Making My Own Chocolate Bar

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.

The Hershey Band! Playing such hits as "Break Me Off a Piece of that Kit-Kat Bar."

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.

Lovely view of all the chocolate for sale.

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.

It's all electronic. You chose from a touch-screen your chocolate flavor (white, dark or milk) and then select from the mix-in options that day.

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.)

A person puts your chocolate shell on the conveyor belt, which is picked up by this machine to start the bar making process.

Yup, it's a Hershey bar!

My first mix-in were pretzels. Love me some chocolate covered pretzels!

Then I added some butter toffee chips to the bar. Got lots of those.

I also selected white chocolate chips. No idea why...just did...

Once all the mix-ins have been added, the bar goes through the chocolate bath to be covered. No matter what base bar you opted for, the top was milk chocolate.

When sprinkles are offered, one must accept.

After about 10 minutes in the cooling machine, your bar comes out to be packaged. It looks sooo good!

They slide your chocolate bar into the box, then place it in a metal Hershey's box. Around that is the label you designed while waiting for your bar to cool.

I designed this fabulous package for my candy bar. I customized the background color and the designs that we printed on top.

All packaged neatly and ready for eating!

Chocolate bar! I wanted evidence of it before it mysteriously went away...

And it is as delicious as it looks!

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!

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2 comments on “Making My Own Chocolate Bar

  1. higpoo says:

    It was much more fun that I thought it would be. I thought the price was a little high too, then it turned out to be really interesting. Took us about an hour for the whole process. Which wasn’t too bad overall.

  2. Nicole says:

    My kids desperately wanted to do this the last time we were there, but evil mommy said no after she saw the price and the line! Looks like fun. Maybe next time now that I know it is “worth every penny”!

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