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A Trip to America’s Coolest Small Town

I’m Mia Toser, the 13 year old granddaughter of Marlin and Roxanne and Harris’ niece. I live in Virginia and visited Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this past weekend where Marlin, Roxanne, and Harris live. While there, along with my dad, Barry, we took a short trip to.

By Aug 6,2013  2

I’m Mia Toser, the 13 year old granddaughter of Marlin and Roxanne and Harris’ niece. I live in Virginia and visited Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this past weekend where Marlin, Roxanne, and Harris live. While there, along with my dad, Barry, we took a short trip to Lititz, PA.

Wilbur Chocolate

Lititz, which was founded in 1756, is in Lancaster County and has a population of about 10,000. Budget Travel magazine readers voted Lititz “America’s Coolest Small Town 2013”, and there really are some neat things to do there. One of the most popular attractions is the Wilbur Chocolate Company.

Wilbur Chocolate Company is a chocolate manufacturing business that was founded in 1865 by Henry Oscar Wilbur. The chocolate company produces more than 150 million pounds of chocolate a year and distributes it to companies around the country. Their most popular candy is the Wilbur Bud created in 1893, whereas the Hershey’s Kiss, which closely resembles a Wilbur Bud, debuted in 1907.

Wilbur Chocolate Company

Mia with a giant pretzel in front of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania

 Here I am with a giant pretzel in front of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania

At the chocolate factory, I saw an album for the Flag set produced by Wilbur-Suchard (the name of the company at the time) in a display case. I learned the U.S. Flag card is a rare card that is part of the set from 1939 and the lady at the factory told me the U.S. Flag card is probably in the album. The Wilbur-Suchard Chocolate Company distributed these flag cards in their chocolate products. There are two different series (a set of 36 and a set of 29). Neither set could be completed without sending in a list of set titles to the company: the U.S. card and an album were then sent back. We also saw Wilbur’s Cocoa Soldiers of the Allies, a set of six cards from around 1917 or 1918.

My grandmother told me the U.S. Flag card is worth around $300! I wish I had one of these cards and some more of the great-tasting chocolate to go with it!

 

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  • hammer August 6, 2013 Reply

    Well done Mia – Very interesting, I wish I had the Card and some Chocolate too! Perhaps you could give Uncle Harris some tips on writing a good article as well.

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  • Bill Zeralsky aka BillZee August 6, 2013 Reply

    Mia, enjoyed reading your news article & think it is well written. I have those flag cards but I’m missing the U.S. flag so now I know why! Hope you keep writing here & maybe someday you will become a famous writer like me (just ask your Grandpa Marlin, if you haven’t heard of me yet LOL)

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