Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm Not at Disney World Anymore...

Last week, I had the opportunity to explore the Hershey Lodge, i.e. Hershey Chocolate.  Located only about 2.5 hours away from Washington, D.C., Hershey, Pennsylvania is home to the famous chocolate.  And, last week, hosted an annual PA music conference that my band (yes, professional clarinetist here) performed for.

I was excited to finally see the Hershey Lodge.  I'd heard of the Hershey Spa and was expecting to see a 5 star resort - my mind was somewhere in between the Grand Floridian and the Wilderness Lodge (though I've never been inside the latter, I've seen pics... I'll have to change that soon!).  As I walked inside, I soon realized that my expectations were a bit too high.  The decor was dated, and not nearly as charming as I'd expected.

But, I put that aside and with a couple of colleagues headed to the Hershey Store - the main gift shop inside the resort.  We walked excitedly - chocolate shopping!  What could be better?  Well, my guess is Ghiradelli Square out in California or simply the Main Street Bakery.

Lots of Easter candies, large bars, twizzlers of all shapes and sizes, but nothing that couldn't be picked up without the premium price at the local drug store except dark chocolate crackle.  And, really, crackle are some of the best candies.  It's like Nestle Crunch, but for some reason are so much better - maybe it's because they can only be found in the miniatures bags, along with Mr. Goodbar (another favorite!).

So, when I spotted the dark chocolate crackle miniatures in a candy store section (lots of individual bins of all different types of candies), I was seriously excited.  Until, I saw the only way you could buy them was in a $9.99 clear take-out box filled to the brim.  $9.99 filled with candy?  For the same amount that's in 1 large bag of candy? I don't think so.  So, when I went to the register and asked the worker (ready for the kicker?), she said:

"You can have 1 candy for $9.99 or fill the box.  They're not sold individually."   And yes, feel the tone that is written in those words.  Who else is irked by that?

So, I left the Hershey Store without buying a single thing, and happily went back to the Twizzler Bites I'd bought at the gas station down the street.

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