Milk chocolate bars have come a long ways since we were kids. Today's best milk chocolates rival dark chocolate in quality. At the same time, milk chocolate has not lost sight of its original purpose--making chocolate accessible and enjoyable.
The combination of milk and chocolate into a milk chocolate bar was invented by Daniel Peter (1836-1919) and first manufactured in scale by Henry Nestlé. Peter's invention was seemingly born of a passion for chocolate, and a healthy appetite for work."It did not take me long to convince myself that if I wanted to place myself and my product within the already existing factories, I must try for a specialty," said Peter. "Therefore, it appeared that if I could unite the milk and the chocolate in a state which would assure conservation and satisfactory transportation, I would make useful work for many, while being sure at the same time that the ownership of this industry would be difficult to exploit by anyone."