March 2, 2008

Review: Hershey's Milk Chocolate Filled with Peanut Butter

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I bought this bar not expecting much, and I wasn't disappointed. A completely underwhelming experience. What I expected, for the most part, was a bigger Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in bar form - which would have been quite enjoyable.

What I got was more a half-hearted effort to milk (no pun intended) more value out of the Hershey's brand. The peanut butter is not the same as a Reese's cup. However, I'm pretty sure its the same one would find in Reeses Pieces. Smooth, sweet, generally tasty. But there's not enough of it to make much of a difference - the chocolate totally dominates the bar.

Is it a terrible candy bar? No. Is it something I'd buy given the plethora of other choices? Nope.

Check out Hershey's Filled w/ Peanut Butter here.

CandyBlog also has a nice review of this candy bar.

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March 1, 2008

Review: Zero Candy Bar

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We typically try not to choose regular, every day candy bars at Candy Snob - you won't see a review of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or a Hershey's Bar. Why? Because we all know about those candies. Its just not as interesting. What we will do, however, is look for venerable brands who (1) have made some change, or (2) are classic, retro brands that aren't as well known.

So we picked up a Zero bar today and we're sure glad we did. The candy started way back in 1931, and after changing hands a couple times is now a part of Hershey.

The name "Zero" is believed to come from the bar being originally marketed as a cool, tasty treat; or as cool as Zero degrees. Some people still enjoy Zero candy bars frozen - we're looking forward to trying this ourselves.

It is the unique combo of ingredients makes this bar so interesting and good. Caramel, peanut and almond nougat (which is a much darker nougat than you're used to seeing in a 3 Musketeers or MilkyWay), covered in white fudge. I minor distinction between white chocolate and white fudge, but you could definitely taste the softer flavor of the fudge. Plus, the nougat isn't completely smooth - there is a spattering of peanut and almond nuggets.

Overall, the texture is awesome, nice bite and chew, and a very unique and multi-layered flavor. Warning, this bar is very sweet. If you're not a white chocolate fan, or don't like your candy that sweet, this might not be for you.

Buy Zero bars for only $.58 each.

Name info from Hershey's corporate site.

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February 22, 2008

Vintage Hershey's Chocolate...Lip Balm?

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Any true Candy Snob would jump at the chance to add confectionery goodness to another area of their life. If you wear lip balm, you're in luck. on10 Cosmetics has released a line of vintage Hershey's inspired cosmetics - authentic Hershey's flavors without the guilt. They're all made in the USA with high quality organic and natural ingredients.

Hershey's Sweet Milk Chocolate Lip Balm SPF 15
A hydrating lip balm scented with Hershey's Sweet Milk Chocolate candy.

Hershey's Lip Balm Ultra-Moisturizing Trio SPF 15
A three-pack of hydrating lip balm including Hershey's Vanilla Crème, Milk Chocolate, and Almond flavors.

Hershey's Almond Lip Balm SPF 15
A hydrating lip balm scented with Hershey's Almond candy.

Other products by on10

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February 19, 2008

Review: PayDay Chocolatey Avalanche Bar

PayDayAvalanche.gifWe like PayDay's a lot - salty peanuts and caramel are just a tasty combination. But we LOVE the PayDay Avalanche bar. A simple concept really, begging the question as to why its taken them so long to do it - take a PayDay and cover it in milk chocolate.

We mentioned how much we liked the flavor combo of milk chocolate and salt a few days ago (Review: Lake Champlain Organic Sea Salt & Almonds Milk Chocolate Bar). Well the same idea applies here. You have the crunchy peanuts, the sweet caramel and the chocolate coating, which is good enough on its own. But what puts the PayDay Avalanche bar over the top if the saltiness on the peanuts.

If you're at your local grocer, convenience store or gas station, pick yourself up this updated classic, you won't be sorry.

Or if you anticipate needing a lot of them (which I personally do), you can get them at Amazon.

Check out the PayDay website.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

February 6, 2008

My Last Rolo - the Valentine's candy that lasts forever

The problem with giving candy as a Valentine's gift (or flowers for that matter), is that they are eventually gone, they are only a temporary gift. So how can you give your candy-loving significant other something that will satisfy the love of candy (let's say...Rolos), in a way that will score you long-term points?? Funny you should ask because we have the answer - sterling silver My Last Rolo keepsakes. They run £35 (about $70) apiece, which may seem expensive, but if your sweetheart truly loves Rolos, its a bargain.

Buy it at Prezzybox.com

Look for other Valentine's gift ideas at Candy Snob's Valentine's Gift Guide.

From popgadget

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January 28, 2008

Review: Hershey's Cacao Reserve vs. Hershey's Special Dark

While wandering down the candy aisle in the drug store, doing what a Candy Snob does which is getting a lay of the land from the mass market candy makers, I saw two Hershey's products which got me thinking. The first was the Cacao Reserve by Hershey's and the second was the Hershey's Special Dark bar. With these two bars in such close proximity, I got to wondering whether there was a difference between the two, or whether this was simply a marketing and packaging ploy. So I decided to find out.

