Kosher in Hershey, PA

Written by chanie on September 7th, 2011

I live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, just a stones throw away from the main Parkway where the famous 770 stands. Each Labor Day, thousands gather to celebrate the West Indian Day Parade along its length. Floats are stacked to the hilt with speakers blasting music so loud (not to mention offensive), our house literally shakes. So, we’ve made it a Labor Day family tradition to pack ourselves up and get out of town. This year, we made our way to Hershey, PA.

If you’re kosher and you enjoy taking trips with your family, you know what kind of hassle it is to shlep food with you. Amusement parks are the worst. There are sweet-smelling gourmet food stands wherever you turn and you have to rummage through your big bag of tricks to keep your kids happy. That’s the best part of going to Hershey Park. There’s no shlepping vacuum-packed cold-cuts or 2-day old bread with PB&J (which, btw, they will not let you bring into the park under any circumstances!). Hershey Park is fully equipped with a kosher mart and a fresh kettle corn stand! To be honest, the mart left a lot to be desired. But, it’s an amusement park, and it has kosher food, so I wasn’t about to complain. Stick to the basics like hot dogs, chicken nuggets and fries. For healthier options, try their pita chips with chummus, soft pretzels, or make-your-own-salad-bowls. Directly across the street, you’ll find the most amazing fresh kettle corn prepared right in front of you. It’s sweet, salty and crunchy – a great snack to eat around the park.

It’s Hershey Park, after all, and chocolate abounds at every turn. If you only eat cholov yisroel, like me, you’ll definitely be craving some once you step off the Chocolate World Tour and into the Hershey store. Until now, the only thing available to buy was twizzlers, but I was determined to find something chocolatey (aside from cocoa), and I did! The Hershey’s store now carries Scharffen Berger chocolates, which are OU certified. They have many pareve options, including my favorite, a 62% cocoa NIBBY bar, with real crunchy cocoa nibs inside. With rich, deep flavors, fruity undertones, and a high cocoa content, their artisan dark chocolates are unmatched on the kosher market. Scharffen Berger chocolates are also available for baking. For a super-rich brownie, or for dipping strawberries, give them a try!

Kosher Mart Menu
Hershey Park
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Scharffen Berger

Photos: Hershey Park, Hershey Lodge, Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

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  1. Nechemia says:

    Chanie, I rarely ever had a problem bringing in food!just don’t flaunt it!

  2. chanie says:

    I didn’t, they searched through every crevice of our carriage and inside all of our bags. We told them that our child had a serious food allergy and only after considerable begging did they let us bring (some of it) through.

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