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Your goal is to make sense of these nonsensical phrases:

Honored friends.
Officer, tailless corpse.
Zero head life. 
Backwards arrival time

and relate the result to the title of this question.

Hint 1:

The US state I mentioned (namely, Pennsylvania) is very important.

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This is obliquely cluing

several obscure words and phrases on Wikipedia's list of cryptic crossword abbreviations.

Specifically:

"Honored friends" refers to the Order of the Companions of Honour, giving CH.
"Officer, tailless corpse." refers to Officer Corps, giving OC.
"Zero head life" gives O and L_, the head of "life".
"Backwards arrival time" gives ATE, from "ETA" backwards.

Together,

these give the word CHOCOLATE. The "town in Pennsylvania" might be referring to Hershey, PA, an unincorporated community that calls itself "the sweetest place on earth".

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  • $\begingroup$ Exactly! Upvoted & green-checkmark-ified. $\endgroup$ – matt Jun 7 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ And of course Hershey's 49@4@=2E6 32CD (rot47) $\endgroup$ – matt Jun 7 at 18:14

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