Editor’s Note: A reader submitted a review of these on the same day Mariko wrote her review so since the reviews were wildly different, I figured we’d post both of them in one just to show that reviews are just opinions and you may not always agree with them.
Ahh, the crispness in the air and the bright, clear sun can only mean one thing – summer is over! I am not a winter lover, but I do love autumn, and one of the main things I love about autumn? Yes, the ultimate Candy Addict holiday – Halloween. It’s only September, but the stores are already gearing up for the holiday of holidays by lining the shelves with Halloween candies. When I saw an ad for the limited edition Hershey’s Kisses in candy corn flavor, I pounced. Hershey’s Kisses and candy corn? What’s not to love! Well, unfortunately, there is plenty not to love.
Aesthetically, these little kisses have got to be among the most attractive of Hershey’s Kisses. They look like candy corn! How clever is that?
They are certainly lovely to behold, but bite into one, and you’re in for a rude awakening. Now, granted, they are flavored white chocolate, and white chocolate is often an iffy situation, but I still had high hopes. I thought they would taste somewhat like candy corn, but the main flavor that hit me was a licorice-like flavor. I’m not a fan of black licorice, so I wasn’t too pleased. After the initial shock of licorice the kiss just tasted like bland white chocolate and sweet chemicals. If I were to do a blind taste test on these, “candy corn” would never come to mind! So, these Hershey’s Limited Edition Kisses may be cute, but you’d be wise to stick with the real thing if you want to taste candy corn.
And now, a differing review from a reader named Jenny:
I am proud to introduce to my fellow Candy Addicts the newest member of the Hershey’s Kisses family – Candy Corn Kisses. Hershey’s really hit the mark with these! I saw them advertised in the CVS ad recently and remembering that the Neapolitan Kisses sold out right away when they first came out, I meant to go get some that day – but it didn’t happen. Then later last week, I read that they were also being sold at Target; after seeing a few bags of them on ebay for six bucks a pop plus shipping, I surmised that they might be just as elusive as their predecessors, so I set out on my mission.
After checking three CVS stores and finding them all completely Candy Corn Kissless, I decided to hit our local Target. Lo and behold, they had dozens of bags of them – displayed with the Halloween candy, not among the other Kisses in Target’s regular candy aisle, FYI.
When I got them in the car, I opened the bag and inhaled – mmm, they smell exactly like regular candy corn! I had imagined them as being more of a white chocolate maybe intermingled with some extra (orange and yellow) swirls of sugar. But then I unwrapped one (how cute, they even look like candy corns! …how do they get the stripes so straight?) and popped it in my mouth. Now, when I tried the Cherry Cordial Kisses and the Neapolitan Kisses, I must say I wasn’t too impressed (although with the Neapolitan ones you can improve the intended ice cream essence by refrigerating them). But these… these are trÃ©s magnifique!
They are every bit as smooth and slow melting as original kisses, and they taste just like “real” candy corn only with a bit more cream, perhaps reminiscent of vanilla. Even though they are not fat-free like candy corn, they are still absolutely perfect, and tomorrow morning I’m going to be melting a few in my hot coffee. Of all of the funky-flavored kisses, these are in my opinion by far the absolute best!
So what do you think, reader? Is Mariko right? Are they nasty? Or is Jenny right and they are wonderful? Leave a comment – let us know!
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