Pennsylvania is one of the only states with a unique cuisine, most of which was brought over by German settlers during America’s colonization. Some of this food has made its way across America in the forms of snack brands and convenience stores. The following are some restaurants and brands that began or are based in PA.
Wawa v Sheetz
The easiest way to tell if someone’s from PA is to ask them what gas station has the best food. If they’re from the west, they’ll say Sheetz. If they’re from the east, Wawa. And if they’re not from PA, they’ll tell you they don’t eat at a gas station.
Sturgis; Snyder’s of Hanover
Pretzels were first brought over by the Germans, and the first hard pretzels were actually made in PA by Sturgis in 1861. Both of these local PA companies have since expanded their brand to various sweet and salty pretzel snacks, as well as other snack food.
Herr’s, Martin’s, Utz
PA has a variety of local potato chip companies, but these three are the best known.
Hershey’s is of course America’s favorite and best known chocolate/candy brand. Milton Hershey established his company’s town in 1905 in Dauphin County. Hershey, PA is known for the Hershey factory, hotel, school, and amusement park, complete with Kiss-shaped street-lamps. It’s also famous for those singing cows, and I hope you’ve got that song stuck in your head, because you know I do.
Wilbur Chocolate Company
Living in the shadow of Hershey is this small chocolate manufacturer in Lititz, PA. It makes cocoa products for sale to bakeries, as well a line of chocolates for consumers, including their famous Wilbur Buds.
This Brooklyn candy company moved some of its operation to Bethlehem, PA in 1932. It’s famous for Mike and Ike’s, as well as Peanut Chews and Peeps, both of which were acquired from local PA candy companies after the move. Every New Year’s Eve, Just Born drops a large candy Peep in Bethlehem, as the local version of the Time’s Square ball.
This small candy company is famous for the Mallow Cup, marshmallow inside a chocolate cup.
This gourmet chocolate manufacturer in Lancaster County probably provided your fundraising material if you went to school in PA. They have many retail stores across the northeast.
They produce a wide variety of packaged baked good snacks, similar to Little Debbie or Twinkies. (But better)
Primanti Bros. Restaurant
This Pittsburgh sandwich shop started as a sandwich cart in the 1930s, and has now expanded to over 30 locations across the northeast.
This ketchup brand is an American favorite that was founded in Sharpsburg, PA in 1869
Founded in 1931 by a bottled milk salesman, this family company eventually expanded into a dairy and ice creamery. This Lancaster County company is now owned by Kroger. Their ice cream is sold nationwide, and there are a few dairy stores across the northeast. Turkey Hill is also famous for their iced tea.
A-Treat Bottling Company
Established in 1918 in Allentown, this soda company temporarily stopped production in 2015. Now back on the market, this soda is famous for its traditional manufacturing methods and products such as birch beer, root beer, and cream soda.
I feel like the discovery of Taylor’s rehearsals having been in Lititz, PA the entire time instead of Nashville is sort of a big deal in terms of kaylor at the moment. If she took her private jet, it would have only taken her about 30-40 minutes to get to New York from there. Also with no paparazzi pictures or fan sightings it seems pretty closed off from the rest of the world, and if she was rehearsing there for 2 months without anyone knowing, and the flight time is that quick, how often do you think she was visiting Karlie secretly when they both had time? We all know that’s what they do now considering they haven’t “seen” each other in over 60 days, and there’s NO way they haven’t seen each other in that long. How bout right before the ACMs when they both went MIA for 3-4 days and still nobody knows where they were? I think that was one of those instances. Which brings me to them planning ahead. I strongly believe taylor and karlie have planned everything out with their schedules very carefully. It might not have been taylor’s intention for people to find out rehearsals were actually in PA, but if my theory is right on them spending time together secretly, then this is another instance that proves it! Also I’m really excited about this, and I didn’t mean to make it sound so serious lol sorry bye