Tuesday, January 24, 2012

US Roadtrip 2012: Hershey, PA

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
My 143 Journeys feature our mouth-watering journey on January 20-21, 2012 to the sweetest place on earth - Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA). As a post birthday treat for my prince, we drove about 130 miles off New Jersey (USA) to taste our way through the uber sweet Hershey's Chocolate!
Our first stop was at the Hershey's Chocolate World to take the free simulated journey where we slipped into the role of cocoa beans and were shipped, sorted and roasted through the attraction during the Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour Ride
The Chocolate tour ride made us hopped aboard this "car(which looks like the conveyor belt that transports the beans into the factory) which is located in the middle of broad-leafed plants typical of the tropical rain forest of Africa and Latin America where cocoa beans flourish. Inside the chocolate factory we were educated about the chocolate-making process, from bean to candy bar and syrup.
On board the car, we made our way through the factory and were greeted warmly by Mr. Hershey's  and then by the three rhythm-and-blues singing cows with their hip rendition of "It's the Milk Chocolate". The song taught us that cows milk are the secret for Hershey's chocolate's creaminess.
Our "car" passed through scenes reflecting the latest chocolate-making technology showing the three principal ingredients in creating the different Hershey's milk chocolates like Kisses, Kitkat, Reese's peanut butter and others are cocoa beans, sugar and milk. 
It was such a sweet experience to see, feel, hear, and smell the delicious transformation from bean to Hershey's famous chocolate. But this sweetest experience was even  made sweeter knowing that my prince chose to bring me to Hershey's Chocolate World over a New York Knicks NBA game which was my treat to him on his birthday. Surely it was a real treat for me (see who has a bigger smile)!


Here's the process labeled in light blue. See if you can arrange this chronologically. (Tip: you must be a chocolate lover to know the correct order hehe)  


Beans are screened for quality.
Conching - heating and mixing the ingredients of chocolate - cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithen and "flavoring" and dry milk powder to allow the lactose crystals to transition into amorphous lactose.
Beans are broken.


Beans are milled.
Pressed beans are combined with milk and sugar





Refining - reducing the particle sizes of both cocoa solids and sugar crystals in finished chocolate.  




Refined beans are molded  















Beans are pressed


Beans are dried


Packaged and Shipped As the
Great American Bar-Hershey's, 
Kisses, Kitkat, Reese's 




Anyone who guess the correct order will receive a Hershey's Chocolate Bar!



36 comments:

  1. Wow...visiting the worlds's number one producer of chocolates is a real treat. I'm sure you had freebies too.

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  2. That chocolate tour was cool can you taste also while glancing around?

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  3. I wanna do a US Roadtrip myself too!

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  4. Wonderful world of Hersheys! :))

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  5. para kayong 'yong sa movie na Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. kakatakam. ^^

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  6. OMG>>>> a chocolate tour??? nice...

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  7. i love to experience that, sana meron din dito kahit flat tops lang. hehe!

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  8. From raw materials to finished product, choco hershey is all you watched - the processing. It's too interesting. By the way, how does it taste compared to those out in the market?

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  9. yea Enzo there are some freebies esp. if you do the trolley tour which i will write about next.for the free-simulated tour ride there is a free taste but only 3 round chocolates!hehe @Chrisair, no we cannot taste chocolates during the tour. this is consistent coz remember it is simulated and we are the beans that is rolled, heated and shipped? haha

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  10. Go Go Go Spidey! cheers for your US roadtrip. it is so much fun.@Thanks Yani. It is wonderful indeed.And yes @Dong, naalala ko rin yung Charlie and Chocolate Factory. similar except that Charlie gets to taste the choco during the tour while we only simulate being the "cocoa beans" which is made into chocolates ahaha

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  11. Von Angelie, one of the best chocolate factory i have visited although i love all my chocolate tours experience! oo nga @mitchi. pag nagkaroon ng chocolate factory dito sa pinas, ako ang unang pipila!!Gil,actually walang tasting during the tour. merong sampling at the end though which let us taste unwrapped/un named chocolates so i can't tell what it is when in the market. the chocolates available at the store are the same with what is available in the market, except that you have lots of options and biggie sizes!

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  12. i loved your blog post I went to Philly once pero since oldies ang kasama ayaw pumunta sa Hersheys kasi malayo daw.

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  13. I don't know if I am going to like this post.

    I love chocolates and now it's haunting me back to eat one.

    huhuhu...

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  14. I really don't know if I am going to like this post.

    I love chocolates and this blog made me wish I had one in the fridge. =(

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  15. That's a long drive towards your dream. So sweet!

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  16. wow! I'd love to tour in that chocolate place too!

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  17. hey Leira,aww it's a bummer hehe. well actually Philly and Hershey is on the opposite side so maybe folks have good reasons. check it out agian when u have the chance, it will be worth it.the choco tour ride is just one of the many things to do in Hersheys!

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  18. That is very interesting place to go. Hahaha I love Hershe kasi. :)

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  19. Wow Hershey's factory! Libre Ba dyan kumain mg kumain habang nag to-tour?? Hehe...

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  20. Wow! Chocolate tour is interesting. Indeed, it is a memorable experience. Nice photos.

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  21. I think I'll go crazy if I go there.

    I love bitter chocolates!

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  22. it's difficult to guess but the last process is packaging ,hehehe.I hope to visit the hershey factory too in PA.

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  23. Ohh! This looks very similar to Cadburys World in Birmingham, England! We also had a tour around the factory and tried the rides. T'was lovely! I bet this one is also good! Hoping to visit this choc world in future!

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  24. Tess, you are right that packaging and shippping is the last process! good job.hhaha.yea it would be good to visit Hershey,PA it is indeed the sweetest place (not only bec chocolates are sweet) but because visitors are greeted by hugs and kisses hahaha

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  25. How I wish I could have my own trip... exactly like this :) Exciting!

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  26. I went to a chocolate factory once. I was sort of disappointed. Was expecting kind of Willy Wonka's factory lol. Hersheys is probably the next big thing then. Nice to see such a happy couple. *)

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  27. ...never been to ANY chocolate factories yet!!! na trigger tuloy desire ko to travel galore ulit!
    super sweet birthday treat to!!!

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  28. gusto ko ang trip na to..going to the choco place..waaaaaah!!!! ansarap siguro itry lahat anoh?

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  29. WOW! I can only imagine how sweet that experience of yours was. If it was me I sure won't help but brag about it too, and loudly! ha-haa...

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  30. what a very tasteful trip you had. how i wish i can bring my kids there for some informative field tour...
    sayang, wala dito sa PHILIPPINES nyan.

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  31. OMG that and willy wonka are my dream places to visit

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  32. i love chocolates so for sure i'll gonna love this trip too! just wish i can go there...

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  33. I'm a HUGE chocolate lover. This is definitely one tour I would love to make someday!

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  34. Aww.. i'm not too fond of chocolates, pero inggit na inggit ako sa gala. Tsk.. US Roadtrip!

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  35. It looks like you really enjoyed touring the "Chocolate Factory" =)

    hehehe! I was half expecting to see Mr. Hershey's photo...

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  36. wow para na rin akong nakarating sa Hershey's.
    thanks for sharing! i missed this when i went to Penn in 2006.

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