When you think of Hershey, Pennsylvania, what comes to mind? Really, I want to know. I've just returned from a weekend there and having been there at least twice before, I now think of it with a new twist.
But everyone seems to have their own impressions. What do you think? Is it land of chocolate? That's a given. What other impressions do you have? Talk to me.
And now, here's your chance for a prize. Which one of the items in the following lists is NOT found in Hershey? There's just one correct answer. The first one to send it, either via comment or email, wins.
Here we go. Hershey. Home to:
A large amusement park? Minor league stadium? Medical center? School for orphans? A campground?
An inline skating factory? Labor union? Raptors? Iceless ice skating rink?
Rose-filled garden? Museum? Old-fashioned outdoor games such as shuffleboard and croquet?
Luxury spa? Boardwalk? Tubing? Weddings? A restaurant with food all from local producers?
Hawaiiian fish? Business retreat? Imports from Tanzania, Ecuador and Java?
Name which one doesn't belong. The winner will get a prize: A milk chocolate Hershey bar imported directly from, um, Hershey. By me. Wrapped in a one-of-a-kind wrapper I created myself at The Hershey Story, a museum on Chocolate Avenue. At one of the interactive exhibits.
I will send this unique chocolate bar to the first person who correctly names the one item/answer that doesn't belong.
I'm going to limit the "contest" to U.S. residents for two reasons:
One, how well is a chocolate bar going to hold up over days and days during a trip overseas? And two, I have found from experience that non-Americans are not enamored of Hershey's chocolate. It tastes odd/unpleasant compared to what they're used to. So why waste the postage?
On Thursday, I will announce the "winner" (with permission) and reveal the wrapper I came up with. Don't get too excited. It's not like I'm an artiste or anything. I was just fooling around as best I could with the tools the exhibit provided. (And having a good ole' time doing so, too.)
The exhibit allows you to email your creation to yourself and print it out in the perfect size for a regular-sized chocolate bar.
Contest rules: Employees of Hershey and its affiliates not eligible. haha.
Photos: Ellen Perlman. The Hershey Hotel, from the front and back.