After a great week, beginning with appearances in Rome, Georgia (One Book, One Voice, Georgia Highland College, Armuchee High School, Darlington School), and ending with a visit to Cedar Creek College, I’m in Hershey, PA. After meeting farmers in Ivory Coast that grow cocoa, I thought I should go to the American town that cocoa built.
I heard the Hershey hotel had a whipped cocoa bath so I called up their spa.
“I want to sit in a big ol’ bath of chocolate.”
“I heard that you have something called a whipped cocoa bath?” I restated my slightly disturbing statement into a question.
“Yes we do,” the man on the phone said, “but they are only for women. You could have a chocolate massage…”
“Only for women? That’s weird. How come?” I asked.
“We have codes.”
So, tomorrow I won’t be taking a whipped cocoa bath because of Hershey’s sexist bath policies, but I will be making my own candy bar. The headlines have already been written.