Our family kicked off the holiday season at Hersheypark in November as part of my wife’s Sweetest Moms ambassadorship. Our park admission and some activities were covered by Hersheypark, but all thoughts are our own. Photos that are not watermarked are courtesy of the Hershey’s Kitchens LIVE team.
What weekend getaway is complete without ending up as a guest chef on a cooking show?
When you go to Hershey’s Chocolate World, just about anything can happen.
We’ve been to Hersheypark many times. For many years we even had family that lived in nearby Hummelstown. It was always easy to run up and see them for a weekend and catch a few rides at the park or stop in for a treat or two at Chocolate World.
This time we were in for a new surprise. As I was waiting for Lolli to pick up our tickets to a few of the Chocolate World activities, I spotted a table that had a signup sheet to be part of the Hershey’s Kitchens Live and as chance would have it, they still had an opening for the 7 PM show.
Not knowing what we had to do, I jumped at the chance and signed our names on the line.
We were able to run around Hersheypark, take a tour of Chocolate World, do some shopping, and catch a show before coming back for the taping.
In a nutshell, the Herhsey’s Kitchens Live host put each family against another family in a cookie decorating contest while they joked around with the audience, had fun audience participation games. If you like chocolate and you like decorating cookies, then this is the show for you. I was able to eat a couple pounds of chocolate while decorating. It was a chocolate free-for-all. Thank goodness we had eaten dinner before heading to the taping.
On our show, Lolli, Necco, Reese and I were put on stage opposite a younger and clearly less seasoned family of three. Honestly, it really wasn’t a fair competition with my creativity. With 12 minutes to decorate a tray of cookies, the problem wasn’t what would we do, but how would the other family endure such cold humiliation.
Fortunately, as the Hershey’s Kitchens Live video shows, there were many families who struggled to create edibles as finely adorned as we were able to do.
I even took a break midway to suck down some frosting. I think my Princess Leia cookies were the clear winner and have the added bonus of taking the least amount of time to create.
At the end of the day, we had a great time frosting cookies, hamming it up for the camera, and we even went home with a 5 lb. bar of chocolate. What could be better than that?
See if you can spot us (right around 2:22) – we clearly didn’t get adequate screen time.
Check out the other events happening at Chocolate World during the holiday season and beyond!
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