Dark Chocolate Coffee Hershey’s Kisses, reviewed

coffee kisses bagRegular readers will probably know by now that I love coffee (and coffee cakes, though that’s really a whole ‘nother issue). Not only do I drink quite a lot of coffee and incorporate it into recipes, but I also find it difficult to pass by a coffee-flavored candy without giving it a try. My most recent acquisition in this department was a bag of the Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Coffee Hershey’s Kisses. Hershey’s loves their special edition candies, so I wasn’t impressed with the “limited” run, but the flavor combination sounded promising to me.

The kisses are very dark and surprisingly bittersweet, with a coffee flavor that tastes very similar to that of reconstituted, freeze dried coffee. I don’t mean that to be an indictment of the quality of the candy – especially since I find that freeze dried coffee powder works so well as a flavoring in cakes and such - but that is the most accurate description of the flavor I can think of. The coffee aroma of the candy is good and the overall combination works well. That being said, I wouldn’t eat a whole bunch of these at once. I would much rather chop them up and add them to a cookie dough or cupcake batter, where the flavor can blend into something else and mellow slightly, while still adding a good coffee burst into the mix.

ETA: I see that Candy Addict found a bag of these earlier this year, although I haven’t personally seen them in stores until recently.

6 comments

  1. Sound yummy. Can’t wait to try them.

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  3. I wonder how these compare to Pocket Coffee or Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates. The Hershey Kisses probably don’t have the ooey gooey center, right?

    I got a bunch of Target’s Choxie Espresso Chocolate Bars a while ago and found they taste really when chopped up in a chocolate cookie recipe. The chocolate bar chunks stay soft and squishy even after the cookies cool. Maybe thse Kisses could be used that way.

  4. I actually reviewed the espresso chocolates from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago. You can see the review here: http://bakingbites.com/2007/07/trader-joe%e2%80%99s-espresso-chocolates/
    I liked them better than the Hershey’s Kisses, but they’re really different types of candy, since the espresso chocolates are filled with liquid espresso. Come to think of it, though, I wouldn’t mind if more chocolates were like that…

  5. My friends and I have been trying to find the dark chocolate/coffee Hershey’s kisses for some time now. I have a candy bowl at work and am asked almost daily when they can enjoy the dark chocolate/coffee kisses again. Can you help me?

  6. Let’s get them back! Is there anybody out there that wants to try?

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