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The BIG Stuff at Hershey’s

Chocolate WorldYou 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.

chocolate bar

That’s five pounds of chocolate goodness right there…


Mean Mommy made her put it back on the display.

Don’t even get me started about the Bake Shoppe.

Hey YOU! Go BIG!
Hershey’s Chocolate World
251 Park Blvd, Hershey, PA 17033


  1. Leigh said,
    January 31, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    I’m so glad to see a new post, I was beginning to think I wasn’t on your list any longer! This sounds like a dangerous place to go with the winter doldrums! Can you say 5 pounds I don’t need after the holiday gorging?!?! Great to “hear” from you again!

  2. Mike said,
    February 2, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    Yay. We’re glad to see something new on the BIG front. You may be a mean mommy, but I think you made the right decision making your daughter put back the Twizzlers (or any candy for that matter which is as big as her entire upper torso).

  3. Never Stop Traveling said,
    February 3, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Got sweet tooth but I don’t know how to exactly eat those BIG BIG chocolates!

  4. sfadley415 said,
    February 16, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    I would love to go to Hershey’s Chocolate World! I am only one state away, and I would take the chance to go there during this summer! My sweet tooth would go insane, and I bet yours did also!

  5. Robert Bruce said,
    February 26, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    I took my family to the February “Chocolate Covered Favorites”. My kids were shocked. We didn’t tell them where we were going. Some of the treats included a chocolate dinner at Hotel Hershey, there were teas for children that were covered in chocolate, (I guess that goes without saying), a chocolate tasting adventure at the Hershey’s World Attraction, and my wife had some spa time which included chocolate. I was amazed that we could find things to do in the dead of winter at Hershey’s Park.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      February 26, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

      That’s one of the reasons I love Hershey so much…there really is stuff to do all year long there! Sounds like you had fun!