Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Vanilla Creme Kisses

Hershey's Vanilla Creme KissesI have Kiss ennui. And I’ll start by saying that the idea of Kisses filled with Vanilla Creme is probably not the solution, probably just more of the problem.

There have been a lot of variations on the Hershey’s Kiss. Some of them good (I loved the original Candy Cane Kisses when they were made with cocoa butter) and some of them dreadful (Candy Corn Kisses). But through all of this, like the many variations of Pocky & KitKats, I’ve realized that the original was fine and I’d much rather have that. Except now when I look at the little foil wrapped friend I have a mix of associations. (If this were a movie this is where there’d be a montage of happy moments and then scary or unpleasant bits where I ate a Candy Corn Kiss or the horror of opening a drawer and finding a stinky bag of Candy Corn Kisses.)

I couldn’t bring myself to buy the big bag, so I was happy to see this pack of 5 mega Kisses.

Hershey's Vanilla Creme Kisses

The construction is as you’d assume. A milk chocolate shell and a “artificially vanilla-flavored creme” center.

Because they are packaged differently than the foil wrapped brethren, these are exceptionally shiny and pristine, which is an appealing aspect. They smell sweet and a little cheesy.

imageThey’re a little smaller than the foil wrapped kind as well, but also come unwrapped ... so no little flags or bits of foil to roll into tiny spheres.

It was sweet and less chocolaty. The “creme” center was really creamy, more like smooth fudge.

It just didn’t excite me. I had them sitting around for a while and couldn’t be bothered to eat them. (I found the Bee Mine more compelling, at least with its overt badness.)

I think Hershey’s should just do what they do well and stop mucking around. Yeah, I know it’s hard after making Kisses for 100 years, they want to mix it up. But really, you don’t last 100 years when you go too far off the rails. (However, I know there’s a Cheesecake version out there that I’m still curious about.) These do not say that they’re a limited edition item, but they also have little tulips on the package (a spring thing?) and aren’t listed on the Hershey’s Kiss page.

Related Candies

  1. Hershey’s Mint Truffle Kisses
  2. Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Kisses
  3. Candy Corn Kisses
  4. Kisses Coconut Creme
  5. Kisses Chocolate Truffles
  6. The Mint Kisses: Chocolate Mint & Candy Cane
  7. Peanut Butter Kisses
  8. Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses
  9. Head to Head: Rolo vs Caramel Kisses
  10. Short & Sweet: Caramello /  Mega M&Ms / Orange Kisses
Name: Vanilla Creme Kisses
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.69
Size: 1.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 146
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Hershey's, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:42 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I tried a Cheesecake Kiss; I thought it was decent.  It really did have the flavoring of cheesecake, but sort of a “fake” cheesecake, like the no-bake packaged kits they sell.

    I tend not to like “creme” centers in candy, so I’m not too excited about most of the new Kisses.

    Comment by Lesley on 2/05/08 at 8:36 am #
  2. I understand exactly what you mean. I’m not even excited and curious to try it when I see yet another Kiss flavour.

    Comment by Alexandra on 2/05/08 at 8:52 am #
  3. The collector in me wants to try every Kiss that they put out.  I don’t though, because most just aren’t that good.  I wish more were released like this, in a little 5-pack.

    Comment by Alicia on 2/05/08 at 9:34 am #
  4. Have you tried the dark chocolate raspberry kisses? I had some of them today, and they’re decent.  Not raspberry filled, raspberry flavored chocolate.

    Comment by Leslie on 2/05/08 at 10:15 am #
  5. I was never too excited by the original so these variations, especially the ones with fillings, have appealed to me.  I have really enjoyed the Malt Crunch, the Mint Truffle and the Cheesecake.  These are not super high quality candies, but fun novelties that don’t cost a lot and taste a lot better to me than a bunch of the other novelty/cheap chocolate candies out there.  I hope you find the cheesecake flavor!  I found mine on the Valentine’s candy aisle at Wal-Mart.

    Comment by Kimberly on 2/05/08 at 11:21 am #
  6. I am totally in love with the Cherry Creme ones of these. They seem to have been a Christmas limited edition, which is strange, because you’d think Valentine’s… Anyway, we hoarded a bunch after Christmas and I’ve been trying not to eat them too quickly. I hope they have them again next Christmas.

    Comment by Grace on 2/05/08 at 5:50 pm #
  7. Grace, I’ve seen the Cherry Kisses in the Valentine candy aisles, so look again! I tried the raspberry ones (Leslie mentioned), and thought they were okay, but not as great as I’d hoped. My kids didn’t like them at all, though. But I don’t think I’d bother trying these - I’m not keen on vanilla creme chocolates in general. (Maple, on the other hand… :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 2/07/08 at 9:22 am #
  8. They did the same thing with the Cheesecake Hershey Kisses. Still the same great taste, but I seemed to taste more chocolate.

    Comment by Eric on 2/07/08 at 12:34 pm #
  9. I love the cherry kisses and candy cane kisses. Anything with milk chocolate is good from Hershey. I did just try their lemon kisses and i really enjoyed them. I was very surprised.  Keep up the good work on keeping us all updated.

    Comment by Mary on 3/12/08 at 1:36 am #
  10. OH MY I had these at Easter and they are really good. I can see the company making many kinds and filling them with all sorts of things. Orange and Lemon filling as well as strawberry would have me buying lots of them.

    Comment by Caroldee on 4/01/08 at 7:33 am #
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