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(A trolley carries visitors to and from Chocolate World, the Hershey factory attraction.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(A trolley carries visitors to and from Chocolate World, the Hershey factory attraction. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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By Jay Lloyd

HERSHEY, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania can take credit for creating your insatiable craving for chocolate — and for indulging it.

Back in the old days, my dad would give me a dime and tell me to buy him a newspaper.  The change was mine to keep for candy, and the candy I chose was usually a Hershey bar.

Nowadays, nostalgia is what keeps bringing adults with their own kids to Chocolate World, in Hershey, Pa.

“I remember it as a kid,” said one woman visitor recently.  “It brought back memories of being small, with my mom.”

A free ride takes visitors through the process of creating those venerable sweets, from harvesting the cocoa all the way through the packaging, including those tiny dots of flavor known to generations as Kisses.

(A machine wraps Kit-Kat bars -- a Hershey product.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(A machine wraps Kit-Kat bars — a Hershey product. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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Hershey spokesman Todd Kohr says that Chocolate World is one of Pennsylvania’s prime attractions.

“We host over three million visitors a year,” he says.

The adjacent Hershey Park will be reopening shortly for the 2013 season.  There’s a zoo, a stadium, nearby golf, and some incredible rural countryside to explore.

It’s truly a getaway that transits the ages.

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