Then it's time to follow your personal bar on its way through the automated chocolate production equipment that shapes melted chocolate and flavorings you've selected into your bar. You'll always know which bar is yours because your name appears on light screens as the bar enters each new phase of the production process.
While your candy bar is in a cooling tunnel, you'll design its wrapper on another touch screen. You can take the easy way out and choose one of four standard designs that are offered. Or you can take charge of your own wrapper, from selecting its background color to positioning other art on the front of the wrapper.
When you're through designing the wrapper, you'll need to watch a scheduling screen that's much like the arrival screen at an airport. In this case, you'll be checking to see when your candy bar will emerge from the cooling tunnel and enter the wrapping process, which you can watch.
First, another piece of automated equipment will slide your bar into a paperboard box. Then, the box will be hand-packed into a tin and enclosed in the wrapper you've created. It will look so good that you'll want to spend several days admiring it while waiting for your chocolate cravings to return.
What: Hershey's Create Your Own Candy Bar
When: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, during the summer
Where: Hershey's Chocolate World, 251 Park Blvd., Hershey
Cost: $14.95 per person
Tip 1: A second new chocolate experience, The Dessert Creation Studio, will open later this month. Watch the website for news of its opening day.
Tip 2: The first two hours of Chocolate World parking are free; two to five hours cost $10 and more than five hours cost $30.
Info: 717-534-4900, www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld
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