Friday, December 8, 2006

Hershey’s Cookies and Brownies

This review is an attempt at disambiguation: there are two limited edition Hershey’s chocolate bars on the market right now, one with chocolate cookie bits and one with brownie bits.

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I’d seen the Limited Edition Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Chocolate earlier this summer but didn’t pick them up because I was only seeing them in the large 4 ounce bar. Finally I found this single serving bar at the Dollar Tree. Lest I think I’m getting a freakishly old bar, I checked the date, which says that it’s going until 7D (April 2007).

The bar is composed of creamy Hershey’s milk chocolate with lots of little chocolate cookie bits in it. It is not unlike the Cookies ‘n’ Mint bar that I like so much, except that it’s missing the mint component.

The bar smells sweet and pleasant and on has a great crunch that gives a little additional dark cocoa hit to the bar.

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The Limited Edition Brownies ‘n’ Chocolate bar is composed of creamy Hershey’s milk chocolate with lots of little chocolate brownie bits in it. The brownie bits are crumbly and more rustic feeling than the cookie bits. They add a sugary grain to the bar, and the whole bar seems slighly softer than the cookie bits one.

The expiration date is identical to the Cookies one, 7D.

As much as I hate to admit it, there is a slight difference between these two bars. The chocolate itself is the same though the Cookies one has more vanilla notes and the Brownies one has more fudgy chocolate taste. The Brownies one was crumbly and grainy tasting, like there were big sugar bits in it the way brownie batter does. The Cookies one tasted dry and crunchy, like Oreo tops.

Is one better than the other? Not really. They’re both kind of fun. They’re both way too sweet and made my throat hurt. They both contain my new pet peeve, PGPR.

The big thing I wanted to figure out was why they brought out these bars at the same time. The only thing that points to an answer is that the Cookies bar is made in Mexico. But I highly doubt that the Mexican factory making bars for the American market didn’t know that the Pennsylvania plant was gearing up for Brownie bars. Or maybe they knew that I’d buy both bars and sit down and do a side to side.

The only indication of superiority between the two is that I finished the Brownies one first.

Name: Cookies 'n' Chocolate & Brownies 'n' Chocolate
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: Dollar Tree (Carson)
Price: $.50
Size: 1.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 143
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, United States, Hershey's, Limited Edition, Kosher

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Comments
  1. Ugh, that PGPR sounds disgusting. I don’t want lard with my candy bars…unless it’s on my own terms.

    Hershey’s has always been way too sweet for me. I remember I was addicted to their white chocolate cookies n’ cream when I was a kid, but I can’t even a few pieces now.

    Comment by Ace N. on 12/08/06 at 7:04 am #
  2. The cookies and chocolate one has been out for about 3 years—I remember buying it in 2004.  have you seen the sugar cookies and chocolate one?

    Comment by Dawn Ashkenaz on 12/08/06 at 5:54 pm #
  3. Hi, I must agree with AceN about the lard. Hershey can be found in England but it is not very common. I must say that it is not to my taste but then neither is the normal English chocolate, too much cocoa butter and not ehough cocoa solids.

    Have a look at Chocolate Corner at my site foodwizard.yourpower2be.com

    Dominique

    Comment by Dominique on 12/09/06 at 6:13 am #
  4. hershey’s chocolate overall is too sweet. my brother and i used to freeze ‘em and eat ‘em because it was more fun that way!

    Comment by Emily on 12/10/06 at 11:52 am #
  5. I’m with Dawn.  The cookies variety has been out for a while..  Several months in it current incarnation.  I’m pretty meh on all the hershey bar variants.  Perhaps it’s the PGPR.

    Comment by Brad on 12/12/06 at 9:36 am #
  6. don’t bother with the sugar cookies version
    it’s way too sweet and the sweet chocolate totally overwhelms any flavor the cookie might have had so you’re just eating a too sweet candy bar with odd hard pieces in it
    YUCK

    Comment by spit on 2/21/07 at 9:38 am #

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