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House’s Loss: The Missed Sweet Treats and Salty Eats Road Trip Part 1

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In the “Post Mortem” episode of House, the crotchety title character asked his long suffering best friend Wilson if they should take the “Sweet Treats & Salty Eats” route on their road trip to Cleveland to meet his childhood crush, actress Julie Christie.

Television programming aside, they missed out big time by not taking the trip. Not only would they have had the chance to score some really tasty free snacks, House could have turned his sharp tongue on the sites, sounds and smells of genuine factory operations.

Noshing through York County, PA makes an ideal weekend getaway. With its amazing mix of potato chip and pretzel manufactures, sweet confectioners, wineries; dairies; gourmet restaurants and roadside diners, you’ll find plenty to tempt your pallet.

Martin’s Potato Chip Factory Tour

Image Courtesy of Martin’s Potato Chips

Martin’s is a family-owned operation known for hand cooked “kettle cooked” potato chips and Bar-B-Q Waffle Chips. I must admit that I’m not much of a salty-snack eater, but Martin’s made a convert out of me. Freshness makes the difference and all visitors have the chance to sample warm, crunchy potato chips scooped from a dancing conveyer belt.






Image courtesy of York County CVB

Their tour covers all aspects of making traditional and Kettle chips from the potatoes arriving by truck through to chips departing in colorful containers and takes about 45 minutes.

It is easy to taste why Martin’s is the politically bipartisan choice. Their products have been served on Air Force 1 during both the Clinton and Bush administrations. They have a great shop at the end of the tour, where you can buy factory fresh “seconds” at a fraction of the retail price.

Martin’s Potato Chip Factory Tour

5847 Lincoln Highway (US Route 30)

Thomasville, PA


Tour Availability: By Reservation Only (No Walk-Ins); Tuesdays 9, 10, and 11am only

Admission Fee: No              Reservations Required: Yes

Guided: Yes                         Outlet: Yes

Minimum Age: No               Cameras Allowed: Yes

Restrictions: Close toed shoes are required on the tour. Cameras are permitted, and the tour is handicap accessible.

Free tours of Martin’s Potato Chips factory are available Tuesdays by Reservation only 9, 10, and 11am.

The tour lasts 45 minutes, and reservations can be made by calling 1-800-272-4477. A factory store is located on-site.

Portions of this story were published by the News Journal in 2009 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.


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