Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In Honor of Milton Hershey's Birthday

Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch Bar, Caramel variety
I'm sure many of you have heard of Hershey. In the USA this is the chocolate brand that many of us grew up with. The company bears the name of its founder, Milton S. Hershey and today, September 13, back in 1857, he was born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. In honor of this American candy and chocolate icon, I'm going to look at a relative new Hershey product I got to try through my Kroger membership card in the form of a Freebie. Even though this post is also to honor the man himself, I won't be anything other than honest about my experience with this product. Kroger and Hershey had no idea their freebie would turn into this article so, of course, no other form of compensation was received either.

Before we get to the bar let's look back at Milton S. Hershey. What is interesting about Hershey in light of the product I'll be talking about later, is that he started in the candy business making caramels (Lancaster Caramel Company) so we shouldn't be surprised that in their candy today they often include caramel. Yet today we think of chocolate when we think of Hershey so how did that happen? Hershey went to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and there he saw how chocolate was made. In 1900 he sold his successful caramel company and focused on chocolate, particularly milk chocolate. By 1905 he had his first Hershey Chocolate Company factory up and running.

From: By unknown (original image); Centpacrr (derivative image) - Hershey Community Archives (original image), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25759267

Unwrapped Hershey's Caramel Cookie Layer Crunch Bar
Now let's look at Hershey's Caramel Cookie Layer Crunch Bar. It looks a bit like a regular Hershey's milk chocolate bar with the sectioned pieces all bearing the Hershey's logo but it is much thicker and as you can see inside is a lot of caramel and some solid pieces (probably the cookie crunch part of the bar). The sections break apart fairly easily and also very quietly. Where's the crunch? The crunch happens when I bite into a section but primarily chewy it is both crunchy and sticky. The chocolate is the standard Hershey's milk chocolate, the cookies pieces while crunchy don't add that much flavor, and the caramel is primarily sweet, not tangy or buttery. This is a candy bar so I'm not surprised that it has 200 calories, half of these from fat and 19 grams of sugars.

As a candy bar this is okay but it doesn't impress me, I'm not pulled to seek it out again. Have you had one? What did you think about this newer Hershey treat?

Online Articles Consulted for this Post:

1: Biography.com article

2: The Hershey Story

3: Hershey History.org

4: Wikipedia

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