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Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Before we started traveling full time we lived just outside Harrisburg, PA just 20 minutes from Hershey, PA! it was the first place we visited once we moved! I walked it preggo and all!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Preggo

We made it a point to go again before we left since it was one of the kid’s favorite places, and it gave them a taste of what we would be doing on the road!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania

If parking is full when you get there, like it was for us then you get to ride the tram to Chocolate World. My kids had a blast on the tram!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Tram

We learned the first time that certain activities fill up fast like the Make Your Own Candy Bar! So we did that first!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Flag

We had to dress just like the Chocolate workers do in aprons and hair nets.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Hair Nets

But I think Baby Girl took the cake on looking the cutest. This has become my favorite picture!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Baby Hair Net

So you head in with your ticket and scan it, then you pick what type of chocolate you want, and the mix ins you want, sprinkles and more. Then you head to the assembly line. You scan your ticket again and it starts your chocolate bar in a mold.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Watching Bar

Then the bar goes from station to station getting the mix ins and chocolate. The name of your child will show up on the monitors so they can follow their bar.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Names

Once all the mix in’s are in there the bar gets covered in chocolate.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Chocolate Pour

Right after that it gets sprinkles (if you choose!)

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Sprinkles

Then the chocolate bar goes into the cooling off tube which sets the chocolate.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Cooling Tube

Then you can get into a room with computers to design your packaging! Then you can see how much longer is left on your bar!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Monitor

Then you can watch your bar be boxed.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Boxed

Then the chocolate workers check for defects and place your wrapper on your box and you are all done!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Holding Chocolate

The process takes 20-30 minutes depending on how many people are going in at the same time.

From there we headed on to the Chocolate World Factory tour. It’s free!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania In Car

The tour shows from the beginning how chocolate is made with milk and cocoa beans.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Cows

Then even had videos of the real workers making chocolate and a real time count of candy made that day!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Counter

Then we got our picture at the end, my kids weren’t sure where to look!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Picture

Then we went and had lunch. This was treat in itself! They have tons of great desserts!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Dessert Bar

My kids had mac and cheese. I had a sandwich and the side was chips and pretzels that were coated in a chocolate dusting!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Chips and Pretzels

We had dessert and my husband took home some jolly rancher cupcakes! We then let the kids each pic out one stuffed animal and they LOVED THEM!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Stuffed Animals

Then we decided to drive around Hershey. I love the Hershey Kiss street lights.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Kiss Lights

Many of the older nice homes were built for the early factory workers to live in because there wasn’t a town where the factory was built. Today they have been restored and are beautiful.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Brick House

We drove past the Hershey Chocolate Plant

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Chocolate Factory

We even hunted down Milton Hershey’s home. Which is not open to tours (I want to know WHY not I want to see it!) it is used as offices.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Milton Hershey Home

We then headed by the Hershey Museum and the grounds

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Museum

Someone was so pooped at the end of the day that she passed out with her Hershey toy in hand!

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania Sleeping

 

 

 

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