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Easter Candy Review: Hershey’s Kisses Lemon Creme

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Hershey's Kisses Lemon Creme Package

I’m always excited to see a new version of Hershey’s Kisses using white chocolate since I’m a huge fan of the stuff. I remember when Hugs first premiered back during my childhood and I was so excited to have white chocolate stripes in Kiss form. I couldn’t wait to try them. Had I known Hershey’s would continue to roll out new flavors of white chocolate Kisses, well, it would have made me one impatient little girl.

I haven’t been as exited about white chocolate Kisses since the Strawberry Creme flavor way back last year. The Orange creme, Candy Corn, Caramel creme, Confetti, Toffee Crunch all left much to be desired and the flavor variety was kinda ho-hum. I have high hopes for these since I’ve had lemon white chocolate before in sundry bonbons and gourmet bars before and it was just a heavenly combination. I was fully confident that Hershey could successfully pull off this simple, yet sophisticated flavor combination in a Kiss quite easily.

Hershey's Kisses Lemon Creme Kisses

Opening the bag, the wonderful scent of lemon (the nice fruity lemon scent, not one like house cleaner, mind you) envelopes me as I inhale deeply. Oh yes, this is going to be goo-ood! I unwrap one and they’re pretty intense. The yellow lemon stripes almost blend into the white chocolate, so they’re a bit hard to see! The smell is a lovely intense lemon like whiffing a jar of extract.

The flavor is very fruity, zesty and all out lemony. The white chocolate, with its sweetness, really cuts the tartness of the flavor. The texture is creamy with a little grain to it, and I really like it. It isn’t until after my first two that I notice some flaws; mostly, the lemon flavor has an odd sort of chemical-y taste after a while, which just makes it a little bitter. It also has a terribly sweet aftertaste, which is meant to cover the odd bitterness of the lemon flavor, no doubt. Second, there’s something… lacking about the white chocolate. It’s missing that richness I’m used to, but I know that it’s due to the fact that the cocoa butter in these is watered down with vegetable oils and PGPR. Hershey skimps on these to cut manufacturing costs, which obviously weakens the product.

I really, really love these Kisses and they’re easily my favorite limited edition Kiss in some time now. I’m so glad I bought a couple of bags so I have a mini stockpile of them before they disappear from shelves.

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6 Responses to “Easter Candy Review: Hershey’s Kisses Lemon Creme”

  1. 1
    Jgarrett says:

    I’m glad to finally see a review on these. I’ve had them in my office desk for a good month now. I don’t remember where I commented about it on, but I know I did. I love them. Like lemon meringue pie in a tiny kiss. I thought they were amazing!

  2. 2
    Breanna says:

    It’s so refreshing to find another chocolate afficionado who doesn’t poo-pooh white chocolate. I will most definitely amass a little hoard of these babies! PS- great close-up photo!

  3. 3
    oakling says:

    Heh, I have the opposite reaction. There’s nothing wrong with liking white chocolate, as a chocolate aficionado or not, and there are a few brands that don’t deodorize the cacao butter so their white chocolate actually smells redolent and layered and like FOOD, even something like it might be related to chocolate. But this kind of white chocolate is just straight sugar. Hershey’s cheats people and puts nasty crap, like PGPR, in their candy, and their milk chocolate smells sour and there’s just a lot going on there.

    I admit have a hard time trusting reviews that celebrate white chocolate, Hershey’s, and especially white chocolate from Hershey’s – but my personal biases aside, I don’t understand how you can love these so much AND acknowledge their chemically bitter flavor and saccharine aftertaste!

  4. 4
    Dan Neitzel says:

    where on earth did you find them i looked at Wally world and at fredmeyer today and neither store had any.

  5. 5
    Julie Nicolay says:

    As usual, my neighborhood Walgreen’s comes through with yet another CandyAddict reviewed candy, so I’ve now bought, unwrapped and indulged in some of these Lemon Creme Kisses.

    I LOVE LEMON! Let’s just get that out there. I will try ANYTHING with lemon in it. And I love good white chocolate, so I was expecting fabulous here. I like them, but they’re not what I would call fabluous. Yes, I have to agree that the chemical-like aftertaste kind of ruins the first-taste effect I loved so much. They DO taste good, and yes, quite like a little bit of lemon meringue pie, but there was just “something” a little off for me, and it was/is the chemical-ness of the aftertaste.

    Dang. I really wanted to be addicted to these! I wouldn’t turn some down if offered, but I won’t be buying another bag. I took the rest of this bag to my fellow musicians at rehearsal tonight, where they promptly disappeared before the end of the first hour!

  6. 6
    Bonnie says:

    If you want a great lemon chocolate candy this one is THE BEST by far…Dr. Peter’s Lemon Breeze. Here’s the webstie description.

    Old fashioned ground up lemon sour balls mixed with creamy white chocolate and pure lemon oil, drenched in dark chocolate.

    No chemical flavors, sharp lemon zing, creamy white chocolate sweetness, cruncy texture then the dark choclate as a perfect foil…WOW!!!

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