June 17th: Hershey's Caramel Kisses

Kcal 190 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 24.0g (per 8 pieces 39.0g)

Its taken me a while to munch my way through the huge 450g bag Candy Pirate so kindly sent my way, but today finally sees the Chocolate Mission ruling over the Hershey's Caramel Kisses.

These are pretty simple in build - 'soft caramel centres covered in a milk chocolate outer shell'. The back of pack information informed me that a single serving should compromise of around eight kisses (39.0g!) ...personally I found that to be a bit excessive and tended to just eat about four or five at a time - they did nicely as a small snack.

The 'Kisses' brand always have a nice appearance. They are just about the right size to eat individually and each comes foil wrapped with a handy paper tag that makes unwrapping each effortless. Each Kiss had a pleasant yet unspectacular sweet smell that was more so honey-like than cocoa based.

My prefferred method of eating these was placing them whole in my mouth and letting them melt on my tongue. The milk chocolate melted at a nice rate and the caramel filling had a nice consistency to it - neither too runny or to thick...just about right. Each Kiss was proportioned nicely with a nice balance of the milk chocolate and caramel...both elements were wonderfully smooth in texture.

The milk chocolate was standard Hershey's...the flavour being more milk than cocoa rooted. Hershey's chocolate generally seems to fall into one of two categories..utterly repulsive or actually quite good....luckily this was more the later and though it was extremely sweet in flavour due to the nature of the small dosages it avoided being sickly. The caramel element unfortunately wasnt the best I have tasted...it lacked any real sort of flavour depth in what I can only really describe as sugary; it was to the extent at which after about four I had that burning sensation at the back of my mouth..I hope you know what I mean.

Overall these are a solid offering from Hershey's with just a few tweaks needed on the flavour of the caramel to make them a strong product. The Kisses are presented nicely and have a nice smooth texture though unfortunately slightly falter when it comes to the actual overall taste. The milk chocolate is very sweet but even that pales in comparison to the overly sugar based caramel centre which at large is disappointing. Despite their overly sweet nature these are a nice product to grab a handful of from time-to-time and are a good choice to have as a snacking option. If your a fan of milk chocolate caramel combos these are worth a look at - just dont expect the excellence of the Cadbury/Galaxy caramel bars though.

7.3 out of 10

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