Saturday, September 6, 2008

What Could be Better than Chocolate Kisses?

One of my fondest memories of the Chocolate Spa at Hershey is of women stuffing the pockets of their fluffy white robes with Hershey's Kisses. There were bowls filled with them everywhere. I sat by one and just could not stop unwrapping and eating Kisses! It was like a beautiful dream....

Hershey's makes over 80 million Kisses EACH DAY! I'm not sure I can get my brain around that. But I am glad to know it's happening! Go Hershey, go!

I recently tried three new (at least to me) Kiss flavors - raspberry special dark, marshmallow filled, and pumpkin spice (the Halloween adventure continues!). All of these were good. Raspberry doesn't have a filling, it's just a nice flavor added to the Special Dark Kisses. Not too strong on the raspberry - subtle, very well done. Marshmallow was good too. The problem for me is just that I only want one or two of these, and then I'm done. This could be a good thing!! I recommend these, especially if you like raspberry and/or marshmallow.

But let's talk about the Pumpkin Spice Kisses:

The first thing you'll notice is the scary orange color. I was shocked when I unwrapped the first Kiss. But, if you like pumpkin, you'll get over that fast. These are AMAZING!!! I love them!!! I am biased because I adore pumpkin. But I must be honest - there is nothing chocolate about these. They are more like white chocolate or maybe orange white chocolate. All I know is, so far, these are my favorite new Halloween candy. (All they have to compete with at this point is Chocolate Candy Corn, but they are WAY out in front.) I say, get some as soon as you can - they ROCK!!! And they won't be around forever!

Since I was on a Kiss roll, I decided to revisit the Wilbur Bud. Wilbur Chocolates claims Hershey stole the idea for the Kiss from the Bud. Whatever.

Okay, the Buds are kind of the same shape, a little smaller than the Kisses. They have Wilbur and a spiral design on the bottom. They are lame. I was unimpressed by all the candy from Wilbur. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't especially good. I've never thought of chocolate as bland before, but most of their candy was bland.

The Lesson of the Kisses? I think Hershey knows what we love about Kisses - it's the shape. We love it and the size is perfect. Flavor experimentation is great here - it's a celebration of the shape. And I love the different color foil wrappers and the little white paper label popping out the top of the Kiss. The packaging makes each Kiss special (just like real kisses!). Remember - be the best YOU you can be.

Sorry, Wilbur, Buds just aren't Kisses. But they might be sour grapes!


Chocolate Candy Lover said...

I can see that you are going to be a girl I'm going to have to keep a close eye on. :)

I am so utterly and completely jealous of you and your horde of Hershey's kisses!

My hubby and I are serving as missionaries in Australia - no kisses anywhere in site. Fortunately, I am usually blessed with an annual trip back to the US to visit family for a few weeks. You have no idea of the gorging that goes on by yours truly.

But... During my last visit, I was so busy stuffing my cheeks with regular Hershey's kisses (and it has to be said, Reese's cups) that I didn't even take the time to notice any new and tempting Hershey's kiss flavors.

Now you tell me I actually missed out on chocolate marshmallow and dark chocolate raspberry! Ugh! I'm going to have to wait until next year.

Now, about these pumpkin spice flavored Halloween kisses. I'm open to the idea... I'm a huge fan of pumpkin, too.

In fact, in Australia I have learned to love eating pumpkin the 'Aussie' way, cubed and roasted like potatoes, pumpkin soup, even fried pumpkin. Nothing compares to good old American pumpkin pie, though. :)

Maybe I can get my folks to send me a mini care package with some of these delightful morsels.

Here's another little tip about Hershey's kisses you may not have heard about. You can get adorable little personalized stickers made to fit on the bottom of the kisses for special occasions. It's a cute yet inexpensive way to make Hershey's kisses even more special. You can find more about stickers for custom chocolate kisses if you like on my site.

Have an extra kiss for me! :)

Heidi said...

Angie, please please post your recipes for the pumpkin cubes. YUM!

And Denise, I remember the Hershey kisses at the Hershey spa -- it is akin to walking into Shangrila. But it was much too long ago ... if memory serves me ... seven years? That is just not fair.

Good grief, talk about jealousy. You are living the life, girlfriend. I definitely can't wait, though, to get my hands on those pumpkin kisses. WOW.