Hershey Trip


Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go to Hershey, PA and visit the Hershey’s Kitchens.

I was fortunate to be selected as one of the Hershey’s Baker’s Dozen this year along with 12 other amazing bakers, who are also friends as well!

Here’s who joined me:  Naomi from Baker’s Royale, Karly from Buns in My Oven, Julie from The Little Kitchen, Bridget from Bake at 350, Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive OilCourtney from Pizzazzerie, Susan from Doughmesstic, Jessica from The Novice Chef, Sarah from Baking911, Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie, Liz from Hoosier Homemade and Linda Stahl from Hershey.


I arrived on Monday and was so excited to get the chance to stay at the amazing Hotel Hershey.  If you remember I went Hershey Park this past August, but we stayed at a hotel that was outside the park, so getting to stay right in Hershey was a real treat!

Here are some pictures of the cottage where I stayed with Julie, Bridget and Lindsay

* photos from Hershey


Here are  some more pics…

I was slightly obsessed with the bathroom.  It was huge and the bathtub was basically the size of a small pool.

I did things like lounge around and take pictures of my feet up…

We got to tour the Hershey’s facilities…

Here are Courtney and I…

*photo from Pizzazzerie

I might have come home with that “World’s Largest Chocolate Bar”…

We got to do stuff like “Create Our Own Candy Bar”…

So stinking fun!

Best time ever…with Naomi, Me, Liz, Jessica, Karly and Courtney.

As if that wasn’t enough chocolate we got to go to a chocolate tasting.  Fancy!

And then visit the chocolate lab to make more candy bars…

*photo from The Novice Chef

And we also got to wear super cute hair nets.  Very scientific!

That’s Jessica and me making our Blue Steel-Eating Nibs face.  Patent pending.

Later that night we got to go to dinner at the amazing Circular Dining Room in the Hotel Hershey.

And I got to stalk Bridget all night long.  She’s my favorite.

The next day we were treated to some time at the Spa at Hotel Hershey.


After getting totally relaxed I got to go a video and photo shoot that will appear on the Hershey site sometime this next month.

I made a Pumpkin.

After the photo shoot I got picked up by a limo and driven home.

I live about 2 1/2 hours away from Hershey, so close enough for this to be a dangerous addiction!

This next month I will be featuring some fun recipes using Hershey candy.

I can’t wait to share…

Peanut Butter Cups, anyone?

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Jenny @ The Brunette Baker
November 23, 2012 2:07 pm

What an amazing opportunity Shelley! Hershey definitely picked the right girls for the job! Can’t wait to see what drool-worthy recipes you post! XO

Becca from It
November 23, 2012 2:12 pm

GAH!!! I’m so stinkin’ jealous I can hardly stand it! You spent the weekend with some of my absolutely favorite bloggers ever! Of course, YOU are one of them… so I guess I’m jealous that you got to spend time with yourself! 😉

November 23, 2012 2:12 pm

WOW! What an AWESOME opportunity! Definitely looks like a BLAST! Any recipe featuring candy is ALWAYS a winner!

November 23, 2012 2:30 pm

What fun! That is a dream experience right there 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks
November 23, 2012 3:14 pm

This would be my dream trip! A vacation/trip centered around…chocolate! With lots of fun blog friends to boot!

Erin F.
November 23, 2012 3:33 pm

That is so cool!! I love going to Hershey, and it’s about the same distance from me also, but I’m in NY. My in-laws live on the other side of PA so we pass right by it every time we visit them- so dangerous!! I hope you had a blast, you definitely deserved it after Sandy!!

November 23, 2012 3:57 pm

What fun! I’m so glad you got to attend…and yes, with some other incredible ladies. Looks and sounds like a fabulous experience & can’t wait to hear more.

Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin
November 23, 2012 6:17 pm

I don’t know how you could ever leave that gorgeous cottage. Wow! What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing!

November 23, 2012 6:59 pm

Super cool! Looking forward to the recipes and pictures.

bridget {bake at 350}
November 23, 2012 7:24 pm

Remind me never to wear that dress again. 😉

Also…looooooved getting to spend time with you again! Are you *sure* you can’t talk your hubby into moving back to Texas?

Sarah B.
November 23, 2012 8:00 pm

How fun! What an awesome experience. I’m totally jealous. Haha! Can’t wait to read the upcoming recipes!

November 23, 2012 8:12 pm

the bathtub in the hotel room and the access to pb cups.
that’s all I need–that’s a bucket list for me. lol

Michelle Levine
November 23, 2012 9:22 pm

Chocolate tasting….can you say jealous ? lol looks like you had an awesome trip 🙂

cathy @ Noble Pig
November 24, 2012 8:51 am

I would have died and gone to heaven!! Blogger trips are always the best.

Lori @ RecipeGirl
November 24, 2012 9:28 am

Well it certainly looks like you had a good time with some of my favorite girls!! I turned this one down… but maybe I should have thought about it a little bit more! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your recipes!

November 24, 2012 10:50 am

Neato! I may have to take a trip to Hershey next year!!

Sue {munchkin munchies}
November 24, 2012 7:15 pm

Hershey heaven! You lucky pup!

Katie | The Hill Country Cook
November 24, 2012 10:48 pm

HOW COOOOLLLL!!! Once, when I was 19, I was a Dairy Princess in California. We got to go to the Hershey factory there, but it was just a tour. HOW AWESOME! And the limo??!!! What was your favorite part! LOOVVINN’ the “star treatment!” Way to go! Much deserved! 🙂

Betsy @JavaCupcake
November 25, 2012 4:16 am

Looks like so much fun!!!! When I move back to the USA, I must go there!!!!!!

Brenda Reitz
Brenda Reitz
November 25, 2012 7:16 am

I am glad you got to visit my Hometown, I grew up in Hershey, worked at Hershey Park as teenager, and Worked at the origional Hershey Choc. Factory too. It was wonderful growing up and living in Hershey, my Father still lives there in the house I grew up in. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself, it is truely a wonderful place.

November 25, 2012 10:21 am

What an awesome experience. And peanut butter cups, yes please!

November 25, 2012 3:16 pm

It was so much fun to room with you!! What a fun trip!! Can’t wait to see your recipes!!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
November 26, 2012 9:13 am

I have family in the area, so I was there this past weekend– yum chocolate!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
November 26, 2012 11:28 am

What a fun trip! Looks like great company and a great experience!