There are two words that can get almost anyone in the world excited – Chocolate World. This is a must- do experience when visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania.
But before I take you on a short journey of what you will be able to experience while visiting Chocolate World, let’s not forget if it wasn’t for Milton S. Hershey, this place wouldn’t even be on the map. I am a bit of a history buff. So check out the interesting historic facts of the town and how Milton S. Hershey started it all that I included below.
What To Do and See at Hershey’s Chocolate World
You won’t have to pay an entrance fee for Chocolate World and once inside you are asked to choose between their tours. The actual chocolate tour is free. I know that free normally means not great, but quite frankly it shocked me that they offered this one for free. It was one of the best tours that we took during the five days that we spent in Pennsylvania. Even if they had charged $15 per person I would have been happy and thought it was cheap.
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Side note: Don’t worry if the line is too long when you first get to it. It moves really really quickly!
Let’s take a quick ride on the chocolate tour train. Here are some of the things you’ll see on this tour:
You start in the moving train and enter the farm area – the Creamery – where you are greeted by the friendly cows (puppets). During the trip you also learn about the ingredients and how they are mixed. Then take a look at chocolate being cooled down. And finally witness the packing process.
Fun Facts about the Chocolate Tour Ride
• Chocolate World was built in 1978 as a replacement of the Hershey chocolate plant tour.
• A mosaic from the original Hershey Creamery was moved to Chocolate World in 1979. It was there until 1999, when the retail area named Everything Hershey’s was opened.
• The first renovation took place in 1978 to add a series of nostalgic shops to the building.
• The 20 millionth visitor arrived on June 1, 1986.
• There are still portions of the ride from 1978 that have changed very little.
Two Highly Recommended Paid Attractions to do at Chocolate World
As I mentioned earlier there are several paid tours you can choose from. But there are two that people tend to like the most:
1. 4D Movie Experience – This is basically a 3D movie with all your senses included. In the theater you will engage your senses through scents, water, air and movement according to what is going on in the movie. Kids go nuts over it, and I’ll confess, so do the adults. It’s such a fun show!
2. Create Your Own Chocolate Bar – You get to create your own chocolate bar in the typical factory Hershey style.
They take this tour really seriously! You are provided with the right clothing, as if you were a worker at the factory. You pass through their cleaning process and no hair should be left exposed.
Then the process finally begins when your name pops on a screen. This means that you are about so see your chocolate moving on the conveyor belt.
You get to see the fillers, check out how the mold is filled, and witness the chocolate bar’s final steps before being packaged. Then you are allowed to design the package and watch it be created.
Finally your bar is manually packaged.
We truly had a fun time with this. However, my four year old got bored and restless really fast. All he wanted was his chocolate in his hand. Plus there is usually a 30 minute waiting line to get in it. This is not a tour where you get your chocolate instantly or get a hands on experience.
Personally I think it is great, but only for kids six and older. This will allow them to grasp the concept a bit more. You could also come in the slow season for less time in lines.
Personalized Hershey Kisses Fun
You can’t come to Chocolate World and not enjoy some Kisses Mania
Here you can prepare a gift or package mixing all of the different kisses there are. You’d be surprise at how many types they’ve developed!
History of Hershey Company
1876 – Milton starts his first candy business. Its name was Crystal Caramels.
1893 – Milton learns the art of making chocolate. He decided to start using it as coating for the caramels.
1900 – The first Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar was eaten in America.
1905 – Using milk from nearby dairy farms, Hershey’s new factory started producing delicious milk chocolate.
1907 – The first famous Kisses were created.
1908 – Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds is born.
1909 – The Hershey Industrial School for orphan boys is established.
1918 – Milton decides to donate all of his money and ownership to the Milton Hershey School.
1926 – The Hershey’s Syrup that we are all in love with began being manufactured and sold.
Between 1941 and 45, during WWII – Hershey’s donated a billion ration bars for the troops.
1994 – Their most recent product is launched: Cookies and Creme.
Hershey’s 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 1876 he attempted to start his own candy business in Philadelphia but it had to be closed six years later.
• The farmland where he grew up was sold off in 1877.
• So he moved to Denver and found work with a confectioner who taught him how to make caramels using fresh milk.
• In 1886, he returned to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 28 years old and penniless. But he tried the caramel business once more. This time it worked.
• Soon his Lancaster Caramel Company was shipping his product all over the U.S. and Europe, employing 1,400 people and turning him into one of the area’s leading citizens.
• Hershey first became fascinated with the art of chocolate making at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
• During that expo he purchased some German machinery, had it shipped to Lancaster to start producing chocolate coatings for his caramels.
• He was aware of the growing demand for chocolate so he soon decided to start the Hershey Chocolate Company.
• He worked hard to perfect a viable recipe for making milk chocolate.
• 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 named Catherine “Kitty” Sweeney and married her in New York City on May 25, 1898.
• Hershey decided to sell his caramel company (for $1 million, an enormous sum in 1900!) to devote himself to chocolate making.
• In 1909, Hershey and his wife, Catherine, established the Hershey Industrial School, a school for orphan boys. Today named the Milton Hershey School.
• In 1915, Kitty died.
• Milton Hershey died in 1945. His company continues to grow.
Information for Visiting Chocolate World
Phone: +1 717-534-4900
Address: 251 Park Blvd, Hershey PA 17033
Hours: 9am – 11pm
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
Happiness Experience Package: HERSHEY’S Create Your Own Candy Bar Attraction and 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 and 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 and 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 and HERSHEY’S Chocolate Tasting Adventure