Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hershey’s Drops: Milk Chocolate & Cookies n Creme

Hershey's Milk Chocolate DropsLast year Hershey’s announced their new expanded Hershey’s Pieces line at National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo. This year the new product line is Hershey’s Drops.

Hershey’s Drops are billed as Hershey’s Happiness in a little drop of milk chocolate without a candy shell and featuring a light, shiny, mess free finish. They’ll be on store shelves starting in December 2010, starting with King Size packages of 2.1 ounces.

The packages I got to try are just sales samples, in little .6 ounce packets with ingredients listing but no final nutrition panel (which isn’t that surprising since they won’t be available for another six months).

Now your family can have all the goodness of bite-sized chocolate without the candy shell.

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate DROPS have a light shiny finish, so there’s no mess. They’re perfect for snacking and sharing anytime, anywhere!

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Drops

The drops are larger than the Pieces about as big around as a nickel. Brits may be familiar with the size and shape, they’re rather similar to Mars’ Galaxy Minstrels, except without the shell - in fact, they’re exactly like the re-released Galaxy Counters (which I haven’t tried, but Chocablog did a nice review of a couple of months ago).

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Drops

Some may wonder if the light coating is like that on M&Ms Premiums. There is a light waxy coating on there, but it’s thinner than the latexy and colorful stuff on the M&Ms Premiums. It’s more like what you’d find on Junior Mints or Whoppers. Just a simple glaze that melts away quickly.

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Drops

The flavor is pure Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, not much else. A little tangy and fudgy, sweet and milky. The coating keeps them fresh and smooth, I’ve found that Kisses can taste a little rancid when left out of the bag, even though they have a foil wrapping. Of course I didn’t have these candies for very long, so I can’t say for sure that they’d be like that if left out in a dish.

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme DropsThe second item in the Drops line is a bit more inventive, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Drops.

The confection is made of a white chocolate with cookie bits like Oreos mixed in. The white chocolate ingredients are a little muddy, the label says “cocoa butter, palm, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil” so I don’t know how much of this white chocolate is actually cocoa butter. That and/or confuses me.

Hershey’s currently offers the Cookies ‘n’ Creme in a few formats. The original is their bar but there are also Kisses from time to time, Nuggets, as well as holiday foil wrapped versions. This little morsel version with no wrapper is actually a great new take on the candy.

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Drops

I have to admit they don’t look so great. They look muddy and dirty. The cookie bits show through. They’re consistently shaped, but the white isn’t quite white and not even that light yellow that French vanilla ice cream sports.

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Drops

They smell especially sweet and milky. The texture is thick and a little fudgy and heavy on the dairy flavors. The crispy bits of cookie are crunchy and crumbly, with a sandy grain to them that sets off the sticky melt of the white confection very well. It’s a little salty, so though it’s sugary at times and kind of throat searing, it doesn’t stay that way to the end. It’s more like cookies and cream ice cream than a candy version of a chocolate sandwich cookie.

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme DropsI haven’t been much of a fan of the Cookies ‘n’ Creme bar up to this point, but I have to say that the smaller discrete bites do help. They’re best, as far as I’m concerned, mixed with the Milk Chocolate ones to keep it all from getting too sweet.

Overall, I think this is a fun new take. I’m glad that Hershey’s is making them with the bar version ingredients, instead of going the route they did with Kissables as a “chocolate candy”. I see the benefits to getting rid of the foil wrappings and the candy shells plus making the morsels larger than a chocolate baking chip. I’m sure some folks will be happy to see that there are no artificial colors in here either, since there’s no colored shell.

The ability to combine these with other items to create a custom trail mix snack is also intriguing. I’d like to mix them with nuts, pretzels or sesame sticks. I can also see a lot of possibilities with expanding this with other candies in the Hershey’s line.

Related Candies

  1. Cookies ‘n’ Creme Showdown
  2. Galaxy Minstrels
  3. Hershey’s Nuggets Double Chocolate
  4. Kissables (Reformulated)
  5. UK Smarties (no artificial colors)
  6. Hershey Eggs
  7. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Mint

Name: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: samples from Sweets and Snacks Expo
Price: $1.39 retail
Size: 2.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Chocolate, Cookie, White Chocolate, 7-Worth It, United States

Name: Hershey’s Cookies’ n’ Creme Drops
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: samples from Sweets and Snacks Expo
Price: 1.39
Size: 2.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Cookie, White Chocolate, 7-Worth It, United States

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  1. These look awesome. I still remember the balls of hershey’s cookies and creme candy they stopped making a few years ago, they were really good. These would be great to take to the movies I think. I’ll def. buy these when they come out.

    Comment by Meghan on 5/27/10 at 7:31 pm #
  2. but r they kosher?

    Comment by rivka on 5/30/10 at 12:05 pm #
  3. wow!!

    Comment by u8mypinkcookies on 6/16/10 at 2:10 am #
  4. Learned about these from a get a free sample site but couldnt acess it to get it..

    Comment by chocolot on 11/15/10 at 11:39 am #
  5. There are giveaways all over the blogosphere offering Hershey drops. I can’t wait to try these things since I love chocolate, but don’t want to end up eating tons of it in one setting. Drops are the perfect size. I currently entering a giveaway with 30 winners on the blog.

    Comment by Aline on 11/24/10 at 5:19 pm #
  6. I too have been trying to play the iwg to win these page doesnt work for me maybe its trying to tell me something? They look good though!

    Comment by Hersheys on 12/06/10 at 3:44 pm #
  7. Love the drops waiting for a larger bag.

    Comment by Juan Silva on 12/24/10 at 12:40 pm #
  8. this candy is worst than the kissables they are trying to beat the king of coated candy mars the chololate dont have much of a taist and the cookies and cream are way to sweet dont waist your money on them

    Comment by bill hail on 1/08/11 at 9:59 pm #
  9. I have always liked Hershey chocolate bars.
    You can really get hooked on them.
    But I really like these drops. They don’t melt
    like the bars do and so they are not messy.

    Comment by Lynda Harrell on 2/10/11 at 2:49 pm #
  10. Ohhhmygosh. LOVE. These candies are deee-lish. I am completely addicted. It’s like potato chips .... you cannot just eat one. Ahhhh. Murder.

    P.S. Just finished an entire (8 ounces) bag within 3 days!?!? Boo me.

    Comment by Marcee on 5/04/11 at 1:44 pm #
  11. The Hershey’s drops have an odd waxy flavor, not a fan. The Cookie and Cream are better because the crunchy cookie hids the waxy flavor.

    Comment by Rebecca on 5/16/11 at 7:26 am #
  12. I packed a bag of these in my purse to take these to the movies(it was my first time trying them) and I thought they were good (the coating is a little plastic like though). They were tasty with the saltiness of the movie popcorn.

    Comment by Melonie .H on 8/10/11 at 8:43 pm #
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