Hershey, PA - 10/03/2012

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Sweet kisses

Today we went to Hershey's Chocolate World, located adjacent to HersheyPark in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Chocolate World gives you a glimpse into the behind the scenes world that is Hershey.

Part of the factory

The simulated Chocolate factory ride is free, so of course we did that.  You climb into a car and it takes you through what the chocolate factory would look like, from the milk they use to the end of the line packaging and shipping.

The Really Big 3D Show

Next, we went to their "Really Big 3D Show."  This was really a 4D show about chocolate and candy.  It was pretty cute.  The bubbles, water blasts, and streamers at the end made it extra fun.

Tasty pillows

I think the funniest part about the whole place is that no matter what attraction you do, when you exit you wind up in the huge store that sells all things Hershey.  Nice touch and I'm sure it earns them extra money.

On the Trolley Ride

The last activity for us was the Trolley Ride.  The trolley takes you all over the town of Hershey, pointing out historical elements of the town, such as the home where Milton Hershey was born, and also telling you the history of the company.

Milton Hershey was originally from the Hershey area.  He had a successful caramel business in nearby Lancaster that he sold.  From that money, he moved out to where Hershey is (in reality it is Derry Township) and began building.  Not only did he build a factory, but he built homes for the employees.  Unlike other large companies that built homes, Hershey wanted his employees to be able to own their own home.

Milton Hershey and his wife, Kitty, could never have children of their own, so they took in orphaned boys.  They eventually started a school for orphaned boys.  After Kitty passed away, Hershey gave his fortune to the Milton Hershey School.  The school still exists today, housing and educating almost 2000 girls and boys, aged Preschool through the 12th grade.  The kids live in housing with other children and a set of 'house parents.'  The facilities for the school are beautiful and extensive, and it receives no federal funding.  It was quite impressive.

Calvin Moret and the trolley guys

When we got off of the trolley, there was a man talking to the driver and narrator.  It turns out he was a Tuskegee Airman!  His name is Calvin Moret.  What a treat to meet a living legend like him!

We had such a fun time there...definitely worth the visit.  If you are ever in the area, stop in for a visit.  It's sure to be a sweet experience!

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