Dear Diary,

What’s a road trip without some yummy food? A trip isn’t complete without stopping for snacks and picking up potatoes chips, pretzels, chocolate and chewing gum. Fortunately for folks in Pennsylvania, snack shops stretch across the commonwealth. Our state could be considered a snack capitol of the country! And within a couple hours, you can satisfy your family’s craving.

Check out our favorite snack stops across the commonwealth.


Hershey: I don’t think I ever met a person who didn’t like chocolate! Hershey probably never encountered chocolate haters either! In fact, chocolate lovers from around the world flock to Hershey, PA, also known as Chocolate Town, USA. Hershey’s Chocolate World offers visitors a chance to create their own candy bars and design their own wrappers.

Ice Cream

Turkey Hill Experience: Although ice cream or iced tea aren’t made at the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, you can get a taste of how these products are made in a fun and interactive set of exhibits and stations. The Turkey Hill Experience is just that. It’s not a guided tour rather an interactive experience, where you can star in a TV commercial, milk mechanical cows and whip up virtual flavor ideas. And for an extra fee, you can create and eat your own ice cream flavors in the lab.

Click here for other snack stops have you made along your travels.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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