Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Kisses

At All Candy Expo the Hershey’s booth was highlighting their international flair in one corner giving out all sorts of Asian Kisses (a candy, not a different version of French Kisses) and bars. It’s nice to feel so global and try them, but of course I wanted to know what we could get here in North America.

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The Hot Cocoa Creme Kiss is the newest edition to the celebratory line of Limited Edition Kisses marking the 100th anniversary of the confection. I’m not sure if they’re coming out with 100 versions or not, they may be getting close.

These molded Kisses sport light gold wrappers with gold wigglies on them. The little flag says Hot Cocoa instead of Hershey’s Kisses.

I wasn’t really sure what they were and the young woman at the Hershey’s booth was really no help, but I snagged a cup of coffee and a few handfuls to take back to the Candy Blog labs to see if I could answer the questions myself.

Inside is a chocolate creme, not unlike the Chocolate Truffle Kiss (now a regular item) creme. Except this one was a little lighter in flavor, perhaps a touch of malt-taste and a little saltier. In fact, they are saltier than the Truffle Kiss, which has 45 mgs of salt per serving. The Hot Cocoa Kiss has 55 mgs of salt per serving. Just enough to be perceptible.

They don’t do much for me. I think they’re pretty, but I certainly wouldn’t buy them. These are available in stores now (I saw them in Walgreen’s over the weekend).

Matcha KissesThe ones that Sera and I were most excited about were the Matcha (Green Tea) Kisses that they had out for two days. They sport a green foil wrapper with darker green squiggly stripes.

I don’t know what they’re really called, as the little flag on them just said Hershey’s Kisses. They smell like jasmine. The chocolate is sweet as is the creme center. The creme is distinctly salty at first, then develops into a grassy, green tea melody. Then comes the harsh truth of matcha ... a strong bitter note at the end that’s barely cut by the sticky sweetness of the rest of the Kiss.

I found them interesting, again, a novelty that I don’t know that I’d want to eat regularly. If I’m going to have something Matcha, I’m probably going to go upscale.

Strawberry KissesThe other Kiss they were offering samples of was a Strawberry Creme Kiss. Again, I’m not sure if it’s the right name as the little flag didn’t say. The pink foil wrapper already smelled of strawberry. Like strawberry ice cream. The chocolate is sweet and the creme center had a nice authentic taste of strawberries. This center was, as well, a bit on the salty side. I kind of liked how that helped to focus the strawberry flavor.

The strawberry wasn’t terribly strong and on some of them I missed it completely. It certainly tasted better than some of the other strawberry flavored efforts Hershey’s has put forth in the past (but I admit that I liked the white chocolate Raspberry bar they did). Since I was pretty fond of the strawberry and chocolate ice cream from the Neapolitan mixes, this felt familiar and friendly.

Other Limited Edition Kisses you might see around, these may not have shown up yet or may have come and gone. I doubt I’ll try them all, but feel free to pipe up in the comments if you think they’re worthy:

  • Camouflage Kisses - the same Kisses you know and love, but in camo foil wrappers so you don’t have to worry about them giving away your position when in epic paintball battles or sitting in a duckblind for days on end.
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  • Crunchy Caramel Creme Kisses - milk chocolate with a caramel filling with crunchy bits.
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  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses - the same cough medicine fondant but this time coated in Hershey’s dark chocolate. I haven’t seen them in stores, but they’ve popped up on eBay already.
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  • Dulce de Leche Kisses - these may be part of the Thalia line and only available in areas with higher densities of Hispanics. They feature a dulce de leche (caramelized milk) center covered in milk chocolate.
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  • Double Chocolate Fudge Kisses - chocolatier Kisses. Like magic.
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  • Strawberry Dark Chocolate Kisses - just dark chocolate with a strawberry essence.
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  • Vanilla Creme Kisses - I think these came and went already. A vanilla flavored fondant center.
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  • Orange Dark Chocolate Kisses - dark chocolate with an orange essence.
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  • Mint Truffle Kisses - a milk chocolate kiss with a minted chocolate center.
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  • Raspberry Dark Kisses - dark chocolate with a raspberry essence.
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  • Orange Creme Kisses - milk chocolate with an orange fondant center.
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  • Confetti Kisses - white chocolate (possibly just a white confection) with little nonpariels. Kind of like the Candy Cane Kisses last year, but without the minty flavor.
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  • Dark Espresso Kisses - dark chocolate with a coffee essence.
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  • Neapolitan Kisses - these came out earlier this year and featured three layers, white, strawberry and milk chocolate.
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  • New York Cheesecake Kisses - I’ve got no idea what these are, anyone?
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  • Toffee Crunch Kisses - milk chocolate with toffee bits. (Maybe like a Symphony bar?)
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  • Candy Cane Kisses - minted white chocolate with little nonpariels. Striped with pink. Returning this year for the holidays.
  • And if you want photographic evidence of many of these, visit Zoe’s Kiss Collection.

