Regular 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.