Must Do In Hershey for the Whole Family – Chocolate World

Chocolate World – just those two words will get anyone excited. And when they are part of the Hershey adventure, it becomes that much more of a Must-Do experience when visiting Hershey.

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Before I take you an a photographic journey of what you will experience while visiting this super fun place for all ages, let’s not forget if it wasn’t for Milton S. Hershey, this place wouldn’t even be on the map. Since I’m a bit of a history buff, don’t miss out on the interesting history of the town and how Milton S. Hershey started it all below.

What To Do and See at Hershey’s Chocolate World

There is no entrance fee into Chocolate World. Once inside you have a choice of several tours. The actual chocolate tour is free. I know you’re thinking if it’s free it’s not that great. Quite frankly, I am in shock this tour is free.  It was one of the best tours we have had during our entire five day stay in Pennsylvania. Honestly, if they charged $15 per person I would have thought it was a steal.

Side note: When you first get on line you think it’s a huge wait, but it moves really really quickly!

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Let’s take a quick ride on the chocolate tour train (some of the things you’ll see on this tour):

You start in the moving train

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And enter the farm area – the Creamery – greeted by the friendly cows. My four year old loved the cows.

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This is really the amount of chocolate being made

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Mixing up the ingredients

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Look at all that chocolate

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Kisses Galore!

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Kit Kats have always been my favorite

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Fun Facts about the Chocolate Tour Ride

  • In 1978 Hershey’s Chocolate World was built as a replacement of the Hershey chocolate plant tour.

  • In 1979, a mosaic from the original Hershey Creamery was moved to Chocolate World until 1999, when the retail area named Everything Hershey’s was opened.

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  • The first renovation took place in 1978 to add a series of nostalgic shops to the building.

  • On June 1, 1986, the visitor’s center welcomed its 20 millionth visitor.

  • Today, there are still portions of the ride that have changed very little from the 1978 updated version

2 Highly Recommended Paid Attractions to do at Chocolate World

There are several fun paid tours you can choose to do, but there are two that are the most popular ones, and for good reason.

1. 4D Movie Experience – if you don’t know what 4D is, basically it’s a 3D movie with all your senses included. The theater has scents, water, air, movement built into and they are set off to go along with the movie adventure. Kids go nuts over it, and I’ll confess, so do the adults. It’s such a fun show!

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2. Create Your Own Chocolate Bar – This is where you create your own chocolate bar, but in the typical factory Hershey Style.

Create Your Own Chocolate Bar - Chocolate World Hershey PA USA

This is all really serious. You have to be fully dressed up like the workers of the factory – hygienic. Even teddy bears need to be wrapped up in case they can shed into the chocolate process.

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No hair should be left exposed

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The process begins – when your name pops up that means your chocolate will begin moving on the conveyer belt

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The first step of the chocolate making process – the fillers

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The chocolate bar’s final steps before being packaged

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Designing the package – this is where you can get creative

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Figuring out how you want your chocolate bar to look

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Watching how the packaging is getting done on the assembly line

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Manual Labor – the customizing of the final package

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The finished, and hard earned, product

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We truly had a fun time with this. However, my four year old got bored and restless really fast. There is a long line to get in, usually a good thirty minute wait. Since the actual bar is being made in front of you, it takes time, so it’s not instant or hands on.

Personally, I think this is better for kids six and older, they can grasp the concept a bit more. Or come when there is absolutely no lines, when it’s the slow season.

Personalized Hershey Kisses Fun

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You can’t come to Chocolate World and not enjoy some Kisses Mania

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And you can make your own mixture too – a great gift idea!

Make Your Own Hershey Kisses - Chocolate World Hershey PA USA

History of Hershey Company

  • 1876 – Milton starts his first candy business called Crystal Caramels.

  • 1893 – Milton learns the art of making chocolate, the next year he starts using chocolate as coating for the caramels he made. He located the company near the area he had been born, amid the rolling farmland of Derry Township, PA.

  • 1900 – The first Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar is enjoyed in America.

  • 1905 – with the milk from nearby dairy farms and the spirit of hard-working local people, his new factory started turning out delicious milk chocolate.

  • 1907 – The famous Kisses start being sold.

  • 1908 – Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds is born.

  • 1909 – The Hershey Industrial School for orphan boys is established.

  • 1918 – Milton donates all of his money and ownership to the Milton Hershey School.

