There are some advantages to living in Central Pennsylvania. One of which is our close proximity to Hershey. Yes, that Hershey. During the month of February, Hershey goes all out with their Chocolate-Covered February events. It’s really neat and lots of fun. A friend of ours from college came up last Saturday and we headed off to Hershey’s Chocolate World to see what we could do to celebrate Chocolate-Covered February.
We got there just in time for the parade. Lots of fun music and dancing characters.
From there, we hit up the Hershey’s Chocolate ride. It’s free and at the end they give you free samples. This time we received Reece’s Pieces. In the past, we’ve had some of the first Cookies and Cream samples, Chocolate Bar, and Almond Joy Pieces.
As we enjoyed our tasty sample, we hit the shops at Chocolate World. A view of the wide selection of chocolate from above.
We decided to be true tourists and make our own chocolate bar. Yup, you read that right. You can make your own chocolate bar at Hershey, picking the mix-ins you want, as well as the type of chocolate. What’s fun is you are part of the process from the start. The first thing you do is select the items you want in your chocolate bar.
Once you’ve made your choices, you head into the assembly area, where machines make your chocolate bar. Which was a tad bit disappointing as I thought I would mix them in by hand, like they do at Cold Stone Creamery or Maggie Moo’s. (please note, all the following photos were taken through plastic and are a little wobbly.)
This is one of those things that you see at Hershey, but never do. At least for us, living so close. But, after having done it, it’s totally worth doing! It was a lot of fun picking out the flavors, watching it go through the assembly line, making the label and then having the bar presented to us. I had a little reservation about the cost at first ($9.95), but in the end, it is worth every penny!