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Made In America Tours Event June 18-21, 2014, in York County, PA

Harley-Davidson Factory Tour Image Courtesy of York County, PA

Harley-Davidson Factory Tour Image Courtesy of York County, PA

I enjoy factory tours for a number of reasons,
I get to find out how my favorite products are made, I usually get to sample the products, and best of all, factory tours a frequently free. This makes them a great option for families looking to stretch their entertainment and travel dollars. My family used to take us on factory tours when we were kids, and they were always a big hit. York County, PA is called the Factory Tour Capital of the World for good reason, and I have written about some of the tours available in previous MAD2Go posts. (

June is an even better time to travel through the York County, however, due to the Made in America Tours Event from June 18-21, 2014. You will be able to go inside your favorite factories and attractions, and behind the scenes at places you might not get to see other times of the year. Artisanship large and small is going strong in America today resulting in great products at every turn. You’ll discover how they make mouth-watering snacks at Martin’s Potato Chips and Utz Quality Foods, see Sunrise Soap Company create small batches of soap with a wide variety of fragrances, learn how Naylor Wine Cellars continues to make great wine and so much more.

Download Your Made in America Passport online, or pick one up at any participating location. Get your passport signed at each Made in America location you visit, and enter to win great prizes when you visit three or more sites. Passport questionnaire must be completed and returned to any Made in America tour or attraction to enter to win.

Factory Tours

Bluett Bros. Violins
George’s Furniture, Inc.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company,
Vehicle Operations
Martin’s Potato Chips Inc.
Miss Lucy’s Dog Treats
New Grounds Roasting Company
Nuts About Granola
Painted Spring Farm Alpacas
Perrydell Farm and Dairy
Revonah Pretzel
Snyder’s of Hanover Factory Store
Sunrise Soap Company
Utz Quality Foods Inc.
Walk-Le Holsteins Dairy Farm
York Time Institute LLC


Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market
Indian Steps Museum
Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village
National Watch & Clock Museum
Shoppe American Made
Wallace-Cross Mill
York County Heritage Trust Agricultural &
Industrial Museum


Adams County Winery
Detour Winery (MDWT)
Naylor Wine Cellars (MDWT)
Royal Rabbit Vineyards (MDWT)


Old Republic Distillery (MDWT)

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Tastykake Celebrates 100 Delicious Years

Image Courtesy of Tastykake

Image Courtesy of Tastykake

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to visit the Mid-Atlantic Region and not come across a Tastykake product. They are ubiquitous, filling the shelves of grocery stores, quick-stop shops, and Mom & Pop retailers. Although no longer an independent company, Flowers Food Inc. rescued the brand in 2011 and still provides fans with their fave sweet treat fix.

I have always liked their Cream Filled Buttercream Cupcakes, but my Mother maintains an undying passion for Krimpets. And to make my Mom happy, I’m sharing the Tastykake recipe for Butterscotch Krimpet Tiramisu as the Dessert of the Day.

Image and Recipe Courtesy of Tastykake

Image and Recipe Courtesy of Tastykake

Butterscotch Krimpet Tiramisu
•14 packs Krimpets®
•3/4 qt. cream
•1 1/4 lb. mascarpone cheese
•1 c. espresso (or strongly brewed coffee)
•2 c. stout beer (we use Victory Donny Brook Stout)
•3/4 c. sugar
•1/4 c. coco powder
1. Whip cream, add 1/2 c. sugar and fold in mascarpone.
2. Cut krimpets in half long way.
3. Combine espresso, stout and 1/4 c. of sugar.
4. Dip Krimpets® in liquid mixture. Layer on bottom of 13″ by 9″ pan.
5. Layer half of whipped cream and mascarpone on top of Krimpets®.

In honor of the Anniversary, Tastykake trucks are delivering a new product—the Tastykake Birthday Cupcake. The company also is sponsor a SINGFORAKAKE contest. The winner will receive $1,000, and three runner ups get a year’s worth of Tastykakes.

