Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Candy Tease: All Candy Expo 2009 - Hershey

The biggest, most exciting bit of news to come from Hershey’s this year as far as new products has to be their new Pieces line:

Pieces(tm) - Hershey’s will turn some of its most iconic candies into delicious bit-size pieces wrapped in a crunchy candy shell. Offering the big flavor consumers love in smaller bites, Pieces will feature individually packaged Almond Joy(r) Pieces, Hershey’s(r) Special Dark Pieces, Reese’s(r) Pieces and York(r) Pieces in a portable and resalable stand-up bag.


Like Reese’s Pieces are a lentil shaped & candy shelled version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I’m sure that Pieces will merely be “inspired by” the flavors of these popular candy bars. I loved the little Hershey’s Bites that were discontinued, and realize now that these will not be a real replacement for those.

What they do look like though are:

Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces - a dark chocolate lentil. The packaging looks like they’ll be dark red, maroon and brown shells. (Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces review here.)

York Pieces - a dark chocolate center flavored with peppermint (not a fondant center with a dark chocolate veneer). These look like they’re dark blue and white shelled. (Hershey’s York Pieces review here.)

Almond Joy Pieces - milk chocolate, coconut and almond. The shells here look like blue, beige and brown. I’m not sure if it’s actual bits of coconut and almond or just the flavors. (Almond Joy Pieces review here.)

Other items rolling out now:

Hershey’s Bliss Chocolate Bars - New Hershey’s Bliss chocolate bars feature a smooth, creamy texture for an indulgent personal chocolate experience in Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with a Meltaway Center.

My thoughts: as I mentioned in the post about packaging, these are looking an awful lot like Dove.

Hershey’s Kisses Brand Chocolate Meltaway - Hershey’s Kisses Brand Chocolates, loved for their unique shape and foil wrap, will introduce a delicious new flavor. Hershey’s Kisses Brand Chocolate Meltaway is the classic milk chocolate treat consumers love with a smooth, creamy meltaway center.

My thoughts: I got a few of these in a box from the folks at the National Confectioner’s Association and now have a whole package for review that came with this press release. I’m having trouble telling them apart from the Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Truffle Kisses, but I’ll work on it.

Hershey’s Nuggets Double Chocolate - Hershey’s Nuggets Double Chocolate combine extra creamy Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with rich Hershey(r)‘s Special Dark(r) Chocolate for a delectable indulgence.

My thoughts: it’s a fun idea! Combine a bit of dark and milk chocolate. (Sometimes I mix dark & milk M&Ms.)

Hershey’s 100 Calorie Whipped Vanilla Bars - Hershey’s extends its portion control offerings with the introduction of the Hershey’s 100 Calorie Whipped Vanilla Bars. Combining the decedent flavors of vanilla and chocolate, the new bars offer a balanced indulgence in one convenient pack.

My thoughts: I’ve pretty much stayed away from the 100 calorie bars for review, but I have to say that they’ve done some nice work at providing some tasty options that aren’t just smaller sized regular candies - they’re new from the ground up.

Later this fall you can also sample:

Hershey’s Bliss White Chocolate with Creamy Meltaway Center - Hershey’s Bliss will introduce a white chocolate expression to this decedent chocolate line with the launch of Hershey’s Bliss White Chocolate with Creamy Meltaway Center. The new individually wrapped, bite-size chocolates will be available in laydown bags.

My thoughts: If it’s really white chocolate, I’m going to be really interested. Hershey’s used to make good white chocolate products and I’ve love to see them return to it. (The old Cookies ‘n Cream bar used to use cocoa butter.)

Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Chocolate Miniatures - Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Chocolate Miniatures offer a delicious flavor assortment with three unique miniature chocolate varieties in one laydown bag, including Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme, Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Milk Chocolate and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. 

