Chocolate World – Hershey, PA

This past weekend we decided to take a trip over to a magical town in Pennsylvania that’s name explains it all.  Hershey.  Driving along roads named Chocolate Avenue and Cocoa Avenue you can’t help feeling like you are entering into Willy Wonka’s Factory.

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Unfortunately we didn’t have a special golden ticket, but thankfully Hershey takes credit cards instead and lets you wonder through a building known as Chocolate World.

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This is located just outside Hersheypark, and can be accessed without a Theme Park ticket, and is quite the attraction all its own.  Inside there is a theater showing the 4D chocolate mystery movie, the Hershey Chocolate tour ride, you can create your own candy bar, and of course one of the largest Hershey stores I have ever seen.

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This is a really deadly place to visit for me as Hershey chocolate is a childhood favorite of mine, and I usually need a large truck to get all the candy and souvenirs out of this place.  But they also have a couple of penny machines which is just the cherry on top.

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The first machine is located near the main entrance doors towards the bathroom area.  The machine does have a change machine attached incase you didn’t come prepared (Shame!).

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This set of pennies includes images of a Cow “Made on the Farm”, Hershey’s Chocolate Soldier, A Kiss for You, and Airplane.  As luck would have it you need to make your way through racks and racks of chocolate bars, peanut butter cups, and licorice until you find the food court.  In among the tables you will find the second penny machine.

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As you can see above this machine also has an available change machine.  When this area of the food court is busy I would anticipate this machine is a little hard to use because there were some tables located right beside it.  But thankfully the area was pretty calm so I was able to press the coins without any issue.

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This set includes some familiar faces, Mr. Reese’s, Miss Kiss, Chocolate Bar Man, and one with all three together.  With my new pennies collected I finished shopping for more candy than anyone really should try to consume.

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Case in point check out the 5 pound Hershey bar my daughter Hanna found.  As much as it would have been entertaining to watch her try to eat this we convinced her to put it back and get something a little more portable.  Chocolate World is really a chocolate lovers wonderland.  If you’re in the Hershey area be sure to check it out and let your inner child just have a blast.

Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop – Point Pleasant, NJ

This always happens, we have a great time visiting somewhere new (in this case the Jenkinson’s Aquarium) and as we try to leave our daughter has a melt down.  Luckily on this trip we had a quick way to turn the frown upside down.  Right next door to the aquarium was the Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop.  Nothing gets tears to stop but a huge store filled from top to bottom with candy.

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This place had it all, fresh fudge, candy coated apples, and chocolate covered twinkies on a stick (this was new to me, but nothing surprises me at the Jersey shore).  I will admit I did buy one of these twinkies and ate it almost immediately.  After I finished (it was fantastic by the way) I realized I forgot to take a picture, sorry.

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Of course they also had the famous Salt Water Taffy which is always a favorite of ours.  Most places on the shore will have prepackaged boxes of taffy which I never liked unless I was getting it as a gift for someone.  This place had bins filled with all different flavors and you could pick and choose which kinds you wanted.

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As my wife carefully selected our taffy flavors I noticed by the exit that the Sweet Shop had a penny machine.

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Upon further inspection of this machine I noticed that this used to be located nearby on the boardwalk at the Castaway Cove mini-golf.  Since it was February the mini-golf course was closed for the season so I’m assuming this was moved here for the winter.  If you come for a visit and the machine isn’t in the Sweet Shop check next door at the mini-golf course and you may find it there.  The designs were the same as when I last used the machine, but I pressed a new set anyways.

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These pennies all pressed short same as they did the last time I used the machine.  The designs included the Castaway Cove golf course logo, Skull and Crossbones, and a Treasure chest.

With our trip to the beach in the winter completed we quickly headed back to our car to get the heat blasting so we could defrost ourselves.  With our stomachs full of candy and an updated set of pressed pennies it had been a nice day trip out with the family.