Why I Love Chocolate

Everyone has a reason as to why they like chocolate or vanilla; it’s simply a personal choice. For me it goes beyond choice, it comes straight from the factory…literally. My step dad is from Pennsylvania and every summer, until I was about fifteen, we would pack the car and set off on our vacation towards the New England states…mostly Pennsylvania. We would always stop at Gettysburg and Philadelphia, but most memorably we would stop at Hershey.

They had a tram inside that would take you on a small tour of where their chocolate comes from, how they make it, and where the name Hershey kiss comes from, and where the name Hershey came from, and other Hershey details. At the end of the tour we would get a free piece of chocolate candy, then walk around the gift shop; my sisters and I would get our own candy bar.

On one occasion my mother and I got to sample the new strawberry ice cream syrup before it was put out on the market. Of course her and I were huge fans of strawberries said we would love to sample it. We were to tell them if we like it and if we didn’t, and what we liked about it and what we didn’t like about it.

The street lamps of Hershey, Pennsylvania are Hershey kisses. And if you drive to the factory and slowly drive by, roll your windows down and take a huge whiff, you would literally smell chocolate…I’m not kidding!! My family and I have done this many times!

14 thoughts on “Why I Love Chocolate

  1. Jae

    Someday I’m going to have to go there. Just need a reason to be out in Pennsylvania. Too bad Hershey isn’t just a little closer to Philadelphia. Anything else near Hershey that would make the drive worthwhile if I ever planned a trip out there?

    1. jennnadams Post author

      They actually have a theme park in Hershey…I’ll have to ask my dad. I went back to PA a few years ago, but didn’t really sight see…it was only for a few days for a funeral. It’s been 18 years since I’ve been to Hershey and Gettysburg, so I know it’s changed. They no longer allow the inside tram tours in the Hershey factory.

  2. Marcia

    I lived outside of Pittsburgh for several years long ago, and I have been through Hershey, PA. I know exactly what you are describing. It was fun to see (and smell) it all.

    1. jennnadams Post author

      I love that smell! We would tour the factory, then drive around to this part and stop the car, open our windows, and take a huge whiff! Just makes you want more chocolate! Haha!

      1. Marcia

        It does smell great. Luckily for me, I’m not a chocoholic, so I was able to resist. (I have other weaknesses, believe me, but chocolate, though I enjoy it now and then, isn’t one of them). But Hershey is still a fun place to visit. I had forgotten about it until I read your post.

      2. jennnadams Post author

        I’m glad I was able to remind you of Hershey. 🙂 I have a cousin that doesn’t eat chocolate at all, which I found interesting, but not everyone likes it. Or I like dark chocolate and some people only like milk chocolate. Though I don’t prefer chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake…only like vanilla. 🙂 I don’t eat chocolate all the time either.

      3. Marcia

        Jennifer, I have discovered that while I do NOT like American milk chocolate, British milk chocolate can be quite good. (There is a different formula or ratio of cream to cocoa, or something). But mostly, I prefer the darkest chocolate I can get, when I eat it at all. Many American brands taste soapy to me, and there is a chemical reason why that is so for a lot of people. It’s the same reason I really don’t like cilantro. It was years before I found out that it’s a genetic thing. I can taste a soapy flavored chemical in it (and in much milk chocolate) that many people can’t taste at all. I have “The Gene!” Who knew? Candy in general isn’t a weakness for me, but if I do eat it, I love white chocolate or very bitter dark chocolate the most. Now. I’ve confessed my bizarre genetic mutation to you. Don’t tell anyone else. It’s our secret!

    1. jennnadams Post author

      Oh nice! I’ve had a few people pay me in chocolate for keeping up with notes when they were absent. Chocolate is always a great payment I’d say!


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