Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Kisses Chocolate Truffles

I’ve seen all the new Kisses, and while I’d love to review them all, I just can’t bring myself to keep buying 10 ounce bags of them. I don’t want that many Kisses that I’m not sure about! Why not a variety bag? Or ... how about a single serving package?


Okay, part of me is cheap, so when I saw that this was $1.09 at the 7-11, I thought, “For another dollar I can have a huge bag of them!” Then I remembered I don’t want a huge bag ... so I ponied up the buck and took home my FIVE Hershey’s Chocolate Truffle Kisses.

Well, color me surprised when I got them home and opened up the package.

imageInside the mylar wrapper the Kisses were protected within a piece of folded waxed cardboard. The little triangular tube did a nice job of keeping them from getting smashed while traveling around in my bag. I pulled out the set and found that these guys are HUGE!

I dug around for a regular Kiss just to demonstrate this. They’re obviously a molded chocolate (as all the non-standard Kisses are) and have a substantial base (the classic extruded Kisses have a little curved bit at the base). The standard Kiss has a base diameter of .8125 inches and the Truffle Kiss has a base diameter of 1 inch.

imageThe whole thing is rather milky looking. When I first cut open the Kiss for the photo, I couldn’t tell where the truffle filling was. You can kind of make out the little dome of it in this photo.

It smells rather sweet, a little milky, a little like vanilla. The center is soft and melts easily (courtesy, I’m sure, of all that modified palm oil). There’s a little salty hit to the center as well, just a smidge saltier than the milk chocolate shell. The whole thing is much creamier than the regular Kiss chocolate and lacks that tangy note that many Hershey’s chocolate products have. (I kind of like that flavor, but I know a few Europeans use this information against Americans.) Without that flavor, this doesn’t taste like much. It’s not terribly chocolatey, but reasonably smooth and creamy without being too sticky or sweet.

If you really want a Hershey’s Kiss that doesn’t taste like one, well, here’s your product.

I think I’ll pass on the bags of foil wrapped Truffle Kisses. The one that I am planning to buy in the full bag is the Coconut Creme. Maybe this weekend.

Name: Hershey's Chocolate Truffle Kisses
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: 7-11 (West LA)
Price: $1.09
Size: 1.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 146
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Hershey's, Limited Edition, Kosher

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  1. These are good, but I agree…not as good as the coconut creme ones!  I am not even a coconut person and I loved them.

    Comment by Julilla on 3/28/07 at 8:37 am #
  2. I’m itching to try the coconut creme kisses as well. Those and the caramel creme….not the same as the normal caramel kisses mind you. wink

    Comment by Sera on 3/28/07 at 9:05 am #
  3. I love the coconut chocolate combination, but I found the coconut creme kisses to be FOUL!  Ack, ick, yuck.

    Comment by April on 3/28/07 at 9:16 am #
  4. Some of these chocolate truffle kisses were kicking around my office at Christmas time, so I broke down and tried one.  It had sort of a peculiar gritty texture, as I recall.  Didn’t strike me as a real improvement over the standard-issue Hershey’s kiss.

    Comment by good enough cook on 3/28/07 at 9:40 am #
  5. I wasn’t that impressed with these. And I haven’t gotten around to buying the coconut creme ones yet. I’m both intrigued and a little frightened by them, so can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

    Comment by g on 3/28/07 at 9:58 am #
  6. I just saw the variety bag at Target this week!

    my husband prefers and SWEARS by the cherry ones and I prefer the carmels.

    Comment by liz on 3/28/07 at 11:30 am #
  7. I dont think that these are great either. I just dont think the truffle filling differs from the outer kiss. The coconut are excellent, but i think that is because they are milk chocolate.

    Comment by kelly on 3/28/07 at 1:40 pm #
  8. The coconut cream ones aren’t bad, but they’re very moist. I like the peanut butter filled kisses—mmmm.

    Comment by Crystal on 3/28/07 at 3:26 pm #
  9. Hmm, I’ve had these, but I think they were cheaper.  That’s the great thing about Target.

    Comment by Sophia on 3/28/07 at 4:18 pm #
  10. Off topic, but there was something on Daily Candy today about chocolate covered PEEPS!

    Comment by FAIRFAX on 3/29/07 at 4:41 am #
  11. hey i love your site! and i was hoping you would check out mine and consider linking! thanks HCT

    Comment by rachel on 3/29/07 at 6:47 am #
  12. i didn’t like the coconut creme ones too much because the texture is kind of strange—i guess i was expecting something more along the lines of an almond joy (even though i suppose the “creme” part of the name should’ve made things abundantly clear…)

    caramel kisses are great, though.

