Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hershey's Kisses Irish Creme

Oh no, I didn't like these Irish Creme kisses one bit. Blech. The Irish Creme center takes on a disturbingly sour note that does not blend well with the chocolate shell. I'll have to go eat some more Peppermint Candy Cane Kisses to get this lingering sour taste off my tongue.

Score: 1

Hershey's Caramel Apple Kisses

Oh my, oh yes, I've been searching for these limited edition Hershey's Caramel Apple Kisses high and low since I learned of their existence during last year's Autumn/Halloween candy season, and these innocuous little goodies exceed all expectations and anticipation! First off, this is Good caramel- not that chewy hard kind, but the oozing messy buttery delicious caramel. Second, and even more important, the taste of apple is literally infused into the caramel- and it's not that synthetic Green Apple that one tastes in most mass-produced candy but an apple flavor that evinces memories of apple picking and fresh baked apple crumble. Oh yes, these are fantastic. I'm stocking up big time at the local Target where I found the first bag. Hershey's has created some fantastic limited edition flavors (see my collected reviews of their past flavors: Orange Creme; Raspberry; Mint Truffle; Candy Cane; Truffle; Coconut Creme; New York Cheesecake; Cherry Creme; Creme de Menthe; and Hot Cocoa. Wow, that's an obscene amount of chocolate consumption.) but these rank up there with the best!

Score: 5

Hershey's Kisses Mint Truffle

Strangely, last year I vastly preferred the flavor of these Mint Truffle Hershey's Kisses to the Candy Cane variety. This year, my taste buds appear to have flipped. These Mint Truffle Kisses blend a really soothing mellow mint center with a rich chocolate shell but now I feel like the mint is a little bit overbearing compared with the peppermint counterparts. I still wouldn't say no to a handful of these little treats but currently favor other holiday options far more.

Score: 3

Hershey's Kisses Candy Cane

They're back and I love them! I reviewed these Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses last year and wrote with sadness of their ephemeral nature, available only during the holiday season. There's something about the mellow nature of the peppermint flavor blended with that super melty white chocolate base that's totally compelling. Throw in the crunchy red non-pareils suspended throughout and these constitute a nearly perfect mouth full of peppermint chocolate. There must be a way Hershey's could justify selling these year-round. Thanks for finding these, Dan!

Score: 5

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hershey's Kisses Cookies 'n' Cream

I'm not usually a fan of white chocolate so was automatically predisposed to turn up my nose at these Cookies'n'Creme Hershey's Kisses. They are, however, simply delicious! White chocolate tends to crumble into waxy chunks instead of melting away in one's mouth, but these little morsels were super melty and combined beautifully with the crunchy chocolate cookie chunks suspended throughout. Yum! A surprising winner amidst of the ever-growing pantheon of kisses flavors!

Score: 4

Cherry Cordial m&m's

I was not excited for artificial cherry infused chocolate m&m's but these are surprisingly good! If you know the taste of cello's cherry cordials that exact same taste really sings through the chocolate here. I'd still prefer a little liquid filling or layer of pure cherry nougat surrounding a chocolate center within the hard shell, but these are definitely worth trying!

Score: 3

British Consumers Unleash Tirade of Criticisms Against Hershey's Kisses

Oh my. Today Hershey's Kisses launched their long-awaited distribution throughout Great Britain. We all know that Cadbury rocks it over Hershey's. And perhaps unleashing Hershey's Kisses into a market already saturated with and spoiled by Cadbury products won't bring in a ton of new fans, but "conical filth bombs" and "regurgitated milk" still seem a bit strident a description of the Kisses. Really? And this from a land where Nestle products boast high sales? Blech upon the Nestle chocolate! Hershey's Kisses, you may not be the best, but you're no filth bomb to me! And you consistently come up with such amazing limited edition flavors. That dedication to innovation should count for a lot! Read more rude reactions to Hershey's sweet little bonbons here...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jet-Puffed Holiday Mallows

These Jet-Puffed Holiday Mallows may not taste at all different than a normal Jet-Puff marshmallow but they're certainly festive. Honestly, I wish Jet-Puffed had tried to infuse some sort of holiday-related flavor into the bunch- spice? cinnamon? apple cider? eggnog? peppermint? The company has made some daring advancements in Marshmallow flavoring before, to both excellent and billious effect, and it would have been cool to try another foray into flavored marshmallow. That said, these are a nice Christmas-related treat, perfect for topping hot cocoa or festive holiday cakes. I doubt the results poured into a batch of rice krispie snacks would be particularly appealing but there are enough possibilities to make purchasing a bag worthwhile.

Score: 3

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch

I loooove Junior Mints and was unbelievably and unabashedly excited to try their new Peppermint Crunch holiday flavor. Ok, it's basically the same old Junior Mint with a little red sugar adhered to the top of each candy. And I'll admit that if I were consuming these in a darkened movie theater I might just think that these were ordinary Junior Mints that had gone a little stale and crystalized a bit. And ok, the red sugar gets a little lost or muddied in the chocolate coating and doesn't present the festive sparkle that I believe Junior Mints was aiming for. That said, after about three compulsive handfuls, I realized that there's something vaguely compelling about an added crunch in the mix. Somehow it makes you want to consume mint after luscious mint until the box is empty because the crunch is evident and yet vaguely elusive. It gives you a little something to chew on. To summarize, there's not much different about these Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints from the originals, but they are delicious. And the crunch doesn't diminish that tastiness in the least. Try them! I wish I had more! Wish I could remember where I found these! Wish I had more!

Note (12/20/2010): Dan found me a big batch of these addictive Junior Mints at an uptown Duane Reade. After eating another couple boxes and sharing the treats with others, I am convinced that these sugar-topped Junior Mints are even better than the original. Others agree. But I'd like to convey the message to the candy makers that these would be even better with something even crunchier. The sugar isn't so pretty against the backdrop of chocolate so why not go for a larger crunchier bit on top? Go for it, Junior Mints!

Score: 5

Peeps Marshmallow Christmas Trees

These Christmas edition Peeps offer nothing new in the way of flavor, but they're certainly a festive variation on the classic shapes.

Score: 3