Chocolate World to add create-your-own-candy-bar attraction by summer
By SUE GLEITER, The Patriot-News
January 12, 2010, 12:28PM
View full sizeAn artist's rendering of the new make-your-own candy bar attraction at Hershey's Chocolate World.By summer, visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Derry Township will have the opportunity to play chocolate innovators and create their own candy bars.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held today at Chocolate World where construction is under way on a 1,800-square-foot expansion project at the tourist attraction. The brick two-story addition will fill space in the front of Chocolate World near the center’s parking lot.
The interactive Create Your Own Candy Bar is a natural progression for Chocolate World, which opened in 1973 and replaced the Hershey Company’s on-site factory tours, said Amy Hahn, general manager of The Hershey Experience.
Visitors will track their custom candy bars from beginning to end at various stations in the factory-like setting, she said.
Guests, wearing factory aprons and hairnets, will select and load ingredients such as caramel bits, graham crackers and crisped rice and pull levers and handles to dispense the ingredients via equipment similar to machinery used in Hershey’s factories.
The five-ounce bars will be cooled and wrapped in custom packaging created by guests. The price of the attraction is expected to be $12.95, Hahn said.
$13 sounds kind of a rip-off if you ask me, but the concept seems cool.