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Friday, September 11

How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)

During the Pennsylvania circuit last year, we visited Hershey's Chocolate Factory.  It was a favorite stop, so we had to go again!  You can see our behind-the-scenes tour of a chocolate factory at this post, where we got to design and create our own chocolate bars.  (You can also take the complete factory tour at that post!)
We kicked off the day with the free factory tour.  After all, they give you free chocolate at the end of the ride!  There's a little camera that takes your picture during the ride, and we got a little silly...
In a town built by chocolate, where even the street lamps are shaped like Hershey's Kisses, everything is just a little bit sweeter.  But the sweetest story of all is the biography of Milton Hershey (see video below).  He poured his soul into creating a good product and then using the proceeds to enrich the lives of as many people as he could, and his legacy remains at the Milton Hershey School.  The few children selected to attend this school should number themselves among the very lucky!!
This year, we decided to take the Trolley Tour, to get a historical picture of the area.  We began with some of the first buildings in the town, including the church.  Our tour guides could not have been any funnier!!  Even my chronically-underwhelmed preteen was rolling in the aisles with laughter as we watched "Wilbur" transform into various members of the Hershey family and townspeople throughout the past century.  The schtick worked, though, and they remembered almost everything they learned.  If you have time, definitely take the tour!
Once back in the shop, the boys were fascinated by this four foot tall Egyptian death mask made completely from Twizzlers.  And here they are doing their best "chocolate hangover" faces....which is what they would look like if allowed to eat those huge candy bars!
Philanthropy & the History of Milton Hershey unit :