Chocolate City - Get Ready to be Eaten

Trip Start Apr 02, 2010
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Trip End Apr 04, 2010


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Friday, April 2, 2010

We left as planned…maybe an hour later…but with two young kids we consider that "on time". Bella (I’m five-years-old) regaled us with her plans to capture the elusive Easter Bunny for the first hour…taking a one second break every minute to breath.  Afterwards she started to sing songs of glory…or was it “Days of the Week”…it was hard to tell because my ears were bleeding…however I was enjoying the painful, but blessed, silence.

We arrived at our destination, the Super-8 Motel, checked in quickly and ate lunch at the Skyline Restaurant to the tune of about $40 (two entrees, one child entrée and some drinks).  We skipped dessert because we were dieting and headed over to Hershey’s Chocolate World.

The drive from the motel to Hershey Park is about 10 minutes.

We decided to go to Chocolate World first because the kids really wanted to see the intricacies of a chocolate factory as well as the benevolence of Mr. Hershey and…who are we kidding – it was free. 

We started out at this huge tourist trap…where one can get adorned with merchandising logos while buying those delicious merchandise at twice the price.  As I was saying, we started out by cementing our cover and getting the kids indoctrinated into the Hershey family by earning their trust and disguising themselves as…factory workers.

Yes, the Hershey Kissworld where every kid gets a hat, a photo ID and sent to work on an assembly line packaging Hersey Kisses …PhotoTagAndKissesConvenientlyAvaiableForPurchase

The kids, troopers as they are, put on a brave face…little did they know that a short 200 years ago they’d probably be reporting to that job for a sweet 12 hour day.

From there we went to familiarize ourselves with the inner workings of Hershey and took the factory tour.  OK, a “factory” tour might be stretching it a bit since it’s neither a factor…nor a tour.

Maybe that’s why Hershey changed the name to “Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour’, but in the annals of uninformed tourists it will always stay the “factory tour”.

Basically it’s a ride, which through the magic of animatronics explains to you how chocolate is made.  Fake yet informative and interesting with a delicious sample at the end to refresh your mind from all you have learned.

Now it was time for the Hershey trolley tour ($13 a person) which we all thought was very interesting.  The trolley takes you around the chocolate town, stopping at strategic places to point out interesting tidbits about the town as well as Mr. Hershey’s life while passing out delectable treats.

Of course, we were on the lookout for the Easter Bunny, but I couldn’t help but overhearing that Mr. Hershey’s first name was Milton.

What?

It was not Jebediah as I have been told numerous times by a reliable source…or was it Jebediah Springfield…?

After the tour, which was accompanied in stereo by two babies proclaiming their dissatisfaction of our slow advancement on the Easter Bunny – we searched for the hare high and low all over Chocolate World Marketplace Shops – we even searched by the Reeses’s Race Car – to make ourselves inconspicuous we even ordered milk shakes – the length we’ll go for the betterment of humanity…

We finally acknowledged our failure by going back to the motel, hatching a new plan in their in-door pool while ordering pizza from a local joint for dinner.

Tomorrow is another day and we are bound to succeed in our quest….
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