Chocolate World – Did Someone Say Chocolate?
To say I’m a chocolate fan would be a HUGE understatement! I love chocolate of all sorts, but of course, my favorite happens to be Hershey chocolate. Having a place called Chocolate World nearby is a great perk of living in the area, but I will say that every time I go to Chocolate World, I see a LOT of different license plates throughout the parking lot. People certainly travel a long way to pick up their chocolate fresh at Chocolate World!
While there are certainly a LOT of souvenirs to be had at Chocolate World…
Not to mention ALL the chocolate! (There is more than what is visible in this photo…)
There are several things to do at Chocolate World other than eating chocolate. (Not that I mind eating chocolate…) This year, Chocolate World refurbished their Hershey’s Chocolate Tour ride. I enjoyed the ride to start with, but the refurbishment added more “technology” to the ride. It does a better job of explaining the chocolate-making process. PLUS, it’s FREE!
Of course, when you talk about important ingredients, the local cows think it’s all about the milk. In a way, they are right. Hershey is one of the few companies that use fresh milk to make their chocolate.
Of course, the fresh milk and the chocolate-making process help to make Hershey’s chocolate as “smooth as silk”, as Hershey Bar says.
Just to make sure I get that FTC disclosure in… I have been to Chocolate World many times on my own dime, and we go there quite frequently. On one recent trip, Chocolate World treated my family to some of the other activities there that I’m about to share with you.
We started off by taking in the 4D Chocolate Mystery. My son LOVES this show!
This show is definitely a lot of fun for the younger set! Mysterious things have been happening at the chocolate factory at night, and Hershey Bar, Reese, and Kiss need to find out what is going on. It will take the kids to help this trio discover the mysteries that just might derail chocolate production.
After the 4D Chocolate Mystery, we headed over to try out the Chocolate Tasting Experience. We all enjoyed this activity. The kids even tried new chocolate flavors just because it was chocolate.
BTW, I would LOVE to be a Palateer; however, I’m not sure if I have the taste buds for it. There are so many different undertones to be found in chocolate! We could even taste a cheese undertone in one of the chocolates.
Note: This is aimed toward older kids and adults. There are several types of dark chocolate in this activity. While you don’t have to eat all of the different chocolate types, it really does give a better idea of the different flavor undertones in the different types of chocolate.
We also took a little break to have some lunch. There are some familiar food options and some unique options, as well. I love to pick up some snack mix which is comprised of tortilla chips and pretzels dusted with cocoa. It is a yummy snack!
There are also some fun desserts to be had here! There is a section with shakes and a section or two with cookies and cupcakes. You can definitely satisfy most sweet cravings at Chocolate World!
Then came the highlight of the day when we created our own candy bar.
We had to wear an apron and cover our hair. Kudos to Don for gowning up as well for this event!
We started by choosing our chocolate. I chose white chocolate, but it is important to remember that all bars, no matter which you choose, are covered in a layer of milk chocolate.
Then, we took a look at what we could include in our chocolate bars. I chose Butter Toffee Crunch and Chocolate Cookie Bits.
Then, we followed the line as our bars were created. Here is my white chocolate base with the Butter Toffee Crunch bits beginning to cover my bar. See, we could even tell whose bar was whose.
After my inclusions filled my bar, the bar took a milk chocolate bath. Yum!
While the chocolate bar finished its journey, I created a cover for my chocolate bar box, which is an awesome souvenir itself! Isn’t this neat? The chocolate bar tasted yummy, too!
We love to go to Chocolate World for a quick trip to pick up chocolate, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. We also like to spend some time at Chocolate World doing some of the activities there. I don’t think I mentioned the Create Your Own Dessert stop… We tried that out for Marvel Boy’s birthday earlier this year, and it was loads of fun! We’ve also done one of the trolley tours in the past, and it is a fun overview of the history of Hershey, PA.
Are you interested in checking out Chocolate World in Hershey, PA? You can find out more about what Chocolate World has to offer on their website. Plus, make sure to download the Chocolate World app because besides information, there is also a page with current discounts.