Sunday, 8 March 2009

March 8th: Hershey's Kisses Pumpkin Spice

Kcal 220 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs ??? (per 9 pieces)

It has taken me while to get hold of these limited edition Hershey's Kisses Pumpkin Spice, but thanks to *ISHOP4YOUII* I have finally been able to cast my eye over them. I understand that pumpkin is a far more commonly eaten food in the US than here in the UK - to be honest I only ever see pumpkins around Halloween time this side of the pond, so I was expecting these to bring something completely new to the table.

Liz at *ISHOP4YOUII* kindly sent me about 18 pieces, which I ate sporadically over a few days. The pieces looked nice good - the wrappers reminded me of the caramel Kisses I reviewed last year, it was only when taken out of their foil that their distinct look was evident. The distinction between the outer orange and cream coloured centres looked both unique and appetising - it certainly made for an impressive look. As well as appearing aesthetically striking the Kisses had a really distinct smell - it was a tempting concoction of all-spice and dairy elements.

Hershey's Kisses can be hit and miss but I have to say I really enjoyed these. The taste comprised of a number of different flavours, all which came to the fore at different times. The outer orangey layer had a predominantly sweet taste, though there were strong indications of nutmeg and cinnamon consistently adding interest. These were best simply placed in the mouth and left to melt, and the transition of the outer pumpkin and spice layer to the inner creme layers was relatively pleasant, if a little fast at times. The inner creme was more milk led in its flavours and made for a pleasant creamy centre. One criticism would be be that due to the fast melt the flavours were not well sustained and didn't leave the longest impression, a few pieces at a time still provided a relatively satisfying snack though.

Overall these have to be one of my favourite Hershey's Kisses I have tried. The combination of the creamy, spicy flavours made for both a unique and enjoyable taste. As I have said I am not all that experienced with pumpkin flavours, but the sweet, cinnamon and nutmeg elements made each piece thoroughly enjoyable. I understand these are unfortunately a limited edition, so I am guessing stocks of these are probably running low. If you can get hold of some these are very much recommended.

8.0 out of 10

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