☑ Eat Hershey Chocolate at Hershey, PA
So this year, Calvin and I celebrated our 8th year anniversary. Unfortunately, the date falls on a Wednesday, so instead we celebrated the anniversary on Monday. Our “Fake-iversary” if you will. Also unfortunately, Calvin and I are notoriously bad planners. Just awful. Even the day before we had nothing planned. In the end, we ended up with a half-cocked, semi-spontaneous trip to Hershey, PA. By semi-spontaneous I mean Calvin brought it up at around 2 a.m. and I was like “cool.” … Don’t ever ask us to plan anything.
We woke up the next day bright and early around 9 a.m. But after a few rounds of “I’m ready to leave whenever you are,” we didn’t end up leaving until 11 a.m. The ride up was beautiful, very “Countryside in Autumn.” Vastly different from our usual urban surroundings. Things changed once again once we entered Hershey. I mean wow, I have never been in a city with such a strong… theme? Hershey shaped lampposts, chocolate themed roads, and Hershey signs EVERYWHERE. Hershey kiss lampposts, Hershey signs, chocolate themed road names. It’s not a city known for being subtle. We used most of our two hour drive up deciding where we would go. There were some tough choices since most places would close around 5 p.m. In the end, for our main stop, we decided on The Hershey Story, a museum about (obviously) the Hershey company and its founder, Milton S. Hershey.
We had limited time so we did the works. First, a chocolate lab where we gowned up and made our own milk chocolate bars. Then, my favorite part, a flight of drinking chocolates from around the world. As usual, Calvin and I were complete opposites as he enjoyed the more bitter ones derived from nibs and my favorite was a super sweet one with caramel and vanilla mixed in (mmmm Java). Then we finally toured the museum itself which turned out to be surprisingly interesting. I particularly enjoy interactive exhibits, which they had plenty of. I left the museum with a healthy respect for Mr. Hershey and the town he created. We picked up our customary souvenir shot glass and some chocolate (of course) from the gift shop on the way out.
Afterwards, we had just about an hour to check out Hershey World. From the descriptions I gathered I was under the assumption it would be like a small mall. Instead, it turned out to be the biggest Hershey store in the U.S. I wasn’t exactly disappointed to find out my mistake. Since we had already bought some chocolate, and still recovering from Halloween, we ended up buying still more shot glasses. We may have an addiction, but that’s a problem for future us to figure out.
At this point we were ready to eat then head out. I tried to find a place with some kind of historical or unique value to Hershey. Apparently I need to work on my Googling skills. Between Tripadvisor and Yelp we ended up at Toegs Brewery. It was a stop we were considering before anyways for a tour. The food was definitely a bit more fancy (daily local cheeses, exotic flavor combinations) than I would’ve expected typical bar fare to be, but at least it tasted good and the prices weren’t super ridiculous. Best of all, I had possibly the best beer I’ve ever had there, a scratch beer full of fruity flavor. More raspberry than beer flavor really. Calvin got a flight of 3 samples that he seemed to enjoy in his own Calvin “It-was-a-beer” way.
The drive consisted of karaoke. A lot of karaoke. Like, a ridiculous amount of throat-killing, ear-deafening screaming that at the time sounded damn good.
Overall, it was the perfect one-day road trip. My only regret is that we didn’t leave earlier and had to limit ourselves to one attraction (I’m looking at you Hershey Gardens). Definitely going to have to return sometime, at the very least to check out Hershey Park. Can’t wait for our next one-day road trip.