School of Chocolate


My 7-year old daughter, the one who loves to cook, was studying Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey’s chocolate and a great philanthropist. She somehow agreed to build a model of the Hershey School, the history of which I know very little about, but it’s now a cost-free private prep school in Hershey, PA. My daughter had a picture of the original building and was set to build it with her creative mother, when somewhere along the line she came up with the idea to make it out of Hershey’s chocolate. Now that’s a challenge.

Fortunately, my wife’s father is an architect, so he built a cardboard base, and my wife and daughter took over from there. Hershey Bar siding. Roof of Twizzlers licorice (made by Hershey, of course). Windows of the interior of York Peppermint Patties (another Hershey product). Some Hershey’s Cocoa, confectioners sugar and water for glue. I present to you, below the break, the Hershey School in Chocolate.





12 Responses to School of Chocolate

  1. seahawg says:

    Wow! Pretty impressive for a 7 year old. Not only is the subject matter pretty advanced for that age, but I’m impressed with both her creative and constructive skills. You’ve got a lot of reason to be proud. Hope she gets an A+ for that culinary masterpiece. Let me know when the deconstruction starts. I can help “put away” some of that chocolate!

  2. who says:

    wow, impressive!

  3. Joe says:

    You should have made ganache for the glue, and then told me where you lived. 🙂

  4. Maura says:

    What a smart, talented daughter you have, Varmint, and what a terrific idea. I know you’re proud of her.

    The Hershey school was originally a residential school (and still is) for boys who had lost their fathers. I know several guys who went there. They started admitting girls sometime in the last 25 years, and they now accept kids who have lost either one or both parents. In addition to being a school, it’s a working farm, with the kids doing a lot of the work. So it’s not the kind of prep school that normally comes to mind.
    *Boring informational speech over*

  5. kredpork says:

    thats cool i wil probably eat it when it was done ( if i where there)!

  6. kredpork says:

    :):) 🙂 🙂 I LOVE CHOCLATE

  7. mmarr923 says:

    Wow i cant believe that your 7 year old did that , it also seems that she learned a lot about the hershey school!! what a great way to learn.. cool hands on activity!!

  8. ameshin says:

    ………………….Can I live in there?

  9. Varmint says:

    I’m sure you figured out that my 7 year old didn’t do this by herself — not at all. Her grandfather built the cardboard frame. Her mother helped with the ideas and placement of the more delicate pieces (the gables, for example). But my daughter did the remainder, with a little assistance from her 12 year old sister. Pretty cool. And Maura, thanks for the extra info on the Hershey School.

  10. Megan says:

    The. Most. Adorable. thing. ever.

  11. Matt Ward says:

    I am a graduate of MHS (Milton Hershey School)….Nice Work!

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