There’s a lot to do in Chocolate Land. Hershey Park, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey Gardens. I wonder how many folks are so pooped out from roller coasters and roses that they end up missing a real gem, The Hershey Story. Located near the rest of the cocoa craziness (craziness is not a bad thing) right there on Chocolate Avenue, The Hershey Story building houses lots of intriquing memorabilia from Mr. Hershey, a Chocolate Lab, an upscale cafe, a Chocolate Tasting and a pretty sweet (ha ha) gift shop. Impressive.
Even though it was only 10 am, I was already up for a chocolate tasting. Six shot-size glasses were filled with thick,creamy mixtures of warm chocolate from different countries. A helpful placemat described each type of chocolate. Like a wine tasting, I was to look for flavor nuances . . fruity, nutty, oaky. Except this was chocolate. Even better.
The Chocolate Tasting isn’t a group activity so you just order it at the Cafe and then take your time savoring every last drop. Just when I had emptied my little cups of melted heaven, it was time for class in the Chocolate Lab, a spiffy, white room designed to look a like a food science laboratory.
After some background on the history of chocolate and a little cocoa trivia , we were instructed on how to make a chocolate tulip that can be filled with mouse, fruit or ice cream.
After a quick stop at the Outlets at Hershey, it was time for a break. And for me there’s no better place to relax and get a feel for the Hershey countryside than at The Inn at Westwynd Farm. I’ve stayed here three or four times now, and every time I wish I could hang around just a few days longer. Cookies, brownies and cakes greet you, the rooms are delightful and the breakfasts, delicious.
After checking in, I sat in a rocking chair on one of the many porches and watched the horses go for a spring gallop as I thought out a strategy on how to avoid the big bowl of Hershey’s candies that host Carolyn Troxell puts in every room. Needless to say, the best laid plans . . . .