If you live around South or Central Pennsylvania, you may have heard of the area’s nickname — the Snack Belt. Throughout York, Lancaster and Dauphin counties, there are lots of companies that produce Pennsylvania’s favorite snacks. From potato chips to pretzels to candy, it’s made locally.
Hanover, PA is home to a few big names in Pennsylvania snacking, and you can take factory tours to see how your favorite snacks are made, packaged and distributed throughout the area. Whether you’re new to the area or have been living here for years, taking a factory door in Hanover is a great activity for the whole family.
Snyder Factory Tours
Take a guided tour of Snyder’s to see how some of the area’s best pretzels are made. Throughout the entire trip, you can smell the amazing aromas that come from their pretzel baking.
During your tour, you’ll see how the pretzels are made from start to finish. A knowledgeable guide will tell you about Snyder’s history as well as the techniques they use to make their pretzels. You’ll also see the raw materials warehouse, the finished goods warehouses along with the robots at work, the packing room and the oven room. This tour is a fun way to learn more about where your favorite snacks come from, and it’s right near your hometown.
Snyder’s makes a wide variety of different pretzels in various shapes and flavors. You’ll be treated to a free sample at the end of the tour. On your way out, don’t forget to pick up a unique flavor and some of your favorites to enjoy at home.
The tour is for ages five and up.
Utz Quality Foods Tours
Utz Snack Foods is the biggest privately owned snack food company in the entire country — and it’s in your own backyard! They produce millions of potato chips and pretzels every year.
The Utz factory tour is self-guided, meaning that you can stop in at any time during open hours. Enjoy the tour at your own pace, taking as much or as little time as you want at each station. You’ll walk along a specially made, glass-enclosed observation deck. Don’t worry about not having a tour guide either. At the push of a button at different points, you’ll have informative talks and videos about the entire process. There’s also an area that tells the story of Utz’s history.
The observation deck lets you see the snacks being made throughout the entire process, from preparation of the ingredients to packaging and sending.
Both the Snyder and Utz factory tours are a fun way to see how the snacks you love go from simple ingredients to staples at your local grocery store. Both experiences are a delight for any snack lover.
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