    Related Candies

    1. Hershey’s Mint Truffle Kisses
    2. Candy Corn Kisses
    3. Kisses Coconut Creme
    4. Kisses Chocolate Truffles
    5. The Mint Kisses: Chocolate Mint & Candy Cane
    6. Peanut Butter Kisses
    7. Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses
    8. Head to Head: Rolo vs Caramel Kisses
    9. Short & Sweet: Caramello /  Mega M&Ms / Orange Kisses
    Name: Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Kisses
      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: samples from All Candy Expo
    Price: $2.89
    Size: 8.5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 145
    Categories: Chocolate, United States, Hershey, Limited Edition, Kosher

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    Comments
    1. Thanks, Cybele—I had been particularly curious about the Hot Cocoa Kisses.  Now I’ll know to pass them up!

      I’ve always been perplexed by flavors like “hot chocolate” or “chocolate pudding” (hence my curiosity).  After all, what distinguishes these two “flavors” from each other (or from anything else chocolate, for that matter) is not the flavor itself, but the medium in which it is delivered, no?  If I love “hot cocoa,” I love the fact that it’s, well, *hot,* that it’s a sippable liquid, that it comes in a mug or cup that will warm my hands, that I can float marshmallows or a dollop of cream in it, and so on.  The only part of that experience that a Hershey’s kiss can deliver is the chocolate part—but there already is a perfectly good chocolate kiss! 

      I just don’t get it.

      Comment by good enough cook on 10/03/07 at 8:44 am #
    2. Dulce de Leche are fantastic but rich. The caramel gives you that “stinging” sensation on the back of the throat.
      I found them at the Hershey’s store in Times Square and I’ve seen them here in Texas.

      Comment by Katie on 10/03/07 at 9:44 am #
    3. The Neopolitan ones are pretty gross. The fake strawberry flavor is much more objectionable as a solid candy than as a filling, and it overpowers the other two layers. Not recommended.

      Comment by Sarah on 10/03/07 at 10:06 am #
    4. Good Enough Cook really sums up the whole Hot Cocoa issue well (wow, is this serious enough to be an issue? smile). If they really wanted to recreate Hot Cocoa as a chocolate candy, then it should be filled with marshmallow creme. Or be tipped in marshmallow flavored confection. Otherwise, it just seems like the truffle, which was not very interesting. I’ll stick to the “sippable liquid”.

      And I’d like see them try a caramel with dark chocolate to help cut the sweetness. For now I will stick to my delightfully medicinal Dark Cherry Cordials. Mmmmmm.

      Comment by Kate on 10/03/07 at 10:19 am #
    5. Since you asked…. raspberry

      Double Chocolate Fudge Kisses -bah, these didn’t strike me as anything different from normal Kisses.

      Strawberry Dark Chocolate Kisses -I *really* likd these. The strawberry flavor was strong, kinda artifical, but nice.

      Orange Dark Chocolate Kisses- Nice orange flavor. I thought these were nice, but not worth a second buy.

      Orange Creme Kisses- Gross.

      Confetti Kisses - Didn’t like these at all.

      Neapolitan Kisses - Meh. Didn’t care for these much. None of the flavors particularly stood out.

      Candy Cane Kisses-LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! They’re my Smooth ‘n Melty without the trans fats! smile I still have a bag saved from last Christmas.


      Since I’ve tried them at home, I just really love those matcha kisses. I find them strangely addicting….I wish I grabbed more!

      Comment by Sera on 10/03/07 at 10:31 am #
    6. I’m a fan of Hershey Kisses, but I’ve always stuck with the traditional milk chocolate, and occasionally the Hugs.  I haven’t even tried the Peanut Butter Kisses yet, and I’m a huge PB fan!  I suppose this is because I tend not to buy big bags of candy, because, well, I’m afraid I’ll eat it all!

      That being said, some of these sound interesting.  Mint Truffle, Dulce de Leche, and Dark Espresso sound up my alley.  Cheesecake sounds like a baaad idea.  I love cheesecake but I can’t see this working.

      The camouflage kisses are odd, especially since they don’t seem to be some kind of movie tie in!  I think that instead of being all milk chocolate, there should be a mix of all the different kinds of kisses in there.  So the camouflage makes it sort of like a Hershey’s Kisses roulette!  ..but that just my own two cents!

      Comment by Alicia on 10/03/07 at 2:40 pm #
    7. While we haven’t tried them, we spotted the Cheesecake ones at Sam’s club this past weekend.

