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Snack Attack: Bring Your Appetite to Lancaster County
From the decadent chocolates of Hershey to the legendary cheesesteaks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is well-known for its good eats. But besides those ones, we’ve got plenty more, whether you’ve got a sweet tooth for whoopie pies or a serious craving for the saltier side of things. Lancaster County is the best place to indulge on those salty snacks; you won’t find anywhere else (no, seriously, anywhere) that has so many snack food producers so close together. Pick a couple of your favorites or plan a trip to each and every one. Either way, you (and your taste buds!) will have a great time exploring the Dutch Country Roads of Lancaster County.
UTZ: Utz began in a home kitchen in 1921 and produced about 50 pounds of chips an hour for local grocery stores and markets. Today, Utz produces more than a million pounds of chips a week and is the largest privately held snack brand in the nation. Take a free self-guided Chip Trip Tour at the 600,000 square foot Hanover facility to see how potato chips are made from beginning to end.
Utz Quality Foods
900 High Street
Hanover PA 17331
JULIUS STURGIS: At the historic landmark of Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, tour the original bakery, learn how to twist pretzels with your own dough, and observe bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand. Visitors can also shop for pretzels and treats, as well as souvenirs, in the bakery store. Tours take about 25 minutes.
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
219 East Main Street
Lititz, PA 17543
HERR’S: Herr’s Snack Factory has its roots in Lancaster when James Stauffer bought a potato chip company in 1946. Today, Herr’s is a successful business that produces pretzels, popcorn, potato chips, and much more. On a free tour, follow the production line from slicing and frying to bagging and boxing. Taste a chip hot from the fryer and grab a free bag of Herr’s at the end of your tour.
Herr’s Snack Factory Tour
271 Old Baltimore Pike
Nottingham, PA 19362
TURKEY HILL: Over 75 years ago, Armor Frey began selling milk bottles from Turkey Hill Farm. Gradually, his business grew and his sons bought his business in 1980 and started selling ice cream. Today, visit the Turkey Hill Experience to discover the history of the Farm, create your own unique ice cream flavor, and even star in a Turkey Hill commercial.
Turkey Hill Experience
301 Linden Street
Columbia, PA 17512
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