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Monday, June 23, 2014

All things chocolate in Hershey, PA

Hershey Kisses streetlights
Chocolate lovers, plan your visit to Hershey, the home of - you guessed it - Hershey Chocolate, Kisses, Hershey Candy Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It takes advantage of its history with its logo, "the sweetest place on earth."

Celebrate chocolate throughout the town - from the streetlights to getting a Masters in Chocolate Tasting - I have a diploma.

Overview from monorail
Hershey Park boasts 12 roller coasters that seem to twist and turn around each other for miles. It's a large park so visit their website to plan your trip. I like the way the park is in town. Take time to ride the monorail and/or the Kissing Tower to get an overview
Wooden Roller coaster
. It's no surprise that rides have chocolate names.

The Hershey Story Museum showcases the history of Milton
Hershey, his company and the town. Hershey's Chocolate World is free but some of the activities carry a charge. Of the many attractions, I experienced two. Visitors can experience chocolate production in Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour or earn a Masters in Chocolate Tasting (a paid attraction). Did you know that a milk chocolate snap sounds different than dark chocolate?

A huge shopping experience awaits with all things Hershey. Kids of all ages love the free candy throughout.

Wherever you stay, take time to visit the original Hershey Hotel, opened back in the 1930s. Built during the Great Depression, Milton Hershey kept town residents employed with its construction. Modeled after a Mediterranean hotel, it features an indoor fountain, a Spanish patio and furniture from the era. The spa is famous for its chocolate-infused products.

We were hap[y with all the restaurants we visited but our favorite was the Fenicci's Italian menu.

Hershey's is a short drive from Harrisburg, in eastern Pennsylvania.

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