October 4th: Hershey's Kisses Cookies n' Creme / Dark / Vanilla Yogurt Creme / Almond

Recently I reviewed the Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses and commented that I was looking forward to trying some of the more adventurous flavour variants from the range. **I SHOP 4 YOU II** kindly set me across a huge array of different flavours ... a number of which I have been tucking into recently - here are my tasting notes and scores for some of them so far:

Hershey's Cookies n' Creme Kisses

Kcal 210 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 25.0g (per 9 pieces)

Having already tried the original Hershey's Cookies n' Creme bar I thought I had a pretty good idea what to expect here. The wrapper colour and presentation was fair, the Kisses' had a nice speckled looked with the brown flecks of 'cookie' in bedded in the chocolate. The smell was pretty indicative of the taste, they smelt extremely sweet and artificial.

One of the things I enjoyed from the original bar were the Cookie pieces, unfortunately these were altered in these Kisses and were little more than crystallised sugar pieces ... add these to the already super sweet white chocolate and you can get a picture of how awfully sickly these were. They reminded me a lot of the cheap Hannah's Jazzles White ... never a good thing. Overall a pretty awful showing ... serving suggestion 9??? ... I think if you ate all them you would have no teeth left!

5.0 out of 10

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses
Kcal 180 Fat 12.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 25.0g (per 9 pieces)

Having never tasted any standard Hershey's dark chocolate before I wasn't knowing what to expect from these. The Kisses looked reasonably nice on the outside, the dark purple wrapper was a nice choice of colour.

The smell was quite heavily cocoa rooted, far deeper and forthcoming in comparison to others from the range. The taste was quite reserved, it was more an unsweetened version of the original milk chocolate Kisses rather than a heavily concentrated cocoa taste, still the taste was pleasant and longer than other alternatives. These were definitely far more fulfilling than the milk chocolate variant and lacked the yorgurty tangy aftertaste. Not groundbreaking chocolate but pretty enjoyable nonetheless and one of my favourites from the lot.

7.9 out of 10

Hershey's Vanilla Yogurt Creme Kisses
Kcal 210 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 25.0g (per 9 pieces)

These looked an awfully similar proposition to the Hershey's New York Cheesecake Kisses I reviewed way back in March ... luckily these delivered on a grand scale in comparison. Despite a partially waxy, sticky outer coating the Kisses looked nice in their appearance, their wrappers were bright and shiny, the definition between the middle creme and outer chocolate looked very enticing.

Unlike the New York Cheesecake Kisses these smelt very appealing with a nice chocolaty smell, no apparent hint of the creme filling at this stage but a nice dairy scent. The melt was delicately soft in the mouth, they had an almost butter like texture that was very smooth. The milk chocolate coating was creamier than the standard Kisses and had a nice long milky taste. The creme filling delivered what it promised and had a pleasant subtle vanilla edged milky taste. For my liking they were a little on the sweet side, I definitely wouldn't eat anywhere near 9 at a time. As far as one off chocolates go they were pretty satisfying and unique in their flavour. The best of the bunch.

8.1 out of 10

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Almond Kisses
Kcal 210 Fat 14.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 21.0g (per 9 pieces)

How do they get the nut in these Kisses!? Who knows!? I liked the gold wrappers of these, they look smart and with a fair sized almond piece placed in the middle of each - I had no qualms with their appearance.

They had a very familiar smell, very similar to the original milk chocolate Kisses, just with an extra added nutty element. The praise stops pretty much here for these; the milk chocolate was fair but unspectacular - identical to the standard Kisses with its yoghurty aftertaste. The almonds were of an unfortunate quality, lacking any real flavour and with a almost spongy texture. They didn't taste all that fresh and their lack of crunch only reaffirmed this conclusion. Disappointing execution of a pretty good idea.

6.6 out of 10

Overall a bit of an array of results from these Kisses, ranging from the dismal, to the pretty damn tasty. I would recommend avoiding the 'Cookies n Cream' and Almond variants, they simply just don't deliver. For a fair tasting less sweet version of the original milk chocolate Kisses the Dark Kisses are a good choice. If its a real flavour hit your after though, I would recommend the Vanilla Yogurt Creme Kisses ... very sweet but unique tasting. More Kisses reviews to come shortly!