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The Pandemic Diaries - Year 2, Weeks #11 & #12

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

We're currently driving across the US, but I finally compiled the blog about our time in Pennsylvania. The subtitle would be Two B'Nai Mitzvot and Lots of Chocolate!


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    Hershey is right up the street from where my son went to college and we would go there just to see the sights - really beautiful and very small town!
    50 days ago
    Interesting Phoebe as always, the way you write is like being there with you myself. Thanks for sharing!!!! emoticon
    53 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Phebes. I have visited the Cadbury factory
    in New Zealand pre Covid and I was able to go on a tour.
    the smell of chocolate is beautiful, and certainly not pollution.
    54 days ago
    I showed hubby the chocolate factory. He really liked the street lights. He didn't think 2 little Hershey miniatures was enough though. LOL. We both would not mind our neighborhood smelling like chocolate. We get a lots worse odors here. Like when the farmers spray manure. We love Special Dark.
    55 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the Hershey chocolate tour!
    I've never been there, but it sounds like a great experience.
    Haha, Hershey's kisses and Hershey's chocolate bars with or without almonds are my kryptonite!
    Ahh, chocolate!
    56 days ago
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    Love the pictures, but chocolate scent as air pollution...NEVER!

    The ride reminds me of Disneyland in California, especially the Cars section with the old-fashioned diner. And of course the souvenirs.

    Have a safe trip, I'll be looking forward to the next episode.
    56 days ago
    Well THAT certainly was a trip back to my past.
    My parents lived in a town 2 miles away from Hershey for 30 years. So every single vacation and even on some weekends we visited them and took the kids to "Chocolate World". Back in 1969 the tour WAS through the factory itself. We walked through with a guide explaining what was going on and at the end they gave you a chocolate bar.

    After that they created the "Chocolate World" Ride simulating the process. I bet we've been through it 30 times. We visited Grandma and Grandpa a lot.

    As for removing the chocolate aroma from the air, I remember that the company voluntarily elected to reduce their carbon footprint after they undertook a scientifically based look at their emissions. Maybe the chocolate smell in the air was a casualty of that? They have always been a very socially conscious company.

    I bought my Dad 2 shares of Hershey stock in 1967 for his birthday. Figured we ate enough of it, might as well own some. Last I checked it's value is now about 8K after stock splits and reinvested dividends.

    Thanks for the memories. Safe travels!

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    How sweet it is!! Love those street lamps!! And there was a section of Toronto, when I was taking the street car to school, that always smelled chocolate because of the chocolate factory there . . . I loved it, never thinking about "air pollution" whatsoever!! Would have dabbed it behind my ears if that had been possible!! But I'm with you: dark dark chocolate is the best, I'm pretty much able to resist milk chocolate most of the time!!
    56 days ago
    When I was a kid on an excursion vacation with my parents, we stopped at Hershey. About eight miles from town, I smelled the chocolate. Yum. By the time we were half-way through the tour of the factory, my gut was so filled with chocolate fumes that I was ultra nauseated. After, we went out for something to eat. I thought that eating something chocolatey might balance the nausea from the fumes, so I ordered either ice cream or cake or some such. My hunch worked. I felt fine again.
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