Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hershey’s Kisses filled with Irish Creme

Hershey's Kisses filled with Irish CremeI love it when the Candy Blog community points me to something new. We have a little conversation going on in the Candy Blog Forums about the 2009 holiday candy offerings. One that ruffy mentioned was Hershey’s Kisses Filled with Irish Creme. I found them at Target as well and I suspect since no one else has seen them anywhere else that they may be a Target exclusive this year.

Irish Cream is a combination of flavors and textures; it’s usually heavy cream, whiskey and coffee. Kisses filled with Irish Creme are less of that. There’s no actual whiskey in there, for starters. It’s a molded chocolate shell filled with a sugar and oil paste with some milk products (nonfat milk and whey) and artificial flavoring. So maybe a more accurate name would be Kisses filled with Sweet Flavored Whey Paste.

Hershey's Kisses filled with Irish Creme

While my confidence level in them was low, I was also plenty curious. The dark green bag and gold wrappers with green fireworks on them were certainly appealing.

The smell, when I pushed my face into the bag, is actually mildly alcoholic. I don’t know how they did that, but it definitely has a bit of a whiskey note.

Out of the foil it’s even more noticeable - more than just bourbon vanilla, this smells like strong stuff. The chocolate flavors of the molded shell aren’t much. It’s smooth enough, with a slight fudgy grain that’s definitely candy-like. The center is a bit of a paste, thicker than the cordial creme in some of the Kisses. It’s not quite grainy and rather like a fondant. The center is a little bit salty so it has an immediate difference from the chocolate shell. The whiskey flavors of woodsy alcohol are there along with a slightly warm and cozy background note.

The liquor flavor though has an odd medicinal quality, especially later on. It’s like the after effects of Cepacol or some other throat anesthetic. Eating another one kind of gets rid of the benzocaine & menthol aftertaste by introducing the primary tastes of sugar, milk and whiskey flavored cheesecake.

I’m not blown away, but they are different than the last few flavors. But a true coffee flavored Kiss might be a nice change one of these days or an Egg Nog for the holidays.

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Name: Irish Creme Kisses
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: Target (Harbor City)
Price: $2.99
Size: 10 ounces
Calories per ounce: 145
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Hershey's, Kosher, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:52 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Interesting concept.

    I’m definitely going to try these out.. maybe my “not-so-found-of-sweets” boyfriend would like them—he’s an irish liquor fan.

    Peace to All,

    Comment by hollybear61 on 11/20/09 at 8:35 am #
  2. Interesting. I’m not a fan of the regular Hershey’s Kisses (I don’t really like Hershey’s milk chocolate), but I never give up hope: perhaps I should try these.

    Comment by Richard @ The Bewildered Brit on 11/20/09 at 1:48 pm #
  3. i bought these this weekend at Kmart in New Jersey when I was visiting my folks….i was pleasantly surprised at how tasty they were.  just wanted to post that you can also find these at Kmart (not just Target as you suggested).

    Comment by kirsten on 11/29/09 at 1:23 pm #
  4. I see that you don’t know that Irish Creme is NOT coffee!  Irish Creme is a flavor that is often added to coffee!  You are ill informed when it comes to Irish Creme!  I don’t like coffee at all, but I love hot chocolate with Irish Creme and probably even chocolate milk with Irish Creme and especially hot chocolate with Irish Creme and Peppermint.  Irish Creme is just a FLAVOR with NO COFFEE!!!

    Comment by Bridget Ilene Delaney on 12/18/09 at 7:28 am #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    I said “usually”. You seem really upset (all those exclamation points and use of all caps). They’re just Hershey’s Kisses and I made no other reference to them being of the “coffee” variety in the review.

    If you’d like to correct perceptions of what Irish Creme is, you might want to go revise Wikipedia.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/18/09 at 7:37 am #
  6. @ bridget, cybele is right, it’s only candy.  take it down a notch on the exclamation points.

    for what it’s worth, cybele does this blog for our enjoyment not to be berated from people who think they know, or very well might know more than her.  the tone of your post just makes people upset and any point you were trying to make was completely discredited by your aggression…...

    with that said…..seasons greetings!

    Comment by kflower on 12/19/09 at 2:43 am #
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