      Comment by Joe on 10/03/07 at 5:12 pm #
    8. I am going to write a letter to Hersheys. All of these new flavors and not one of them is Mexican Chocolate? =(

      Comment by Breda on 10/04/07 at 4:18 am #
    9. i thought the dulce de leche kisses were way, way too sweet (and that’s coming from someone who can eat an entire bag of candy corn in one sitting!)

      so far, the only limited edition that i really liked were the candy cane kisses.  i’d like to try cheesecake, though, that sounds kinda cool.

      incidentally, marshall fields Frango offers a hot chocolate truffle that’s pretty good… as mentioned above, it has a little “core” of marshmallow-flavored confection surrounded by a not-too-sweet chocolate coating.

      Comment by ruffy on 10/04/07 at 7:12 am #
    10. Jeez - the hot cocoa and green tea ones sound awesome! Is there a way to get a sampler bag of all the anniversary flavors? I want to try them all but probably can’t afford to.

      Comment by Hillary on 10/04/07 at 11:15 am #
    11. Unless there’s a new version of them, the Dulce de Leche kisses are “white chocolate” coated, not milk chocolate.

      They’re…really over-poweringly sweet and suffer the same problem as the other goo-filled Kisses, i.e. they make a really, really big mess if squished in the bag!

      Comment by Kelsey on 10/04/07 at 10:46 pm #
    12. A friend tried the cheesecake kisses at a doctor’s office, loved them and went to great length’s to find out where they are sold—only at Sam’s Club around here.  She gave me a sample, and I’m ready to head to Sam’s to buy a bag myself.  I haven’t tried many of the other flavor’s of kisses, but these are great!  My friend and I are both hoping they won’t be a limited edition.

      Comment by Linda on 10/10/07 at 11:24 am #
    13. What a great site!  Just stumbled across it while looking for nutritionals on Guittard Smooth N’ Melty kisses.  No luck on the net, even on the Guittard site.

      Would anyone happen to know what the calorie and fat content is in these addictive little candies?

      Thanks!

      Comment by Cheri on 10/10/07 at 12:34 pm #
    14. Just tried the Hot Cocoa kisses.  There are ok. Alot better then the truffle kisses. The cherry cordial kisses are my true weakness along w/ the plain old milk chocolate kisses.  Candy corn kisses were just sweet period. Yuck..The Neapolitan kisses were ok. I would love to try the cheesecake or matcha kisses.  How do we get some of these? Will have to try the candy cane kiss this year. The coconut kiss was ok and I love coconut.  Is Hershey open for some ideas?

      Comment by Mary on 10/10/07 at 6:29 pm #
    15. are the confetti kisses available anymore?

      Comment by sharonmorse on 12/06/07 at 12:13 pm #
    16. Are the camouflage ones available anywhere???

      Comment by ashley on 12/11/07 at 8:08 am #
    17. Cybele's avatar

      Ashley - I’ve heard that they carry the camo ones at the Hershey store in Times Square in NYC and at Chocolate World in Hershey PA.

      Comment by Cybele on 12/11/07 at 8:58 am #
    18. I am SO addicted to the cheesecake ones!

      They ARE really GOOD

      I have so far only seen them at super kmart in
      Tucson AZ and they are pricey a 5 piece pack
      is $1.00

      I have yet to find them in bags like all of the other flavors

      I happen to also like the candy cane kisses and the cherry cordial ones - (light chocolate).

      I didnt care for the mint ones

      the carmel ones are okay but I am not a carmel nut
      I can take it or leave it

      bring on the NY Cheesecake Hershey Kisses!

      anybody know who is carrying them yet in AZ?

      Have seen large bags of them for sale on ebay and a few other sites online, but would prefer a local purchase - thanks

      Comment by Lisa on 1/13/08 at 5:17 pm #
    19. Hey Everyone

        It is official: the Cheesecake kisses are finally available at Walmart—at least on the East Coast. Also, Walmart has the Java Twix and some kind of new reeses flavored whoppers

      Comment by Jennifer on 1/19/08 at 5:42 pm #
    20. The Hot cocoa hershey kisses are amazing!  I do not like the original hershey kisses but LOVE the HOT COCOA ones…. yummmm
        Amanda

      Comment by Amanda on 1/23/08 at 8:31 am #
    21. Apparently where I’m at, they’ve started selling the Cheesecake Kisses as a Valentine’s special at our local Supercenter. I enjoyed them, but I’m also glad that they’re special edition- it’s the kind of flavor I’d rather reserve for a special once in a while treat.

      Off topic though- have you had the Chocolate Skittles yet? They’re… interesting.

      Comment by Beth on 1/29/08 at 3:24 pm #
    22. i love hershey chocolate of any kind.however i have not as had the pleasure of trying all of your kisses. i am willing to become a taste tester anytime .hugs and kisses   paul

      Comment by paul bourque on 10/02/08 at 11:02 am #
    23. i loveeeeeeee the cheese cake ones !
      i had them last year and cannot find them for the life of me any more !
      anyone know where to find them in balt?

      Comment by samantha on 10/04/10 at 12:25 pm #

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