Our hotel is less than twenty minutes from Hershey, PA. Despite the amount of yummy food we've tasted during this trip's factory tours, we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit this one.
Before coming, we read the book Who Was Milton Hershey? and learned about how the Hershey empire began. It's a short read-aloud, and gave the boys a good perspective for the tour. (Instead of just being hypnotized by chocolate.)
We began our visit with a tour of how chocolate is made, including where the ingredients are purchased, how they are mixed with special "secret" formula, and how each of the different chocolates are created.
These are Hershey Kisses. (Originally they were called 'smacks' because of the sound that is made when they come out of the machine, but someone thought 'kisses' sounded better.) During the short time we were on the tour, the factory produced over 5,000 kisses!
Post-tour, we were primed for some chocolate of our own! We wandered around the store looking for that perfect memento of our visit to Chocolate World. They worked hard at convincing me to buy this ten pound chocolate bar...no dice.
Then, we saw a hands-on exhibit to Make Your own Chocolate Bar, and decided that it was perfect. Besides getting to design their own candy, from the ingredients down to the packaging, we all got a behind-the-scenes tour of how the assembly line works. Win-win!
We left with three personalized one-pounders, and some classic candies for Dad. A nice volunteer also gave the boys free classic bars. The parking and tour were free, the candy was reasonably priced, and they'll not soon forget their exciting, yummy trip to Hershey.
Hershey Chocolate unit :
- Hershey Fractions sheet (free)
- Hershey's Educator site (lots of free cross-curricular activities)
- Chocolate Fever unit (free)
Can't get to Hershey? Take the Factory Tour via internet!