Having only reviewed the one variant of Hershey's Kisses before ... the 'Caramel Kisses', when asked by **I SHOP 4 YOU II** what products I wanted sending over from the US, I only thought it right I started to make my way through the range. **I SHOP 4 YOU II** kindly obliged with my request and have sent a truck load of different flavours from the 'Kisses' range. No better place to start than the original Milk Chocolate flavour I guess.
I must admit to be a fan of the look of 'Kisses'. They have both a unique and symbolic look that is presented nicely. The foil wrappers ensured they kept a relative freshness, and the paper tag that allowed them to be undressed (ooooh kinky!) was a nice little touch. I wasn't overly fond of the smell of the bag - it was rather like the aftertaste of the chocolate - yoghurty and tart ... just not the same appealing smell you get with most chocolate.
The size and shape of the 'Kisses' have a nice bitesized feel to them. I was eating these whole one at a time, simply letting them melt in my mouth. The melt was reasonably paced, the flavours did develop as the chocolate melted - so chewing them made little sense. The texture wasn't the smoothest and was by no means the luxuriously silkiness of say Galaxy or Dairy Milk - but was hardly unappealing. The flavour was of course very similar to the bar version of the Hershey's Milk chocolate I reviewed a few weeks ago. It had a very milky sweet taste that was neither amazingly good or bad whatsoever - just a real middle of the road milk chocolate offering. I found the aftertaste again slightly acidic and yoghurty in its taste, as I said with the bar version it neither bothered me or added anything to the experience, however I would definitely have preferred a creamier flavour left in the mouth.
Overall these are a pretty solid milk chocolate offering - far from a luxurious Hotel Chocolat gourmet experience - but just nice as a proposition to snack on once and awhile. I wouldn't recommend these as a chocolate to indulge in for personal satisfaction, though I can see they have a great appeal in situations where just a minor chocolaty hit is needed, a perfect item for the cinema or sharing with friends etc. A bit of a mediocre kick-off to my range review of Hershey's Kisses - I'm hoping for more from some of the more extravagant flavours.
7.1 out of 10