    Comment by ruffy on 3/29/07 at 9:16 am #
  13. Beware the coconut creme kisses! I love all things coconut, but these things were vile… to me, the coconut flavor tasted artificial and was somewhat overpowering. The regular caramel kisses (haven’t tried the caramel creme yet) were lovely though - especially after chilling in the fridge!

    Comment by Julie on 4/02/07 at 5:32 pm #
  14. Cybele's avatar

    Julilla, Sera, April, Julie, g, Ruffy, Crystal - I have acquired the Coconut Kisses ... more to come next week!

    Liz - I’m planning a Target run right after Easter. I saw the mixed bags around Christmas, but they were Regular, Dark & Caramel. I’ll check it out!

    Sophia - yeah, I was just getting a cup of coffee at 7-11 and saw them there ... it was definitely an impulse purchase.

    Rachel - thanks for letting us know about your site.  I usually like to other blog coverage on stuff that I’m reviewing, so I’ll keep checking back!

    good enough cook - yeah, other than being softer than a regular Kiss, I’m not getting the decadence of “truffle” here.

    Fairfax - I recorded a segment for the KCRW radio program Good Food about Peeps too! (Maybe it’ll be on this Saturday.)

    Comment by Cybele on 4/04/07 at 8:10 am #
  15. Frankly, I found the Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate Truffles rather quite tasty. Nice satisfying outer chocolate layer with a interesting chocolate truffle interior (whipped chocolate?). Found these very satisfying and very good. Oh well, one man’s meatloaf another man’s Porterhouse steak!

    Comment by Michael on 5/13/07 at 6:41 pm #
  16. Okay, so I live in a cave…

    Not only hadn’t I SEEN these before this weekend, but I hadn’t HEARD of them either. Then Sunday night I all but tripped over them at the store down the block. And I thought, ‘Kisses AND truffles? Together? Ok, I’ll pick up a couple with my coffee.’ Did I say a couple? Actually 10 total—5 to a pack. Good thing that’s all I got too, ‘cause I scoffed them all in one sitting. (So much for saving a pack for later.) Picked up a couple more with my breakfast sandwich this morning. “What” the guy asked me, “candy for breakfast?!” Nope, I showed some restraint. (They aren’t REAL truffles after all.) I managed to save them for when I got home tonight. Hey, these things should come with a warning! They’re addictive…
    And what’s that about them coming in BAGS?

    Comment by RR on 10/16/07 at 12:09 pm #
  17. I didn’t find the Kisses Chocolate Truffles to be particularly good.  In fact, I thought the first one in the pack was kind of gross when I ate it.  However, by the third or fourth one, they were starting to grow on me.  Still, I think they taste a little too milky and the filling isn’t really that much different from the outer coating.  Regular Kisses are much better, even if they are smaller.  Fortunately, I found these on sale for 50 cents a pack so I didn’t have to shell out the regular price.  I probably won’t get them again unless they’re marked down to like a dime or something, but it was nice to try something new for a change of pace.

    Comment by Heather on 10/16/07 at 6:34 pm #
  18. the coconut kisses where a limited time thing so far… i called and they said depending how popular they are they might make them a full time thing the more people that call the better our chances of making them full time so if everyone who reads this calls them at 1-800-468-1714 and press 0 for costomer service, tell them you love them and want to see more of them

    Comment by Amy on 6/03/08 at 4:55 am #
  19. It is better if you let them melt inyour mouth ten you taste the truufle its soft creamy and kind of cool feeling like trufle pie filling it is way better than anything else ive tried this is a seductive kiss. dark chocolate truffles i rate a high 10!!!!!

    Comment by melliza on 2/15/09 at 5:59 pm #
  20. i love love love the truffle kisses, i could sit down and eat the whole bag!  mmmmmmmm cant get enough.  the carmel kissed i can pass on didnt really care for them, havent tried the coconut cream yet not really sure about them i dont like coconut cream very much.

    Comment by michelle on 2/21/09 at 6:29 am #
  21. I can’t believe the truffle Kisses are no longer available.  I loved them.  I have a chocolate cookie recipe that calls for them and when I made the cookie with the regular Kiss it changed the whole flavor of the cookie!  Where can I get my hands on some Hershey’s Chocolate Truffle Kisses?

    Comment by Barbara McCarthy on 12/01/09 at 10:01 am #
  22. Cybele's avatar

    Barbara - I’d go for the Meltaway Kisses as a good substitute for the Truffle ones.

    The Truffle Kisses are gone, as they were a limited edition item.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/01/09 at 10:04 am #
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