Hershey’s has been pretty reliable with its flavored Kisses in time for Valentines Day. In the past couple of years, they’ve released Dark Chocolate Strawberry and a White Chocolate Strawberry Creme varieties, both of which I reviewed at my time over a CandyAddict.com. So I was a bit disappointed when I roamed my local grocery store’s and Target’s holiday candy aisles. No new Hershey’s Kisses. Nada. Zilch.
Then last weekend I found myself in Wal-Mart (shudder) and lo and behold, I see these Hershey’s Strawberry Creme Kisses staring at me from the large cardboard box holding them on the shelf. I snatched up a few bags and took the home for immediate tasting. What I was pleased to find about these, and it is illustrated on the package, that these Kisses have a strawberry filled center. Very unlike past years where the strawberry flavoring was infused into a solid Kiss. I was curious to see how this difference would affect texture and flavor.
The flavor is immediately sweet and you can taste the strawberry through the flat milk chocolate. It’s very floral, perfumey, and a bit jammy too. It reminded me a tad of the strawberry flavor you get in Japanese chocolates, yet this tastes more artificial and medicinal. It’s still pleasant to eat and I like it much better than the other strawberry Kisses released to date. Texture wise, the center feels greasy and smooth like the inside of the truffle and coconut Kisses. The aftertaste is similar to berry jam and it compels you to pop another in your mouth despite your best efforts.
A successful limited edition released in time for Valentines Day I think. The only reason I don’t give these a hoard rating is I still have a stash of Pumpkin Spice Kisses I’m enjoying. I’d much rather eat those over these.
Rating: Will Buy Again
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