February 18th: Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolates

Kcal 160 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 25.0g (per 40.0g - 5 pieces)

Just last week those wonderful folks at *ISHOP4YOUII* kindly sent me across a whole heap of the latest American goodies to try, included in which were these Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolates. Now having reviewed Hershey's milk chocolate in several guises before (Kisses & standard bar) and not been overly bowled by it, I must admit I was pretty sceptical at the promise of a sugar free version. Thankfully I wasn't perturbed by my own preconceptions and gave these a try.

Quite why the nutritional information was displayed in 40.0g servings for a 85.0g pack I don't quite know!? Anyway I ate this bag across two sittings with both occasions providing decent fulfilment. I thought the presentation was all pretty good, with the sugar free nature of the product not overly elaborated on. Each of the branded pieces were contained in foil packets and were of a nice size and thickness. The foil wrappers meant that the blocks were kept fresh, and some nice dairy cocoa scents were soon made apparent upon their opening.

Having seen that Hershey's are now seemingly committed to taking cocoa butter out of their products, I was surprised to see that cocoa butter was second on the ingredients list. Of course topping the bill was our sugar replacement - Malitol. From the very first piece I tried I was really quite shocked ... this actually tasted rather good. This was nothing like the original sugary chocolate with the quite peculiar tangy aftertaste, but was a completely different proposition altogether. The flavours seemed far more creamy, and the lack of ferocity from the absent sugar meant that the overall taste was more mellow and just a little more relaxed. Of course it lacked real flavour progression, and the cocoa flavour development wasn't at its most profound .... but there was just something about the smooth melting, milkiness that gave the taste a real appeal.

Overall this was nowhere near milk chocolate at its finest, but I still must admit I prefer this stuff to the original Hershey's milk chocolate. It is a real middle of the road milk chocolate, with a lot more emphasis on its milk flavours than focus on real cocoa depth - even so I still found it to have a good deal of appeal. As far as diet milk chocolate goes, this has to be one of the finer options available on the market at present. However odd this sounds I think this review is nicely summed up by saying that if I was offered a bar of original Hershey's milk chocolate, or this Sugar Free stuff ... I would choose the Sugar Free bar all day long ... go figure!

8.0 out of 10