September 20th: Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate

Kcal 200 Fat 14.0g Fat(sats) 9.0g Carbs 25.0g (per 6 chocolates)

Having kicked off my range review of the 'Hershey's Bliss' line with the milk chocolate flavour last week, I today sampled the dark chocolate variant - again all thanks to **I SHOP 4 YOU II** who sent these from America.

Evidence that these are a product positioned to the female side of the market is pretty blatant from the packaging. As you can see it was a lovely shade of pastel pink ... I don't think it could be anymore effeminate if it tried. Is it really such a good idea cutting off half a market aka blokes?? Who knows!? What I do know - is that I wouldn't feel the most comfortable buying these in a shop ... and that's coming from a bloke who buys Milkybar Buttons lol! Despite my resentment to the choice of colour, the packaging was no different to the milk chocolate, lacking detail on the chocolates themselves, but wrapped in smart stylish looking foil packages. The chocolates had an established smell, far less dairy rooted than the milk chocolate variety and one more with a dark smelling cocoa scent.

Although the perfect size and shape to simply plonk in the mouth one by one, I did bite into one of the chocolates, it had more of a soft chalky feel than the crisp smoothness of the milk chocolate. Despite having a bit more of a bumpy texture the melt was equally smooth and had a nice thick single cream viscosity once melted. The flavour of the chocolate developed as it started to melt in the mouth, the initial flavour was surprisingly nutty, though this soon developed into an intensifying cocoa flavour. Before the cocoa could become overly concentrated the sweetness of the sugar kicked in - the overall taste was strong, yet not over powering - as I always say 'mass consumer friendly dark chocolate'. The taste lasted a reasonable time in the mouth, which meant that is was a well round satisfying chocolate - no off putting Hershey's style aftertaste to note here.

Overall these are probably the best plain chocolate offering I have had from Hershey's - superior than both their original milk chocolate and even the 'Bliss milk chocolate'. The taste wasn't up their with the most accomplished dark chocolates I have tried but its a good standard friendly dark chocolate that has a delightfully smooth texture. This might not be a chocolate that would be overly enjoyed by the more refined taste buds, but is another one of those products I would recommend to people looking to ease themselves into dark chocolate.

8.0 out of 10
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