Hershey’s is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world! Well known for their Hershey Kisses, Skor, Kit Kat, Rolo, Twizzlers, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, Jolly Ranchers and more, Hershey’s Chocolate World is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory but better. You don’t need a golden ticket to get in and they offer lots of free chocolate samples and tons of perks. So let us sweeten the deal and check out the Top 10 Untold Truths of Hershey’s Chocolate World.
10. Learn How To Make Chocolate
You can go on a chocolate tour at Hershey’s factory and it’s totally free! You can enjoy the sweet adventure at no cost and have the experience of a lifetime. You can learn how the chocolate is made, what the process is, what it takes to make each bar and so much more. Since it’s free, you might end up in a long line but it’s surely worth the wait especially for the free samples at the end. This tour is only 30 minutes long and it’s narrated through holographic images and videos. Hershey’s Chocolate World was built to replace the previous Hershey’s chocolate plant tour after the number of visitors increased every year and they were no longer able to accommodate the traffic that they were getting.They first started this tour on June 30, 1973, and it has been upgraded and edited many times since. Now, the tour is an endless transit style ride through the dark and by the end of it, you just might be a chocolate expert or inspired to make some chocolate creations. The Hershey’s chocolate tour ride also captures photos of you with friends or family that you can have printed. They do charge for these photo memories but they also ensure they capture the fun with Hershey’s characters in the photos too.
9. Experience The World’s Largest Chocolate Bar
The most epic chocolate bar ever! This chocolate bar wrapped in silver foil and the iconic maroon sleeve weighs five pounds and it’s the perfect crowd-pleaser. The chocolate bar is bigger than your face and takes up a lot of space. A chocolate bar this big would send you into a sugar overload so surely you’ll need to share it at the next family get together or host a chocolate party. If this is the chocolate bar that would make all your chocolate dreams come true you can get it at Hershey’s Chocolate World for around 50 US dollars. We’re sure it’s worth every dollar! It might not fit as a stocking stuffer but it would make a wonderful gift for any of the chocolate lovers you know. Who wouldn’t want to eat their body weight in chocolate and then five pounds more? It isn’t the largest chocolate bar in the world but it’s still large enough!
8. 4D Chocolate Movies
What would a chocolate factory be without fun surprises and chocolate creations? In the 4D Chocolate Mystery, you’ll see all the candy bars you love come to life in a fun and interactive way. It took Hershey’s a few years to create this experience for their guests. They use various digital animations and special effects to bring this movie to life, such as strobe lights and smoke. May the force be with you they thought when they started this up on May 4th in 2013. The show is designed to be an interactive experience with various Hershey product themed characters like Kiss and Reese. The 4D Chocolate Mystery has been shown in over 100 versions but it’s not available at their Las Vegas location. The Hersheys 4D movies are the only of its kind! They also feature fun surprises like air or water sprays! And since there’s over a hundred possible outcomes for the interactive story, no two experiences are alike. The adventure starts in a room where visitors get a pair of 3D goggles and get their first look at the Hershey’s characters. Next, a guide tells them all about the trio, Kiss, Reese, and Hershey, and then visitors learn about the mystery. The best part is the characters talk to the audience and answer appropriately when it’s their turn. You feel like you’re having a conversation with the chocolate characters. Although, the show is not free, it’s a small price to pay for an experience that the kids will be forever grateful for.
7. The Amazing Candy Machine
Milton Hershey had a dream and it came true when this chocolate factory came to life. There are so many fun attractions at Hershey’s World but this is one you cannot miss. The amazing candy machine is filled to the brim of different Hershey’s products. If you want to feel like a kid in a candy store, this is the machine to get you there. It’s the largest and the most amazing candy machine you will probably ever set eyes on. It’s filled with rows and rows of Hershey’s best candies ready for the taking and eating. The machine has a selection of 15 different products that allow any Hershey’s guest to customize bags or containers of their favorites. The products range from yummy Jolly Rancher flavors to Rolo smooth caramel-filled pieces. You can grab a bag and fill it with 3 pounds of candy for only 10 US dollars. The machine is filled with 1.5 tons of candy so there’s no need to worry about them running out of your favorites. Guests can go to any machine and pull the levers to dispense the candy.You are free to mix and match candies of your choice. This is a favorite spot for the kids and guarantees that they will have a tasty souvenir to take home.
6. Hershey’s S’mores Station
As soon as you walk through the doors of Hershey’s world, you can’t help but smell sweet chocolate creations that fill the air. From the bakeshop all the way to the s’mores station there is deliciousness in the air. If you’re looking for a local S’mores party, Hershey’s is the place! They have a dedicated S’mores station at Hershey’s Chocolate World. This campfire favorite is made from graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate! Hershey’s even dedicates a week in the summer to this tasty favorite except they bring it to the next level with their Hershey’s Double Chocolate S’more. The S’mores don’t end there, oh no, not at Hershey’s. You can experience everything S’more inspired including, S’mores Pizza, Hershey’s S’mores Milkshake, S’mores Cupcakes, and S’mores Cakes. Then at the Hershey’s Cocoa and Coffee Shop, you can try a S’mores Cheesecake or a Giant S’mores Cookie. Now if this isn’t S’mores done right or S’mores heaven then we don’t know what is! You can also pick up a s’mores-making kit from Hershey’s largest candy store before you go.
