Have You Been to Chocolate World? : Daily Art Practice


I don’t have a lot of chit chat this week so I am going to get right to it.


Daily Art Practice


I followed along with another Etchr Studio class, this one by Melissa Lakey. I love the loose illustration style and think it would be very fun to learn. This artist uses a lot of different mixed media tools to create her illustrations. I didn’t have them all so I used what I had on hand.





Tea and Poetry



Our theme this week was Milton Hershey. For those of you that don’t know who Milton Hershey is, you can read a little about him HERE. A few years ago, we visited The Hershey Story for Museum Day, which I found out about from several of the T-day ladies. Milton Hershey is known for bringing affordable chocolate to the USA. He is the founder of Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey Amusement Park, Chocolate World and the Milton Hershey Home for Boys, which is now open to boys and girls and fully funded by the Milton Hershey foundation. Obviously, our food theme is chocolate.

When it came to learning, I couldn’t find a lot of reading material at our local library so we supplemented with Youtube videos. We watched how various Hershey candies were made along with a few Milton Hershey biographies.



To start we had Sweet Lebanon Bologna and cheese sandwiches. These Hostess Cupcakes (Gluten-free, Sugar-free, egg-free) are a favorite of ours and my go-to dessert. I drizzled a bit of white chocolate on top as the ganache was made with 85% dark chocolate and not very sweet.



A few samplings of our favorite Hershey products: Hershey kisses, Twizzlers and the Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar.



In my research, I learned that Shoo-Fly Pie was one of Milton Hershey’s favorite foods. Shoo-Fly Pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch staple. This was my first time making and tasting this pie despite living near Pennsylvania Dutch cooking my entire life. The main ingredient is molasses.



Our tea this week was a latte.


Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Our tea for Tea and Poetry contained two parts. A Chocolate Mint Earl Grey Tea with foamed almond milk on top, making it a latte. It looks a bit muddy from the cocoa powder but it was tasty.

Does anyone know how the Hershey Kiss got its name?

Happy Tea Day,


14 thoughts on “Have You Been to Chocolate World? : Daily Art Practice”

  • Lovely painting of the row of houses. I watched a documentary on Milton Hershey and it was very well done and interesting. I love that you had a chocolate party in his honor- it all looks so good! And shoofly pie- I used to make that with my great grandmother ;). I’d like to try that tea latte. Happy T day!

  • Good morning Kate, enjoyed your post very much. I watch the history channel quite a bit and they run shows about the history of foods-they did a really good piece on Hershey’s fascinating for sure he made sure his employees had their jobs during bad times too.
    Your foods look delicious Happy T

  • I love those little houses you drew. They are beautiful and you did a great job.

    Chocolate is a favorite of many of us. I love milk chocolate best and I know Hershey makes the best milk chocolate. I have a blogger friend who lives in the deep south and her go-to pie is Shoo-fly pie Therefore, I was surprised to read it was actually invented in PA. You made a real beauty and it looks even better than the one in the recipe.

    I was also impressed you made your very own Hostess cupcakes. I checked out the recipe and was quite taken by your desire to make things everyone could eat.

    LOVED the tea cups you used and the tea you made. Thanks for sharing your houses, Shoo-fly pie, cupcakes, and tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate. Did you fill the “ding dongs” with marshmallow fluff or leave it out?

  • Forgot to mention that I read somewhere years ago, that the kisses were so named because they made the sound of kissing as they hit the conveyor belt. Not sure how true that is, but that is what I read somewhere, but can’t remember where. Therefore, I can’t reference my original source, even after looking for a few minutes.

  • Such a fabulous post and your tea party looks amazing! I’d gladly join you for a cuppa and maybe a cake 😊. Such interesting tea too, Earl Grey with mint and chocolate, now that is like to try! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

  • Oh my goodness Kate i grew up in PA/Nj area and grew up eating SHOO FLY PIE.. It is a favorite and one i miss very much.. I’ve been to Hershey Park too.. Every hear of Dorney Park.. spent many Summer days there.. Lovely table setting. Happy happy T day! hugs! deb

  • You always come up with interesting topics for the week. I admit I’m not a big fan of Hershey’s chocolate. Your cupcakes look delicious. Happt T day.

  • Haven’t been to Hershey’s but I have been to Cadbury’s chocolate factory. I like shoo fly pie as I like anything treacle-like, yours looks really good.Love your china cup too for your tea. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  • Oh this week’s tea party would be right up my alley. Chocolate is a good subject. And lots of fun too. I hope you had a great T day and enjoy your week ahead. Hugs-Erika

  • We visited Hershey Park when the girlies were little. I think the girleis and I were Twizzlers and could go on those rides as we met the height requirement. Hershey Kisses are my favorite chocolate candy. My dad used to bring us a bag every now and then only he called them Silver Bells. Delicious food and that teacup is just gorgeous. Happy T Day

  • Chocolate! What a great theme! It was interesting reading about Hershey. I had never heard of him of course as we don’t have that chocolate in Europe.. Your creations look very yummy. I must look up a shoo-fly pie. I’m sure I’ll be able to find a molasses substitute.
    As to the kisses. I looked at the kisses in the photo. They are similarly shaped to the Baci Perugina, an Italian chocolate (Baci means kiss).
    I have just looked them up on the Internet. Perugina made their first kisses in 1924 and hershey was first in 1907. So there. A bit of industrial espionage?
    Sorry for the late comment. (Better late than never),

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