and update some of the recipes for the current time.  Still, a cookbook from 1971 in this shape is still hard to find.


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  1. My daughter and son in law moved into this house and we have hundreds of cook books dating from 1934 to the 80s . One in particular is a 1934 Hersey cook book that is identical to the one on your page . I was curious about how much it is worth.

    1. Mine was a reproduction from 1971. Can’t remember for sure what I paid. An original could be pretty valuable if in good condition. Maybe look on eBay. I’ll look to see what I paid for mine.

  2. I have one also in good.condition . How much is it worth?

  3. Love the cover and the chocolate on the kids faces! It just MAKES you want some, doesn’t it? 😀

  4. Looks like a great cookbook! How fun that you were able to find it. You’ll have to make some of the recipes and share them with us!

    1. I couldn’t believe I found it. At first I thought is was circa 1934 but realized it was 1970’s when I looked in the cover. Still a great find. When I slow down a little then I’d like to get back to doing a little cooking / baking. That’s why I’m doing mostly pictures right now. It still takes about 1-2 hours to Photoshop the pic, save it to SmugMug and then post with a few notes on the Blog. I found a Pinterest site on food photography that you might like. I can’t remember if I sent it to you?

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