What’s your favorite Tastykake?

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Dessert of the Day: Death by Chocolate Ulysses Gastropub

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House’s Loss: The Missed Sweet Treats and Salty Eats Road Trip Part 3

Nature’s Best        

While the Perrydell Dairy Farm Tour was interesting, I keep thinking of all the cutting things House would have to say about the long-lashed calves lining up to be bottle fed by visitors, or their mommies hooked up to tentacle-like automatic milking machines. Unfortunately, none of them can be printed on a family site.

It is widely advertised that contented cows give flavorful milk, but the absence of rBST hormone insures that it is as healthy as it is flavorful. Family owned and operated Perrydell Dairy Farm offers free tours which allow visitors to see the cows being milked, calves being fed or milk being bottled. Their chocolate milk is justifiably a local legend, and regional shoppers cue up to buy rich, creamy, fresh milk.

© 2012 Gail A. Sisolak

When my mother and I visited, we bought a bottle of chocolate milk to savor in our B&B, and it was so rich we ended up foregoing dessert that night.

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

Perrydell Dairy Farm Tour

York, PA

Check for seasonal hours

Admission Fee:           No Reservations Required: see below

Guided: No                  Outlet: Yes

Minimum Age: No       Cameras Allowed: Yes

The self-guided tour is free of charge. Cameras are allowed, and children of all ages can tour the farm! Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Guided tours can only be scheduled Monday through Friday and there is a fee charged per person. For details, call (717) 741-3485 and ask for Wendy or Donna.

Caution: This is a working farm and parents need to be aware of where their children are at all times. Please be sure to give tractors and trucks plenty of space to get their work done.

It is also important that anyone who touches the calves, cows, fences, etc. sanitize their hands as soon as they are finished. Sanitizer is provided on-site near the calf pens

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House’s Loss: The Missed Sweet Treats and Salty Eats Road Trip Part 2

Free Chocolate…I’m so There!

Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Chocolate Company

One of the sweetest tours in York has to be the Wolfgang Candy Company Factory Tour, recently voted number four of the “Top 5 Tasty Tours” in the Nation by the Food Network. Their Visitor Center and Museum features illustrations of old-time American candy craftsmen. You’ll see many special display cases filled with wooden sugar molds, glass candy jars, and many other priceless antiques. You’ll also see a video of the Wolfgang candy-making process, along with a complete history of the Wolfgang family who made their candy making dream come true

This family run company has grown to encompass a several blocks of the closely knit community in which it started. Fans of “I Love Lucy” reruns may see similarities between the candy making line and a classic Lucy & Ethel sketch. The candy line moves so fast you’ll understand the temptation to snatch a few treats as they race by.

No need to steal sticky chocolates from the production line. You receive three complimentary chocolates at the end of the tour. You can also stop in the factory shop and stock up on your favorites, or try something from their turn of the century ice cream soda fountain.

Take a virtual tour of the Wolfgang Chocolate Factory

with the FOX 43 crew.

Wolfgang Candy Company Factory Tour

York, PA


Chocolate Factory Tours

Tour Times: (Labor Day – May 31)

Mon-Thurs 10:00am AND 2:00pm

Reservations Required for All Tours

Tour Times: (June 1 – Labor Day)

M-Thurs 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm

Reservations Required for All Tours

Wolfgang Das Sweeten Haus Store Hours:

M-F 8am – 6pm, Sat 9am-3pm

Telephone: 800-248-4273 x 112

Cameras are permitted on the tour, and there is a retail/gift shop on site. Wolfgang’s chocolate factory tour requires walking 1/4 mile including three short flights of stairs. Footwear with open toes or heels is discouraged (Wolfgang provides booties for those wearing open-toe shoes). All jewelry except a plain band must be removed. Hair nets and beard nets for facial hair are required (provided by Wolfgang). Each child under the age of six must be accompanied by a responsible adult.