5. Learn About The Inspiring Story of Milton Hershey
To learn about the history of Hershey’s you can jump aboard a trolley train. In fact, the Hershey Trolley Works tour is often referred to as one of the best attractions at Hershey’s Chocolate World. If you thought it was all about learning how to make chocolate or watching a 4D movie about chocolate bars, you were wrong. This is actually the tour you definitely want to experience. It has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 3 years in a row from 2015 to 2017. Most of us might find history to be a bit of a boring yawn production but this is anything but that. The tour includes visiting Milton Hershey’s birthplace, the original chocolate factory, the Hersheypark (that has 14 different rollercoasters) along with other significant stops and free samples throughout. The entire ride takes about 75 minutes and the tours are available 364 days a year. That’s right there’s only 1 day they close it. Perhaps, the most exciting part of the Hershey Trolley Works is Hershey Park, a leisure park for employees. The park has roller coasters, amusement rides like bumper cars, several pools amongst other attractions. It sounds like a fun place to be an employee! The green, old-fashioned trolley can always be spotted around the streets of Hershey World with a singing conductor pointing out historical and cultural observations along the way. The trolley tour was started in 1988 and since then they have added 2 more tours. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can check out the Adventure Trolley and during the Christmas season, they have a Christmas Adventure version! It sounds like a good place to go with the family during the holidays.
4. Chocolate Tasting
Who needs wine tasting when you can have chocolate? Well, at Hershey’s Chocolate World you can get your fix and experience a full out chocolate tasting. They provide you with the chance to explore chocolate through all your senses, look, listen, smell, touch, and taste. The chocolate tasting includes different flavor profiles of chocolate (yes, that exists). They include fruity, floral, earthy, sweet, spicy, nutty and dairy. Within each of these flavor categories, there’s a list of more detailed flavoring anything from jasmine to mushroom! The chocolate tasting is held in a multimedia room where you receive a bag with four chocolates in it along with cacao nibs and water to cleanse the palate between tastings. This chocolate tasting experience will bring you to a whole new level as a chocoholic expert. Take a seat in a classroom and you’ll be guided through an interactive 30-minute tutorial with all the how to’s of properly sampling chocolate. The tasting starts off with looking at the chocolate and then listening to the chocolate as you break it in half, perhaps a magical sound for chocolate lovers. Next, they will encourage you to smell the aroma and lastly taste the chocolate ever so slowly to truly be able to identify which flavor profile it matches. Then you’ll get the chance to rate the chocolate on a digital pad. Sounds like the perfect experience doesn’t it? Sure is, except for in the Las Vegas location because unfortunately, it isn’t available there. One person commented on the experience saying that it brings “the art of chocolate tasting to life and really redefines how you taste chocolate”.
3. Create Your Own Candy Bar
Dreams really do come true, especially at a chocolate factory. If you’ve ever had imagined a chocolate bar that Hershey’s should create or wanted to join cookies n’ cream with Reese’s this is your chance! At Hershey’s Chocolate World they have a station dedicated to just this. All you need to do is select your choice of toppings for the chocolate bar and create a fun wrapper. Then voila, thanks to the advancement of technology you have your very own personalized chocolate bar. You’ll feel like a true chocolate maker with a Hershey’s apron and hair cap, a chocolate bar genius in the lab and in 45 minutes your creation will be complete. Finally, you’ll be able to enjoy the chocolate bar you’ve always dreamed of, share it with your friends or even gift it to someone special. This is a Hershey’s World experience for adults and kids alike! It’s the experience that will truly make you feel like a kid in a candy store. If you go to the Las Vegas location you’ll have a slightly different yet still creative experience. This attraction is replaced with Create Your Own Hershey’s Chocolate Wrapper instead of a candy bar. You still get a Hershey’s chocolate bar but it wrapped with your own customized wrapper.
2. Limited New Chocolate Editions
If you want to taste and try the newest and tastiest editions in the chocolate world, then Hershey’s is the place to be. They’re home to new, limited and rare Hershey’s products that you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to be the first one to tell your friends or share on Instagram that trendy new chocolate bar, this is the place to find it. Think about it, you could be lucky enough to be part of the list of people who experienced unique flavors like Hershey’s cherry cheesecake chocolate bar, strawberry-flavored Kit Kat bar or Reese’s honey roasted peanut butter cups. Not only do those sound good, but we bet they taste good too. The candy store at Hershey’s World is one of the largest stores in the world that sells Hershey’s products from its largest chocolate bar to new items that are not widely released as well as limited edition products. Trying new and fun flavors that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere is an experience all on its own! Who wouldn’t want to try a raspberries or strawberries n’ cream Hershey bar? They have several locations around the world including Canada, the United States, and even Singapore where you can shop until you drop. Limited edition chocolates are another tasty souvenir.
1. Chocolate Infused Food and Milkshakes
Yes, you can certainly feast at the Hershey’s Chocolate World on none other than…well chocolate everything. They know how to get creative with chocolate, after all, they are the masterminds behind some pretty iconic chocolate bars. During different seasons or months like February, also known as chocolate lovers month, you can find some unique dishes that surely would not disappoint. In the fall you could try Slow-Roasted Chocolate Brisket or Pumpkin Kisses Cheesecake! During the Christmas and New Year season, you can check out a chocolate house made from 15 different types of Hershey’s chocolate. The house is completely edible and stands nine feet tall and covers 48 square feet, it’s worth asking if it’s available for rent. In February you might get to see a chocolate sculpture that took 200 hours to make or get lucky enough to experience their Chocolate-Covered Journey, which allows visitors to taste six different chocolate-inspired foods including drinks! If you get hungry in between all the free sample appetizers you can hit up their food court where you can get dishes that are infused with cocoa or come with chocolate dipping sauces on the side. You can try things like Cocoa Charred Pulled Pork or a S’mores Dessert Pizza. Pair your meal with a Hershey’s milkshake or even decadent dessert from the bakery. They have everything from Jolly Rancher Cupcakes to soft, giant cookies with Hershey’s chocolate on them to a Hugs & Kisses cake to share. There are so many sweet treats to choose from it might be hard to choose just one! All your meal dreams might just come true at Hershey’s Chocolate World!