Hershey's Special Dark - Its shaped exactly like a traditional Hershey bar - a rectangular bar that can be broken into many smaller rectangles.

The description on the Hershey's website is that its flavorful dark chocolate "that offers a mildly sweet taste that milk chocolate lovers are sure to cherish." This says to me that they're trying to be all things to all people - which in most cases means you're not satisfying either. This bar melts like milk chocolate, not dark. And it actually broke apart very easily, not from being brittle but from being too soft - and it wasn't warm. From a flavor standpoint, there was absolutely nothing special about it. In fact, it was nearly flavorless, and didn't linger at all. This is certainly not what you would want if you're looking for dark chocolate. And, of course, it has the slight taste of spoiled milk that is the signature of Hershey's chocolate. This bar cost $.59 for a 1.45 oz. bar.

Cacao Reserve by Hershey's- The square, 4-piece Cacao Reserve bar was also a little softer than normal dark chocolate, and melted nicely. But it shared lack of punch and lack of finish with the Special Dark. The only discernible difference I tasted is that it had only a hint of the spoiled milk taste, which is a plus. The Cacao Reserve sells for $.99 for 1.3 oz. Quite a bit more expensive for a little less chocolate.

There may be faint differences in these bars, but I don't think enough to buy the Cacao Reserve over the Special Dark. But truthfully, given the choice I wouldn't buy either if I wanted dark chocolate.

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January 10, 2008

Hershey’s layered cookies in Dallas stores

Pegasus News made a post today regarding the latest in the painfully long line of candy brand extensions - Hershey's layered cookies. As a candy lover and marketing professional, I am sick of the line extensions. I think they are ultimately very lazy marketing on the part of the CPG companies, and will ultimately erode their brands, which will leave them in a real pickle. There are three kinds of these cookies: Hershey's layered cookie = white cream; Reese's layered cookie = peanut butter; Heath layered cookie = toffee. These excepts from the article say it best:

While edible, these are, in the end, just second-rate Oreos. Except that they're very small; the actual cookie square isn't much bigger than a Triscuit.

They're almost identical to a cookie line that Hershey's introduced in 2005, except that those were coated in chocolate. These are not.


Read the post

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January 5, 2008

Hershey's, Mars, Nestle and others in price-fixing investigation


The antitrust division of the US Department of Justice is looking into pricing by Hershey’s, Mars, Nestle, and some others who they think may be involved in price fixing to hedge against the high cost of milk. The Canadian authorities were on the case first about a month ago. As if the the big candy makers don't already have the deck stacked...

The full WSJ story is here.

From the WSJ Law Blog

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January 2, 2008

Say "NO!" to chocolate without cocoa butter

Its blasphemy, really. Chocolate is meant to have cocoa butter in it. If you don't want to gain weight, don't eat as much. If global economic and political issues are causing prices to rise, we as consumers will have to suck it up and pay more. But we SHOULD NOT allow a main ingredient to chocolate to be replaced.

From "Chocolate Wars" in Conde' Nast Portfolio:
"There is a regulatory dustup over whether the traditional standards for making chocolate in the United States ought to be changed. It revolves around the question of whether a simple and elegant ingredient known as cocoa butter, which gives chocolate its creamy smoothness and texture, can be replaced, at least in part, by cheaper ingredients.
The disagreement involves the Food and Drug Administration, the federal arbiter of food standards, and has pitted mass candy manufacturers such as Hershey and Nestlé against smaller, higher-end chocolate makers such as 139-year-old Guittard Chocolateand See’s Candies...

Here’s the issue: For as long as chocolate has been made, it’s been smoothed out with the elixir called cocoa butter, an emulsified form of cacao that gives the finished product its silky texture. In the United States, the F.D.A. mandates that a product can’t legally be labeled as chocolate unless cocoa butter is part of the formula. But because of a drought and political violence in Ivory Coast, a major source for cacao beans, the price of cocoa butter has skyrocketed. This has prompted some of the major chocolate makers, Hershey among them, to lobby the F.D.A. by way of a trade-group petition for a change that would let them substitute such cheaper ingredients as vegetable oil and dried milk for cocoa butter and still call their products chocolate..."

Warren Buffet (owner of See's) said it best, "“If you’ve got recipes that people like, you don’t change them.”

Amen brother!

This is just more bullying by the big candy makers. We loveHershey's,Nestle,M&M/Marsand Cadbury...but they already dominate the grocery and convenience stores. They should not further squeeze the already tight margins of the higher end chocolate makers.

Check out Guittard Chocolates

See's Candies website

Read the whole article.

Read more about the Legislation.

Subscribe to Conde' Nast Portfolio

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