The Holiday season has begun to descend on the snack world like a winged beast blocking out the sun. Every store has begun filling a large percentage of their floorspace with holiday cheer. Red, white and green shiny crap that we all buy up like lunatics because we all get caught up in the manic insanity that is December each year. The upside to all this? Well, aside from presents and making great memories with friends and family, is it's a great time for new versions of classic candy! Much like these here...HERSHEY KISSES DELUXE!
Yes, I found these quickly walking through a holiday aisle. Trying not to actually let my brain register that I was surrounded by Christmas stuff. I was just scanning for something new and suddenly these jumped out to me in all their golden glory. So what's the deal with them? Well, first off, they are GIANT.
At least twice the size of a regular Hershey Kiss. These boast that they are "Smooth milk chocolate with delicate crisps and a whole roasted hazelnut center." You know what that sounds like to me? Ol' Hersheys wants their own version of Ferrero Rocher chocolates! Haven't had them? Look them up. They are damn delicious and something I get every Christmas morning from my Mom, and have for years. They are so good that I worry that if I ever had a never ending supply of them, that I would die from eating them. That's a serious concern. So now that we know what they are up to, does the Hershey Kiss Deluxe live up to this?
Yeah! They are different, but they are quite delicious. Picture this: a giant Hershey Kiss that has little crispies all through it, and in the middle is a big crunchy hazelnut that gives a satisfying pop as you chomp into it. The chocolate is smooth and tasty, and it almost bursts with flavor as you chew up the pieces of hazelnut and the little chunks of crisp rice. A wonderful golden wrapped holiday treat.
I'm not sure if these are limited edition or not, but to be on the safe side, you should definitely scoop some of them up. They come in packs of four, but are also available in big gift boxes that have a ton more. A perfect stocking stuffer for that chocolate lover on your holiday shopping list. Or, hell, buy a bunch and put them in a candy dish like you would normal Kisses, just to weird out your guests.
I'm giving Hershey Kisses Deluxe a solid B rating. They are clearly trying to be Ferrero Rochers, and they don't quite get there, but they are still pretty damn awesome.
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Review by Rich!