The Four Wahls went on our own little "road trip" today... we were seeking munchies to take my parents when we visit them in Florida this August. My Dad is a snacker, and boy does he love his "junkfood".
Our first stop was in Lancaster, at the Hammond Pretzel Factory, the oldest continuously-operated hand-made pretzel factory in America. It's a pretty small operation, literally behind a rowhouse in downtown Lancaster, but they sure make good pretzels. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING like a hot hard pretzel, right off the line. Dee-licious! They still make 'em by hand, and as you walk up to the front door, you can look in the windows and see the ladies twisting them up right there on long tables. The kids loved it when they all said "HI!" When you walk inside, the first thing you see is the end of the oven conveyor, which is constantly issuing a stream of fresh, hot pretzels. The nice lady let both of the kids have a pretzel right off the line! Two four-pound boxes of the broken ones, please!
Our next stop was the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in Lititz. It's a fairly small factory with a pretty neat two-room candy museum. The candy shop is right below the giant churns, and you can feel and hear the machinery making delicious chocolate! The candy museum has all sorts of antique candy tins, molds, tools and other items used in the making of chocolate on display. We always look for the Wilbur Chocolate tin broom holder that Karen and I found in the garage of her grandmother's house... we gave it to my Dad because he loves Wilbur Chocolate, and he immediately went to the museum and traded it for a five-pound bar of chocolate! It's right in the middle of one of the display cases, and we always check to see if they still have "Opa's broom holder". Let's see... thee pounds of the milk-chocolate Wilbur Buds, three pounds of the dark-chocolate!
Anyway, we loaded up a pretty good pile of stuff... just a few more things and we'll head to Daytona like Santa with a sack of goodies! Look out, Dad, here we come!
Oh yeah, these both go GREAT with comic books!