Memories of childhood are always the grandest. Children look at life so differently than adults. Everything is new, fresh and exciting. One of my grandest memories as a child was visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of the all-american Hershey bar. The moment I entered this town I knew I had never been and would never again be in such a magical place. The streets were lined with Hershey Kisses lamposts and the sweet smell of chocolate seeped through every crack and crevice of our car. Cobblestone roads led the way to the famous chocolate factory, a simple building that belied the magic within.
Once inside this special place we were led by a guide through the entire factory. Large glass windows separated us from all the Hershey employees hard at work. I pressed my face up to the warm window and watched an apron clad woman mix an enormous vat of chocolate with the world’s largest spoon. I will never forget this precious memory.
The enchanted tour ended with some free samples which tasted better that any Hershey bar I can remember.
Recently, I was told that Hershey no longer opens its doors to the public. What a shame! So many children will lose out on one of the most magical experiences ever to approach the mythical Willy Wonka.
Try this magical cookie of Hersheys latest candy bar.
Leslies Cookies ala Hershey
1 lb. sweet butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
6 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
24 ounces Hersheys “Cookies and Mint”: candy bar, coarsely chopped.
Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix together four, baking soda and salt and add to mixture. Beat well until combined. Batter will be very thick. Stir in chopped Hershey bar. Drop batter balls (oversize golfballs) onto wax paper lined baking sheets. Bake in a 350° oven for 10 minute or until just browning. Transfer to cooling racks. Let cool. Makes 48 cookies.