Hershey’s Chocolate World (Christmas Edition)
It also gave us Hershey, PA, that real-life Candy Land filled with multiple chocolate-themed attractions that candy-coat the area around Hershey’s corporate headquarters.
Long version: Well, that started four paragraphs ago.
Hershey’s Chocolate World lies right in the dark chocolate shadow of the sprawling hilltop headquarters of the famous candy brand and shares a parking lot with its Hersheypark neighbor. Calling it a mere gift shop isn’t completely accurate. Calling it much more than that is somewhat problematic. On the official site, they call it an attraction, and I’ll go with that.
Above the entrance to Chocolate World, enthusiastically anthropomorphic versions of the three candies mentioned in the first paragraph welcome you into the clock tower-topped building. Upon entering, you have your choice of activities. You can make your own candy bar with your own custom-designed wrapper, see a 4D movie, grab a meal at the food court or some sweets at the bakery, or sign up for a trolley tour of the town of Hershey itself. It’s actually all pretty reasonably priced, but you can also just do the free stuff and take off like I’ve done the few occasions that I’ve visited. I skate pretty cheaply sometimes.
Back to the topic (so that I can end it), I generally find Hershey’s Chocolate World to be much like their eponymous chocolate bars. Among the range of nougat-stuffed, peanut-adorned, caramel-centered candy bars on the market, you rarely choose a plain old Hershey bar. But when those silly Fates arrange to put one in your hand, you remember just how good the things really are. And then you forget again. Hershey’s Chocolate World is a great place for a road-trip pit-stop, if you happen to think about it, especially at Christmas time.