The Hershey Story (explored)
And what a story it is! This wonderful museum chronicles the history of Milton S. Hershey in so many ways. In fact, it is really a story of Chocolate and America in the 20th and 21st centuries. From humble beginnings to one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world, Derry Township has seen it all and been the beneficiary of so much sweetness.
The Milton Hershey story begins like many American businesses with a few failures. But like most passionate entrepreneurs, Milton continued his pursuits and ultimately prevailed with one of the most successful companies and iconic brands in the world. His legacy and fortune, gifted in perpetuity to a school for the orphaned children of the area, is legendary and astonishing. The Story also shows how chocolate was made and promoted throughout the century. This hands-on Museum is fun and informative for kids of all ages, 2-102.
The building also houses a Chocolate Lab, where you can roll up your sleeves, dawn an apron and learn how to be a great Chocolatier and chocolate maker.
Tastings at the Hershey Story
One of my favorite experiences is hanging out at the Tastings chocolate bar, to sample chocolate from around the world. Chocolate is not all the same, and though each Hershey Bar is consistent in its look and taste, the world of chocolate is ever changing. Much like the beer business with Budweiser, Miller and Coors and local craft beer shops all around, chocolate has taken a similar path. Hershey’s Tastings at the Hershey Story, shows off 5 single origin drinking chocolates and Milk Chocolate from Hershey in a drinking form. Each of these delicious drinks has a unique taste because of the beans from which they are made. Sample these artisanal chocolate drinks, made with single origin beans from countries like Mexico, Venezuela, Ghana, Tanzania and Indonesia; and see for yourself which one you like the best.
On a personal note, the museum confirms 2 facts that I have shared in print for over 25 years about the beginning of my life’s chocolate journey. My chocolate story began with the increase in price of a candy bar from a nickel to a dime when I was 8 and then again from a dime to 15, when I turned 13. Thank you Hershey, I am often asked about those facts and you confirmed my memories at the museum : )