Today I am introducing a new date night series on the blog. This series will feature fun date ideas that you can duplicate in your own relationship and offer a glimpse into the date nights that my husband and I have experienced lately.
The first post in this series features a tasting date. My husband and I love to eat and if you’ve been reading the blog for awhile you might have noticed that a lot of our dates feature food in some form. Whether trying out a new restaurant, picking your own fruit at a farm, or visiting a winery or brewery, there are a lot of dates that can help you explore the delights of taste together. A tasting can be a fun way to do exactly that, so on a recent trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World, we indulged in their Chocolate Tasting Experience.
Where: Hershey Chocolate World, Hershey, PA
When: Open most days from 9am-10pm, the Chocolate Tasting Experience is offered every 45 minutes and lasts 30 minutes
Cost: $10.95 online and at the box office
The tasting included four different types of chocolate. The interactive presentation was led by a Hershey employee who first explained what a palateer is and how to taste (not eat) chocolate with four of the senses. The chocolate making process was also explored in a multimedia presentation. It was a trip down memory lane to our experience visiting a cacao plantation in Costa Rica.
There were four different types of chocolate produced by Hershey to taste as we explored the wide range of flavors that are present in both dark and milk chocolate. Most tastings include both an educational element and an opportunity to try a range of flavors, whether appetizers, sweets, or alcoholic beverages. They are a fun way to explore one of your favorite foods or drinks in a new way or be a little more adventurous with your taste buds.
We also had the opportunity to take in the Hershey Chocolate World ride (twice actually), which is a virtual look in the processing of cacao into Hershey products. It included dancing cows! Many tastings also include a similar tour element, whether of a vineyard or brewery or a walking tour of the area the food is native to.
After tasting the delicious chocolate, we browsed through rows and rows of Hershey products and indulged in a huge Reese’s chocolate before our trip home.
Because a tasting is definitely not complete without more treats and something to take home with you.
Here are some other opportunities for tastings in the Pennsylvania/Delaware area:
Penn Woods Winery (Chadds Ford, PA)– Six wines paired with cheeses for $12.
Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, DE)– Tours and samples free.
What kind of food or drink will your tasting date feature?