  • 1926 – The Hershey’s Syrup that we all love so much starts being sold.

  • 1941 – 45 WWII – Hershey’s donates a billion ration bars for the troops.

  • 1994 – Their most recent product is launched: Cookies and Creme.

  • It is now one of the largest chocolate companies in the world.

Who is Milton S. Hershey

  • Milton S. Hershey was born on September 13, 1857 in Pennsylvania in a farmland owned by their grandparents.

  • Hershey in 1876 attempted to start his own candy business in Philadelphia. Despite six years of hard work, it failed.

  • Sold off in 1877, the family homestead was eventually bought back by Milton Hershey twenty years later.

  • So he moved to Denver and found work with a confectioner who taught him how to make caramels using fresh milk.

  • He then started up a second candy business in New York City. It also failed.

  • In 1886, he returned to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was 28 years old and penniless. Once again he tried making a go of the caramel business. This time, it worked.

  • Soon his Lancaster Caramel Company was shipping all over the U.S. and Europe, employing 1,400 people and turning him into one of the area’s leading citizens.

  • It was at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago that Hershey first became fascinated with the art of chocolate making.

  • While there, he purchased some German machinery, had it shipped to Lancaster and began producing chocolate coatings for his caramels.

  • But aware of the growing demand for chocolate itself, he soon started the Hershey Chocolate Company.

  • He worked to perfect a viable recipe for making milk chocolate. Finally, through trial and error, he hit upon the right formula of milk, sugar and cocoa.

  • In fact, the first recorded sale of HERSHEY’S chocolate was on April 17, 1895.

  • On a trip to Jamestown, NY, he met an attractive, 26-year-old woman with a sparkling personality. Her name was Catherine Sweeney. The couple was married in New York City on May 25, 1898.

  • Hershey decided to sell his caramel company (for $1 million, an enormous sum in 1900!) and devote his attention to making chocolate.

  • As early as 1909, Hershey and his wife, Catherine, established the Hershey Industrial School, a school for orphan boys. Today named the Milton Hershey School. It is located on the farmland where he was born.

  • In 1915, Kitty died.

  • With the death of Milton Hershey in 1945, the company, town and institutions that bear his name were well positioned to continue and grow.

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Information for Visiting Chocolate World

Phone: +1 717-534-4900

Address: 251 Park Blvd, Hershey 17033

Hours: 9am – 11pm

Prices:

Individual Attractions

  • HERSHEY’S GREAT AMERICAN CHOCOLATE TOUR RIDE – FREE

  • HERSHEY’S Create Your Own Candy Bar Attraction

Adult $14.95

Child $14.95

Senior $14.95

  • HERSHEY’S Chocolate Tasting Adventure

Adult $9.95

Child $9.95

Senior $9.95

  • HERSHEY’S GREAT CHOCOLATE FACTORY MYSTERY IN 4D

Adult $7.95

Child $6.95

Senior $7.95

  • HERSHEY TROLLEY WORKS

Adult $12.95

Child $10.95

Senior $12.45

Packages

  • Happiness Experience Package

– HERSHEY’S Create Your Own Candy Bar Attraction

– HERSHEY’S GREAT CHOCOLATE FACTORY MYSTERY IN 4D

Adult $20.95

Child $18.95

Senior $18.86

  • Chocolate Expert Experience Package

– HERSHEY’S Chocolate Tasting Adventure

– HERSHEY TROLLEY WORKS

Adult $20.95

Child $13.50

Senior $18.86

  • Chocolate Celebration Experience Package

– HERSHEY’S Create Your Own Candy Bar

– HERSHEY’S GREAT CHOCOLATE FACTORY MYSTERY IN 4D

– HERSHEY TROLLEY WORKS

Adult $32.95

Child $26.95

Senior $29.66

  • Chocolate Enthusiast Experience Package

– HERSHEY’S Create Your Own Candy Bar

– HERSHEY’S GREAT CHOCOLATE FACTORY MYSTERY IN 4D

– HERSHEY TROLLEY WORKS

– HERSHEY’S Chocolate Tasting Adventure

Adult $39.95

Child $29.95

Senior $35.96


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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

2 Responses to Must Do In Hershey for the Whole Family – Chocolate World

  1. pinal says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for your detail information. It is very helpful to me.

    I just want to know that is chocolate tour train is free or paid? If so its ? $

    I know that trolly is paid but inside factory is chocolate tour train is free or not.

    Thanks in advance.

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