Thursday, June 9, 2016

Some of the amazing food all around Hershey. Sure there is chocolate, but there are so many more delicious eats! #HersheyPA

*** I received lodging and admission to the park for the subject matter contained in this post, all opinions are 100% my own*** 

Visiting the town where your favorite Hershey’s chocolate originated is a must do for chocolate lovers like me and my family. Imagine a town filled with so many divine chocolate treats from muffins, to shakes, to brownies to fudge to cookies to chocolate covered pretzels (a personal favorite, there is nothing better than the sweet and salty mix of a chocolate covered pretzel)
to actual candy bars I could go on and on… Yes Hershey PA is a chocolate lovers heaven, but there is so much more great eats in Hershey than just yummy chocolate treats. 
Dining in Hershey is an experience in and of itself.  From the huge selection of food options in Hersheypark, the chocolate (of course) the fresh popped kettle corn, which smell is intoxicating, and just makes me crave popcorn to the delicious meal choices. Hersheypark offers gluten free options and plenty of other food choices even for those with the pickiest of pallets.  
One of my favorite Hersheypark food options is the Makin' Whoopie Pies! “With  Makin' Whoopie Pies™ gives visitors a whole new way to enjoy a Lancaster, Pa tradition, the whoopie pie. At Makin' Whoopie Pies™ you build-your-own-whoopie-pie by choosing from a variety of from scratch whoopie pie shell flavors and specially crafted filling flavors”. 
I like to switch it up and mix the flavor of the  pie and choose one flavor for the top and another flavor for the bottom. With flavor choices like, coconut, chocolate, cotton candy, strawberry, cream cheese and many more, mix it up and try something different. This is a unique treat that is one of the best in the park, in my opinion.  
If you are walking around the park and need a snack or a cool drink asap, be on the lookout for one of the great food carts and pick up a cool lemonade, or an iced slushy, and some popcorn and you will be perked up and ready to enjoy more of the park.  
Remember if you do visit Hersheypark purchase a refillable travel cup and you can refill this all season for only .99 cents, what a great deal!
After a long day at the park we wanted to go to a more laid back (and closer to our hotel room) place to eat dinner, we decide on The Bears’ Den in The Hershey Lodge. “The Bears’ Den, is a great spot for families, sports fans, and guests of all ages, The Bears' Den offers a fun hockey-rink atmosphere modeled after the hometown team, the Hershey Bears. Enjoy classic American fare, 28 HD TVs, and an enormous 7' x 12' HD video wall tuned in to all the sports action”.  
Just come as you are, in your casual wear for this restaurant. No reservations are needed and are not accepted.  This place will may any hockey fan happy! As you enter the restaurant the walls are lined with Hershey Bears memorabilia, photos jerseys and lots of interesting history about this franchise.

A fact that I learned from The Hershey Story Museum was that the Hershey Bears were originally called The Hershey B'ars, get it, like the “Hershey Bar” but the name was too close to being an advertisement for the product and the name was changed to The Hershey Bears, very interesting… Ok back to the food, right?  The restaurant itself is themed as a sports arena, making you feel like you are in the middle of the action. There are plenty of TV’s to watch your favorite teams and just take the time to relax and enjoy a great meal.
We were famished, even though we snacked through the park earlier in the morning, and we were excited to try some of the appetizers we went with the,  Spicy Capicola Flatbread, House-made Flatbread with Garlic Aioli, Capicola, Pepperoncini, Mozzarella, topped with Arugula in Red Wine Vinaigrette $11.75. This was a huge portion that could have easily been a meal itself. The meat was flavorful and the arugula wad fresh and had just the right amount of vinaigrette, it was good.
Next up for the appetizers was the Buffalo Parm Fries, Natural Cut French Fries, Roasted Garlic and Parmesan in Buffalo Sauce $10.00. These were a hit with my family, we like it hot and spicy and these fit the bill nicely.
I enjoyed a  Hershey Bears® Cheesesteak, Shaved Beef grilled with Sweet Onions, topped with Cheese Sauce on a Steak Roll $12.75. This cheese steak was seasoned well, and had plenty of gooey cheese. Being from Philadelphia, I am a bit of an expert on cheesesteaks, and this was good. Not the best I have ever had, but it was a solid cheesesteak.
My husband order the Spicy Smashmouth Burger, this burger has Pepper Jack Cheese, JalapeƱo Peppers, Hot Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato and Onion on a Grilled Onion Brioche $13.25.
This was a spicy burger with a good taste, the spice was not overwhelming and my husband really enjoyed this burger. He substituted for the onion rings, they were huge! You could have worn them as a bracelet, but they were too delicious to wear!
My daughter seems to order the same thing everywhere we go. A kids cheeseburger, that is her go to item, she orders it everywhere. She gave this one  a thumbs up. 
When our check for the meal came, it was presented with a nice handful of Hershey Kisses, what a sweet way to end a meal.  Overall we enjoyed our meal at The Bears’ Den, and we will definitely be back the next time we are in town. 
If you are looking for a nice family restaurant with a good selection of food and affordable prices be sure to check out The Bears’ Den in The Hershey Lodge, I am sure you will enjoy it as much as my family did. 

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VickieC said...

oh wow,,that food and desserts looks so good,,the smell of those must have been amazing

mmstarla said...

All of the food and desserts look heavenly. If I lived near I would definitely visit- I love chocolate!

Cheryl said...

I would love to visit Hershey Park one day. Everything looks so yummy.

Ani said...

OMG, after reading your Hershey posts, I think Disney has a new rival on my travel list, LOL!

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