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The Soda Jerk Diner and Family Restaurant~ Hershey PA

The Soda Jerk Diner ~ Hershey (Hummelstown) PA

If you are going to Hershey PA, exploring the history of chocolate (that is a living history site that ALL families should see!) you must stop by The Soda Jerk Diner and Family Restaurant.

Lisa had the Strawberry Salad which was fabulous! Summer sweetened strawberries, Romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, almonds, topped with the most wonderful homemade yogurt based Creamy Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing. I was very unsure on this combination - but our fabulous waitress highly recommended it and said the flavors were divine together. It was absolutely delicious - I rated it a high 9, and well priced at 7.95! It was a great way to get 3 or 4 servings of veggies, and a fruit in while traveling!

Dave had the Monterey Jack Burger Deluxe, a big fat, juicy burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and fries for $6.15! Since we love crispy fries, we will ask for extra crispy fries next time. Try dipping them in mustard for a wild new treat!

Emily had a Cheeseburger Deluxe, with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and fries! It was so much better than her friffy super expensive burger she had earlier, looking out at the Manhattan skyline! The Manhattan burger was 15, where Soda Jerk's was only $5.95. This place is a great value for your money!

Don't miss dessert - The Soda Jerk Diner is famous for the desserts that were a hallmark of the 1950's! It is so much fun to visit a real, live soda fountain and order a hand scooped ice cream sundaes reminiscent of the 50's! You cannot resist a place that has a separate menu just for the sweets!

Lisa had the Coffee Break Sundae, a huge sundae filled with Turkey Hill coffee ice cream topped with marshmallow, Hershey chocolate syrup, whipped topping and finished with chocolate sprinkles for $3.99. (note -next time, I will get the hot fudge - it is HOMEMADE! I was so excited to eat Hershey syrup in Hershey, that I wasn't paying attention properly!!)

Dave got Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae with creamy vanilla ice cream, rich homemade hot fudge, thick peanut butter and sweet peanut butter cups topped with whipped cream for $3.99. It may sound like an odd combination - but it was truly wonderful. The peanut butter kicks the sweet level down a notch or two!

Emily went nuts for a Mint Oreo Sundae - take it to the mint! A rich layer of crushed Oreo cookies, topped with creamy mint chip ice cream, decadent homemade hot fudge and crumbled peppermint patties. This masterpiece is topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

This restaurant was one of our favorites on our trip, from the moment we walked in the door and were greeted by the owner, the friendly staff, our hilarious waitress (I cannot find my receipt to tell you her name) who truly recommended some great stuff, and even the customers - it was just a happy, warm, friendly and fun place to visit! We can all use a little slice of home while on the road, and The Soda Jerk Diner and Family Restaurant was like that from the start, great service, great prices!! Your kids are going to love it and so will you!

The Soda Jerk Diner and Family Restaurant, 403 E Main St, Hummelstown, PA 17036, (717) 566-7707 www.sodajerkdiner.com