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2024 Guide to Hershey for Chocolate Lovers

Can’t-Miss Chocolate Experiences in The Sweetest Place On Earth

Calling all chocoholics! If you love to celebrate chocolate all year long or want to get a head-start on planning your Valentine’s Day festivities, there is no sweeter place to visit than Hershey, Pa. 

Check out this Hershey guide to all the chocolatey adventures to be had in The Sweetest Place On Earth in winter 2024 and beyond.

Chocolate Spa Relaxation

What better place to enjoy a chocolate spa treatment than the birthplace of Hershey’s chocolate?

This time of year calls for pampering at the spas in Hershey. MeltSpa by Hershey day spa in downtown Hershey offers Signature Hershey’s Chocolate Treatments, which include a relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial, body scrub, body wrap, and hands and feet treatments. For a deeply satisfying spa experience, you can indulge in the Exclusive Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Treatments – available only at MeltSpa.

The Spa At The Hotel Hershey offers sweet packages like a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Package, Sweet Chocolate Relaxation Package, a Hershey Kiss Package and more. Individual chocolate treatments, such as the Cocoa Massage, are also available for some winter bliss. Please note, demand is high and availability is limited, so we recommend booking as early as you know your plans.

Gift idea: Looking for a sweet Valentine’s Day gift? Treat your gal pals or loved ones to some time to relax with a gift card to MeltSpa by Hershey or The Spa At The Hotel Hershey! Choose from several different e-gift card options and buy now at our convenient online shop.

Chocolate Tastings at The Hershey Story

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a flight of warm drinking chocolates from around the world! At The Hershey Story, guests can hone their skills as a cocoa connoisseur - from fruity African chocolate flavors to Indonesian chocolate with caramel overtones, Chocolate Tastings are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the sweet world that inspired Milton Hershey. 

Chocolate Tastings take place each day, though hours will vary based on the time of year. Timed tickets can be purchased at The Hershey Story Admissions desk on the day of your visit. Please note that all tastings are non-alcoholic.

Chocolate Lab Classes at The Hershey Story

Get crafty with the perfect chocolate-infused immersive event! Treat your loved one to a special “Truffles for Couples” Chocolate Lab class at The Hershey Story on Feb. 9 and 10,  with evening classes being offered from 5:45-7 p.m. and 7:45-9 p.m. Begin the experience tasting single-origin warm drinking chocolates from around the world, followed by a special one-hour Chocolate Lab class where you'll have the chance to hand-roll and decorate traditional dark chocolate ganache truffles. 

Each guest will package their delicious truffles into a charming box and receive a personalized milk chocolate bar and long-stemmed rose to take home. Participants will enjoy learning about the courtship and marriage of Milton and Catherine Hershey, as well as how chocolate is grown and processed during their interactive chocolate-making session. Space for the event is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Please note that tickets are non-refundable. This class is most suitable for adults. Up to two couples will be assigned to the same table. 

Standard Chocolate Lab classes are offered daily at The Hershey Story. More information regarding hours and how to purchase tickets can be found online

Chocolate Experiences at Hershey's Chocolate World

Sip, sip, hooray! Cozy up during your visit to Hershey, Pa. with a signature coffee or hot cocoa at Hershey's Chocolate World. From decedant Hershey's and Reese's Melted Hot Chocolate to Nibby Coffee with Chocolate Truffle and Sweet Foam, you'll want to escape the cold and head inside to grab these delicious beverages. 

Unwrap your chocolate adventure with fun for the whole family by taking a free chocolate tour ride to see how cocoa beans became world-famous Hershey's Chocolate, or take home a sweet souvenir by shopping the endless amounts of chocolate and limited-edition treats! Additional paid attraction experiences - including a chocolate bar-making factory, chocolate tasting theatrical experience and trolley show on wheels - are also offered.

Chocolate-Infused Eats at The Chocolatier

As a town built on chocolate, it's only fitting that Hershey, Pa. offers a plethora of unique, chocolate-infused menu items for guests to taste. Take a look at some of the highlights below from The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio and stay tuned for our chocolate infused dining guide to learn more about where you can find one-of-a-kind chocolate dishes across the destination. 

The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio serves up family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate, making it the perfect dinner spot for chocolate enthusiasts. The menu features plenty of chocolate-infused dishes like the Reese’s Take5 Chicken Sandwich, Chocolatetown Burger, Cocoa-Dusted Beef Short Ribs, Heath Bar Crusted Salmon and more.

For those 21+, indulge in fan-favorite chocolate cocktails like the Reese's Cupfusion Old Fashioned, S'mores Martini, The Frozen Chocolatier and many more. Plan your visit by making a reservation today!

Decadent Desserts at The Sweeterie

The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen is a must-visit for all chocolate lovers. From unique housemade fudge flavors to  gourmet cookies, signature desserts and chocolate-dipped treats, be sure to stop by The Sweeterie, located in the Hershey's Chocolatetown region from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 

Chocolate-Filled Fun at our Resorts

Need overnight accommodations while you’re enjoying your chocolate-filled adventures in Hershey? There’s no sweeter place to stay than The Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge. You’ll start your stay with a full-size chocolate bar at check-in and enjoy chocolate in various other ways throughout your visit, including chocolate bath amenities in your guest room, chocolate-infused dining options at the restaurants on property, chocolate-themed resort activities on weekends like chocolate bingo, and more! 

Guests can save on their winter stay to Hershey, Pa., with sweet rates and special offers for a limited time. Getaways are available from $159 at Hershey Lodge, $259 at The Hotel Hershey and $59 a night at Hersheypark Camping Resort. All resort stays include FREE Resort Benefits, such as complimentary or discounted admission to area attractions like Hershey GardensThe Hershey Story's Museum Experience and ZooAmerica.

The below winter offers are available on select mid-week dates through March:

  • Book One Night, Get One 50% Off 
  • Book Two Nights, Get One Free (only available at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge)
  • Kids Stay, Play, Splash & Eat Free Package (only available at Hershey Lodge)

The popular Kids Stay, Play, Splash & Eat Free Package includes deluxe accommodations at Hershey Lodge, a free kids' meal for kids 17 and younger*, free $20 arcade card, two Hershey's Water Works at Hershey Lodge logo pool towels and more.

*Complimentary starter, kid combo, sandwich or entree salad for children (ages 3-17) at Cocoa Cabana with the purchase of one adult sandwich or entree salad of equal or greater value.

Signature Chocolate Martinis

Before you leave The Sweetest Place On Earth, be sure to indulge in a signature Hershey’s chocolate martini served at various dining locations around town like The Chocolatier, Houlihan’s and Fire & Grain. Options include the Hershey’s Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini, Hershey’s Chocolate Caramel Martini and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini. 

Tip: Some dining locations like Fire & Grain host Happy Hour, where you can enjoy discounts on the signature martinis.