Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Visiting Hershey’s – the Mothership of Chocolate, was a definite on our RV adventure.  Suzanne imagined (yes, she knew this wouldn’t be true) a Willie Wonka-esque place with chocolate rivers and flowers one could eat. Well, obviously not true, but we didn’t expect it to be as bad as it was. :-)  Brad summed it up well: a combo of “It’s a Small World” (Disneyland), Chucky Cheese, and run-down Amusement Park.

We only wanted to go on the free factory tour – no need to pay to taste chocolate (been doing that for decades!), create a chocolate bar (tried that in college while ‘under the influence’ – trust us, chocolate syrup put into a freezer doesn’t freeze, no matter how long it’s left there), or any of that stuff – we just wanted to see the factory that makes such goodness. Well, we did the "factory tour" and we still haven’t seen the factory that makes such goodness – it’s a farce. No, Virginia, there isn’t a Santa Claus, sorry to say.


The “factory tour” takes on (on the amusement park-lie ride) through a cow singing (It’s a Small World) mock-factory and explains how (somewhere else) Hershey makes the yummy chocolate bars. 

As expected, we were let off our “tour” at the HUGE candy store – people were crazy – like they’ve never seen chocolates, twizzlers, or sweets before (you know, the ones you see at the food store for half the price) – they couldn’t contain themselves – lots of sugar highs – lots of sugar highs! 

So we purchased a few things….

Nah. ........................................ :-)

We did learn some interesting things about the founder of Hershey, Milton Hershey. He and his wife Catherine were unable to have children, so they created the Hershey Industrial School in 1909 for orphaned boys.  Once they both passed away, all of their estate was bequeathed to the school, now named the Milton Hershey School, where today it is the country’s largest pre- kindergarten to 12th grade (over 1800 students) home and school for boys and girls from families of low income and social need.  The school pays for everything for the children who attend – housing, education, food, clothing, medical needs, dental, etc….Now that is impressive!

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