Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Sweet Escapade: Exploring the Town of Hershey

Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, the charming town of Hershey is a haven for chocolate enthusiasts and a delight for those seeking a sweet escape. Our recent visit to this cocoa-infused haven left us with memories of chocolatey bliss, as we explored not only the iconic Hershey's Chocolate World but also the town's rich history, warm hospitality, and sweet attractions. It was the northernmost part of our Mid-Atlantic road trip, and after Hershey we drove south east towards New York City for the rest of our stay. So let us enjoy one last drive on our road trip before we get lost in the big apple.

This post is part of a multi-part travel series from our Mid-Atlantic USA Road trip
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Discovering Hershey's Legacy

Our journey began with a deep dive into the history of Hershey, a town with a legacy as sweet as its famous chocolate. Founded by Milton S. Hershey, the "Chocolate King," in the early 20th century, Hershey is more than just a town; it's a testament to one man's vision and passion for creating delectable delights. We explored the Hershey Story Museum, which offered an insightful glimpse into the life of Milton Hershey and the evolution of his chocolate empire. Walking through the charming streets lined with Hershey Kiss-shaped streetlights, we couldn't help but feel the town's whimsical atmosphere. 

Chocolate Immersion at Hershey's Chocolate World

No visit to Hershey is complete without a pilgrimage to Hershey's Chocolate World, an immersive experience that caters to every chocolate lover's fantasy. As we entered, our senses were instantly greeted by the sweet scent of melted chocolate, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey. It was actually an overload to enter this place. We were greeted by so many colorful things, that I didn't know what to focus on first.

The Great American Chocolate Tour ride took us through a simulated chocolate factory, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate-making process. From cocoa bean harvests to the mesmerizing dance of milk and sugar, the tour was a feast for the eyes and a delight for the taste buds. We marveled at the technological marvels that make Hershey's chocolate so uniquely delicious. The ride is free and when we visited there was no waiting line.

Interactive experiences awaited us at every turn, from designing our own chocolate bars to personalizing Hershey's Kisses wrappers. The Chocolate Tasting Experience was a highlight, allowing us to savor the nuanced flavors of various chocolate varieties and gain a newfound appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each Hershey's creation. The rest of the factory is a shop where you can get good deals on chocolate. We bought most of it to bring back home.

Culinary Delights and Local Flavors

Our culinary journey in Hershey was as delectable as expected, with local eateries showcasing the town's culinary diversity. From Hershey's Chocolate Avenue Grill, to the cozy cafes offering handmade chocolate treats, taste buds are on a a continuous joyride here. There is also a Hershey's Chocolate Spa to which we didn't go.

Our visit to Hershey was a symphony of chocolatey delights, historical exploration, and natural beauty. From the rich legacy of Milton S. Hershey to the immersive experiences at Hershey's Chocolate World, the town proved to be a haven for chocolate enthusiasts and a destination that offers much more than just sweet treats. Hershey's enchanting blend of history, culture, and gastronomy ensures that every visitor leaves with a heart full of memories and, undoubtedly, a sweet tooth that lingers long after departure. As the next morning rose, we packed our bags and drove down the streets with the Hershey Kiss-shaped streetlights to our final destination.


  1. You've awakened the dragon! I must have a plain ol' Hershey Bar immediately!!!!

  2. Hershey is also famous for having the world's largest automotive flee market. It covers many acres of booths selling cars and car parts for every car imaginable. Glad you enjoyed the sweetness of Hershey's chocolate.



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