My thoughts: as mentioned above, the Cookies ‘n Creme used to have cocoa butter in it, but since they took it out, I haven’t been terribly interested in it. I do enjoy the cookies and milk chocolate but love, love, loved the Cookies ‘n Mint and would think it’s a natural item to include in this mix.

Related Candies

  1. Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces
  2. Hershey’s York Pieces
  3. Hershey’s Kisses: Chocolate Meltaway
  4. Hershey’s Almond Joy Pieces
  5. Hershey’s Bliss
  6. Reese’s Pieces
  7. York Mints
  8. Hershey’s Cookies
  9. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Mint
  10. Hershey Bites: York, Reese’s Peanut Butter and KitKat

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  1. Pieces do sound good. I can’t wait to try the York ones!

    Comment by Gigi on 5/20/09 at 11:21 am #
  2. I’ll second the fact that I’m curious about the Pieces…. hopefully they’ll make it up here.

    Comment by Amber on 5/20/09 at 12:19 pm #
  3. Ooh, I’m excited for the York Pieces! Those look good! (And way too easy to eat, but… I suppose that’s a problem with any chocolate.)

    Comment by Chocolate and Whine on 5/20/09 at 12:53 pm #
  4. I love the idea of the Nuggets Double Chocolate.  I’ve always loved to mix the Hershey’s Miniature milk chocolate and dark chocolate.  I’m going to have to try the Pieces too.

    Comment by Diane on 5/20/09 at 1:18 pm #
  5. The york ones seem worth trying out!  But, I desperately miss the Reese’s Bites :-(  SO much better than Reese’s Pieces :-(

    Comment by barrie on 5/20/09 at 3:12 pm #
  6. bettyfelon's avatar

    seems to me like the special dark pieces will be exactly like the special dark kissables

    just shapped differently

    Comment by bettyfelon on 5/20/09 at 6:03 pm #
  7. The pieces don’t look bite sized, they look more like an M&M. Interested to see your review of the flavour.

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 5/20/09 at 6:13 pm #
  8. I don’t know how you organize all that info in all that chaos, Cybele, where do you find the time (and information)!
    I was more like a lost dog on the freeway than a kid in a candy store at the Expo.
    Planned to discontinue The Dish before I went at the last minute yesterday; may post a few more entries then start a new blog. There will be some candy connection, but I’ll leave the bulk of that to you and Jim, my two fav candy bloggers.

    Comment by Jeanna on 5/21/09 at 5:12 am #
  9. bettyfelon's avatar

    I was at Target yesterday and as I was checking out I saw both the dark chocolate reese cups and the dark chocolate single bliss bars

    Comment by bettyfelon on 5/21/09 at 8:28 pm #
  10. Almond Joy Pieces sound soo good. That and Twix are my favorite candy.

    Comment by Melonie on 5/22/09 at 9:19 pm #
  11. Cybele's avatar

    Jeanna - it’s sweet of you to think that I’m organized! It helps that I wasn’t actually there and am on the lists for the press kits ... so all I have to do is repost what they send. (Well, I don’t post everything they send me - just the stuff that I think is cool.)

    Discontinue? But it’s the only blog that combines my two loves! Dog pictures & candy!

    Amber - I bet they will be available in Canada. You get Reese’s pieces ... or I thought you did.

    bettyfelon - cool to know the Bliss bars are in stores. I’ll post about the sample I got soon.

    barrie - yeah, I don’t think anything will match the Reese’s Bites ... one of the best movie candies ever. (I should have professed my appreciation of them more on the blog.)

    Comment by Cybele on 5/25/09 at 1:16 pm #
  12. This is a great site and I love Hershey !!!!!! smile



    Comment by Shannon Calbiet on 6/13/12 at 9:17 am #
  13. I love Hershey chocolate and candy !!!
    Oh and good job to Hershey employees !!!:) good job keep up the work !!! GO HERSHEY !!! , GO HERSHEY PENNSLYVANIA !!!!!!!

    Comment by Bobbie micklennen on 6/13/12 at 9:22 am #



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