Brayden Maldono, 7, and friends at the York YMCA’s Kids Club visited Wolfgang Candy and went home with a gift bag Wednesday, the first day of the
Brayden Maldono, 7, and friends at the York YMCA's Kids Club visited Wolfgang Candy and went home with a gift bag Wednesday, the first day of the York County Made In American Tour. (Bil Bowden photo)

Chrissy Albright watched her children put on hairnets and disposable shoe covers.

As the Hanover mom got them ready to tour Wolfgang Candy Co. on Wednesday afternoon, she said she hoped they left inspired.

"Maybe it will spark some creativity. Maybe they'll leave thinking they can become a pastry chef someday," Albright said.

The candy manufacturer at 50 E. Fourth St. in North York is one of the stops along the annual Made in America Tours.

Tours continue through Saturday and offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how products are made inside York County businesses and factories.

At Wolfgang, guests get to see pretzels and cookies being coated with chocolate, said Bridget Schell, a company tour guide and employee.

Tourists learned how thousands of pounds of chocolate are melted down in a tempering machine that ushers it out into a smooth, creamy consistency that eventually coats pretzels in 80-degree temperatures.

Those pretzels then move along a conveyor belt into 60-degree temperatures where they are set and cooled.

Albright said her kids loved seeing the process last year, which is why she took them to Wolfgang again this week.

"It's a good time and entertaining way to spend a summer day," she said.

Something new: And this year, the kids got to see something new.

Many kids on the tour had wide eyes as they watched a machine move cookies into packaging trays along a busy assembly line.

"When we see a smile on a young child's face as they see that chocolate cookie move through the line, it's a special experience for all of us here at Wolfgang," said company President Andrew Jacobs.

It was also a special experience for Jessica Myers and her children, she said.

The mother from Manchester, Md., said it was the first time she and her kids went on one of the tours.

"It was a great way to get out of the house for a day and learn what goes on in making chocolate candy," she said.

Other tours: In other parts of York County on Wednesday, many businesses were getting ready to start tours and welcome guests.

Nearly 30 businesses throughout the county opened their doors, proving why this is the "factory tour capital of the world," according to Allison Freeman, spokeswoman for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

New to the four-day event this year is New Grounds Roasting Co., a coffee maker at 284 W. Market St. in York City.

From Kenyan beans he described as the "cadillac of coffee" to demonstrating the environmentally-friendly Diedrich roasting machine, Colin Cameron explained how the java gets from a bean to a cup or package.

As wholesale director at New Grounds, Cameron is responsible for selling thousands of pounds of coffee every month.

That process is made easier by the York City company's roasting machine which can process 50 pounds of beans in 12 minutes, he said.

Owner Jennifer Anderson explained roasting coffee isn't completely unlike roasting meat; a slow roast protects the flavor, she said.

The beans crackle like Rice Krispies just before they're done roasting. After they're done they are cooled up to two hours and sit overnight before being packaged, she said.

On the farm: Perrydell Farm and Dairy also welcomed guests on Wednesday.

The farm at 90 Indian Rock Dam Road in York Township is offering free, self-guided tours this week, said Donna Perry, controller and ice cream maker at Perrydell.

Depending on the time of their visits, guests may see ice cream being mixed, milk being bottled, calves being fed or cows being milked, she said.

"And of course kids can pet the calves anytime," Perry said.

Made in America Tours:

FREE FACTORY TOURS

-- George's Furniture Inc., 9 Reichs Church Road, Marietta; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

-- New Grounds Roasting Co., 284 W. Market St., York; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

-- Revonah Pretzel, 507 Baltimore St. (rear), Hanover; 9 a.m. to noon Friday

-- Sonnewald Natural Foods, 4796 Lehman Road, Spring Grove; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

-- Sunrise Soap Co., 29 N. Beaver St., York; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; evening tours available by appointment

-- Utz Quality Foods, Inc., 900 High St., Hanover; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

-- Weldon Solutions, 425 E. Berlin Road, York; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

-- Wolfgang Candy Co., 50 E. Fourth St., York; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon Friday

-- York County Solid Waste Authority/York County Resource Recovery Center, 2651 Blackbridge Road, York; 10 a.m. Thursday

-- York Time Institute LLC, 312 W. Market St., York; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

-- York Wallcoverings Home Design Center, 201 Carlisle Ave., York; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday

FACTORY TOURS WITH A FEE

-- Bluett Bros. Violins, 122 Hill St., York; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Friday, $5

-- Miss Lucy's Dog Treats, 5241 N. Salem Church Road, Dover; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, $1

-- Perrydell Farm and Dairy, 90 Indian Rock Dam Road, York; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, $5.50

-- Sweet Willows Creamery, 2812 E. Prospect Road, York Township; 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, $5 (includes fresh ice cream)

-- Walk-Le Holsteins, 6898 Oak Lane, Thomasville; 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday to possibly help feed a baby calf; $5

FREE ATTRACTIONS

-- Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

-- Shoppe American Made, 55 W. Canal St., Dover; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

-- Wallace-Cross Mill, 15759 Cross Mill Road, Felton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday

-- York Barbell Co., 3300 Board Road, York, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

ATTRACTIONS WITH A FEE

-- Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Rd., Airville; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Adults $5; Children $3

-- National Watch & Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Adults $8; Seniors $7; Group rate $5

-- York County Heritage Trust Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, $5

FREE WINERY TOURS

-- Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

WINERY TOURS WITH A FEE

-- Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, $3 for tasting

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.