Food & Spirits: Visiting Downtown Lititz, Pennsylvania

The original baking ovens of the Sturgis Pretzel Factory.
The original baking ovens of the Sturgis Pretzel Factory.

No preconceived notions. No prior knowledge except that the town had chocolate and pretzel factories. We arrived in the morning with the intent on visiting the Wilbur Chocolate Factory first with the hope of trying some free samples and seeing vast amounts of chocolate. I was very disappointed to find that there are no actual factory tours. I guess I was just expecting it, even though I did not actually read it anywhere. What is open to the public are a small museum (about two or three displays and a video from the 90’s) and gift shop. There is no witnessing any chocolate being made. I suppose the few displays would be a trip down memory lane for some, but to me, as someone who actually works at a museum, I wouldn’t even call it one if I was them. I don’t even think “underwhelming” would be the word. Prices on chocolates were sky-high, but there were free samples. The taste was not bad at all, but nowhere near good enough to justify what they were charging. Sorry Lititz, but if someone was asking me for travel advice for your town, I would tell them to skip Wilbur altogether.

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