January 12th: Hershey's Zero Bar

Kcal 240 Fat 9g Fat(sats) 6g Carbs 36g

The Hershey's Zero bar comes described as 'almond and peanut flavoured nougat, topped with caramel and covered in white fudge'. I think you will agree in the context of Hershey's other portfolio offerings, the Zero bar stands out as one of their more unique offerings - I was really excited to try it.

UPDATE July 2010: The bar used in the photopgraphs above was provided to me by YankeeSoda & Candy - (See Website HERE). I hope you will agree that the wrapper was just as distinctive looking as the bar itself, and I liked the fact it nicely differentiated itself by leaving the Hershey branding off. Although my photograph has probably failed to do it justice, the bar looked very appetising, with the white coating nicely contrasting with the darker coloured inner fillings.

When it came to the taste, the white fudge coating was white chocolate like in terms of it's flavour delivery, and it quickly established a pleasant initial creamy taste. Having put in the bar in the fridge for a while before consuming it, the nougat was nice and firm which meant it's nutty flavours could be savoured for all that much longer. The small nut pieces within in the nougat brought a pleasant crunchy element to the textures, whilst the peanuts delivered a delightful lick of salt that complimented the sweet caramel superbly. Eaten in it's entriety the bar was very satisfying.

Overall I felt that the flavour balance in this bar was very well done, with the outer sweet fudge and more savoury tasting inner nuts constituents contrasting nicely with one another. Off the top of my head I can't think of another bar that delivers quite the same experience that this Zero bar does. If you are a fan of white chocolate, nuts and caramel it is pretty much a given that this is a bar you will really enjoy. It may not be the most cost effective bar for us here to enjoy in the UK, but I would certainly recommend it as one of Hershey's finer offerings.

8.2 out of 10