Monday, July 1, 2013

Hershey’s Heath Pieces

Hershey's Heath PiecesOne of my favorite candy bars as a teen was the Heath Bar. At that time it came as a pair of bars, not yet made by Hershey’s. Each little plank of crisp toffee was coated in milk chocolate. With careful work I could cleave off the chocolate with my teeth leaving a pristine and nearly translucent piece of toffee for slow consumption.

Now that the bars all one piece, I’m not as fascinated by them. Ratios matter as do dimensions.

Flash forward the new century as Hershey’s is making a candy coated piece version of all their favorite candy bars. It’s all part of the Morselization trend. The Hershey’s Heath Pieces feature a milk chocolate morsel studded with toffee and almond bits in a candy shell in muted earthy colors.

The back of the package exhorts buyers to Enjoy Delicious Milk Chocolate Toffee in Pieces ... in the car! ... on the go! ... at home! ...with family & friends!

The package also lists a website, which is nice enough but makes no mention of this product.

Hershey's Heath Pieces

They’re lovely and well made little lentils. They’re nearly identical in dimensions to M&Ms, except they’re a little puffier in the center and don’t have the sharp angle around the edges. Quite a few of mine had chipped edges, but that seemed to be the harsh way I treated them on the way home. They come in three colors: cream, medium brown and dark brown.

Hershey's Heath Pieces

Inside is an inconsistent mixture of very sweet milk chocolate, toffee and almond. They’re exceptionally sweet and have a less chocolatey experience than the regular Almond Pieces. The crunchy shell and the toffee work well together. They’re both crunchy, but the toffee has a little pop of salt and buttery texture to it. Every once in a while I would catch a chip of almond as well.

The whole effect was sweetness, though not always in a bad way. I think I’d prefer them mixed in with some straight chocolate baubles (though it appears they’re not making the Special Dark Pieces any longer). But what I really found I liked better than these are from Marich and also sold at Trader Joe’s. These would be great for baking and on ice cream.

Like many Hershey’s products, they’re not ethically sourced or certified at this time, though Hershey’s has a published plan. There are a lot of ingredients in there though nothing terribly surprising or disturbing. There was no note on the package about the peanut or gluten status though it does contain soy, milk and almonds. My guess is that it’s made in the same facility as Reese’s Pieces so may contain traces of peanuts.

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Name: Heath Pieces
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: KMart (Park LaBrea)
Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 135
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Chocolate, Kosher, Nuts, Toffee, 7-Worth It, United States, Kmart

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  1. The Pieces taste alright, but they do not taste as good as the Heath Bars.  We both really miss not being able to find the Bars in the candy aisle of Walmart or K-Mart.  Are you going to stop making the Bars altogether?  We hope not.

    Comment by Louella Snider on 2/11/14 at 9:52 am #
  2. I love Heath bars, so I bought the Heath Pieces. I was very disappointed with them, and I think you should either refund, I paid $2.50 or send me a coupon for a free a free bag of another flavor, I love the Almond Joy ones!

    Comment by Lisa Barnhart on 3/03/14 at 5:47 am #
  3. Just tried these for the first time, it will be my last. They taste nothing like a Heath Bar, only like some knarley M&M’s gone wrong.I guess even Hershey makes mistakes somtime.

    Comment by Alex Houghton on 3/08/14 at 8:49 pm #
  4. I love Heath Bars and expect to enjoy the Heath pieces as much as the bars however, I’m not sure what they taste like but I think they forjot to put the Heath Toffee in them.  They need to go back to the drawing board.

    Comment by Anita Perry on 4/03/14 at 7:33 am #
  5. I bought a bag of Heath Pieces and was very disappointed in them there is no toffee in them. I bought them because of the Toffee that is not there. I will not buy any more of them.

    Comment by joan ward on 9/01/14 at 12:45 pm #
  6. Heath Bars have always been my FAVORITE candy. I always by the BIG size when I stop to buy candy or the bag of mini’s. I have been eating them for over 30 years now. I saw a pack of these Heath Pieces on Sunday while grocery shopping and purchased a large bag of them to try. I ate one handful and spit them out. They are disgusting and I threw the bag in the trash. What a waste of $4.89. They do NOT taste anything at all like a heath bar what so ever. I would like my money back and warn others about this awful tasting product they have put the GREAT name Heath on.I do like all there other products and will continue to eat the Heath Bars ONLY !!! smile

    Comment by Rick Chessir on 10/27/14 at 2:30 pm #
  7. There’s not much I can add to what has already been said other than to ask, Who taste-tests your new products? You should have someone in upper management taste these disgusting little nodules. They should be pulled off the shelves ASAP and Hershey should refund everyone’s money. (Yeah, like that’s gonna happen) This terrible litte candy can only hurt Hershey’s reputation. Yuk.

    Comment by Gary Plimpton on 11/29/15 at 2:08 pm #
  8. I absolutely love the heath pieces and am having trouble finding them here locally in Memphis,tn.not many places are carrying them

    Comment by Angela on 10/28/16 at 7:02 pm #
  9. Have the Heath Pieces been discontinued? I went to Walmart and Meijers the last 3 days (October 2016) and they’re gone, not even a shelf label or space anymore.  I loved them and only started buying them because my MOST favorite- Almond Joy Pieces had been discontinued. The original Reeses Pieces just aren’t going to do it for me.

    Comment by Spencer on 10/29/16 at 1:02 am #
  10. I agree with the vast majority of posters here. Heath Pieces don’t taste good at all. Certainly nothing like the candy bars. Who wants a product which tastes nothing like the namesake?!
    I suggested to the company they make them akin to Whopper size, which would allow for a better approximation of the combination of Heath ingredients.

    Comment by Jim Harman on 2/04/17 at 11:04 am #
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