You didn’t think I’d let the whole month of January go by without posting something BIG? Well, up until a few hours ago, I did. Work (you know, all the other writing I do) has been crazy-in-a-good-way this month.
But I can’t ignore the fact that the winter doldrums have set in, and so I want to offer a suggestion to anyone looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway: Hershey, PA. True, the Hersheypark amusement park is still closed for the season, but there are other year-round attractions in town. My favorite of which is Chocolate World, home to the world’s largest selection of Herhsey’s products.
First, there are the attractions, like the Great American Chocolate Tour, a free ride with a free sample at the end. I can honestly say that I still have memories of this ride from a trip I took there as a five-year old. Hey, it’s the enduring power of chocolate. Of course, it’s been updated, and stars three singing mechanical dairy cows. That “Hershey’s Milk Chocolate” jingle will stick in your brain for days.
For a fee, you can also catch “Hershey’s Great Chocolate Factory Mystery,” a fun action adventure movie in the 4D theater, or the “Hershey’s Create Your Own Candy Bar” area, where you get to customize your own chocolate bar. (Hope you look better than me in a hair net.)
But it’s the retail area where you find the BIG stuff, like the world’s largest Hershey’s Bar, York Peppermint Patty, Twizzlers, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. In the new XOXO section devoted to Hershey’s Kisses, the entire back wall was covered with bins featuring different flavors— we lost count at 15—like Cookies N’ Creme, Mint Truffle, and Candy Cane.
Don’t even get me started about the Bake Shoppe.
Hey YOU! Go BIG!
Hershey’s Chocolate World
251 Park Blvd, Hershey, PA 17033