My trip to the Hershey’s HQ!

You might have seen my tweets + instagrams a couple of weeks ago about my trip to HERSHEY’S HEADQUARTERS. Yes, it was as sweet as you can imagine. Yes, there is chocolate everywhere. Heaven, really. I was so lucky to be asked along with 11 other bloggers to be a part of the “baker’s dozen” for Hershey’s. We are showcased here on the Hershey’s Kitchen website!

hershey's baker dozen bloggers - courtney of pizzazzerie

My trip started off with time at Chocolate World which was fabulous. There was a HUGE gingerbread house made out of all Hershey candies. Then we shopped around at the sweet treats – found the largest Hershey bar with Cookies & Cups! We ate some yummies too, of course! We visited the Hershey lab and got to taste test chocolates from around the world (it was crazy how different they all tasted).

hershey baker's dozen blogger trip

We also got to … drumroll please…. MAKE OUR OWN CANDY BAR. I about died. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. Who wouldn’t want to get creative in the Hershey kitchens concocting sweet goodies? I made a milk chocolate bar with almonds, butter toffee crunchies, and pretzel bits. Yum + YUM! It was delish. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on how YOU can make your own candy bar at home!

Hershey Create Your Own Candy Bar

The next day was filming + photographing our projects for Hershey’s Kitchen website. We got all dolled up (yay hair + makeup) and filmed a fun video on making sweet treats with candy so stay tuned for that. I’ll post the link when it’s live. I also got to see their prop room + all their test kitchens. It was like Santa’s workshop basically – sweet Hershey bakers running around everywhere whipping up deliciousness. Here are some snapshots from the afternoon at the Hershey Test Kitchens!

Hershey Test Kitchens

It was such a fantastic trip, and I’m so lucky to have gotten to participate. Here’s who I got to hang out with too (which was SO much fun)!

Here is a picture of a few of us right before making our own Candy Bars!

hershey blogger baker's dozen

Naomi from Baker’s RoyaleKarly from Buns in My Oven, Julie from The Little KitchenBridget from Bake at 350Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil {who also lives in NASHVILLE},  Shelly from Cookies & CupsSusan from DoughmessticJessica from The Novice Chef,Sarah from Baking911Meaghan from The Decorated CookieLiz from Hoosier Homemade and Linda Stahl from Hershey.

I came home with a boatload of chocolate so check back over the next few weeks for some delicious holiday baking recipes using Hershey’s treats!