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Six crazy things to see, buy and eat at Hershey’s Chocolate World

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Hershey’s Chocolate World opens at New York-New York on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Las Vegas.
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If the 18-foot Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup outside the new Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas gets you excited, that’s only the beginning. This two-story, 13,000-square-foot retail experience at the New York-New York contains every flavor, color and variation of Hershey’s chocolate you can imagine, including customizable bars, fresh treats and candy-branded accessories.

The store is full of odd finds and impressive creations, too. Here are just a few of the items you might discover in this Wonka-esque palace.

Hershey’s Chocolate World New York-New York, 702-740-6969. Daily, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

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      World’s Largest Hershey’s Bar ($49.95) This is exactly the type of over-the-top item you’d expect to find at Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas, and yet there’s still something startling about unwrapping a five-pound bar of solid milk chocolate. Bet you can’t finish it before your flight home.

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      Reese’s Supreme Brownie Sandwich ($5) There are plenty of prepackaged treats, but the pastry cases on the first floor are irresistible. This decadent marvel takes two peanut butter-fudge brownies drizzled with more chocolate and Reese’s cup chunks, and sandwiches them around a peanut butter buttercream filling. This isn’t dessert, it’s a meal—and one of the cheapest sandwiches on the Strip!

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      Chocolate Statue of Liberty The can’t-miss monument on the first floor is made from 800 pounds of chocolate constructed around metal framing, a much tastier Lady Liberty than the New York-New York’s original replica. But this one might melt. Catch it while you can.

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      S’mores Christmas Ornament ($8.95) Turning marshmallows into a snowman is cute, but there’s something a little dark about this souvenir. Frosty has no idea how melty-delicious he’s about to become.

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      Chocolate Empire State Building The second floor’s chocolate wonder is bigger and more impressive than the Statue of Liberty, an 1,800-Hershey bar replica of New York’s most iconic building. A Twizzler antenna at the top is the perfect touch, don’t you think?

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      Hershey’s Kisses Scented Body Lotion & Hand Cream ($15.95) Because if you’re wearing a Hershey’s hoodie and Hershey’s flip-flops, might as well smell like Hershey’s chocolate, too ... right?

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