January 19th: 100 Calories Hershey's / York / Reese's

Once Geraldine at Yankee Soda & Candy heard I was looking at some 'light choices' on the chocolate market she thought she better send me some samples of these 100 calorie bars that she is currently stocking. Geraldine was kind enough to send me three different variants - Hershey's, Reese's and York. Below are my concise thoughts on each of these 'two fingered crispy wafer bars':

100 Calories Hershey's Bar:

Kcal 100 Fat 5.0g Fat(sats) 3.5g Carbs 12.0g

Out of the three this was the variant that excited me the least. This was a straight up milk chocolate covered wafer, with a milk chocolate filling. Out the three it was definitely the least striking in its general appearance - it lacked the distinct smell of both the others, though still had a relatively pleasant sweet, cocoa led aroma.

The taste of this variant struck me immediately as very Kit Kat like, though the flavours of the wafer were not quite as lasting. This did give the cocoa flavours of the chocolate more of a prominence in the taste, though these flavours were not all that sustaining and were quickly gone from the mouth. The inner milk chocolate filling had a nice moistness against the crispness of the wafer, though it wasn't differentiated in terms of taste from the outer coating.

Overall a fair standard milk chocolate option that would certainly suffice for people who are not a fan of the other mint or peanut variants available.

7.0 out of 10

100 Calories York Bar:

Kcal 100 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 4.0g Carbs 11.0g

This variant was formed of a dark chocolate coating with a mint creme filled wafer. It was ever so slightly more appealing in regards to its presentation to the standard Hershey's bar as the mint content of the product immediately stamped its authority with its lovely fresh scents.

The dark chocolate of course did not have many attributes of dark chocolate whatsoever - as with every mass consumer 'dark chocolate' it was more along the lines of unsweetened milk chocolate. I would have liked to have seen the cocoa amplified in its prominence, though the coating still did its job of providing adequate chocolate base flavours. The real ray of light with this variant was the delightful peppermint filling, which provided a delightful set of cool, minty flavours within the sweet, crisp wafer.

Overall this was my favourite out of the selection. The dynamic combination of the unsweetened chocolate and the really forthcoming mint flavours made for the taste that sustained the longest presence in the mouth out of the three.

7.5 out of 10
100 Calories Reese's Bar:
Kcal 100 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 11.0g

This last variant was formed of a milk chocolate coating with a peanut butter filled wafer. Allot like most Reese's products both the fingers had a somewhat greasy coating, and melted very fast in my hands. Despite this being a slight annoyance, there was no denying the wonderful enticement that was brought on by the wonderful peanut scents that emanated from the product.

It was a bit same old story here with Reese's. The milk chocolate was quite frankly poor - the extra greasiness meant that the milky, cocoa flavours lasted for an even shorter time in the mouth, which given the size of the product really wasn't a good thing. The saving grace of course came in the form of the peanut butter filling, which was delightful by all accounts. Creamy, salty, sweet and nutty are four words that best describe Reese's peanut butter - outstanding stuff.

Overall I slightly favoured this bar over the Hershey's variant as the nutty flavours made it a slightly more interesting product. Probably not the flavour you should look at if your wanting a specific chocolate hit from your 100 calories though.

7.3 out of 10

With all of these bars only weighing in at 19.0g each I was hardly expecting much, but these delivered some quite tasty snacks for 100 calorie options. They were never going to hit the heights of more traditional bigger chocolate options, though for those watching their weight but not wanting to eradicate their favourite treats from their diets completely, these are a great range of bars, and are ones I would recommend.