Las Vegas Strip sugar rush: Hershey’s Chocolate World opens

Start spreading the news (and possibly some creamy peanut butter). Hershey’s Chocolate World is open on The New York-New York Brooklyn Bridge Plaza and the Las Vegas Strip has never been sweeter.

The two-story candy shop is packed with offerings from all Hershey’s brand products such as Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s chocolate and strawberry syrup bottles (bigger than your head), Reese’s peanut butter cups and pieces, Ice Breakers, Jolly Ranchers and Twizzlers.

There is even a bakery counter, a wide variety of retail offerings and several interactive experiences.

Downstairs there’s a colorful wall of Hershey’s Kisses dispensers for your bag-filling pleasure while upstairs are different flavors of Jolly Ranchers. Interactive screens allow you to send your friends a Hershey’s Kiss e-card, view a timeline of Hershey’s history or discover your ideal Reese’s combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Photo opportunities abound at Hershey’s Chocolate World including an 800-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty carved from Hershey’s Milk Chocolate or a replica of the Empire State Building made from 1,800 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.

Hershey’s Chocolate World joins other chocolate attractions and shops in Las Vegas including M & M’s World, Ethel M’s, Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio Las Vegas and Aria Hotel & Casino, Vosges Haut Chocolate  at The Forum Shops at Caesars, the Chocolate Lounge at Sugar Factory and the recently opened Ghiradelli’s Chocolate at The Linq.

A trip to the Strip isn’t going to do any favors for your diet. But it’s sure to be a sweet experience.