The History of Hershey Chocolate World Pennsylvania
Milton Hershey made history by opening the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894. His tasty treats were a smash sensation, so it wasn't long before chocoholics demanded to check out the factory that made it all possible.
Formal tours were underway as early as 1910. Those lucky enough to take the original tour fondly recall starting the experience with a sweet chocolate drink and ending it with not one, but five chocolate bars. Local children were known to tour on a daily basis simply so they could score these treats.
Eventually, the factory tour became too popular and it was no longer possible to accommodate so many visitors. By 1970, it was clear that another tourist opportunity was needed.
The solution? Opening an official visitor center known as Hershey's Chocolate World. In 1973 — just one day after the final factory tour — Hershey Chocolate World officially opened to the public.
Over the years, the attraction has expanded to include thousands of square feet of chocolate-oriented retail space, plus new treats (like exclusive milkshakes), and, best of all, the Create Your Own Candy Bar Experience.
In 2023, Hershey's Chocolate World will mark its 50th anniversary with a variety of special events, including the unveiling of a chocolate sculpture and the announcement of a brand-new attraction.